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Dashboard, infotainment, sat-nav and passenger space

There are three basic style themes that can be specified inside the Ford Ka, each of which can be separately tailored to a customer’s tastes and desires. The potential variation of colour, trim and option combos is so large that no one at Ford has a calculator powerful enough to work out the actual number.

Before that you can select from five basic trim levels: Studio, Style, Zetec, Zetec Black and White Editions and Titanium, each appearing in ascending order of price and specification.

There are plenty of customisation options available

The entry-level Studio models are sparse affairs, as should be expected, but do come with anti-lock brakes, a trip computer, USB connectivity and a 12V power socket, while upgrading to the Studio Ka adds air conditioning, electric front windows, manually adjustable driver's seat, and body coloured handles and mirror housing as standard.

The mid-range Zetec models gain 16in alloy wheels, heated wing mirrors, front fog lights and Ford's Quickclear windscreen, while the Black and White Editions come with black alloys, black and white seat trim and interior styling.

The range-topping Titanium trim equips the Ka with luxuries such as climate control, leater seats, a panoramic sunroof and rear parking sensors.

If it all sounds deeply stylish on paper, unless you go the whole hog and dig deep into the options catalogue, the Ka interior, though ergonomically sound and pretty well made, suffers from being a touch ordinary.

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The seats are no better than so-so in the support they offer and feel surprisingly hard beneath your backside, while the plastic used to trim most of the top of the dash is of the cheap and not especially cheerful variety. Only the flash of colour coding on the centre console itself and a brace of good-looking, well laid out instruments help lift the atmosphere above the ordinary. 

Having said that, the stereo operation remains unforgivably fiddly; it’s all too easy to thumb the hazard warning button in an attempt to select Radio Dunton. 

On the other hand, for such a small car the amount of space on offer in the Ka is genuinely excellent. Head room is superb, there’s enough leg room front and rear to squeeze four adults on board, and even the boot is big enough to swallow a reasonable slug of luggage.