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Venga

1          THE 2015 KIA VENGA 
Fresh styling inside and out and a new range-topping model 

  • Restyled front and rear ends add a sportier touch
  • New-style alloy wheels and two new paint options
  • Interiors refreshed for a more luxurious appearance
  • Five trim grades topped by new premium Venga 4 model
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring now standard; automatic lights added to top grades
  • Choice of highly economical 1.4- and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines 

More stylish, more luxurious, better equipped and headed by a new premium range-topping model – Kia’s quart-from-a-pint-pot small car, the Venga, is now on sale in the UK in the facelifted form revealed at the Paris Motor Show in the autumn of 2014. 

All versions feature restyled front and rear ends which give the Venga a sharper, sportier appearance. The interiors have been refreshed with added touches of luxury and more equipment, and at the top of the range there is a new Venga 4 model which brings previously unattainable features to the range. 

The new line-up is based on five trim grades  – 1, 1 Air, 2, 3 and 4 – and four engines, giving a choice of 11 models. The highly economical 1.4- and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines are carried over from the previous Venga and give potential fuel economy of up to 64.2mpg, with CO2 emissions as low as 117g/km. Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) – Kia’s fuel-saving, CO2-cutting engine stop/start technology – is standard where it can effect a worthwhile improvement in fuel consumption and emissions, and appears on all but one manual transmission version. The Venga is produced in Europe at Kia’s plant at Žilina in Slovakia. 

The 89bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine is offered with 1, 1 Air and 2 trim grades, while the 89bhp 1.4-litre diesel is reserved exclusively for Venga 2. The two 1.6-litre engines with manual transmission are available with grades 3 and 4. The 1.6 petrol engine is also offered with a four-speed automatic gearbox in grades 2, 3 and 4. 

A bold new exterior, upgraded interior and new alloy wheels and paint options

Venga was the first car launched under the stewardship of Peter Schreyer, now President of Design for both Kia and partner company Hyundai.  Proving that small can be beautiful, it brought sensational good looks to the supermini segment of the market. 

For 2015 those looks have been enhanced by new front and rear styling and upgraded interiors. All versions have a more aggressive, sportier front bumper and main grille, featuring a new take on the ‘tiger nose’ theme with high-gloss black mesh and a chrome surround. The Kia logo has been relocated to the bodywork. The lower air intake has been redesigned to house daytime running lights (LED with grades 3 and 4) next to the foglights, which now sit in high-gloss black housings joined by a chrome strip. There is also now a chrome strip linking the rear light units, which are LED on Venga 4. Another premium touch with Venga 4 is the chrome exterior door handles. 

For grades 2 and above, there are new-style 16-inch alloy wheels with five triple spokes, while grades 1 and 1 Air continue with 15-inch steel wheels with five-spoke embellishers. Grades 2 and above are also offered with two new metallic paint colours – Planet Blue and Dark Gun Metal – which replace Space Blue and Sirius Silver.    

Interior improvements include new black Houndstooth cloth for entry-grade models, while grade 2 continues with black Beat cloth and level 3 again has black Bamboo part-leather and part-cloth upholstery. This is also fitted to the new Venga 4. There is a new Grey Metal Grain paint finish for the centre fascia of Venga 1, 1 Air and 2, while high-gloss black continues to adorn Venga 3 and is replicated in the new Venga 4. 

Venga is not a mini-MPV but a five-seat supermini with genuine space.  It avoids the boxy profile of other tall, passenger-friendly small cars and instead presents a sleeker, racier profile that gives it a Cd figure of just 0.31 – reducing fuel consumption, emissions and wind noise when travelling quickly. 

At 4,068mm long and with an unusually long 2,615mm wheelbase, a high roofline and class-best width, Venga provides interior space comparable to that in C-segment cars – but within a footprint typical of a B-segment vehicle. Venga is amongst the class-best for interior measurements in many key areas, including front and rear leg and hip room and luggage space. 

Split rear seats that slide fore and aft by up to 130mm allow the passenger accommodation to be stretched when maximum luggage capacity is not needed. Alternatively, a two-tier boot means that owners who occasionally need more than the standard 440 litres of cargo space can expand the luggage area simply by lowering the floor.  The luggage compartment thus becomes 163mm taller, extending total volume to 570 litres.  If more space is required, the rear seats have ‘Fold & Dive’ functionality, which makes them seem to disappear into the floor, creating a completely flat deck in a load area offering a cavernous 1,253 litres of space. 

New equipment features available

All models are extremely highly specified, and features previously unattainable with the Venga now appear in certain models. Tyre Pressure Monitoring is fitted to all versions, warning the driver of any potentially serious loss of pressure via a symbol in the instrument cluster. Automatic Light Control is now standard with Venga 3 and 4, and Venga 4 also has ‘welcome’ and ‘follow-me-home’ lighting. 

Other unique features to Venga 4 are a smart key with engine start/stop button, a heated steering wheel activated by a control switch on the right-hand wheel spoke to complement the heated front seats fitted to Venga 3 and 4, and a panoramic sunroof.  Venga 3 and 4 are also equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping and a Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC). The full-colour touchscreen also includes a reversing camera. The infotainment system, which is also accessed via the touchscreen, no longer includes a CD player due to the increasing trend among customers of using portable devices to play music. The high-quality six speaker audio system includes RDS radio, full MP3 compatibility and AUX and USB ports. 

Standard across the range are driver's seat height adjustment, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, electric front windows, remote 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. 

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 versions come with climate control, front and rear electric windows, front fog lamps, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate and cruise control with a speed limiter. 

For safety, all Vengas have six airbags (front, side and curtains), active front head restraints and two ISOFIX child-seat mounting points. 

Every Venga benefits from Kia's unique seven-year/100,000-mile warranty, subject to terms and conditions covering wear-and-tear items.  It is transferable to future owners should the car be sold during the period of the warranty.   

Economical performance

All four engines in Venga are torquey and fuel-efficient, ensuring excellent driveability with low running costs. The two petrol engines are 1.4-litre 89bhp and 1.6-litre 123bhp units from Kia's Gamma family.  The 1.4 is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, while the 1.6 is available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic. 

The 1.4-litre 89bhp U2 CRDi diesel engine made its debut in Venga and is offered alongside a 114bhp 1.6-litre version.  Both were designed and engineered at Kia’s research and development facilities near Frankfurt in Germany and are manufactured at Žilina. 

The running gear benefits from Venga's unusually long wheelbase and wide track. Venga therefore has a lively, fun-to-drive character while delivering excellent comfort and refinement. 

Motor-driven electronic power-assisted steering (MDPS) is standard as a further fuel-saving measure, and all models have an all-disc braking system with anti-lock (ABS) and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD).  Also standard is electronic stability control (ESC), traction control (TC) with brake assist (BAS) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) to ensure the car always remains under control, even in the most difficult conditions, and can stop in the shortest possible distance in an emergency. Hill-start assist control (HAC) is also fitted. This holds the car for two seconds when setting off on inclines to prevent it rolling backwards. 

The 2015 Kia Venga range: 

 Model

Power BHP

Torque lb/ft

MPG Comb.

CO2 g/km

‘1’ 1.4 5-speed manual ISG

89

101

50.4

130

‘1 Air’ 1.4  5-speed manual ISG

89

101

50.4

130

‘2’ 1.4  5-speed manual ISG

89

101

50.4

130

‘2’ 1.6  4-speed auto

123

115

43.5

154

‘2’ 1.4 CRDi 6-speed manual

89

162

62.8

119

‘3’ 1.6  6-speed manual ISG

123

115

47.9

139

‘3’ 1.6  4-speed auto

123

115

43.5

154

‘3’ 1.6 CRDi  6-speed manual ISG

114

192

64.2

117

‘4’ 1.6 6-speed manual ISG

123

115

47.9

139

‘4’ 1.6 4-speed auto

123

115

43.5

154

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG

114

192

64.2

117

 

 

 

2          AT A GLANCE    
The main changes to the facelifted Venga 

Exterior

New-style extended front bumper with a more aggressive look and a new high-gloss black radiator grille with chrome surround.

