It has three main strengths: superb levels of practicality, great value for money and Kia's market-leading seven-year warranty. It comes in a choice of five specification levels: ‘1’, ‘1 AIR’, ‘2’, ‘3’ and top-of-the-range ‘3 Sat Nav’, but all versions come with strong equipment levels and a decent amount of safety kit.
It does have its drawbacks, though. It's now one of the older cars in the Kia line-up, and material quality, fit and finish isn’t a match for newer models in the range like the cee’d hatchback, and doesn’t compare well to rivals like the Ford B-MAX and Honda Jazz. The Venga also suffers from quite a firm suspension setting, which gives it a bit of an uncomfortable ride.
The engine range is limited, too, featuring relatively underpowered and noisy diesel engines plus uneconomical petrol engines. But even with these issues, it's still a very competent car – and you’ll struggle to find another model that offers such a good blend of practicality and value for money.