Ford Ka hatchback
Price: £8,795 - £11,295
- Cute looks
- Quite practical
- Great to drive around town
- Fiesta is a better option
- Struggles to cope with motorways
- Poorly equipped compared to rivals
The original Ford Ka was a huge success that spawned an endless line of imitators. It wasn’t just small and cheap to buy and run, it was great to drive, had bags of character and was unlike anything else on the road. It was a superb first car and a major sales hit.
The current version is the second generation model, and, sadly, it's not quite as good. It was built in conjunction with the Fiat 500, is made in the same factory and uses many of the same parts. It's still fun to drive, but it doesn’t handle as well as the old car, and interior quality has slipped a bit. There's only one engine available with the Ka – a 1.2-litre petrol – but it offers pretty good performance and running costs.
There is a choice of seven specification levels: Studio, Studio Connect, Edge, Zetec, Titanium, Metal and Grand Prix III. And there are plenty of personalisation options, too, including a wide range of colours and decorative stickers. The main downside to the Ka is that it's beginning to look a little overpriced compared to newer rivals like the Hyundai i10 and Skoda Citigo.