The Kia Venga is a five-door, five passenger, front-engine, front-drive, high-roof mini MPV (compact minivan) manufactured by Kia Motors exclusively for the European market.[1] The Venga was styled by Gregory Guillaume[2] at Kia's Rüsselsheim Research and Development Center, under the direction of Peter Schreyer, head of Kia's European design studio, and was based on Kia's No3 concept, introduced at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show.[3] The name Venga is Spanish for "come" or "come with."[4]

Kia Venga (YN)
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ManufacturerKia Motors
DesignerPeter Schreyer
Body and chassis
ClassMini MPV (M)
Body style5-door hatchback
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformHyundai-Kia PB
Wheelbase2,615 mm (103.0 in)
Length4,075 mm (160.4 in)
Width1,765 mm (69.5 in)
Height1,600 mm (63.0 in)

The Venga debuted at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show[1] sharing platforms with Kia Soul (and the outgoing Rio),[4] and stretched by 65 mm (2.6 in).[3]

With a design emphasizing interior space and practicality,[5] the Venga featured a long wheelbase for its class,[4] at 2,615 mm; a 1600 mm high roofline to maximize cabin space; and aerodynamic Cd of 0.31.[5] The 440-litre boot expanded to 1253 litres with the rear seats folded.[4] The split-folding rear seats also slid fore and aft.[4] All models featured anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, hill-start, hazard lights activated via emergency braking, tire pressure monitoring, six airbags, load-limiting pre-tensioned seatbelts and active front headrests.[4] Upper trim level equipment included panoramic sunroof, LED rear lights, keyless ignition, welcome-home lights and a heated steering wheel.[4]

The Venga employed Kia's corporate grille, known as the Tiger Nose. In December 2009, the Venga won Germany's iF Design Award.[6]

Kia released a facelifted Venga in early 2015, with a larger front grille, revised bumper fascia,[3] and a new six speed automatic transmission replacing the previous four speed transmission.[7]



Euro NCAP test results for a LHD, five door hatchback variant on a registration from 2010:[8]

Test Score Points
Adult occupant: 79% 28.4
Child occupant: 66% 32.3
Pedestrian: 64% 23
Safety assist: 71% 5

Following the initial test, Kia made several structural and safety improvements to the Venga, and had it reassessed.[9]

Test Score Points
Adult occupant: 89% 32.1
Child occupant: 85% 41.8
Pedestrian: 64% 23
Safety assist: 71% 5


The Venga was met with mixed reviews in Europe. Top Gear gave the car a score of 4 out of 10, calling it: "As sensible and tasty as a dry cracker. A decent enough car, perhaps one for the Freedom Pass brigade."[10] Autocar rated it three out of five stars, praising the spacious interior, refined engine, and generous specification, but criticizing the leisurely performance, bland styling, and price.[3]

What Car? gave the car two out of five stars.[11] Auto Express gave it three out of five stars, saying: "The Kia Venga has made a big impact in the mini MPV sector, with great space and strong value."[12]


In December 2009, the Venga won Germany's iF Design Award.[13]



  1. ^ a b "Kia to show Venga subcompact at Frankfurt auto show". Autoweek. 2009-08-17. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
  2. ^ "Kia Venga: Frech gestylter Mini-Van". Der Standard. August 25, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d "Kia Venga Review". Autocar. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "2017 Kia Venga Review". Motor 1.
  5. ^ a b "Kia Venga". Car Body Design.
  6. ^ Kia Venga wins design award December 7th, 2009.
  7. ^ "Specifications". Kia Motors (UK). Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  8. ^ "Kia Venga". Euro NCAP. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  9. ^ "Kia Venga (Reassessment)". Euro NCAP. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  10. ^ "Kia Venga". Top Gear. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  11. ^ "2017 Kia Venga Review". What Car?. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  12. ^ "Kia Venga Review". Auto Express. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  13. ^ "Kia Venga wins design award". Road Test Reports. 2009-12-07. Archived from the original on 2009-12-18. Retrieved 2017-05-25.

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