New interpretation of Kia ‘tiger-nose’ grille.

Kia badge relocated to bodywork above the grille.

Lower air intake redesigned to incorporate daytime running lights (LED on grades 3 and 4).

New front foglight housings in high-gloss black, linked by chrome strip.

Horizontal chrome strip on tailgate.

LED rear lights on grade 4. 

Interior

New Houndstooth black cloth upholstery with two entry-level grades.

Grey Metal Grain fascia paint on grades 1, 1 Air and 2. High-gloss black continued on grades 3 and 4. 

Equipment

New level 4 grade.

Smart Key with Engine Start/Stop Button Keyless entry on grade 4. Kerbside lights and door handles illuminated as driver approaches the car.

Chromed door handles on grade 4.

Heated steering wheel on grade 4, activated by a button on the steering wheel. It heats the wheel rim up to a maximum temperature of 38 deg C and maintains it.

Panoramic sunroof on grade 4.

Satellite navigation with European mapping and TMC (Traffic Messaging Channel) operated via a 7-inch touchscreen standard on grades 3 and 4. It incorporates a reversing camera.

Deletion of CD player on grades 3 and 4 due to new touchscreen sat-nav and customer preference for playing music via portable devices. 

Safety

Tyre Pressure Monitoring standard across the range.

Automatic Light Control fitted to Venga for first time with grades 3 and 4. It includes Welcome and Follow-me-Home light functions. 

Wheels and paintwork

New Planet Blue and Dark Gun Metal metallic paint options with grades 2 and above. They replace Space Blue and Sirius Silver.

New 16-inch five triple-spoke alloy wheels standard on grades 2 and above.  

3          SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL
The Venga design story 

Venga was the first car launched under the stewardship of Peter Schreyer, now President of Design for both Kia and partner company Hyundai.  Proving that small can be beautiful, it brought sensational good looks to the supermini segment of the market – a class characterised by many cars that are worthy but dull. 

Venga carries many of the striking design elements and detail touches of Peter Schreyer’s No3 concept car, with similarities that go surprisingly deep.  Apart from the adoption of a more conventional windscreen and roof design, all metal panels are common between the two, and only minor changes were made to turn the design concept into production reality. 

For 2015 those looks have been enhanced by new front and rear styling and upgraded interiors. All versions have a more aggressive, sportier front bumper and main grille, featuring a new take on the ‘tiger nose’ theme, with high-gloss black mesh and a chrome surround. The Kia logo has been relocated to the bodywork. The lower air intake has been redesigned to house daytime running lights (LED with grades 3 and 4) next to the foglights, which now sit in high-gloss black housings joind by a chrome strip. There is also now a chrome strip linking the rear light units, which are LED on Venga 4. Another premium touch with Venga 4 is the chrome exterior door handles. 

For grades 2 and above, there are new-style 16-inch alloy wheels with five triple spokes, while grades 1 and 1 Air continue with 15-inch steel wheels with five-spoke embellishers. Grades 2 and above are also offered with two new metallic paint colours – Planet Blue and Dark Gun Metal – which replace Space Blue and Sirius Silver.     

Despite occupying only a fraction over four metres of road, this stylish and different small car has all the space, versatility and practicality a family could ask for. Along with Soul and Rio, it puts Kia in a unique position to make the most of the downsizing trend. 

Venga is not a conventional mini-MPV, but a B-segment car with genuine space and practicality. It appears to get progressively wider from top to bottom, a legacy of its wide track.  It also has an athletic, sporty, crouching stance thanks to sleek headlamp housings, wedge-shaped double shoulder creases, deep swage lines and the kick-up in the rear passenger windows.  

Venga avoids the boxy profile typical of other tall, passenger-friendly small cars and instead presents a sleeker, racier profile that gives it a Cd figure of just 0.31 – reducing fuel consumption, emissions and wind noise when travelling quickly.  

Short overhangs, concave swage lines along the flanks and pronounced, muscular wheel arches attest to Venga's agility and fun-to-drive character, while the extended, four-panel glasshouse ensures excellent driver visibility and creates an airy and spacious feel in the cabin.  This is even more pronounced on the range-topping Venga 4 versions, which have an all-glass, two-piece sliding panoramic sunroof covering almost the entire roof area. 

The style and attention to detail obvious from the exterior is carried through to the cabin, where the depth of quality Kia is now bringing to its entire range is immediately evident. Interior improvements for the facelifted version include new black Houndstooth cloth for entry-grade models. Grade 2 continues with black Beat cloth and level 3 again has black Bamboo part-leather and part-cloth upholstery. This is also fitted to the new Venga 4. There is a new Grey Metal Grain paint finish for the centre fascia of Venga 1, 1 Air and 2, while high-gloss black continues to adorn Venga 3 and is replicated in the new Venga 4.   

As a car that is sold exclusively in Europe, the interior style is – naturally – modern European.  From the driver's perspective, it is dominated by interlocking 'three-cylinder' hooded dials with chromed surrounds that not only look stylish but are totally free of reflections. 

Just in front of them is Kia’s three-spoke steering wheel, fast becoming a trademark feature.  It can be adjusted for height and reach and features alloy-finish spokes and remote control switches on all trim grades. 

In the centre of the dash is a control stack set at the perfect height for the driver: no fumbling around to change gear, swap radio stations or adjust the cabin temperature here!  It is edged with metallic-effect 'bookends' that match the finish on the steering wheel spokes, gearlever gaiter and door handles (depending on model). 

The air conditioning and airflow controls are set in a stylish and easy-to-use circular arrangement. The in-built six-speaker audio system featuring an RDS radio, MP3 connectivity, AUX and USB ports is all-new and is controlled by another circular master switch.  Venga 2, 3 and 4 models also have an iPod cable. 

The interior is light and airy, offering superb all-round visibility. Large quarter-light front windows are a particular help when placing the car next to kerbs, in parking spaces or in corners, while the location of the big door mirrors allows drivers to keep an eye on surrounding traffic with only the merest diversion of the eyes from the road. 

4          LIVING ROOM
Big things come in small packages 

The trouble with many cars that are small on the outside is that they are also small on the inside, rendering them unsuitable for family use.  That's not the case with a Kia.  Through models like the Picanto, Rio, Soul, cee'd and Sportage, Kia has repeatedly displayed its talent for fashioning compact cars that turn every possible millimetre into living space. 

And it has pulled another rabbit out of the hat with Venga. 

Despite occupying only a fraction over four metres of road, this stylish and different small car has all the space, versatility and practicality a family could ask for. 

Venga is not a conventional mini-MPV but a B-segment car with genuine space and practicality. 'From the start of the design process, Venga needed to be a car that could tick multiple boxes on consumer wish lists,' says Peter Schreyer, the President of Design for Kia and Hyundai. 'A spacious and flexible interior is a must for many car buyers, and Venga meets this requirement while also featuring striking design language, proving that style and practicality need not be mutually exclusive.' 

The 4,068mm long Venga has an unusually long 2,615mm wheelbase, a 1,600mm high roofline and class-best 1,765mm width so that it is able to offer interior space comparable to that in C-segment cars – but within the footprint of a B-segment vehicle.  Clever packaging – the art of turning every possible millimetre of the car's size into passenger and luggage space – ensures Venga has class-best interior measurements in key areas, including front and rear leg and hip room and luggage space.  

Numbers alone tell only half the story, however.  To fully appreciate the spaciousness of Kia's compact family car, you need only settle into one of its five seats – it doesn't matter which – and feel how roomy it is.  

Split rear seats that slide fore and aft by up to 130mm allow the passenger accommodation to be further stretched when maximum luggage capacity is not needed.  A large glasshouse emphasises the feeling of space inside the car.  This is even more marked on the range-topping Venga 4, which has a panoramic sunroof running almost the full length of the roof, flooding the cabin with light. 

