In recent months, the all-new Kia Rio hatchback the small Kia Picanto city car have both been developed and tested specifically for European roads, with impressive results.
Both new cars have been widely praised in the media, with the new Picanto winning Scottish Car of the Year, What Car? Green Award and Car of the Year at the Northern Group of Motoring Writers’ awards.
Production of the new Kia Venga, which was launched in 2010, has been moved to a plant in Slovakia alongside the likes of the cee’d family car and the Sportage compact crossover in response to high demand for the small people carrier.
The five-seat Kia Venga is currently on sale as the UK from £11,995. Like all Kia cars sold in the UK, it also comes with a seven year warranty (or 100,000 miles) – one of the longest available in the UK.
Available in three trim levels, named 1, 2 and 3, the Kia Venga comes with a choice of 1.4-litre or 1.6-litre petrol engine and a single 1.4-litre diesel.
The latter is the most efficient in the range and falls under Kia’s eco-signature, EcoDynamics. This means CO2 emissions of 117g/km and fuel economy of 62.8mpg.
The Kia Venga is one of the cheapest people carriers on the market in the UK, although with its five-seat layout it is more like a hatchback than a traditional MPV.