The Kia Venga mini MPV represents everything that's good about Kia. Not only does its spacious interior and generous boot space prove that small cars can indeed deliver superior practicality, but that it can also come at a reasonable price. This isn’t the greatest car in the world by any means, and our star rating reflects that, but it shows how Kia is making big waves in the car industry simply by upping its game. The Venga isn’t cheap compared to a lot of the other models in Kia's line-up – like the Kia Rio, for instance – but it offers lots of quality, plenty of safety equipment and a good level of comfort. Inside, there's loads of leg and headroom, both in the front and the back, and while some of the materials don’t match the quality of its stablemate, the Kia cee’d, or many of its rivals, including the Honda Jazz, it is a viable competitor for the Citroen C3 Picasso and The Ford B-MAX. Its weakest point is the range of engines on offer, with the 1.4-litre CRDI diesel in particular proving noisy and slow. At the other end of the scale, the 1.4-litre petrol is better but loses too much in fuel economy to justify swapping over. The Venga comes in five specifications – entry-level ‘1’, ‘1 AIR’, ‘2’, ‘3’ and top-of-the-range ‘3 Sat Nav’. Even given some of its problems, it still makes sense as sturdy city runabout and it comes with Kia's peerless seven-year warranty – yet another sign of Kia's growing confidence in its product.