Car trim reviews

Ford Ka Studio

The bargain Ford Ka Studio is the cheapest Ford money can buy, but what it lacks in options it compensates with its great drive and comfortable ride.

The Ford Ka competes against rival like the Fiat 500, Vauxhall Adam, Skoda Citigo, VW Up! and the SEAT Mii. The Ford Ka Studio is only available with a 68bhp 1.2-litre petrol that can average 57.7mpg. There is no automatic gearbox option.

The Ford Ka Studio is the cheapest Ka you can buy in the range and unfortunately this is reflected in what you get for your cash. The good news is the bumpers are body coloured, unlike some of its rivals, so from a distance you can’t tell you’ve bought a lower spec car, but inside there’s no electric windows or air conditioning and you even have to unlock your car with a key.

It might be worth spending a bit more on the higher level Studio Connect that adds a trip computer, small 14-inch alloy wheels and Bluetooth connectivity for your mobile phone.

Good points

Despite being developed alongside the Fiat 500, the Ford Ka is significantly the better of the two to drive. It is more fun to drive and has a better ride. The sole 1.2-litre engine offers good performance and has reasonable running costs.

Bad points

The Ford Ka Studio is outclassed by its rivals when it comes to running costs, value and even practicality – both the VW Up! and the Hyundai i10 have bigger boots. Other rivals – including the Fiat 500 – also have better resale values. Opting for the Studio trim will also mean sacrificing on some creature comforts. We think you might miss remote central locking and electric windows if you’re coming from a car that already has them, so make sure you bear all of this in mind when you’re haggling over the price.

What you get

  • Folding rear seats
  • Passenger & Driver airbag
  • Single CD player
  • Stop/Start

Recommended optional extras

  • Bluetooth
  • Rear boot spoiler
  • Curtain and side airbags

Our choice

With only one engine available, you don't get much choice – though we would recommend stepping up to the Ford Ka Studio Connect if your budget allows.

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