Kia Venga

3/5
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Verdict

The Kia Venga is a visually small car on the outside, but once you sit inside it you will be amazed by the spacious feeling that it gives. The Venga would be in the same segment as the likes of the Roomster from Skoda and even the B-Class from Ford. This is a small MPV that’s certainly worth a look if you’re contemplating a mini family car. Its price is fair when you compare it to the likes of the B-Max – and of course with Kia you do get the seven year warranty.

Performance

If you’re looking for a high performer then you’re on the wrong page. MPVs of all sizes aren’t generally famed for their high power and speed – but with that said you will find a few that are. The Venga has two petrol engines and one diesel engine available to the Irish market. The diesel choice is the 1.4 litre, this offers 89 bhp and a maximum torque of 220Nm at between 1,750 and 2,750rpm. On paper it has a maximum speed of 167 km/h and it should get you from 0-100km/h in 14.5 seconds. The petrol choices include a 1.4 litre engine. The 1.4 litre engine’s top speed is also 167 km/h and it will get you from 0-100km/h in 12.9 seconds. This engine offers a maximum torque of 137Nm at 4,000rpm. We’ve been told that there is also a 1.6 litre petrol engine available. The diesel offering is sluggish, whereas the petrol engine offers a bit more life.

Ride & Handling

Like in the Kia Picanto, the suspension is soft and it deals nicely with bumps and minor road imperfections. The Venga grips well but gives more body roll on corners in comparison with the likes of the Ford B-MAX, and unfortunately the steering is lifeless by comparison.

Refinement

Both the diesel and petrol models tend to make some noise while you’re trying to get to a comfortable cruising speed on the motorway. The petrol engine calms down once you get to a steady 100 km/h, but the diesel maintains its grumblings. Road and wind noise is not terrible, but it’s still noticeable.

Quality & Reliability

Visibility within the Venga is very good, one of the reasons for this is down to the ride height within. Both L and EX trims come with some good features like USB connectivity and steering wheel controls. We were surprised to learn that the “L” trim didn’t come with Bluetooth as standard. Apart from that the plastics are of good quality.

Safety & Security

In 2010, after a reassessment, the Venga received four stars in the Euro NCAP. It scored 79% for adult occupancy and 85% for child occupancy. For pedestrian safety they scored 64%. Each Venga comes with a good selection of safety features. As standard you will find 6 airbags, impact sensing automatic door unlocking (unlocks your vehicle’s doors in the case of a crash), ABS & BAS, and ISOFIX anchor joints.

Space & Practicality

One of the most practical points about the Venga is that regardless of what engine you go for it will be fuel efficient. Kia claims that the 1.4 petrol can return a combined fuel economy of 5.6l/100km and the 1.4 diesel can return 4.5l/100km.
Space within the Venga is excellent for the size of the vehicle and it has a boot capacity of 440 litres.

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Key Facts

New Price
€15,900
Make

Kia

Model
Venga
Variant
1.4 L Petrol
First year of model production
2015
Engine (L)
1.4
Transmission
Manual
Gears
5 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback

Running Costs

Tax
€270
Tax Band
B1
Average L/100km
5.6
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
50
Fuel Tank Range (km)
893
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
130
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Driven Wheels
Front
Brake Horsepower
89
Top Speed
168 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
12.8
Cylinders
4
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
50
Aspiration
Normally

Space & Practicality

Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity (L)
440
Tyre Size Front
195/65 R15
Tyre Size Back
195/65 R15

Safety

Isofix
Yes
Euro NCAP Star Rating
5