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Ford is revealing its answer to the Vauxhall Viva – a replacement for the current Ka city car dubbed the Ka+.

The all-new five-door hatchback, built in India, will be priced for affordability – with a starting price of £8,995 Ford also hopes to attract customers who have been tempted by budget cars such as Dacia’s Sandero.

The Ka+ is constructed on Ford’s global small-car platform and due to dimensions that are slightly shorter than its Fiesta sister but some 29mm taller, it claims best-in-class front headroom and rear legroom. It also offers 270 litres of bootspace that its makers say is enough for two large suitcases.

All Ka+ models will be powered by Ford’s 1.2-litre Duratec petrol engine – derived from the slightly larger 1.25-litre unit in the Fiesta, it will be available in 70 or 85hp versions. Both return combined cycle fuel economy of 56.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 114g/km.

Two trim levels will be on offer – Studio grade will only be available with the 69bhp engine, Zetec across both. Standard equipment on all versions includes power front windows and door mirrors, front fog lamps, an AM/FM radio with Bluetooth connectivity, remote central double locking with a perimeter alarm, safety system with six airbags, Electronic Stability Control with Hill Start Assist, a tyre pressure monitor, a speed limiter, and Ford’s Easy Fuel system.

Zetec models gain 15-inch alloy wheels, manual air-conditioning, a DAB digital radio/CD with Ford’s SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment system with AppLink, a leather steering wheel and cruise control.

There is also an extensive options list including electronic climate control, heated front seats, privacy glass and a City Pack combining rear parking sensors, power rear windows and power folding door mirrors.

Order books for the Ka+ open this month (June) with the model expected in showrooms later in 2016.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.