The original Ford Ka made a big splash when it was first launched, a kooky car whose quirky dimensions had never been seen on UK roads before. But it was fun to drive, too, giving young drivers a change from the norm. It was a top-seller right up until it was replaced by the current model – which is when things went a bit wrong. Ford collaborated with Fiat, using many of the components from the Fiat 500 and sharing the same factory production facilities. The result is, well, simply less fun. Also, some of Fiat's lower quality standards have been allowed to infiltrate the Ka's interior. It's not a lost cause, though, with some of Ford's key strengths ensuring that it's still better than many of its competitors, offering a wide range of models and high equipment levels in the upper specifications. There are only one engine to choose from – a 1.2-litre petrol – but there's lots of scope for personalising your KA thanks to some quirky body stickers and funky colours. The Ford Ka comes in six main specifications – entry-level Studio, then Edge, Zetec, Titanium, Grand Prix and top-of-the-range Metal.