Kia Venga mini MPV

Price  £11,995 - £18,570

Kia Venga mini MPV

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Very spacious
  • Great value for money
  • Seven-year warranty
  • Dull styling
  • Interior feels cheap
  • Limited engine range

At a glance

"The Kia Venga offers loads of space, low running costs, a great-value price tag and a seven-year warranty."

The Kia Venga is a mini-MPV that rivals models such as the Ford B-MAX, Citroen C3 Picasso, Skoda Roomster and Nissan Note. It has three main strengths: superb practicality, great value for money and Kia's market-leading seven-year warranty.

The Venga comes in a choice of five specification levels: 1, 1 AIR, 2, 3 and top-of-the-range 3 Sat Nav, but all versions have generous standard equipment and a decent amount of safety kit. Most Vengas have air-conditioning, but only the top-of-the-range trim gets sat nav as standard.

A generous amount of interior space is at odds with the Venga's small dimensions, which is impressive. The boot space is generous, too, and it's well designed so that luggage can easily slide in.

The Venga does have its drawbacks, though. It's now one of the older cars in the Kia line-up, so its material quality and fit and finish isn’t a match for newer models in the range like the Cee’d hatchback and it doesn’t compare well to rivals such as the Ford B-MAX and Honda Jazz. The Venga also suffers from fairly firm suspension, which gives it an uncomfortable ride.

The engine range is limited, too, featuring relatively underpowered and noisy diesels plus uneconomical petrols. No engine is fast, with the slowest taking around 14 seconds to power the Venga from 0-62mph.

But even with these issues, the Venga is still a very competent car – you’ll struggle to find another model that offers such a good blend of practicality and value for money.

Pricing for the Venga range starts at under £12,000 for the 1.4-litre petrol. The 1.4-litre diesel costs slightly more than £13,000, with the 1.6-litre petrol in well equipped 3 Sat Nav trim taking the price above £18,000.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3 / 5

Far from class-leading, but the Kia Venga diesel engines offer decent fuel economy

Engines, drive & performance

2.4 / 5

The engine range is weak and the Kia Venga isn't much fun to drive

Interior & comfort

2.4 / 5

The inside of the Kia Venga isn’t as high quality as rivals, but it comes well equipped

Practicality & boot space

4 / 5

There’s no shortage of space to get comfortable inside the Kia Venga

Reliability & safety

4.1 / 5

The Kia Venga boasts five-star safety and reliability guaranteed by a seven-year warranty

What the others say

3 / 5
based on 3 reviews
3 / 5
It's the amount of room on offer that really impresses, though. Despite its compact exterior dimensions, the Venga rivals cars from the class above for space. You get bags of headroom, while the sliding rear bench lets owners choose between extra legroom or increased carrying capacity.
3 / 5
Kia's Venga is roomy inside and the touches designed to make it versatile work reasonably well. Value for money usually forms an enormous part of a Kia's appeal, but the Venga isn't especially cheap. It's too early to say how it'll perform on resale values, but Kias aren't usually too strong on that front.
3 / 5
With its high roofline and short body it offers an alternative to the likes of the Renault Grand Modus and Citroen C3 Picasso. As well as being just as practical as the French manufacturers' efforts, it is reasonable to drive and it makes perfect sense as a city runabout.
What owners say 
4.2 /5 based on 59 reviews
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
22 Dec 2014
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