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For The Kia Venga is roomy inside and the touches designed to make it versatile work reasonably well. The cabin looks quite stylish, too, and safety equipment is comprehensive.

Against Crucially for a Kia, the Venga is not particularly cheap, while driving it isn't an exhilarating experience. The noisy, under-performing diesel engine is best left alone.

Kia Venga MPV
22 5stars

The Kia Venga isn't the cleverest mini MPV you can buy, and it's not the best to drive, either. It's not a bad package, though – if only it were a bit cheaper.

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There are 13 Kia Venga versions available

MPV 1.4 89 1 ISG 5dr £11,795
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.4 89 1 Air ISG 5dr £12,595
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.4 CRDi 89 1 5dr £13,095
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.4 89 2 ISG 5dr £13,695
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.4 CRDi 89 1 Air 5dr £13,895
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.4 CRDi 89 2 5dr £14,995
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 123 2 Auto 5dr £15,610
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 123 3 ISG 5dr £15,890
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 123 3 Nav ISG 5dr £16,885
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 123 3 Auto 5dr £16,990
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 CRDi 114 3 ISG 5dr £17,175
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 123 3 Nav auto 5dr £17,985
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 CRDi 114 3 Nav ISG 5dr £18,170
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

Whichever version of the Kia Venga you pick, you'll get a seven-year warranty that is transferred on when you sell.

However, we'd avoid the 89bhp 1.4 diesel engine, because it gives off too much noise, too much vibration and it isn't particularly flexible. The 1.4 petrol is the pick of the range: its perky nature suits the car, it's quieter than the diesel and it'll cost you less to buy. We can't comment on the 1.6 automatic yet, because we haven't driven it.

Cheap is best when it comes to trims, too. The entry-level models will be generous enough for most with air-conditioning, remote control locking, electric front windows and a CD player with USB socket. Alloy wheels and a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls are your reward for spending more on the 2 model. Don't bother with 3 trim – you get climate control, privacy glass, powered rear windows and a panoramic sunroof, but you pay handsomely for them.

Reader test team says:

Kia Venga MPV 1.4 89 1 ISG 5dr

I owned a 2011 1.4 Diesel Venga 1 Air and have drive around 46,000 miles. I've been happy with this car on my daily commute which involves a 60/40%…

Alastair Montgomery

4 out of 5 stars

Kia Venga MPV 1.4 89 1 ISG 5dr

I have a 2014 1.4 diesel venga it is not bad to drive but the problem I have with it is the throttle is like pushing down on a rubber ball ,it is all…

john mccartney

2 out of 5 stars

Kia Venga MPV 1.6 CRDi 114 3 ISG 5dr

Having owned a kia Venga 1.6 CDi 3Ecodynamics for 28 months or so i feel it’s time to put my thoughts to a review. The first 6-8 months fantastic…

Stephen Hudson

2 out of 5 stars

Kia Venga MPV 1.4 89 1 ISG 5dr

Having only driven this car for a week I found it comfy and very nice to drive I drive the 1.4 engine 2 model the space kia have managed to make in…

Richard Furby

5 out of 5 stars
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