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Is the 2014 Kia Venga a car with vengeance?

2014 Kia Venga- The Lowdown.

If a standard supermini simply isn’t going to meet your requirements so far as space is concerned, the next step upwards is what is often referred to as the ‘compact MPV’. The 2014 Kia Venga is a very good example. If you’re looking for car lease deals on a compact family car, the 2014 Kia Venga warrants close attention. Despite its compact exterior, it offers plenty of space – and certainly holds its own so far as economy and driving experience is concerned.

The Look and Feel

Kia Venga

Kia Venga

The exterior and interior styling of the 2014 Kia Venga are unlikely to take your breath away. Then again, that’s probably not at the top of your list of priorities if you’re looking at car leasing deals for vehicles in this category. There is however, a reassuring solidity about the way this car looks from the outside. This is achieved thanks to the fact that the bodywork tapers outwards  towards the bottom of the vehicle. The wheel-at-each-corner stance helps to give the 2014 Kia Venga an air of purposefulness.

What really impresses about the Kia Venga from a practical point of view is the amount of cabin room it provides for a vehicle of this size. It manages this partly by employing a relatively lengthy wheelbase. There is plenty of head and legroom both in the back and the front. Motorists generally have practicalities in mind when they’re considering car leasing deals on MPVs – and part of this includes storage space.

Fortunately, the Kia Venga doesn’t disappoint in this regard. Kia has provided a more than respectable 440-litres of boot space – enough to accommodate the needs of most small families rather comfortably. For slightly larger loads (a buggy and shopping perhaps?), there’s a very handy alternative to sliding the front seats down: all you need to do is to slide the rear seats forward and boot space is extended to 570 litres. For those occasional awkward loads, there’s also the option of using Kia’s Fold & Drive seating system to drop the rear seats in order to create a storage space of 1,253 litres and a length of 1,552 mm.

Performance and Drive

Of particular note is the diesel option offered by Kia. This 1.4 CRDi 89 bhp engine is clearly designed to appeal to those motorists looking for a green drive. It makes good use of particulate filters and exhaust gas recirculation. What this results in is a pleasing drive coupled with clean performance. There is also a choice of two petrol engines: an 89 bhp 1.4-litre in addition to a somewhat more punchy 1.6 variant featuring 123 bhp.

Options and Efficiency

There is no 3-door variant of the 2014 Kia Venga. As standard, you get an ABS braking system featuring disc brakes on all wheels. Six airbags and active front head restraints also feature on all models. On the basic trim level you can expect electric windows, centre armrest and a CD stereo. Perhaps most pleasing of all is the fact that the basic trim includes the Fold & Drive system for a useful degree of flexibility when it comes to extending storage space. The petrol versions come with a 5-speed gearbox whereas the more powerful diesels get a 6-speed version. An automatic option is available on the 1.6 petrol.

The most notable optional extra is probably Kia’s reversing camera that sends its images to an LCD display screen on the dash.

Kia is clearly seeking to attract those motorists looking for car leasing deals on fuel-efficient MPVs. No matter what Kia Venga you opt for, you get the benefit of an ISG stop-start system, which saves fuel by turning off the engine when stationary, and automatically restarting it when you need to be on the move again. This proves to be ideal for reducing fuel wastage in urban traffic.

The Final Word…

This practical, smart MPV from Kia is going to appeal to a wide range of motorists and ought to be of particular interest to family motorists looking for lots of flexibility when it comes to storage. It’s ideal for the family holiday.

What do you think of the 2014 Kia Venga review?

Andrew Kirkley

Andrew Kirkley

Director at OSV Ltd
Andrew enjoys: Movies and travelling to new cities to explore different cultures.

Andrew has been in the motor trade for over 20 years. What he enjoys most about his job is the team spirit and the dedication of his work colleagues. He also appreciates the teams input in the improvement of the company.
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