Kia Venga named best supermini-MPV

The practical but compact Venga was chosen by the staff at Auto Express as the best supermini-based MPV in the awards, which are designed to celebrate the best new cars of 2010.

Despite only arriving in the UK in February 2010 the Venga has sold well as a budget small MPV with Kia’s popular seven year warranty.

Speaking about the Venga, Auto Express Editor-in-Chief David Johns said: "The Venga is a refreshingly honest machine that doesn’t rely on gimmicks or high-profile gadgets for its appeal.

"Instead, it simply provides lots of cabin and load space in a handsome package that also happens to be very attractively priced and good to drive."

The Venga was designed specifically to appeal to European customers. The Korean manufacturer, in an attempt to increase its market share in European markets, designed and built the Venga in European countries.

Kia Motors (UK) Limited’s Managing Director, Michael Cole said: "Competition in this segment is particularly tough because customers are looking for an unrivalled combination of quality, style and value so I’m delighted that Venga has been recognised as the best in its class with one of the industry’s most prized awards."

The Kia Venga, priced from £11,495, is available with a choice of 1.4 and 1.6-litre petrol engines and a low-CO2 1.4-litre diesel alternative. Fitted with Stop & Go technology, the diesel model boasts a range-best 117g/km of CO2 emissions.

All models – in 1, 2 and 3 trim levels – come with ESC and air conditioning while higher-specced Venga models include climate control, iPod connectivity and a panoramic sunroof.

It has been a good month for Kia after the Picanto was named the most reliable car in a recent industry-wide survey. The manufacturer has also launched a new Facebook page and has encountered a high amount of initial interest in the new Kia Sportage SUV.