Facelifted Kia Venga unveiled

Kia has restyled and refreshed its Venga mini MPV for 2015, with a redesigned look and a range of extra kit, plus a new range-topping trim level.

The Venga’s funky styling has been updated with the addition of a more aggressive front bumper and main grille, giving a sportier vibe with a lower air intake and high-gloss black detailing.

New 16-inch alloy wheels are available on all except the entry-level Venga models, while two new metallic finishes have been added in the form of Planet Blue and Dark Gun Metal.

Despite its racier new appearance, Kia claims that the five-seat Venga retains all of the space and practicality of the outgoing model, with class-leading interior space.

Split rear seats and a two-tier boot maximise storage space, while its standard 440-litre boot can be expanded to 570 litres with the lowering of the floor. Boot space clocks in at a maximum 1,253 litres with the rear seats folded flat.

Interior

On the inside, the Venga has received a similar upgrade with new Houndstooth cloth in entry-level models, while higher models receive black cloth and increasing amounts of leather up the range.

Kia has also reshuffled its range of equipment, making certain features standard across all models like a tyre pressure monitor which alerts drivers to losses of pressure in the tyres.

Mid-range Venga 2 models add alloy wheels and an iPod cable, plus Bluetooth connectivity, rear electric windows and reversing sensors. The Venga 3 trim, meanwhile, comes with climate control, front and rear electric windows and privacy glass, plus cruise control with a speed limiter.

Venga 3 models and the new range-topping Venga 4 also come with a seven-inch touchscreen satnav with built-in European mapping, and an integrated reversing camera.

Infotainment

The touchscreen also supports the car’s infotainment system, which allows drivers to pair mobile devices to it and access apps and music through the system via a range of connective ports.

Rounding off the Venga 4’s specification is a smart key with an engine stop-start button, plus a heated steering wheel to complement its heated front seats and a panoramic sunroof.

Power comes courtesy of the same four engines that powered the outgoing Venga model, which Kia claims offers “excellent driveability with low running costs”.

Petrol options include a choice of 1.4-litre 89bhp and 1.6-litre 123bhp units, while two diesels are also available: a 1.4-litre 89bhp diesel and a 114bhp 1.6-litre version.

The 1.6-litre diesel is the most economical of the lot, managing 64.2mpg on the combined cycle, with only 177g/km of CO2 emissions, while a choice of automatic or manual transmissions are available.

Prices for the new Venga have yet to be released, but it’s expected to start from around £11,000 and will be available to buy from Perrys Kia dealerships.