Venga features a host of innovative solutions to maximise cabin and boot space.  A two-tier boot means that owners who occasionally need more than the standard 440 litres of cargo space can expand the luggage area simply by lowering the floor trim.  The luggage compartment thus becomes 163mm taller, extending total volume to 570 litres.  The clever design allows delicate or tall items to be transported safely and securely by simply using the lower floor. 

For carrying bulkier items, owners need simply slide Venga’s 60-40 split rear seats forward individually. And if more space is required, the rear seats have ‘Fold & Dive’ functionality.  This useful feature, which makes the rear seats seem to disappear into the floor, creates a completely flat deck in the rear load area.  What is more, the rear seats fold without the need to adjust or remove the headrests.  With both rear seats folded flat, Venga has a voluminous 1,552mm long cargo area, with a total capacity of 1,253 litres.  

Safe space

Occupants are every bit as well-protected as they are comfortable in the Venga. It has the latest active and passive safety technologies to ensure maximum protection, including Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM). ESC intervenes to stabilise the car, by braking one or more wheels or reducing engine torque – or both – if there is a danger it could go out of control. VSM detects when the wheels on one side of the car are on a less grippy surface than those on the other and uses the ESC system to keep the car straight and stable.  

ESC also comes with Hill-start Assist Control, which holds the car for two seconds when setting off on inclines to prevent it rolling backwards. 

All Venga models have a powerful all-disc braking system featuring ABS anti-lock, electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assist (BAS).  Through these measures, drivers are helped to brake and steer at the same time to avoid accidents, and have the reassurance that maximum stopping effort will always be applied to the wheels with most grip.  Brake assist ensures that in an emergency, maximum braking force is applied regardless of the effort being exerted on the pedal by the driver. Emergency Stop Signalling flashes the high-level brake light in an emergency stop to alert following drivers to the danger.  

Should a collision be unavoidable, Venga safeguards occupants with a range of passive safety measures as standard – starting with a robust all-steel bodyshell featuring high-strength steel in key areas, and side impact beams in the doors. 

There are dual front, side and full-length curtain airbags, height-adjustable front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and belt load-limiters, plus a trio of three-point seat belts for rear-seat occupants.  Seat-belt pre-tensioners and belt force limiters hold passengers firmly in their seats in an accident while minimising pressure on the wearer's chest.  Venga also has active front seat headrests to prevent whiplash injuries.  

The passenger side front airbag has a cut-off switch so that a rear-facing child seat can be mounted there, and all models are fitted with two ISOFIX anchor points and top tether anchor points in the two outer rear seats. 

5          RANGE FINDER   
Five trim options topped by new Venga 4 

The Kia Venga range is based on Kia’s easy-to-understand numerical trim grades and is made up of 11 models now headed by the luxuriusly appointed new Venga 4. The 89bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine is offered with 1, 1 Air and 2 trim grades while the 89bhp 1.4-litre diesel is reserved exclusively for Venga 2. The two 1.6-litre engines with manual transmission are available with grades 3 and 4. The 1.6 petrol engine is also offered with a four-speed automatic gearbox in grades 2, 3 and 4. 

All models are extremely highly specified, and features previously unattainable with the Venga now become available. Tyre Pressure Monitoring is fitted to all versions, warning the driver of any potentially serious loss of pressure via a symbol in the instrument cluster. Automatic Light Control is now standard with Venga 3 and 4, and Venga 4 also has ‘welcome’ and ‘follow-me-home’ lighting. 

Other unique features to Venga 4 are a smart key with engine start/stop button, a heated steering wheel activated by a control switch on the right-hand wheel spoke to complement the heated front seats fitted to Venga 3 and 4, and a panoramic sunroof.  Venga 3 and 4 are also equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping and a Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC). The full-colour touchscreen also includes a reversing camera. The infotainment system, which is also accessed via the touchscreen, no longer includes a CD player due to the increasing trend among customers of using portable devices to play music. The high-quality six-speaker audio system includes RDS radio, full MP3 compatibility and AUX and USB ports. Bluetooth music streaming, which enables occupants to play music wirelessly from a suitably equipped portable device, is standard from grade 2 upwards. 

Standard features on entry-level versions are 15-inch steel wheels, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors with a wide-angle view on the driver’s side, body-coloured door mirror casings and door handles, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, USB and AUX ports, a trip computer, black Houndstooth cloth upholstery, Grey Metal Grain paint finish for the centre fascia, driver and front passenger armrests and remote central locking with a folding key. Venga 1 Air adds manual air conditioning. 

Venga 2 versions have 16-inch alloy wheels, black Beat cloth upholstery, indicators integrated into the door mirror casings, reversing sensors, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone operation with music streaming, rear electric windows, front cabin map lights, folding door mirrors, driver and passenger sun visors with illuminated mirrors and metallic finish interior door handles, air vent knob and parking brake button. Venga 3 adds part-leather Bamboo upholstery, a 7-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping, TMC and an integrated reversing camera, heated front seats, a high-gloss black centre fascia, automatic air conditioning, automatic light control and cruise control with a speed limiter. 

For comfort and convenience, every Venga comes as standard with driver's seat height adjustment, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, electric front windows, remote central locking, lamps in the front and centre of the cabin and the luggage area, a shopping hook, a headlamp levelling device, tinted glass, a seat-belt reminder warning and sliding and folding rear seats with a 60:40 split. 

To help save fuel and reduce running costs, manual petrol models and those with the new 1.6-litre diesel engine have Kia's EcoDynamics package featuring Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG).  All models have low rolling resistance tyres, motor-driven power steering (MDPS) and a kick down alert.  This creates a slight resistance when the accelerator is fully depressed to advise the driver that he or she is driving uneconomically, without impairing engine response when maximum performance is required. 

Also standard is Kia's pioneering seven-year 100,000-mile warranty, subject to certain terms and conditions covering wear-and-tear items. It is transferable to subsequent owners, a major selling point for anyone trading in the car before the warranty period has expired.  It is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty. 

EXTERIOR FEATURES

1

1 Air

2

3

4

15” steel wheels (195/65 R15)

 

 

 

16” alloy wheels (205/50 R16)

 

 

Full wheel covers

 

 

 

Tyre repair kit

Low rolling resistance tyres

Petrol only

Petrol only

Petrol only

All Manual

All manual

High-mounted brake light with ESS

Front fog lights

 

 

 

Black bezel headlights

Headlight levelling device

Privacy glass on rear windows and tailgate

 

 

 

Speed variable front wipers

Aero blade type front wipers

Wiper de-icer

 

 

 

Rear wash/wipe

Heated rear window

Electrically adjustable heated door mirrors

 

 

 

Electric folding/heated/adjustable door mirrors with integrated indicator lights

 

 

Body-coloured exterior door handles/mirrors

Chrome exterior door handles

 

 

 

 

Rear spoiler

Black high-gloss finish grille

Electric panoramic sunroof with auto safety

 

 

 

 

Welcome and follow-me-home lighting

 

 

 

 

LED daytime running lights

 

 

 

 

LED daytime running lights and rear lights

 

 

 

 

 

INTERIOR FEATURES

1

1 Air

2

3

4

Air conditioning

 

 

 

Automatic air conditioning

 

 

 

Front electric windows

 

 

 

All-round electric windows

 

 

Sliding and reclining front seats

Driver’s seat height adjuster

Heated front seats

 

 

 

Heated steering wheel

 

 

 

 

All-round height adjustable headrests

Black Houndstooth cloth upholstery

 

 

 

Premium black cloth ‘Beat’ upholstery

 

 

 

 

Part-leather ‘Bamboo’ upholstery

 

 

 

Tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel

Leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear shift

 

 

Grey Metal Grain paint centre fascia

 

 

High gloss black paint centre fascia

 

 

 

Metallic finish air vents and handbrake button

 

 

Remote central door locking with folding key

 

 

