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

Make

Kia

Model
Venga
Variant
1.4 L Petrol
Trim
L
Car Category
MPV
First Launched
2015
Engine (L)
1.4
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
5 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback
Price New
€15,900
CBG Expert Rating
3.0

Running Costs

Tax
€270
Tax Band
B1
L/100km Combined
5.6
Average km/L
17.9
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
50
Fuel Tank Range
893 km
Cost of filling a tank
€65.7
Average Cost Per 200 km
€14.72
CO2 emmissions
130 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
89 bhp
Max Power kW
66
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1396
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of valves
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Normally
Top speed
168 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
12.8 s
L/100km Urban
7.20 L
L/100km Extra Urban
5.30 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Hatchback
Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity
440 L

Warranty

All Components
7 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
7 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year warranty
Paintwork
5 Year paint warranty
Mileage
150000
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assist

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5

Dimensions

Boot capacity
440 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
195/65 R15 mm
Tyre size back
195/65 R15 mm
Rim size
6,0J X 15; 6,0J X 16; 6,5J X 17 mm
Length
4075 mm
Width
1765 mm
Height
1600 mm
Wheel Base
2615 mm
Front Track (mm)
1600
Rear Track (mm)
1545
Kerb weight
1178 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1710
Turning circle (m)
10.42

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Multi-point injection
Front Suspension
Independent, Spring McPherson, with stabilizer
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent, spring
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
89 bhp
3 Variants
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Hatchback
€15,900
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 440 L
  • Engine Size 1.4 L
  • Power 89 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 12.8 s
  • New Price €15,900
Hatchback
€20,250
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 440 L
  • Engine Size 1.4 L
  • Power 89 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 14.2 s
  • New Price €20,250
Hatchback
€22,500
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 6 Speed Auto
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €390
  • Boot Capacity 440 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 121 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.5 s
  • New Price €22,500