|Kia Venga (YN)|
|Production||November 2009 – 2019|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door hatchback|
|Wheelbase||2,615 mm (103.0 in)|
|Length||4,075 mm (160.4 in)|
|Width||1,765 mm (69.5 in)|
|Height||1,600 mm (63.0 in)|
The name Venga is Spanish for "come" or "come with."
The Venga was styled by Gregory Guillaume at Kia's Rüsselsheim Research and Development Center, under the direction of Peter Schreyer, head of Kia's European design studio. It was based on Kia's No3 concept, introduced at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show.
With a design emphasizing interior space and practicality, the Venga featured a long wheelbase for its class, at 2,615 mm; a 1,600 mm high roofline to maximize cabin space; and aerodynamic Cd of 0.31. The 440-litre boot expanded to 1253 litres with the rear seats folded. The split-folding rear seats also slid fore and aft by up to 130 mm and can fold completely flat, without the need to adjust or remove the seat headrests.
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. Upper trim level equipment included panoramic sunroof, LED rear lights, keyless ignition, welcome-home lights and a heated steering wheel.
Kia released a facelifted Venga in early 2015, with a larger front grille, revised bumper fascia, and a new six-speed automatic transmission replacing the previous four-speed one. Production of the Venga ended in early 2019, without a successor.
Rear view (pre-facelift)
Front view (facelift)
Rear view (facelift)
- Euro NCAP
Following the initial test, Kia made several structural and safety improvements to the Venga, and had it reassessed.
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." 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.
What Car? gave the car two out of five stars. 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."
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- Official website (UK)