Efficient Venga MPV revised by Kia

2015-03-30 09:58:20

Kia has refreshed its Venga mini MPV by revising its styling, adding more equipment and introducing a new range-topping trim level. Kia claims the most efficient model in the range will deliver up to 64.2mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 117g/km of CO2.

Externally, all versions feature restyled front and rear ends aimed at giving the small MPV a more sporty look. The external makeover includes a new front bumper with a revised grille which, on higher-spec models, is flanked by headlamps that contain LED daytime running lights. The Venga also features additional chrome trim.

The interior has also been refreshed with new upholstery and dashboard trims.

Entry level Venga 1 models feature driver’s seat height adjustment, tilt and reach adjustable steering, electric front windows, remote control central locking, tinted glass, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, a front passenger armrest, body-coloured handles and door mirrors and electrically adjustable heated door mirrors. A tyre pressure monitoring system is also now standard across the range and contain six airbags, whiplash-reducing active headrests and two ISOFIX child-seat mounting points.

Venga 2 models add alloy wheels, an iPod cable, Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone operation with music streaming, rear electric windows, folding door mirrors and reversing sensors.

Venga 3 models come with climate control, front fog lamps, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate, automatic headlights, heated front seats and cruise control with a speed limiter. It also comes equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping and a Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC). The full-colour touchscreen includes a reversing camera. The new infotainment system replaces the CD player with a set-up featuring MP3 player and USB sockets.

The new flagship model is the Venga 4 which adds keyless entry, heated steering wheel and a panoramic sunroof.

Two new colours have been added with two being removed from the colour palette. Out goes Space Blue and Sirius Silver, and in comes Planet Blue and Dark Gun Metal.

Under the bonnet is a choice of 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines that remain unchanged. Manual gearboxes are standard fare across the range, but the 1.6-litre petrol engine is also available with a 4-speed automatic on all but the entry-level model.

This article was prepared by our car news team First4Auto
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