- Practical storage space
- Spacious interior
- Dull interior design
- Not great to drive
- Noisy engines
Spacious mini MPV that’s cheap to run.
The Kia Venga, first introduced in 2009, is the Korean manufacturer’s entry into the mini MPV market. Designed to compete with the Ford B-Max, the Nissan Note, and the Hyundai ix20, the Venga isn’t the coolest car in the class, but it still has a lot to offer. There’s plenty of practicality on offer, with a big boot, and space in the back for adults. The interior, whilst a little drab, is well built. And with a range of economical engines, it won’t cost an arm and a leg to run either. It’s not the most stylish car, not is the best to drive, but if practicality and costs are king, you’ll be a happy bunny with a Kia Venga sat on your driveway.
2015 saw a minor facelift, with a more modern exterior design, and improved specification lists.
Solid build quality and impressive practicality.
Kias have improved a lot over recent years when it comes to interior quality. It’s not a particularly impressive design, but it does feel built to last. And with a big boot space, and a generous equipment list, it’s certainly a solid package.
The dashboard design of the Venga is akin to the rest of the Kia range. That means it’s clean, simple, and modern, but lacks the vibrancy of some of its rivals. Material quality is however pretty good. Soft-touch plastics adorn the majority of the dash, though there are some harder, cheaper-feeling plastics in some areas. Despite this, all of the cabin feels built to last. Controls are also well thought out, simple to use, and nicely damped. It’s not class-leading, but it’s still rather impressive.
One of the main reasons why buyers go for mini-MPVs is the practicality they offer, in a relatively compact package. The Venga packs in one of the biggest load capacities in the class. With 440 litres of luggage room, it eclipses the Ford B-Max’s 318 litres. Passenger space is also excellent. Adults should have no problem travelling longer distances in the Venga, thanks to ample leg, and headroom.
As you’d expect with a Kia, equipment levels are generous across the range. The entry level 1 trim comes with electric front windows, a CD player, and USB connectivity. 1 Air trim will attract a lot of buyers thanks to the added aircon. Go for the 2 trim and you’ll get luxuries such as alloy wheels, and a leather steering wheel. Whilst range topping 3 models come with electric rear windows, climate control, and a panoramic sunroof.
If you’re on the lookout for a mini-MPV that packs in practicality, the Venga should top your list. It’s one of the most practical cars in its class. And whilst the interior is a little dull, it’s built to last.
Comfortable, but not exactly exciting.
When we say that the Kia Venga isn’t a fun car to drive, we’re perhaps doing it a little bit of a disservice. After all, what mini-MPVs are? Despite this, it’s nowhere near as entertaining as a Ford B-Max. The steering is vague, and offers very little feedback. So it won’t give you the confidence to throw it into a tight corner. It’s light enough to make parking nice and simple however. At speed the Venga does lean into corners quite a bit, which might make particularly nauseous passengers uncomfortable on longer journeys.
Suspension and Chassis
Comfort is perhaps more important to most family buyers. The Venga is actually pretty decent in this regard. Kia claims to have tuned the Venga to suit our poor British roads. And for the most part, it deals with them pretty well. Potholes and major blemishes are ironed out comfortably, though rough surfaces at speed do feed back into the cabin. Road and wind noise are kept well under wraps, though the engine noise can get a bit intrusive at times.
Gearbox options in the Venga come in three guises. The entry-level 1.4 litre petrol comes with a 5-speed manual. It’s decent enough, but the lack of sixth gear does hinder flexibility somewhat. The rest of the range does add a sixth gear, but it’s not the most engaging gearbox to use. An automatic is also available, but only with the 1.6 litre engine. But due to increased fuel consumption, unless you really don’t like changing gear, it’s perhaps one to avoid.
A fairly large range, but none of them particularly impress.
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Venga, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. There’s two of each on offer, but we’d stick to diesel power. It balances performance, and economy, without being too noisy.
Family buyers don’t usually bother themselves with performance figures when they’re looking for a mini-MPV. But some buyers will want the flexibility that comes with extra power. The most potent engine in the range is the 1.6 ISG petrol engine. It produces 123bhp, and will accelerate from 0-62mph in 10.4 seconds. Hardly figures to get the heart racing. But it does offer that little bit of extra power that’s useful if you regularly travel out of town.
Eco-friendly buyers might find themselves a little disappointed with the Venga range. It’s not bad per se. But they’re not the greenest on offer in this class. The best engine in the range is the diesel-powered 1.4 CRDi. It produces 115g/km of CO2 emissions. But with some manufacturers offering cars with sub-100g/km emissions, it’s a little disappointed. Money savers will however love this engine. It can achieve up to 64.2mpg. And with a tax bill of just £30 each year, you won’t have to spend a lot of money to keep your Venga on the road.
All of the engines in the Venga range are decent, but all of them disappoint in certain regards. Only the most powerful petrol engine is genuinely capable of regular out of town trips. And though the efficient diesel will save you money, it’s not the best mini-MPV for the planet.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, with decent standard safety kit.
Like nearly every car in its class, the Kia Venga easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 89% in adult safety, 85% in child safety, 64% in pedestrian safety, and 71% in safety assist, the Venga is one of the safest cars in its class. You’ll get a fair amount of safety kit as standard as well. All Vengas come equipped with ABS, hill-start assist, a full set of airbags, and Isofix child seat points. All in all, the Kia Venga is a safe car for you and your family.
Great value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation.
The Kia Venga represents good value for money for family buyers, particularly if you buy a used example. As with all Kias, the Venga comes with a seven year warranty, so you won’t have to factor in garage costs into your budget. Fuel costs shouldn’t be too bad either, though you should stick to the diesels if you really want to save money. Tax bands for the Venga are average for the class, though the best rivals are marginally cheaper.
Insurance costs for the Venga depend on which model you go for. Whatever your option, you won’t be paying any more than you would for an equivalent rival. The range starts in group 7 for the entry-level 1.4 EcoDynamics 1, climbing up towards group 14 for the range-topping 1.6 CRDi ISG 4.
Depreciation is a large factor with the Venga, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
If you’re on the lookout for a mini-MPV that’s practical, and cheap to run, the Venga will most definitely tick your boxes. Unfortunately there are a few chinks in its armour. It’s not great to drive, the interior is a little drab, and it’s not the most stylish car on the market. But with a huge boot, and solid build quality, the Venga is a small family car that will serve you well for years to come.
Buying a used Kia Venga online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Kia Venga for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Venga. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Kia Venga online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Kia? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Kia Venga, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Venga, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Kia to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.