The Kia Venga is a car manufactured by Kia for the European market[2] across a single generation (2009–2019) with a five-door, five passenger, front-engine, front-wheel-drive, high-roof mini MPV (compact minivan) design.

Kia Venga (YN)
2011 Kia Venga 3 1.4 Front.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerKia
Production2009–2019
Assembly
DesignerGregory Guillaume[1]
Peter Schreyer
Body and chassis
ClassMini MPV (M)
Body style5-door hatchback
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformHyundai-Kia PB
Related
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
Dimensions
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 was styled by Gregory Guillaume[1] 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.[3]

The Venga debuted at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show[2] sharing platforms with Kia Soul (and the outgoing Rio).[4][3] The Venga and Hyundai ix20 are badge engineered variants.

The name Venga is Spanish for "come" or "come with."[4]

DesignEdit

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 by up to 130 mm[4] and can fold completely flat, without the need to adjust or remove the seat headrests.[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. The MPV won Germany's iF Design Award in 2009,[6] followed by a Red Dot (product design) award in 2010.[7]

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 one.[8] Production of the Venga ended in early 2019, without a successor.[9]

SafetyEdit

Euro NCAP

Euro NCAP test results for a LHD, five door hatchback variant on a registration from 2010:[10]

Test Score Points
Overall:      
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.[11]

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

ReceptionEdit

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."[12] 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.[13] 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."[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Kia Venga: Frech gestylter Mini-Van". Der Standard. August 25, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Kia to show Venga subcompact at Frankfurt auto show". Autoweek. 2009-08-17. Retrieved 2009-08-19.{{cite magazine}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ a b c d "Kia Venga Review". Autocar. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "2017 Kia Venga Review". Motor 1.
  5. ^ a b "Kia Venga". Car Body Design.
  6. ^ Kia Venga wins design award December 7th, 2009. roadtestreports.co.uk
  7. ^ "Kia Venga wins prestigious 'red dot' design award". Kia Press Release. March 15, 2010.
  8. ^ "Specifications". Kia Motors (UK). Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  9. ^ Mertens, Frank (2019-04-05). "Gebrauchter Kia Venga mit Langzeitqualitäten" [Used Kia with enduring qualities]. Autogazette.de (in German). FM Autoportal GmbH. Archived from the original on 2020-04-03.
  10. ^ "Kia Venga". Euro NCAP. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  11. ^ "Kia Venga (Reassessment)". Euro NCAP. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  12. ^ "Kia Venga". Top Gear. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  13. ^ "2017 Kia Venga Review". What Car?. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  14. ^ "Kia Venga Review". Auto Express. Retrieved 2017-05-25.

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