Everyone needs space in their car. Whether it’s to take the kids to school, take rubbish to the tip or go on a mad shopping spree, without a big boot and decent space behind the front seats you are limited in what you can do. That’s not so much a problem for sports cars, but superminis need to be able to do it all.
After all, superminis are runabouts. They will never win a refinement competition against luxury saloons nor will they go as fast as a performance car. But what they do do well is melt into your life. And that’s the beauty of them.
More legroom than the Fiesta
The best of the bunch right now is the Ford KA+. It’s small but it’s based on the same platform as the all-new Ford Fiesta. Because of this, it has more rear legroom than most rivals. In fact, it has even more than the new Fiesta. There’s 896mm of rear legroom compared to 835mm on the Ford Fiesta 5 and 3-door. If that wasn’t incredible enough, the KA+ has a snip more headroom too.
What this translates to is impressive people carrying ability. There’s comfortable accommodation for two 6-foot passengers in the back and if you have a child seat there’s ample space for an ISOFIX base or belt system. There’s ISOFIX on both rear outermost seats and the rear bench split-folds 60-40. This means you can anchor in a child seat and drop the 60-fold side to carry longer items, such as a pram.
Because it’s around 40mm shorter than the Fiesta, the boot capacity is lower. It offers up 270-litres of space with the rear bench in place which is enough to swallow four bags for life and a little more. Or a medium-sized suitcase.
Conveniently, the KA+ is has an abundant supply of cubby spaces in the cab. There’s 21 stowage locations and the front door bins take a 1.0-litre bottle. There’s also a clever hidden stowage area at the end of the instrument panel on the driver’s side which can only be accessed when the front door is open.
Impressive Engines And Equipment
Thanks to its compact shape, the KA+ is also easy to drive. The 1.2L Ti-VCT petrol engine zips through the city and is highly efficient. With 70PS, it will return up to 48.7mpg combined as tested under the new WLTP cycle, or if you opt for the 85PS version it’ll return up to 47.9mpg combined in Zetec specification. If you do higher mileage, there’s a 1.5 TDCi engine which will return up to 60.1mpg combined.
Fancy something more rugged looking, maybe even SUV-esque? The KA+ Active is a new model with an enhanced ride height. It stands out with a chunky styling kit which includes arch and sill extensions, roof bars and unique alloy wheels.
Zetec and Active models come with the latest version of Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system, which includes a 6.5” touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Zetec models also come with cruise control, MyKey, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and air conditioning. With a top specification and space to spare, no supermini is better equipped to do it all. Ford have knocked this one out of the park.