Ford KA Titanium

Ford KA Titanium

Why Ford? Why Titanium Trim?

The Ford KA is a classic line of cars starting in 1996 to 2016 as a city car, then from 2016 onwards as a subcompact car. Its specification was introduced 15 years ago as a sportier alternative to the traditional Ghia models. As a massive success in the UK, it offered more kit for not much more money – especially when paying monthly – Titanium became the best-selling trim on every Ford model.

There’s always the usual argument between team petrol versus team diesel. A choice of two engines: a 1.2-litre petrol with 69 PS (51 kW) of power and 102 N⋅m (75 lbf⋅ft) of torque and a 1.3-litre TDCi diesel engine with 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) of power and 145 N⋅m (107 lb⋅ft) of torque. Clear winner in power for the diesel engine. 

Petrol engine: 55.4-57.7mpg
Diesel engine: 68.9mpg 
Actual MPG: 82%

I chose a diesel for reliability. So far so good. Dependant on the station, petrol is £35 to fill the tank. The engines are rebuilt Fiat units.

CJ. Appleby's Ford KA Titanium prior to ownership

This KA titanium was purchased in June 2020 at a dealership, part exchanging an old vehicle for money off the asking price. It was bought for £2690, not including the money off for the part-ex. 

It was a steal at a low price due to minor body work damage such as small scratches or small dents from stones. Nothing unexpected. There are easy fixes to cover us aesthetic marks. 

The titanium trim comes with that eye-catching trend: alloy wheels. Made from light metals, namely aluium, nickel, magnesium, or a combination. They offer performance advantages, as they are several pounds lighter per wheel than steel wheels. Alloys are more conducive to complex styling of the wheel itself and improve the overall looks of the car.
Read more about alloy wheels on Car and Bike.

Less weight means quicker acceleration and faster stopping. Less weight also means less strain on suspension components. In extreme driving conditions, alloy wheels are better able to dissipate heat away from brake components than their steel counterparts. Steel and alloy wheels are the two most common types of wheels used in cars. There are a few other types like carbon fibre as well, but those are quite rare. 

Three-door or five-door? A subjective question. Arguably, the three-door version has a sleeker sportier look whereas the five-door gives off a mum-mobile vibe; bundling babes into the backseat on the school run. Dependent on necessity and use. I chose two-doors for a pleasing aesthetic that suits my independent lifestyle. It also puts people off asking for lifts, especially if you fill the back with random acquisitions. For example, I have 9-10 bags worth of donations for charity that, due to COVID, have stayed in my car since March. 

Colour choice is another subjective aspect. My previous car was black. Although, as a person, I am inclined to display an array of colour, in cars I like the darker tones. I feel less pressure to wash the car as often (if at all – sorry car lovers – that’s what rain does for free) and visible in the daytime. If there had been one in purple or grey, they’d have given this black KA a run for its money. Dirt doesn’t show up as easily on black and it’s not a stereotypical girly colour.

The interior of this model is particularly snazzy as it includes a built-in magnet for a phone or iPod to be used as a sat-nav. 

Its speakers are high-quality and the sound is crispy clear. The gear stick is more modern, with a higher position in the car making it kinder to the driver’s wrists. There are automatic settings to demist the windscreen faster than in older models. The all required AUX cable input is available to all who have surpassed the CD stage of life. 

All windows are automatic and the display screen is digitised with orange lights. 

The engine is bolted to smooth, five-speed, manual transmission. The result is 0-62mph in 13.4 seconds which is more than enough for the class. Furthermore, this power plant averages high mpg so it burns very little fuel en route to the exclusive shops only millionaires visit. This ensures its emissions are low so this workhorse can be taxed for free in year one, then for £30 from year two (at today’s rates),

So, massive savings aside (if you can think of anything but piles of cash) and beautiful aesthetics compared to the standard Ford KA model without this titanium trim, there’s also the shrinkage of a carbon footprint if swapping from a gas guzzling giant to this tiny town triumph. The environment is important, lets be honest, until there are affordable electric vehicles or renewable energy sources, reducing is the most an average earner can do.
It may look little, but when your revving up at the lights before they go green, rest assured you won’t be pushed about on the road anymore. 

Pros

High MPG

Turbo engine

Cheap car tax

Cheap on fuel

Aesthetic

Affordable

High quality

Reliable

Easy to replace parts

Cons

Smaller vehicle

Lower speed 0-60 in 13.4 seconds 

Not electric

Interior design could be bolder

Common problems: rusting, door wiring loom corrosion, and misfiring.

Can we please take time to appreciate how much more attractive these cars are since the first generation of ugly metal messes.

 

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