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Ford Ka hatchback (2009-2016) - Interior & comfort

Smooth suspension, but Ford Ka is noisy at motorway speeds

Carbuyer Rating

2.7 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.6 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

2.3 out of 5

The Ford Ka is based on the Fiat 500, but you wouldn’t know it from sitting inside. The Ford’s suspension soaks up bumps better than the Fiat’s, but the car isn’t as comfortable as the Hyundai i10.

It also falls behind rivals when you get it up to speed – road, wind and engine noise make the Ka a tiring car to travel long distances in. Once again, the Skoda Citigo and the Hyundai i10 are much better in this respect.

Getting comfortable on a long journey is also hindered by a steering wheel that doesn’t adjust for reach, although the high-set driver’s seat does give excellent all-round visibility.

Ford Ka dashboard

When you consider that this generation of Ford Ka was introduced in 2008, its interior has stood the test of time impressively well and is still quite nice to look at. Spend some time in there, though, and you’ll notice that quality has fallen behind the best cars in the class and expensive soft-touch plastics don’t feature as much as they do in the Skoda Citigo.

However, Ford made a good job of making the Ka’s dashboard easy to use, and its raised gearstick means you don’t have to move your hand far from the wheel to change gear.

Equipment

All versions of Ka came with a stereo, a 12v power socket and stop-start technology. Air-conditioning wasn't even an option on the entry-level Studio model, although it’s standard on all other Kas. Even the top-of-the-range Titanium does without sat nav as standard, but it does get heated leather seats, climate control, a glass roof, rear parking sensors plus 16-inch alloy wheels and flashes of chrome that mark it out from lesser models. The Zetec Black Edition and White Edition models cost the same as the standard Zetec and essentially make the Ford Ka look sportier.

Options

For £475, the panoramic glass roof was an unusual option on a small city car, but could add desirability. Although the Ka is already very easy to park, this task can be made even easier if you find one with the optional rear parking sensors.

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