The Ford Ka is more fun to drive than the Fiat 500 it's based on and passably practical for a small car.
It's overpriced and under equipped, noisy and doesn't have enough safety kit.
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Ford Ka performance
The single engine available – a 67bhp 1.2-litre petrol – won’t set the road alight. It's well suited to city driving, though, and its appetite for revs makes it pretty fun to work hard.
Ford Ka ride & handling
The Ka borrows its underpinnings from the Fiat 500, but tweaks to the suspension and steering make the Ford better to drive: it’s nimble through corners and the steering is accurate. The ride is pretty good for such a small car – it’s still fairly firm, but more settled than the Fiat 500 it’s based on. Having said that, a Hyundai i10 or VW Up are both far better to drive than the Ka.
Ford Ka refinement
Work the petrol engine hard and it makes a racket. There's also lots of wind noise around the door mirrors and the top of the side windows, and patched-up surfaces create more road noise than we’d like.