One million. That’s how many configurations Vauxhall boasted you could choose between with its peak-personalisation fest, the Adam. Ford’s latest city car – according to our maths – offers 22.
Despite the first Ka going big on style, the latest model, the Ka+, is a rehashed version of a function-over-form South American budget car, a la EcoSport. Unlike the hideous faux-by-four that preceded it, however, Ford promises that it’s actually finished this one before shipping it over.
As a result, the new model boasts a sprinkling of Fiesta parts all thoroughly recalibrated for their new home, with two 1.2-litre petrol engines – offering 69bhp and 84bhp – and a mere two trim levels to deliberate over.
Top-spec Zetec models pack useful kit including air conditioning, cruise control, a digital radio and 15-inch alloys for a smidgen over £10k in 84bhp form. More importantly, this version is cheaper to finance than the entry-level 69bhp Studio car at a very affordable £151 per month over three years (with a £1000 deposit).
And it’s certainly plenty of car for the money. The Fiesta parts do the trick, with meaty, direct steering, tidy body control allied to smooth but tightly damped ride and just enough poke – in its more powerful incarnation – to make it fun to drive.
Comfortable seats, strong refinement levels and surprising amounts of space – four six-footers should fit – meanwhile, make the Ka+ a sound only car for those on a budget.
The Ka may be nothing like it used to be, but it’s still just as good as it ever was.
Ford Ka +
Engine: 1196cc 16v 4-cyl
Power: 84bhp @ 6300rpm
Torque: 83lb ft @ 4000rpm
Transmission: five-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Top speed: 105mph
On sale: Now
The surprise is how likeable it is