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Kia Venga in the test: mix of small car and minivan

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Kia Venga put to the test
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The car has hit the dog. True to the knowledge, which is taken for granted in the case of four-legged friends, that the mixture of different races does not necessarily produce beautiful, but characteristically stable specimens, the most diverse body styles are also mixed in automobiles. Crossover is often called crossover and does not stop at any class. Also the Kia Venga presents a cocktail of genes, because conventional small cars of the so-called B- Segments, to which, for example, the VW P olo heard, there really are enough.

The German influence is evident in the interior of the Kia Venga visible

The Kia Venga, whose name was borrowed from Spanish and means “Come on!”, mixes a serving of van into the usual body concept, what caused its manufacturer to refer to it as a compact MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle). It stands out because of its comparatively high body, but even more because of the short stubby snout of a boxer puppy. He was drawn by Peter Schreyer, whose services the Volkswagen Group relied on from 1979 to 2006. The German influence is particularly evident in the interior. The design of the dashboard and the controls appear tidy and businesslike, which makes dealing with the Kia Venga ( the Kia Venga in the driving report ) pleasantly designed right from the start.

Operating the Kia Venga is child's play

Sensibly grouped, clearly marked switches make operation child's play, even if the Kia Venga comes in the upscale Spirit version and thus has an almost luxurious equipmentwhich not only contains automatic air conditioning and seat heating, but also, for example, a radio that plays songs from the iPod wirelessly via Bluetooth. The usual disadvantage of the van format, namely the poor clarity to the front, is limited with the Venga, precisely because its snout is so short. Not much is left in front of the windshield, so getting into tight parking spaces is no problem.

The cargo volume of the Kia Venga is impressive

But what is 'Multi Purpose' about the whole structure? This is limited to a rear bench seat that can be moved lengthways and a double trunk floor. If it is latched into the upper rail, you lose a few liters of volume, but you get a flat cargo space floor that makes loading easier. The capacity of the luggage compartment (314 to a maximum of 1,341 liters) is just as impressive as the size of the interior. Long-legged figures can also be comfortably accommodated in the rear - if necessary, there can be three, because the floor of the car in this area is just as flat as the rear bench.

When driving economically, the Kia Venga consumes less than six liters /strong>

Let's go. It's cold, the 1.4-liter turbodiesel starts somewhat reluctantly and, once the combustion has started, makes a rumbling nail noise, as if a tractor was starting its work. This quickly gets better with increasing temperature, the running noise of the engine then remains inconspicuous, at least in the lower and middle speed range. A warning shift indicator and the long overall gear ratio in the upper gears of the easy-to-change six-speed transmission ensure that you are often on the move at a modest speed. Those who drive economically in this way can move the Kia Venga with consumption values ​​of less than six liters per 100 kilometers. If the available power is often fully used, eight liters easily come out, and the eco-translation is not innocent of that. Because especially the very long sixth severely restricts the pulling power, as the elasticity measurements show.

The driving characteristics of the Kia Venga are problem-free and safe

If you are in a hurry, even mild motorway inclines force you to shift down and release fifth gear . A small diesel cannot draw on the abundance of torque as confidently as a large one. The general diesel advantage of working particularly economically at low engine speeds and with little load is no longer an issue with a forced driving style. In the end, the Kia achieved a test consumption of 6.7 liters /100 km, which means that it does not undercut much more powerful diesel engines as one would expect. Otherwise there will be no surprises. The driving characteristics are as problem-free and safe as it should be for a modern front-wheel drive car. The electric power steering workswith variable support. At slow speeds in the city, the servo effect is noticeably increased, and the Kia Venga can be controlled with playful ease. If you drive faster, the support decreases, you need a little more strength and enjoy more intimate contact with the road.

Kia Venga with a seven-year guarantee

This is also provided by the chassis, especially on long bumps, where with a short wheelbase naturally no miracles are accomplished. The suspension has been tightly tuned to ensure precise driving behavior. This results in a good compromise, but no suspension comfort that is worth mentioning in more detail. But there is still enough with which the Kia Venga can seduce. A good body quality, for example, which was not always taken for granted with the products of the Korean company. And a seven-year guarantee (or a maximum of 150,000 kilometers). King customer should be obedient. Venga.

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