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Kia Venga MPV (2010-2019) - Interior & comfort

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

Carbuyer Rating

2.9 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.0 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

2.5 out of 5

The Kia Venga's interior could be better insulated, as there's quite a bit of wind and engine noise to be heard at higher speeds. Road noise is fairly well contained, but the diesel engines are intrusive. Although the car's soft suspension means it doesn't corner very well, the upshot is that the Venga soaks up most big bumps in the road.

Kia Venga dashboard

Interior quality doesn't quite match rivals', with material standards, fit and finish trailing cars like the Ford B-MAX and Honda Jazz and lagging behind newer Kia models like the Cee'd as well. The buttons and controls are laid out well enough, though, and a facelift in the first half of 2015 has improved things in the cabin to a certain extent.

Equipment

The Venga is well equipped, no matter which trim level you choose. The various specifications are named 1, 1 Air, 2, 3 and 4.

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All models get body-coloured door mirrors and bumpers, tinted glass, electric front windows, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, steering wheel-mounted controls, split-folding rear seats, a CD stereo with MP3 compatibility, USB and auxiliary ports, plus hill-start assist.

The only real difference between the 1 and 1 Air models is that the latter comes with air-conditioning and costs around £800 more.

The 2, though, comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth phone connectivity, all-round electric windows and a range of trim upgrades such as metallic-finish interior door handles.

Both the 3 and 4 have part-leather upholstery and a whole host of gadgets such as heated front seats and cruise control. The glovebox is cooled and illuminated, while the manual air-conditioning is upgraded to an automatic system. They also have sat-nav with a seven-inch touchscreen, plus an advanced reversing camera. Top-spec 4 models also have a panoramic sunroof and LED daytime running lights.

Options

If your model doesn’t already have them, you can opt for 17-inch alloy wheels, costing around £640. A detachable tow bar will cost you just over £400. Front and rear parking sensors are on the options list too.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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