In the last few years, Ford had yet to release a car that would immediately grab its market’s attention. And then came the StreetKa, the first supermini roadster powered by a Fiesta engine. The exterior also impresses in style and precisely handles specific acts in terms of performance. Plus its ride remains excellent all throughout different road conditions. Read on to know how else the StreetKa performs.
The Ford StreetKa houses a 1.6-litre unit at 94bhp that delivers a decent performance. Acceleration towards 60mph is arrived at after 11.7 seconds and its top speed is at 107 mph. Mid-range power is also quite adequate; plus the engine is a big improvement from the 1.3-litre unit that powered the previous Ka hatchbacks. On the road, the newly improved engine also delivers a smooth ride that’s fast enough with the roof down and while cruising by the seaside.
The StreetKa’s open top funster has no problems in terms of handling, thanks to the vehicle’s low centre of gravity and low-slung driving position. The steering is also quite sharp and the response on the brakes quick enough given any situation. Cornering does not result in body roll and tends to feel flat upon each turn. Handling does not compromise a smooth ride either, as the StreetKa is able to cope with various road surfaces. At the same time, this model is able to drive about the town through smooth steering, a decent performance, and a light clutch. Parking isn’t a huge challenge either, assuring you an easy and practical ride wherever you go.
The Ka’s front seats are big and spacious enough for two adults. Plus they provide adequate support throughout long drives; you can even upgrade the seats to heated versions and leather options. Storage space is adequate thanks to the lack of back seats and the Ka’s fold down roof. The boot is a practical space for anyone planning to take the Ka on a long weekend trip. You won’t have any problems fitting in all that luggage.
Unfortunately not all aspects of the StreetKa have enjoyed remarkable improvement. The dashboard still sports an old design from the 1990s. Although it features all the basic function, it does not match up to the chic and smooth styling of the exterior.
The driving position also has its share of problems. Although the pedals are in the right positions, the space they rest on is quite limited and includes a trim that intrudes. The seat itself does not provide enough lower back support for hours-long journey. But drivers won’t have any problems reading the instruments and looking for the basic controls. But some controls, such as the heated seat switch, take some time find. The overall view of the back is adequate even if the rear screen tends to be small.
The StreetKa certainly stands out in its upgrades and emerges as a model to look out for. Individuals after that smooth and fast ride by the road side will definitely discover this model as a long term purchase.
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