Kia Venga (2010 – 2018) Review

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Kia Venga (2010 – 2018) At A Glance

4/5

+Spacious back seats and wide-opening doors. Easy to drive and park. Good visibility. Decent boot capacity.

-Not a sporty handler. Generally older generation petrol engines. Has not been significantly updated.

Insurance Groups are between 8–15
On average it achieves 79% of the official MPG figure

Practicality and ease-of-use were obviously top priorities for the designers behind the Kia Venga. Despite its small size the Venga is spacious, with sliding rear seats, wide-opening back doors and a high-up driving position like a little SUV. It’s easy to get in and out and easy to drive – but the Honda Jazz does everything (except price) a little bit better.

There are two petrol and two diesel engine options. The 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrols are affordable but they’re old-fashioned and naturally-aspirated, meaning they need to be worked hard to give their best, unlike modern turbo petrol engines. Emissions are fairly high – 130g/km for the 1.4-litre means tax isn't as cheap as you'd expect.

The diesel engines are a better bet, unless you’re a low mileage driver. The 90PS 1.4 CRDi is responsive at low engine speeds and has official economy of 119g/km, but surprisingly the more powerful 114PS 1.6-litre diesel is marginally more economical and has lower emissions. It is more expensive, of course – but the expense might be worth it for high-mileage or motorway drivers.

Sensibly designed rear seats make the Venga very family-friendly. They can be slid back and forth and reclined, depending on whether boot space or legroom is a priority, plus they split fold for bulky loads. Furthermore, the rear doors open very wide which makes life easy when strapping in child seats.

The boot is wide and flat, with a reasonably low load deck and a false floor, covering some little storage areas for small odds and ends. Volume with the seats up is 440 litres and sliding the rear seats forward increases this a little. Folding the rear seats down makes a nice flat load area with 1253 litres of capacity.

Honda’s latest Jazz has fairly similar load capacity on paper, but it has a more versatile and user-friendly rear-seat layout and a lower load deck, so is more user-friendly than the Venga. However, the Venga is available for less than the Jazz and it has a broader range of engines – so it’s still a good buy if you value practicality above all else. 

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Real MPG average for a Kia Venga (2010 – 2018)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

79%

Real MPG

23–66 mpg

MPGs submitted

521

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Can you suggest an automatic car that handles potholes well?
"Due to a painful left knee, I need an automatic car. I currently drive a Kia Venga and I like the high driving position, although my husband says it’s too harsh over bumps, potholes etc. Can you suggest any cars, please? I have approximately £10,000 and the resale value on my 2010 Venga. Kind regards."
We'd recommend a Citroen C3 Aircross. It's a crossover SUV with a soft, comfortable ride and reliable torque-converter automatic gearbox. Also, consider a Suzuki Vitara or, if you don't want a crossover SUV, a Honda Jazz.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Is there any way to improve fuel economy?
"My Kia Venga petrol auto 1.6 drinks petrol. Is there anything I can do to get better MPG. It's a 2016 model with only 30,000 miles on it."
Some readers report getting better economy by using branded superfuels. Not guaranteed, but worth trying. The Real MPG stats also show that the average fuel economy is only about 30mpg, versus the 40mpg official mpg figure, for your car. You can see more here: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/realmpg/kia/venga-2010
Answered by Georgia Petrie
Which small cars have a proper automatic gearbox?
"My wife is disabled so she needs a small(ish), automatic, petrol car with easy access. I am insistent that it has a proper auto box as I have read too many reports of unreliable and expensive to repair types of automated manual or semi auto boxes. We are on a very strict £5000 budget and reliability is key above all else. Would a 2010 Kia Venga 1.6 automatic fit the bill? Are any other models better?"
A Kia Venga sounds like a good option. The torque-converter automatic transmission is generally reliable and comes with a transmission dipstick, making it easy to check fluid levels and prevent issues. Also consider a Honda Jazz with the CVT auto gearbox.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What small car is suitable for my ageing back?
"I need to replace my Ford Fusion to help my ageing back. I am 6ft2 and have a long back. My budget may stretch to £5k, but like all pensioners, I want something that will be economical on fuel and road tax even though it has to be automatic to match my wife's requirement."
A Honda Jazz. It's got a good driving position, is easy to get in and out of and will be very reliable and economical to run. I'd recommend one with the CVT automatic gearbox rather than the clumsy i-Shift automated manual. Also look at the Kia Venga.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Kia Venga (2010 – 2018) cost?