The Ford Ka (pronounced Kay-Ay) arrived over 15 years ago as a distinctive small city car with a cute design and big, plastic bumpers that were ideal for the bumps and scrapes associated with new and younger drivers.
Since then the Ford Ka has grown up and more modern styling does away with the bumpers and takes on more of the looks of its older sibling, the Ford Fiesta. However, the Ford Ka does retain one thing; its ultra-low running costs including road tax-free petrol and diesel engines and fuel economy as high as 70mpg.
Go-kart handling, compact, three-door design and a high level of equipment make the Ford Ka a favourite with younger, city-based drivers who need to cut down on motoring costs.
The Ford Fiesta is the UK’s best-selling car of the past few years and there are a number of reasons for why it so loved by UK drivers.
The Ford Fiesta is a small hatchback available in three- or five-door variations and with a choice of frugal petrol or diesel engines. In the case of the former a groundbreaking new three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine which delivers sub-100g/km of CO2 emissions for the first time. This means free road tax for UK drivers and exemption from the London congestion charge.
Modern and spacious, the Ford Fiesta is widely regarded as the best small car to drive with sharp handling, responsive steering and comfortable suspension. Drivers also benefit from a tech-heavy interior including Bluetooth, touch-screen navigation and voice control as part of Ford’s SYNC system.
Moving up in size the Ford Focus is the brand’s superb small family car available in three- or five-door hatchback and spacious Estate variation. A sportier Ford Focus ST is the performance model in the range.
Ford has worked hard to create a premium car that is perfect for business and the family. The interior materials are high quality and it comes with voice control for the sat-nav, sound system and phone connectivity. Higher spec versions can even parallel park themselves with a voice command.
The Ford Mondeo is the brand’s more executive large family car and comes in hatchback and estate models. As a Ford model it is one of the greenest executive cars in its class and represents an affordable alternative to the executive saloons offered by the likes of BMW, Mercedes and Audi.
The all-new 2013 Ford Mondeo comes with premium design including a large front grille reminiscent of those used by Aston Martin and the usual high-tech interior including the Ford SYNC system and satellite navigation.
CO2 emissions are as low as 110g/km for the most frugal models and the ubiquitous 1.0-litre petrol engine is even available for those who do not want a diesel unit.
Popular with business leasing customers and private leasing customers alike the new 2013 Ford Mondeo is the ultimate in affordable executive design.
The Ford B-Max is a Fiesta-based mini-MPV capable of seating five and using a unique door system which includes sliding side doors and a complete lack of B-pillar to create a vast entry space to aid entry and exit.
The Ford B-Max also offers a selection of petrol and diesel engines and the most efficient of these falls into road tax Band B. Fiesta-like handling, low running costs and high specification at affordable prices make the B-Max a class leader in a segment featuring the likes of the Vauxhall Meriva.
The Ford C-Max is based on the same platform as the Ford Focus and as a result brings its manoeuvrability, responsiveness and comfort to the small MPV segment. Capable of seating five and boasting an array of efficient engines, the Ford C-Max is a more spacious option in the small family car market.
It is because of these options that the Ford C-Max is also popular with business leasing customers and low Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) rates mean it is an affordable option for business customers.
The larger Ford Grand C-Max is a seven-seat option for those who need more load space or need to fit more than five people in at a time.
The Ford S-Max can carry everything from skis to canoes and the marketing for this coupe-like MPV is aimed at those who want something a little different from the more mundane people carrier. It too comes with a selection of petrol and diesel engines and all of them come with eco options to reduce CO2 and boost fuel economy.
The Ford Kuga is the brand’s largest SUV competing with the likes of the Chevrolet Captiva, Vauxhall Antara and Nissan Qashqai.
Available in two- or four-wheel drive the Ford Kuga is capable of going off road but it is more of a soft-roader. It provides a commanding driving position and raised ground clearance while remaining compact enough for urban driving when needed.
As with all new Ford models the 2013 Kuga has an astonishing array of technology including road sign recognition, parking assistance and stop-start engine technology to reduce fuel costs.