Smart key with engine start/stop button

 

 

 

 

Sun visors with passenger vanity mirror

 

 

Sunvisors with vanity mirror and illumination

 

 

 

60:40 split folding, diving, sliding and reclining rear seats

Glove box

 

 

Glove box with cooling and illumination

 

 

 

Centre console cup holder

Luggage area parcel shelf

Luggage area net and hooks

Luggage under-floor box

Front and luggage area 12v power sockets

Cruise control and speed limiter

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIO & INFORMATION

1

1 Air

2

3

4

RDS radio/CD player with MP3 compatibility

6-speaker system

USB/AUX ports

iPod cable

 

 

Steering wheel-mounted controls

Bluetooth with music streaming

 

 

7” touch-screen sat-nav with European mapping

 

 

 

Reversing camera integrated into sat-nav

 

 

 

Reversing sensors

 

 

Trip computer

Digital clock

Tachometer

                                             

 

SAFETY AND SECURITY

1

1 Air

2

3

4

Twin front, side and curtain airbags

Front passenger airbag cut-off switch

Front active headrests

ABS with brake assist system (BAS)

Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS)

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Vehicle Stability Management VSM)

Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

P

P

P

P

P

Motor driven power steering

P

P

P

P

P

ISOFIX child seat top tethers and anchors

P

P

P

P

P

All-round three-point seat belts

P

P

P

P

P

Front belt pre-tensioners and load limiters

P

P

P

P

P

Child safety rear door locks

P

P

P

P

P

Impact sensing auto door unlocking

P

P

P

P

P

Seat belt reminder warning

P

P

P

P

P

Engine immobiliser

P

P

P

P

P

Door deadlocks

P

P

P

P

P

Anti-theft alarm system

P

P

P

P

P

Locking wheel nuts

P

P

P

P

P

Visible vehicle identification number

P

P

P

P

P

Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG)

Petrol only

Petrol only

Petrol manual

All manuals

All manuals

Gear shift indicator (manual models)

P

P

P

P

P

Kick down alert to aid fuel economy

P

P

P

P

P

 

6          ALL THINGS MECHANICAL
Engines, transmissions, suspension, steering and brakes 

Venga offers buyers a choice of four torquey and fuel-efficient engines – 1.4-litre petrol end diesel models delivering 89bhp, a 114bhp 1.6-litre diesel and a 123bhp 1.6 petrol unit. Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) – Kia’s fuel-saving, CO2-cutting engine stop/start technology – is standard where it can effect a worthwhile improvement in fuel consumption and emissions, and appears on all but one manual transmission version. Automatic transmission is available with the 1.6-litre petrol engine in Venga 2, 3 and 4. 

The running gear benefits from Venga's unusually long wheelbase and wide track.  Venga therefore has a lively, fun-to-drive character while delivering excellent comfort and refinement.  Motor-driven electronic power-assisted steering (MDPS) is standard as a further fuel-saving measure, and all models have an all-disc braking system with anti-lock (ABS) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC). Also standard are Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM).   

The petrol engines

The two petrol engines are 1.4-litre 89bhp and 1.6-litre 123bhp units from Kia's Gamma family.  The 1.4 is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, while the 1.6 is available with a six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. 

Both are all-aluminium 16-valve twin-cam units featuring performance-enhancing continuously-variable valve timing (CVVT) and multi-point fuel injection to provide an ideal spread of performance and economy. 

The 1.4-litre engine develops its 89bhp at 6,000rpm and 137Nm (101lb ft) of torque at 4,000rpm, and has excellent driveability with lively performance.  The top speed of the 1.4-litre Venga is 104mph, while 0-60mph takes 12.4 seconds.  Average fuel economy is 50.4mpg in the European combined cycle thanks to ISG, while CO2 emissions are 130g/km. 

The 1.6-litre unit develops its 123bhp at 6,300rpm and has 156Nm (115lb ft) of torque at 4,200rpm.  With the six-speed manual transmission it is capable of 47.9mpg, with CO2 emissions of 139g/km. It can accelerate from 0-60mph in 10.9 seconds on the way to a top speed of 115mph. The smooth-shifting four-speed automatic transmission that is particularly appealing to city-dwellers also delivers a lively and spirited drive – 0-60mph comes up in 11.8 seconds and the top speed is 110mph.  Yet it is easy on the pocket and the environment – combined fuel economy is 43.5mpg, while CO2 emissions are 154g/km. 

The diesel engines

Venga is also available with 1.4- and 1.6-litre versions of Kia’s U2 diesel engine, which was designed and engineered in Germany and is manufactured at Kia's Žilina plant in Slovakia. 

The 1.4-litre CRDi Venga is clean, quiet and fuel-efficient while delivering outstanding response and performance. It develops 89bhp at 4,000rpm and 220Nm (162lb ft) of torque from 1,750 to 2,750rpm, figures which help it to cover the 0-60mph sprint in 14.0 seconds and go on to a top speed of 104mph.  Even without ISG it is able to peg CO2 emissions below 120g/km. It can cover 62.8 miles on a single gallon of diesel in the official combined cycle, and it emits just 119g/km of CO2

The 1.6-litre option develops 114bhp at 4,000rpm and 260Nm (192lb ft) of torque from 1,900 to 2,750rpm. With a six-speed manual gearbox and ISG as standard, it is the most economical engine in the Venga range, with combined fuel consumption of 64.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 117g/km, making it particularly attractive to business users looking for good long-distance performance with low running costs. The 1.6-litre diesel Venga can accelerate from standstill to 60mph in 11.1 seconds and has a maximum speed of 114mph. 

The U2 diesels are aluminium 16-valve units featuring high-pressure common-rail injection and variable swirl control system, up to five injections per cycle, electronically-controlled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), a wastegate turbocharger (WGT) and a diesel particulate filter (DPF). 

To achieve optimum driveability, they have been developed to deliver their high torque outputs over a broad rev range.  More than 90% of the maximum torque is available from just 1,500rpm, guaranteeing strong and smooth acceleration almost from idle. 

Thanks to a chain-driven timing system, servicing is needed only every 20,000 miles or annually. 

Venga engines at a glance 

Engine

BHP

Nm

0-60 (sec)

Max mph

Comb. Mpg

CO2 g/km

1.4 petrol

89

137

12.4

104

50.4

130

1.6 petrol manual

123

156

10.9

115

47.9

139

1.6 petrol auto

123

156

11.8

110

43.5

154

1.4 diesel

89

220

14.0

104

62.8

119

1.6 diesel

114

260

11.1

114

64.2

117

 

Transmissions

Buyers have a choice of either five-speed or six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions, depending on model  The 89bhp petrol 1.4 comes with a five-speed manual, the two diesels with a six-speed manual while the petrol 1.6 is available with a six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. 

The six-speed manual gearbox is made in Europe. It is light, has long gearing in the higher (cruising) ratios to aid fuel economy, uses low-viscosity oil and provides excellent gearchange feel for a rewarding driving experience. 

Both manual transmissions incorporate several innovations, including triple axis gear train and multiple-cone synchroniser (on first and second gears) for faster, smoother shifts.  

The automatic is a four-speed 'intelligent' gearbox that adapts itself to individual driving styles. It features an electronic controller which monitors a range of parameters, including acceleration, deceleration, engine speed and road speed, ensuring excellent shift quality. 

Running gear

Venga’s suspension has been tuned to suit not only the car's characteristics but also, specifically, UK roads.  The unusually long 2,615mm wheelbase and wide track have inherent benefits for ride and handling. 

Venga is fitted with fully independent front suspension and a twist-beam rear axle designed to deliver responsive handling and a supple ride.  Kia is producing the Venga with a single suspension set-up, but with different dampers to suit the different weights of the diesel and petrol cars. 

The front suspension is mounted on the same subframe that supports the engine and transmission, and features MacPherson struts and co-axial coil springs, offset for smooth operation, together with offset kingpin geometry and a four-degree castor angle. This guarantees optimal handling stability and a comfortable ride, while allowing the driver to steer and manoeuvre with minimal effort. 

