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Appealing little Ford gets a red interior, but canvas roof and disappointing engine hurt its appeal.

Our Verdict

Ford Ka
The Ford Ka lacks the sparkle of the original model

The Ford Ka is the sister car to the Fiat 500, but is it more appealing than the funky Italian?

  • First Drive

    Ford StreetKa

    Appealing little Ford gets a red interior, but canvas roof and disappointing engine hurt its appeal.
  • First Drive

    Ford Ka 1.3i

    Tiny tweaks for tiniest Ford
16 August 2005

What’s new?A 500-off limited edition version of the range-topping StreetKa Luxury roadster, that’s what. No prizes for guessing what colour the unique leather interior is; you also get £200 of extras, including a heated front windscreen and a windbreak.Do the changes work?They’re minimal, so their appeal largely depends on whether or not you’re seduced by the StreetKa’s charms. And it’s not without them: cute looks, a grippy chassis, snug cabin and plenty of standard kit. But the little Ford feels like it’s been left behind by its rivals: the 1.6-litre engine is wheezy and low-tech by modern standards, despite the burbling exhaust note. The two-stage hood operation is fiddly compared to the likes of the (admittedly dynamically inferior) Peugeot 206 CC’s, and that car also offers a pair of rear seats.Should I buy one?You should at least try one if you’re in the market for an inexpensive drop-top, but we suspect many will go for the easier-to-live-with 206 CC.RA

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