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.
What Car? says
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
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:
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