The front suspension geometry ensures minimal camber and castor angle changes for good steering stability under all conditions. The anti-roll bar is mounted directly onto the shock absorber to maximise its effectiveness.  

The rear suspension is also subframe-mounted and employs a transverse torsion beam axle with trailing arms.  This set-up was chosen for its ability to deliver a smooth ride with minimum intrusion into the boot.  The coil springs and dampers are mounted separately to ensure smooth operation while taking up the least amount of space, and the rear anti-roll bar is mounted inside the torsion beam as another aid to tight packaging.  Third-generation hub bearings improve durability, and urethane bump stops add to refinement. 

Nitrogen-filled shock absorbers, tuned with UK driving styles in mind, are standard fit for both the front and rear suspension for optimal damping performance and body control.  

To save fuel, Venga has Kia’s speed-sensitive motor-driven power steering system (MDPS).  It gives a fuel saving of 3% compared to conventional hydraulic assistance. 

Venga is light and agile for parking and town driving while also ensuring precise high-speed handling.  The gearing ratio of the steering has been fine-tuned to deliver good ‘feel’ under all driving conditions.  The power-assisted rack and pinion system requires just 2.77 turns of the steering wheel lock-to-lock.  Venga’s small turning circle – just 10.4 metres (kerb-to-kerb) – gives responsive, agile handling in city driving conditions.  

Power-assisted all-disc brakes with anti-lock (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and brake assist (BAS) are standard.  Through these measures, drivers are helped to brake and steer at the same time to avoid accidents, and have the reassurance that maximum stopping effort will always be applied to the wheels with most grip.  Brake assist ensures that in an emergency, maximum braking force is applied regardless of the effort being exerted on the pedal by the driver.  The 280mm front discs are ventilated while at the rear are 258mm solid discs.  

Venga also comes as standard with electronic stability control (ESC) with all-speed traction control and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC).  ESC detects if the car is being driven in such a way or in conditions that might lead to a loss of control.  Through a combination of wheel braking and torque reduction it then stabilises the car. HAC helps drivers set off on the steepest slopes with no risk of rolling backwards by holding the car for two seconds after the brake pedal has been released. 

Venga is also fitted with Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), which can detect if the wheels on one side of the car are on a more slippery surface than those on the other and use the ESC system to keep the car stable.  

Venga 1 and 1 Air come with 15-inch steel wheels and 195/65 tyres, while Venga 2 and above have new-style five triple-spoke 16-inch alloys wearing 205/55 tyres.  Low rolling resistance tyres to help save fuel are standard. A tyre repair kit is supplied in place of a spare wheel and tyre.  

7          ECODYNAMICS
Reducing running costs and environmental impact 

All versions of the Venga feature Kia's EcoDynamics technologies. EcoDynamics is Kia's green umbrella for a range of fuel-saving, emissions-reducing measures. All cars developed under this umbrella wear distinguishing EcoDynamics badges so that customers can quickly and easily identify the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the Kia line-up. 

With all except the 1.4-litre diesel engine and those fitted with automatic transmission, the main feature is Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG), which turns off the engine when the car is stationary in traffic and the driver puts the gearlever into neutral and releases the clutch pedal.  The engine restarts immediately as soon as the clutch pedal is depressed again. 

Low rolling resistance tyres are also standard, and there is a gearshift indicator in manual versions to advise the driver of the most efficient change-up points. Kia has also developed a kick-down switch for the accelerator to prevent unintentional full-throttle use.  A small resistance felt through the accelerator pedal at full-throttle condition helps drivers to avoid excessive fuel consumption, without impairing responsiveness when maximum power is needed. 

Other innovative technologies fitted to Venga as part of the EcoDynamics package include a power-saving alternator management system and motor-driven power-assisted steering (MDPS). 

How ISG works

ISG consists of crankshaft position, battery and vacuum sensors plus neutral, on-off and clutch switches that feed into an electronic control unit.  This operates the ISG starter, intelligent alternator and cluster.  The air conditioning units and hood switch also feed into the ISG ECU. 

The crankshaft position sensor measures the crank angle during engine run-out and monitors it while the vehicle is stopped, ensuring the starter is activated for as short a time as possible by optimising cranking and combustion.  The battery sensor monitors the battery condition and temperature, while the clutch and neutral switches recognise when drivers wish to continue driving and ensure the engine is started.  There is a brake booster pressure sensor to make sure the engine continues to operate if brake boost falls too low. 

A heavy-duty maintenance-free AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) battery delivers the power necessary to run the system, and intelligent alternator management reduces drain on the battery while accelerating and recharges the battery when coasting and braking. 

All the driver has to do is stop, put the car into neutral and release the clutch.  After a brief pause, the engine cuts out. It restarts as soon as the driver pushes the clutch again.  The system has been engineered not to stop the engine during warm-up from a cold start or if the air conditioning system is working hard.  Drivers can manually turn off the ISG system through a switch on the dashboard.

8          COST-CUTTER
Value all the way with Venga 

EcoDynamics features benefit more than the environment – they also help owners to save money.  Running costs are factored in from the beginning of the design stage to ensure every Kia is fuel-efficient, inexpensive to service and maintain and, if the worst happens, simple to repair to keep insurance costs down. 

With four economical engines, including Intelligent Stop and Go on the majority of manual models, Venga ensures low-cost motoring for private or business users. And for peace of mind every model is backed by Kia's pioneering seven-year/100,000-mile manufacturer warranty, subject to terms and conditions covering wear-and-tear items.  It can even be passed on to a subsequent owner should the car be sold during the lifetime of the warranty. 

Insurance groups 

Engine

Group (1-50)

‘1’ 1.4  5-speed manual ISG

8

‘1 Air’ 1.4  5-speed manual ISG

8

‘2’ 1.4  5-speed manual ISG

9

‘2’ 1.6  4-speed auto

11

‘2’ 1.4 CRDi  6-speed manual

10

‘3’ 1.6  6-speed manual ISG

13

‘3’ 1.6 4-speed auto

13

‘3’ 1.6 CRDi  6-speed manual ISG

14

‘4’ 1.6  6-speed manual ISG

13

‘4’ 1.6  4-speed auto

12

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi  6-speed manual ISG

14

 

Vehicle Excise Duty – Year Two

 

Engine

Band

Cost

1.4

  D

£110

1.4 CRDi

  C

£30

1.6

  E

£130

1.6 Automatic

  G

£180  

1.6 CRDi

  C

£30

 

Company car benefit-in-kind tax bands

 

Engine

Tax rate

1.4

19%

1.4 1 CRDi

19%

1.6

20%

1.6 Automatic

23%

1.6 CRDi

18%

           

Fuel economy

 

Engine

Urban

Extra urban

Combined

1.4

 42.8

55.3

50.4

1.4 1 CRDi

 60.1

67.2

62.7

1.6

 39.7

54.3

47.8

1.6 Automatic

 34.0

51.3

43.4

1.6 CRDi

 55.3

70.6   

64.2

 

Servicing 

Routine servicing is needed only once a year or every 20,000 miles for diesel models, and every 12,500 miles or 12 months for petrol versions.

Warranty and support 

Seven-year/100,000 mile manufacturer warranty. 

First three years unlimited, four to seven years 100,000 miles 

12-year anti-perforation warranty 

Five-year paintwork warranty 

One-year Europe-wide roadside rescue through KIAssist 

 

9          MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT  
            Built at Kia’s Žilina factory 

The Venga was initially built at partner Hyundai’s Nosovice plant in the Czech Republic, but since late 2011 it has been made in Kia’s own factory at Žilina in Slovakia, alongside the cee’d family and the Sportage. A third shift was introduced and an extra 900 employees were recruited to make this possible. 

Žilina began production of the cee’d hatchback in June 2006 and has played an important role in establishing Kia as a major player in the European market. It has not only earned praise for the high quality of the cars it produces, but is a model for clean production processes and care of the environment. 

