In order to maximise the available cabin space in the Ford Ka, the 5-speed manual gear shift is now incorporated into the centre console, which is where the fun begins.
In order to maximise the available cabin space in the Ford Ka, the 5-speed manual gear shift is now incorporated into the centre console, which is where the fun begins. Again, the trapezoidal shape is evident in the glossy white finish of the centre console and door pulls. In the centre is the Ka logo, which sits between the climate control dials and temperature gauges. Above this are 'orange juicer' inspired air vents and an information display panel. It doesn't sound too oddball but when contrasted to the fascia colour and extended to the steering wheel, and strangely moulded instrument nacelle, the glossy white finish makes quite an impression.
Upright seats are another way of making the most of the Ford Ka's space and putting seat adjustment inboard, increases shoulder room. The front seats have rounded shoulders, which cunningly serve to make the cabin feel more airy and, with the addition of the panoramic sunroof, you could almost believe that you were in a bigger car.
While rear legroom is not too much of a problem for the two rear passengers, headroom is. Although headroom in the Ford Ka is much better than in the Fiat 500, adults might still find themselves hunching down to avoid the roof. When not occupied, the rear seats can be folded to extend the boot capacity from 224- to 747-litres (to the roof).
Ford Ka Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Ford Ka|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||13.1 Seconds|
|Top Speed||99 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||64.2 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 09/02/09)||£7,827 OTR|