Kia has revealed the first UK specification details for its stylish new Venga compact MPV.
The Kia Venga joins the and the Kia Rio in the B-segment or supermini class. Sounds like a lot of Kias for a single sector – but the number of supermini customers continues to increase as more people live in cities and continue to downsize from larger vehicles.
Practicality with style?
Looks-wise, the Venga is the production version of the well-received Kia No 3 concept, and is the first Kia to be styled from a clean sheet by former Audi designer Peter Schreyer. Job well done, we reckon – good news for future cars from the Korean brand.
The Venga is a little less boxy than traditional compact MPVs, such as the Nissan Note, Ford Fusion and Vauxhall Meriva. Its ‘wheel at each corner’ stance gives the Venga a long wheelbase, and it is also wider than any of its rivals.
The front is roomy but rear interior space isn’t a match for the Note – even with the Venga’s rear sliding seats. The boot is decent, though, with 314 litres minimum, going all the way up 1,253 litres with the rear seats folded flat.
Diesel gets start-stop as standard
The Venga is getting a UK-specific suspension and steering set-up – good news if it emulates the success of the Kia Cee’d.
Fuel economy for the petrol engines is reasonable without being outstanding. But the diesel comes fitted with Kia’s Intelligent Stop & Go start-stop system as standard, helping it to return an official 62.6mpg with CO2 emissions of 117g/km. This is predicted to be the best seller, in combination with the base 1 trim level.
There are three trim levels, simply named Venga 1, 2 and 3.
Equipment is comprehensive for a small car, with electronic stability control (ESC), six airbags, remote central locking, air conditioning, six-speaker stereo with USB connector and front electric windows all standard. No wonder many buyers will be satisfied with the entry grade.
Venga 2 adds 16-inch alloys, electric, heated mirrors, iPod connector and a leather trimmed steering wheel with audio controls. Venga 3 gets climate control, front fog lights, rear electric windows and a panoramic sunroof among its extra kit.
The Venga joins the ranks of Kia models offered with a seven-year, fully transferable 100,000-mile warranty – giving peace of mind and added value.
There are no official prices yet, as the Kia Venga isn’t due here until February 2010. However, we have been told to expect a cost range from around £11,500 to £15,500.
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