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Kia Venga MPV (2010-2019) - MPG, running costs & CO2

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

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2.9 out of 5

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4.0 out of 5

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MPG, running costs & CO2 Rating

2.5 out of 5

Kia's cars have come a long way in recent years, thanks to stylish designs, better-quality interiors and that excellent seven-year warranty. But all these things come at a cost and lead to an increased price tag compared to when the marque first arrived.

The Kia Venga still costs a little less than most of its rivals, but the price gap is narrowing. And there's a new budget brand in the marketplace – Dacia – which offers substantially lower prices than Kia.

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Resale values for the Venga after three years or 36,000 miles are still pretty poor – around 43% of the original price for the 1.4-litre engines and 36% for the 1.6-litres – so if you're likely to be changing your car within three or four years, you may be better off looking at rivals such as the Ford B-MAX or Honda Jazz.

Kia Venga MPG and CO2

The diesels are the best choice if you’re looking for low running costs. There's a choice of 1.4 and 1.6-litre engines, both of which should be reasonably affordable for business users, with a Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) liability of 24%. They return 64.2mpg and emit either 115g/km of CO2.

These are decent figures, but don't come close to the best in class. The Ford B-MAX fitted with a 1.5-litre TDCi engine, for example, will return 74.3mpg and emits just 98g/km of CO2.

The 1.6-litre petrol engine is particularly inefficient for a car of the Kia Venga's size. It returns 47.9mpg and emits 139g/km of CO2, while the smaller 1.4-litre petrol engine can manage 50.4mpg and emits 130g/km of CO2. This puts the petrol Venga in BiK bands 25% and 26% for company-car drivers. Compared to the wave of new small turbocharged petrol engines developed by brands like Ford and Volkswagen, Kia's petrol engines lag behind.

Insurance group

Insurance for the Venga shouldn't be too costly. The entry-level 1.4-litre ISG 1 model is in group eight and the rating climbs to group 14 for the range-topping 1.6-litre CRDi ISG 4.

Warranty

Kia's class-leading seven-year warranty will ensure you don't get hit with a big repair bill out of the blue and it can be transferred to a subsequent owner, which helps with resale values.

Servicing

Models with the diesel engines benefit from longer service intervals than cars fitted with the other engines in the range, only needing a trip to the dealer every 20,000 miles, compared to 10,000 miles for the petrols. Kia offers a ‘Care-3’ servicing package for the Venga, covering the first three services for £329, while ‘Care-3 Plus’ takes care of five services for £609.

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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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