Kia Venga named ‘Best Small MPV’ by What Car?

The Kia Venga has taken the title of ‘Best Small MPV’ in the 2014 What Car? JD Power owner satisfaction survey.

Kia say that the Venga is designed to bridge the gap between the economy and performance of a supermini with the cabin space and versatility of a larger car.

Jim Holder, What Car? Editor, explained why the Venga took the title, saying: “The Kia Venga was rated for its spacious cabin, easy access and flexible seating options as well its driveability and visibility, all equally important for a small MPV.”

The Venga’s five variants, the Venga 1, Venga 1 Air, Venga 2 and range-topping Venga 3 and Venga 3 SatNav all feature sleek exterior aesthetics with black high-gloss radiator grilles and body-coloured bumpers, door mirrors and handles.

Additional features include a fully adjustable steering wheel, electric windows and exterior mirrors, RDS radio/CD player with USB connectivity and twin front and side airbags, electronic stability control and ABS as standard.

Engine Options

A range of engine options are on offer across the model range, including 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol versions with six and four-speed transmissions available, that boast maximum outputs of 83bhp and 123bhp respectively. The Venga also has two 1.4 and 1.6-litre diesel options, the 1.4 CRDi and 1.6 CRDi ISG, both with 89bhp and 114bhp outputs and six-speed manual transmissions.

In keeping with Kia’s eco-friendly attitude, the Venga boasts fuel efficiency of up to 64.2mpg on the Venga 3 SatNav and with CO2 emissions as low as just 117g/km.

In addition to the Venga’s success, Kia itself rose up through the manufacturer rankings to 9th place, up six places from 15th in 2013, and all Kia models included in the 2014 survey improved on their positions compared to last year’s survey.

Kia’s best-selling model

Kia’s best-selling model in the UK, the Sportage crossover, finished two places higher than last year’s rankings in 11th places and was praised for its reliability, while the Cee’d family car finished in 29th place up from 32nd and the Picanto city car rose from 96th to 68th place.

Commenting on Kia’s performance, Paul Philpott, President & CEO of Kia Motors UK said: “It’s great to hear that Venga owners are not only pleased with their small MPVs but with our dealers too, and encouraging to see every Kia surveyed improve its position in this year’s results.”

The survey, ran by global market research company JD Power, took place between January and March of this year, using cars that had been registered between January 2011 and December 2012.  Only models with more than 4000 sales were considered, with 109 models being surveyed in total.