Review

Kia Venga mini MPV

£11,995 - £18,570

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.