Ford plans to rock the small car scene later this year with its larger new KA+ model.

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It joins the brand’s com­pact line- up along­side the Fi­esta and has a start­ing price of £8,995.

A five-door hatch­back with the prom­ise of gen­er­ous space for five peo­ple, the new­comer has an over­all length of less than four me­tres, mak­ing it slightly shorter than the Fi­esta, but 29mm taller.

And with a pack­age that Ford says will pro­vide class-lead­ing front head­room and best-in-class legroom for rear pas­sen­gers, it’s an ap­pre­cia­bly more spa­cious ve­hi­cle than the Ka that made such an im­pact back in the 1990s.

Not only does it look dif­fer­ent to KA mod­els of the past, it’s also more prac­ti­cal with 270 litres of lug­gage space – enough for two large suit­cases – plus 60/40 split-fold­ing rear seats and 21 cabin stowage spots.

The lat­ter in­cludes a MyFord Dock for stor­ing and charg­ing mo­bile de­vices and front door bins that can each hold a 1.0-litre bot­tle, a 0.6-litre bot­tle and a small brol­ley.

There’s also a hid­den stowage bin that’s only ac­ces­si­ble when the driver’s door is open, al­low­ing valu­ables to be kept out of sight.

Style-wise, all KA+ mod­els come with chrome de­tail­ing on the front grille, body­coloured bumpers, door han­dles and door mir­rors while the cabin dark char­coal colour scheme with chrome ac­cents.

Be­neath the bon­net is a new 1.2-litre Du­ratec petrol en­gine with a choice of 70PS and 85PS power out­puts and a fivespeed man­ual trans­mis­sion is stan­dard. Both en­gine op­tions have a CO2 emis­sions

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