The six speaker stereo system features an RDS radio, CD player as well as MP3 connectivity alongside auxiliary and USB ports.
The six speaker stereo system features an RDS radio, CD player as well as MP3 connectivity alongside auxiliary and USB ports. Kia Venga 2 and 3 models also come with an iPod cable, allowing control of both iPods and iPhones. The stereo provides a nice full sound, and doesn't lack mid range response. Controlling the stereo is very simple, with track skip, volume and source controls located on the steering wheel. Whether changing radio stations or iPod tracks, the system is intuitive and simple to use.
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What We Liked
- Flexible diesel engine
- All round visibility
- Flat entry boot space
What We Disliked
- Light steering
- Cheap plastics
- Engine noise
What We'd Like to See
- Rear electric windows as standard
- Drive away locking
- Engine refinement
Kia may not see the Venga as a mini MPV, but for me, it encompasses everything I would expect from one; space, convenience and versatility. That is, after all the advantage of multi-purpose vehicles. In a time when people are rethinking whether they need two cars, MPVs and mini MPVs in particular can really shine, and I think the Kia Venga does just that.
Put on a roof rack and I think you would pretty much be set for anything and everything.
It is let down a little by some cheap feeling interior touches and an engine that is probably on the loud size, but it's worth considering whether they are worthy sacrifices for everything the Kia Venga can offer. I was pleasantly surprised with the performance of the 1.4 CRDI engine and enjoyed my time with the car.
Whilst the prices are not necessarily the cheapest, the level of standard features helps with that, and it is of course worth remembering that the Venga comes with Kia's unbeatable seven year/100,000 mile warranty.18 May 2011
Kia Venga Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Kia Venga 2 Eco|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||14 Seconds|
|Top Speed||104 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||67.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5 Stars|
|Warranty||Seven years / 100,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 18/05/11)||£14,275|