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Kia Venga

£11,940£18,515
4/10
Overall verdict

For: 

Clever boot, loads of headroom

Against: 

Too sensible to be cool. The C3 Picasso is way cooler.
As sensible and tasty as a dry cracker. A decent enough car, perhaps one for the Freedom Pass brigade.

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Kia

1.6 ISG 3 5dr

£16,005
N/A
48mpg
10.40s
123bhp
139g/km

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.

Driving

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.

Owning

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.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.6 ISG 3 5dr
10.4s 139g/km 47.9 123 £16,005
The cheapest
1.4 ISG 1 5dr
12.4s 130g/km 50.4 89 £11,940
The greenest
1.4 CRDi 2 5dr
13.7s 115g/km 64.2 89 £15,140

Wildcard

How about something completely different?

Wildcard

6/10

Dacia Sandero

£5,940£10,240
Want something just as spacious, but for even less cash? Try a Dacia Sandero