For Kia, the environmental story is not just about headline-grabbing tailpipe emissions. It encompasses every aspect of the manufacture, use and scrapping of cars. Kia was the first manufacturer in the world to establish a dedicated environmental research and development centre, at Mabuk, to the south-east of the Korean capital, Seoul. Mabuk was involved in the design and development of the Žilina plant.     

Manufacturing demands and environmental responsibility don’t always go hand-in-hand, but Kia's first manufacturing plant in Europe sets the highest environmental standards and is the benchmark for the region’s automotive industry. Even the location is an important environmental consideration, reducing the distances that cars need to be transported across western, central and Eastern Europe. Seventy-five per cent of the parts used in the plant are sourced from Western Europe, which also helps to cut down on unnecessary transport. 

The assembly shop uses revolutionary technology for improving air quality. The basic principle is that all vapours and gases are exhausted through the building’s floor rather than through the roof. This new under-floor extraction system stops harmful gases from circulating at higher levels where they could be inhaled by assembly line workers or vented to the outside. 

A Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) process is used to eliminate odour and hydrocarbons in the paint drying facility. The RTO is also highly efficient in terms of energy conservation, greatly contributing to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption. 

New approaches and technology are used wherever possible to reduce the environmental impact, and the search for cleaner and more efficient processes is on-going. Bore holes are regularly drilled to make sure that no oils or pollutants from the facility make their way into the ground, while laboratories test the waste products. 

The hard work was rewarded when Žilina was formally certified as an environmentally-friendly facility. The International Certificate of Environmental Management, or ISO 14001, recognises the detailed work put into creating a ‘green’ state-of-the-art factory. 

This was quickly followed by two more awards. Kia Motors was presented with international certificates which recognise the advanced environmental design and manufacturing processes at Žilina. German-based TÜV presented Kia with DFE (Design for Environment) and LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) environment certificates after rigorous inspection of the company’s design and manufacturing operations. 

DFE (ISO 14062) evaluates a car’s environmental friendliness during its design and development, plus its recyclability. DFE also requires that the assembly plant for the car reaches ISO 14001. LCA (ISO 14040) examines both the car’s overall manufacturing process and its lifetime environmental impact, including choice of materials and measures to reduce fuel consumption and engine exhaust emissions. 

Working whatever the weather

Žilina lies deep in the Slovakian countryside at the foot of the Tatras Mountains – lovely in the summer, but in the winter temperatures dip to minus 28 degrees Centigrade. Winter lasts a full six months, which greatly influenced the layout of the plant. 

The press, body, paint and final assembly shops are constructed in a square so the vehicles and parts do not have to go outside at any point. The engines are assembled on a factory site next door and even these are delivered to the final line by overground tunnel. 

This ‘enclosed’ facility means that large exterior doors are not needed, unlike at traditional plants. In turn this reduces the need for high levels of heating as doors are not constantly being opened and closed to allow for deliveries. 

Quality, quality, quality...

Žilina has state-of-the-art testing facilities at every stage of production. For example, panel quality in the press shop is controlled by a unique inspection system which can recognise and evaluate in less than one millisecond defects according to actual quality demands. 

Some 20 per cent of Žilina’s quality control people have experience with other car manufacturers or suppliers. Some have returned to their home town after working at other automotive manufacturing facilities. All vehicles are checked as they come off the line to make sure electrical systems and mechanical parts are working, and this is followed by a drive round the factory’s test track to ensure there are no squeaks or rattles. Around 2 per cent of production undergoes a much closer inspection using sophisticated measuring equipment to ensure that fit and finish is up to specification. 

Kia devised an innovative, new Rotation Dipping Painting system to ensure the cars made in Slovakia are totally resistant to corrosion, and that their paintwork has a uniform lustre. Bodies are rotated through a forward somersault while immersed in the paint tank to achieve this. Kia is so pleased with the process that they come with a five-year paint warranty and 12-year anti-perforation warranty as standard. 

Why Slovakia was chosen

A member of the EU since 2004, Slovakia is an attractive country for foreign investors. There is also a long history in engineering, with a highly qualified workforce, a well-developed transport infrastructure, an automotive supply chain available in the region and a national government committed to helping new businesses. 

While Kia was given some incentives by the Slovakian government – such as tax breaks and land – the two are working together for the benefit of the local community. The local authority has established a training centre close to the plant, where Kia provides the expertise to develop computer, hybrid and welding technology courses. These courses are available for all people across the region. 

The new factory has brought a much-needed boost to Žilina. Employment is now 3,900 across three shifts. A further 10,000 jobs have been created nearby with more than a dozen parts and components suppliers. Žilina is now able to produce 300,000 cars a year – or 100 cars per employee – and 450,000 engine units.  The Žilina plant’s millionth car, a cee’d SW, rolled off the production line on 26th January 2012.

Ends

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Venga

SPECIFICATIONS

Fact, facts and more facts 

Engine           1.4-litre petrol

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1396

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 77 x 74.9

 Power output

 bhp

 89 @ 6000rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 137 (101) @ 4000rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Double overhead camshaft; continuously

 variable valve timing; multi-point fuel injection

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Five-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.769

 2.045

 1.370

 1.036

 0.839

 3.545

 4.267

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Transverse twist beam with trailing arms, coil springs and

 anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs (280mm) and solid rear discs (258mm)

 with ABS and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion with motor-driven power assistance

 Wheels (alloy)

 15 x 6J steel or 16  x 6J alloy

 Tyres

 195/65 (15") or 205/55 (16")

 Spare wheel

 Tyre repair kit

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2615

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4068 / 1765 / 1600

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1253 / 1343

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1300 / 550

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 440 (570 with underfloor area) / 1253

 Turning circle - radius

 m

 5.2

 Tank capacity

 litres

 48

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.31

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 12.4

 Maximum speed

 mph

 104

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 42.8 / 55.4 / 50.4

 CO2

 g/km

 130

  

Engine           1.6-litre petrol

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1591

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 77 x 85.4

 Power output

 bhp

 123 @ 6300rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 156 (115) @ 4200rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Double overhead camshaft; continuously

 variable valve timing; multi-point fuel injection

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual          Four-speed auto

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear         

 Reverse

 Final drive

          3.615                                2.919

          1.955                                1.551

          1.370                                1.000

          1.370                                0.713

          0.893

          0.774

          3.545                                 2.480

          4.267                                 4.619

 

 

 

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Transverse twist beam with trailing arms, coil springs and

 anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs (280mm) and solid rear discs (258mm)

 with ABS and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion with motor-driven power assistance

 Wheels (alloy)

 16 x 6J alloy

 Tyres

 205/55

 Spare wheel

 Tyre repair kit

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2615

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4068 / 1765 / 1600

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1269 / 1369

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1100 / 550

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 440 (570 with underfloor area) / 1253

 Turning circle - radius

 m

 5.2

 Tank capacity

 litres

 48

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.31

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual                    Four-speed auto.

