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Kia Venga
4/10

Overall
verdict

As sensible and tasty as a dry cracker. A decent enough car, perhaps one for the Freedom Pass brigade.

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  • Too sensible to be cool. The C3 Picasso is way cooler.
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    Venga 1.6 ISG 3 5d

    Price £15,680

    BHP 123

    LB FT 115

    MPG 47

    CO2 139

    0-62 MPH 10.60

    Top Speed 114

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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.

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