[quote name='Mirage' post='17810' date='Apr 2 2009, 07:22 PM']The 14 sec mark was for the old 59BHP 1.3 engine that was in KA's prior to 2003.
2003 onwards is a 69BHP/70PS 1.3 engine does 0-62 in approx 13 sec.
Due to the KA's light weight (its power to weight ratio is reasonable) and been an 8v (high torque at low revs) its actually slightly faster than e.g. the older Clio 1.2 16v and certainly faster than the newer heavier Clio 1.2 16v design.
From a 0-40mph perspective due to its light weight and high torque at low revs the KA can pull away much quicker than most cars. From 40mph onwards other cars will claw back lost ground and overtake!
The new KA is said to have the same 0-62 as the older one, but frankly I find that hard to believe surely the newer version is more heavier. A lot of people are saying the handling in the newer KA is not as good as the older one, which is what is putting me off purchasing one.
But as people have said, who cares its not a sports car and people who try to drive it like one should perhaps watch the Euro NCAP video of the KA![/quote]
Don't worry about the 0-60 in a Ka at all because like Mirage has just said a standard 1.3 Ka will beat most cars in the 0-30 zone.
We are on our third Ka (this time a beautiful black Sportka) as my OH loves them and they are such an underrated car.
The shape of them is unique and the road holding will put many many other far more expensive cars to shame and they all have their own personality. Incidentally, I'm talking about the original Ka not the new shape thing that looks like a baby Pug.
I love to drive our Sportka (his name's Noddy by the way) but she won't let me near it.
She lets me have a go when Noddy gets thirsty and it's just such fun to drive!
She's only had it since Xmas and that car has wanted to go since day one--she's only done 1500 miles in it so the engine's still quite tight--personally I keep encouraging her to use it so that the next time I get to drive it, it'll be a bit looser and even more willing!