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

   10.6                                            11.8

 Maximum speed

 mph

   114                                             110

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

   39.8 / 54.3 / 47.9                  34.0 / 51.4 / 43.5                              

 CO2

 g/km

   139                                              154

  

Engine           1.4-litre CRDi

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1396

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 75 x 79

 Power output

 bhp

 89 @ 4000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 220 (162) @ 1750 - 2750 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

  17.0:1

 Engine details

 

 New generation common rail, waste gate

 turbocharger (WGT), exhaust gas recirculation,

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.769

 2.040

 1.294

 0.905

 0.702

 0.596

 3.583

 3.941

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Transverse twist beam with trailing arms, coil springs and

 anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs (280mm) and solid rear discs (258mm)

 with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion with motor-driven power assistance

 Wheels (alloy)

 15 x 6J steel

 Tyres

 195/65

 Spare wheel

 Tyre repair kit

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2615

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4068 / 1765 / 1600

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1345 / 1445

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1300 / 550

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 440 (570 with underfloor area) / 1253

 Turning circle - radius

 m

 5.2

 Tank capacity

 litres

 48

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.31

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 14.0

 Maximum speed

 mph

 104

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 56.3 / 67.3 / 62.8

 CO2

 g/km

 119

  

Engine           1.6-litre CRDi

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,582

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 77.2 x 84.5

 Power output

 bhp

 114 @ 4,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 260 (192) @ 1,900 – 2,750 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

  17.0:1

 Engine details

 

 New generation common rail, waste gate

 turbocharger (WGT), exhaust gas recirculation,

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.636

 1.962

 1.189

 0.844

 0.660

 0.596

 3.583

 3.941

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring, stabiliser and anti-roll     bar

 Rear axle

 Transverse torsion beam with trailing arms, coil springs and

 anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs and solid rear discs

 with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion with motor-driven power assistance

 Wheels (alloy)

 16 x 6J alloy

 Tyres

 205/55

 Spare wheel

 Tyre repair kit

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,615

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,068 / 1,765 / 1,600

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,356 / 1,455

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,300 / 550

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 440 (570 with underfloor area) /1,253

 Turning circle - radius

 m

 5.2

 Tank capacity

 litres

 48

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.31

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 11.1

 Maximum speed

 mph

 113

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 55.4 / 70.6 / 64.2

 CO2

 g/km

 117

 

GENERAL

Venga

1          THE 2015 KIA VENGA 
Fresh styling inside and out and a new range-topping model 

  • Restyled front and rear ends add a sportier touch
  • New-style alloy wheels and two new paint options
  • Interiors refreshed for a more luxurious appearance
  • Five trim grades topped by new premium Venga 4 model
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring now standard; automatic lights added to top grades
  • Choice of highly economical 1.4- and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines 

More stylish, more luxurious, better equipped and headed by a new premium range-topping model – Kia’s quart-from-a-pint-pot small car, the Venga, is now on sale in the UK in the facelifted form revealed at the Paris Motor Show in the autumn of 2014. 

All versions feature restyled front and rear ends which give the Venga a sharper, sportier appearance. The interiors have been refreshed with added touches of luxury and more equipment, and at the top of the range there is a new Venga 4 model which brings previously unattainable features to the range. 

The new line-up is based on five trim grades  – 1, 1 Air, 2, 3 and 4 – and four engines, giving a choice of 11 models. The highly economical 1.4- and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines are carried over from the previous Venga and give potential fuel economy of up to 64.2mpg, with CO2 emissions as low as 117g/km. Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) – Kia’s fuel-saving, CO2-cutting engine stop/start technology – is standard where it can effect a worthwhile improvement in fuel consumption and emissions, and appears on all but one manual transmission version. The Venga is produced in Europe at Kia’s plant at Žilina in Slovakia. 

The 89bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine is offered with 1, 1 Air and 2 trim grades, while the 89bhp 1.4-litre diesel is reserved exclusively for Venga 2. The two 1.6-litre engines with manual transmission are available with grades 3 and 4. The 1.6 petrol engine is also offered with a four-speed automatic gearbox in grades 2, 3 and 4. 

A bold new exterior, upgraded interior and new alloy wheels and paint options

Venga was the first car launched under the stewardship of Peter Schreyer, now President of Design for both Kia and partner company Hyundai.  Proving that small can be beautiful, it brought sensational good looks to the supermini segment of the market. 

For 2015 those looks have been enhanced by new front and rear styling and upgraded interiors. All versions have a more aggressive, sportier front bumper and main grille, featuring a new take on the ‘tiger nose’ theme with high-gloss black mesh and a chrome surround. The Kia logo has been relocated to the bodywork. The lower air intake has been redesigned to house daytime running lights (LED with grades 3 and 4) next to the foglights, which now sit in high-gloss black housings joined by a chrome strip. There is also now a chrome strip linking the rear light units, which are LED on Venga 4. Another premium touch with Venga 4 is the chrome exterior door handles. 

For grades 2 and above, there are new-style 16-inch alloy wheels with five triple spokes, while grades 1 and 1 Air continue with 15-inch steel wheels with five-spoke embellishers. Grades 2 and above are also offered with two new metallic paint colours – Planet Blue and Dark Gun Metal – which replace Space Blue and Sirius Silver.    

Interior improvements include new black Houndstooth cloth for entry-grade models, while grade 2 continues with black Beat cloth and level 3 again has black Bamboo part-leather and part-cloth upholstery. This is also fitted to the new Venga 4. There is a new Grey Metal Grain paint finish for the centre fascia of Venga 1, 1 Air and 2, while high-gloss black continues to adorn Venga 3 and is replicated in the new Venga 4. 

Venga is not a mini-MPV but a five-seat supermini with genuine space.  It avoids the boxy profile of other tall, passenger-friendly small cars and instead presents a sleeker, racier profile that gives it a Cd figure of just 0.31 – reducing fuel consumption, emissions and wind noise when travelling quickly. 

At 4,068mm long and with an unusually long 2,615mm wheelbase, a high roofline and class-best width, Venga provides interior space comparable to that in C-segment cars – but within a footprint typical of a B-segment vehicle. Venga is amongst the class-best for interior measurements in many key areas, including front and rear leg and hip room and luggage space. 

Split rear seats that slide fore and aft by up to 130mm allow the passenger accommodation to be stretched when maximum luggage capacity is not needed. Alternatively, a two-tier boot means that owners who occasionally need more than the standard 440 litres of cargo space can expand the luggage area simply by lowering the floor.  The luggage compartment thus becomes 163mm taller, extending total volume to 570 litres.  If more space is required, the rear seats have ‘Fold & Dive’ functionality, which makes them seem to disappear into the floor, creating a completely flat deck in a load area offering a cavernous 1,253 litres of space. 

New equipment features available

All models are extremely highly specified, and features previously unattainable with the Venga now appear in certain models. Tyre Pressure Monitoring is fitted to all versions, warning the driver of any potentially serious loss of pressure via a symbol in the instrument cluster. Automatic Light Control is now standard with Venga 3 and 4, and Venga 4 also has ‘welcome’ and ‘follow-me-home’ lighting. 

Other unique features to Venga 4 are a smart key with engine start/stop button, a heated steering wheel activated by a control switch on the right-hand wheel spoke to complement the heated front seats fitted to Venga 3 and 4, and a panoramic sunroof.  Venga 3 and 4 are also equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping and a Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC). The full-colour touchscreen also includes a reversing camera. The infotainment system, which is also accessed via the touchscreen, no longer includes a CD player due to the increasing trend among customers of using portable devices to play music. The high-quality six speaker audio system includes RDS radio, full MP3 compatibility and AUX and USB ports. 

Standard across the range are driver's seat height adjustment, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, electric front windows, remote 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. 

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 versions come with climate control, front and rear electric windows, front fog lamps, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate and cruise control with a speed limiter. 

For safety, all Vengas have six airbags (front, side and curtains), active front head restraints and two ISOFIX child-seat mounting points. 

Every Venga benefits from Kia's unique seven-year/100,000-mile warranty, subject to terms and conditions covering wear-and-tear items.  It is transferable to future owners should the car be sold during the period of the warranty.   

Economical performance

All four engines in Venga are torquey and fuel-efficient, ensuring excellent driveability with low running costs. The two petrol engines are 1.4-litre 89bhp and 1.6-litre 123bhp units from Kia's Gamma family.  The 1.4 is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, while the 1.6 is available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic. 

The 1.4-litre 89bhp U2 CRDi diesel engine made its debut in Venga and is offered alongside a 114bhp 1.6-litre version.  Both were designed and engineered at Kia’s research and development facilities near Frankfurt in Germany and are manufactured at Žilina. 

The running gear benefits from Venga's unusually long wheelbase and wide track. Venga therefore has a lively, fun-to-drive character while delivering excellent comfort and refinement. 

