Tricky one. As we’ve said, due to its mix of generous size and low price, the Ka+ competes with both city cars and budget superminis alike, and where those cars are concerned, there’s certainly no shortage of choice. However, even in an overcrowded segment, the Ka+ is still a fairly unique proposition.
A Dacia Sandero
will compete on price and kit, but falls behind the Ford for quality and driving manners. A Volkswagen Up
, meanwhile, is more stylish and better on image and quality, but it’ll cost you a lot more and won’t be as practical. And it’s a similar story for pretty much any other rival you can think of. In short, we’d really struggle to name another model at a similar price that offers quite the same mix of abilities and shortcomings.
That means one thing. For a very specific buyer, with a very specific set of priorities, the Ka+ will be absolutely perfect. What’s more, that person will love driving and owning it. However, if there’s any one part of your priorities that don’t match the strengths of the Ka+, then it’s likely another of the vast array of affordable small cars out there will suit you better.
If you want as much space as you can get, along with an enjoyable and civilised driving experience, all for an impressively low price, then definitely give the Ka+ a look. If, however, you place any value on interior quality, swish looks or generous equipment levels, then you might be better off looking elsewhere.
If you do decide on a Ka+, we’d definitely suggest upgrading from basic Studio trim to Zetec, because it takes the base car’s rather stingy spec and adds key items such as alloy wheels, cruise control, DAB radio and a leather-wrapped steering wheel for a very reasonable increase of £1000. It’s also important to note that, whichever of the two engines you choose, you’ll get identical efficiency figures of 56.6mpg and 114g/km. These aren’t particularly impressive by class standards, but they’re not catastrophic, either.