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The Top Gear car review: Kia Venga
For:Clever boot, loads of headroom
Against:Too sensible to be cool. The C3 Picasso is way cooler.
1.6 ISG 3 5dr
What we say:
The Kia Venga does the whole family car thing as well as any other - but it's not cool. Or much fun
What is it?
Despite the nineties pop act name, this isn’t a bad car at all. Sensible, affordable… and just a little bit dull.
The steering steers and the suspension suspends, but after a while anyone keen to exploit the Venga’s driving thrills will slip into a disinterested snooze.
The comfort is perfectly judged for its target market, it’s soft and a bit forgettable.
The 1.4-litre diesel feels flat but above 2,500rpm gets a little shot in the arm: 0-60mph takes 14 seconds, and the payoff for this lethargy is 62mpg and emissions of 119g/km of CO2. The 123bhp petrol is faster (11.8 seconds) but you lose 20mpg in the process.
On the inside
Boot space stands at 440 litres, and there’s plenty of headroom thanks to that tall roofline. As with all modern Kias, the Venga feels well put together and that seven-year warranty is fantastic value.
The diesels are cheap as chips, and the petrols only slightly less so, while £11.5k gets you into the entry-level 1.4-litre ‘1’ version.