Motor-driven electronic power-assisted steering (MDPS) is standard as a further fuel-saving measure, and all models have an all-disc braking system with anti-lock (ABS) and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD).  Also standard is electronic stability control (ESC), traction control (TC) with brake assist (BAS) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) to ensure the car always remains under control, even in the most difficult conditions, and can stop in the shortest possible distance in an emergency. Hill-start assist control (HAC) is also fitted. This holds the car for two seconds when setting off on inclines to prevent it rolling backwards. 

The 2015 Kia Venga range: 

 Model

Power BHP

Torque lb/ft

MPG Comb.

CO2 g/km

‘1’ 1.4 5-speed manual ISG

89

101

50.4

130

‘1 Air’ 1.4  5-speed manual ISG

89

101

50.4

130

‘2’ 1.4  5-speed manual ISG

89

101

50.4

130

‘2’ 1.6  4-speed auto

123

115

43.5

154

‘2’ 1.4 CRDi 6-speed manual

89

162

62.8

119

‘3’ 1.6  6-speed manual ISG

123

115

47.9

139

‘3’ 1.6  4-speed auto

123

115

43.5

154

‘3’ 1.6 CRDi  6-speed manual ISG

114

192

64.2

117

‘4’ 1.6 6-speed manual ISG

123

115

47.9

139

‘4’ 1.6 4-speed auto

123

115

43.5

154

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG

114

192

64.2

117

 

 

 

2          AT A GLANCE    
The main changes to the facelifted Venga 

Exterior

New-style extended front bumper with a more aggressive look and a new high-gloss black radiator grille with chrome surround.

New interpretation of Kia ‘tiger-nose’ grille.

Kia badge relocated to bodywork above the grille.

Lower air intake redesigned to incorporate daytime running lights (LED on grades 3 and 4).

New front foglight housings in high-gloss black, linked by chrome strip.

Horizontal chrome strip on tailgate.

LED rear lights on grade 4. 

Interior

New Houndstooth black cloth upholstery with two entry-level grades.

Grey Metal Grain fascia paint on grades 1, 1 Air and 2. High-gloss black continued on grades 3 and 4. 

Equipment

New level 4 grade.

Smart Key with Engine Start/Stop Button Keyless entry on grade 4. Kerbside lights and door handles illuminated as driver approaches the car.

Chromed door handles on grade 4.

Heated steering wheel on grade 4, activated by a button on the steering wheel. It heats the wheel rim up to a maximum temperature of 38 deg C and maintains it.

Panoramic sunroof on grade 4.

Satellite navigation with European mapping and TMC (Traffic Messaging Channel) operated via a 7-inch touchscreen standard on grades 3 and 4. It incorporates a reversing camera.

Deletion of CD player on grades 3 and 4 due to new touchscreen sat-nav and customer preference for playing music via portable devices. 

Safety

Tyre Pressure Monitoring standard across the range.

Automatic Light Control fitted to Venga for first time with grades 3 and 4. It includes Welcome and Follow-me-Home light functions. 

Wheels and paintwork

New Planet Blue and Dark Gun Metal metallic paint options with grades 2 and above. They replace Space Blue and Sirius Silver.

New 16-inch five triple-spoke alloy wheels standard on grades 2 and above.  

3          SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL
The Venga design story 

Venga was the first car launched under the stewardship of Peter Schreyer, now President of Design for both Kia and partner company Hyundai.  Proving that small can be beautiful, it brought sensational good looks to the supermini segment of the market – a class characterised by many cars that are worthy but dull. 

Venga carries many of the striking design elements and detail touches of Peter Schreyer’s No3 concept car, with similarities that go surprisingly deep.  Apart from the adoption of a more conventional windscreen and roof design, all metal panels are common between the two, and only minor changes were made to turn the design concept into production reality. 

For 2015 those looks have been enhanced by new front and rear styling and upgraded interiors. All versions have a more aggressive, sportier front bumper and main grille, featuring a new take on the ‘tiger nose’ theme, with high-gloss black mesh and a chrome surround. The Kia logo has been relocated to the bodywork. The lower air intake has been redesigned to house daytime running lights (LED with grades 3 and 4) next to the foglights, which now sit in high-gloss black housings joind by a chrome strip. There is also now a chrome strip linking the rear light units, which are LED on Venga 4. Another premium touch with Venga 4 is the chrome exterior door handles. 

For grades 2 and above, there are new-style 16-inch alloy wheels with five triple spokes, while grades 1 and 1 Air continue with 15-inch steel wheels with five-spoke embellishers. Grades 2 and above are also offered with two new metallic paint colours – Planet Blue and Dark Gun Metal – which replace Space Blue and Sirius Silver.     

Despite occupying only a fraction over four metres of road, this stylish and different small car has all the space, versatility and practicality a family could ask for. Along with Soul and Rio, it puts Kia in a unique position to make the most of the downsizing trend. 

Venga is not a conventional mini-MPV, but a B-segment car with genuine space and practicality. It appears to get progressively wider from top to bottom, a legacy of its wide track.  It also has an athletic, sporty, crouching stance thanks to sleek headlamp housings, wedge-shaped double shoulder creases, deep swage lines and the kick-up in the rear passenger windows.  

Venga avoids the boxy profile typical of other tall, passenger-friendly small cars and instead presents a sleeker, racier profile that gives it a Cd figure of just 0.31 – reducing fuel consumption, emissions and wind noise when travelling quickly.  

Short overhangs, concave swage lines along the flanks and pronounced, muscular wheel arches attest to Venga's agility and fun-to-drive character, while the extended, four-panel glasshouse ensures excellent driver visibility and creates an airy and spacious feel in the cabin.  This is even more pronounced on the range-topping Venga 4 versions, which have an all-glass, two-piece sliding panoramic sunroof covering almost the entire roof area. 

The style and attention to detail obvious from the exterior is carried through to the cabin, where the depth of quality Kia is now bringing to its entire range is immediately evident. Interior improvements for the facelifted version include new black Houndstooth cloth for entry-grade models. Grade 2 continues with black Beat cloth and level 3 again has black Bamboo part-leather and part-cloth upholstery. This is also fitted to the new Venga 4. There is a new Grey Metal Grain paint finish for the centre fascia of Venga 1, 1 Air and 2, while high-gloss black continues to adorn Venga 3 and is replicated in the new Venga 4.   

As a car that is sold exclusively in Europe, the interior style is – naturally – modern European.  From the driver's perspective, it is dominated by interlocking 'three-cylinder' hooded dials with chromed surrounds that not only look stylish but are totally free of reflections. 

Just in front of them is Kia’s three-spoke steering wheel, fast becoming a trademark feature.  It can be adjusted for height and reach and features alloy-finish spokes and remote control switches on all trim grades. 

In the centre of the dash is a control stack set at the perfect height for the driver: no fumbling around to change gear, swap radio stations or adjust the cabin temperature here!  It is edged with metallic-effect 'bookends' that match the finish on the steering wheel spokes, gearlever gaiter and door handles (depending on model). 

The air conditioning and airflow controls are set in a stylish and easy-to-use circular arrangement. The in-built six-speaker audio system featuring an RDS radio, MP3 connectivity, AUX and USB ports is all-new and is controlled by another circular master switch.  Venga 2, 3 and 4 models also have an iPod cable. 

The interior is light and airy, offering superb all-round visibility. Large quarter-light front windows are a particular help when placing the car next to kerbs, in parking spaces or in corners, while the location of the big door mirrors allows drivers to keep an eye on surrounding traffic with only the merest diversion of the eyes from the road. 

4          LIVING ROOM
Big things come in small packages 

The trouble with many cars that are small on the outside is that they are also small on the inside, rendering them unsuitable for family use.  That's not the case with a Kia.  Through models like the Picanto, Rio, Soul, cee'd and Sportage, Kia has repeatedly displayed its talent for fashioning compact cars that turn every possible millimetre into living space. 

And it has pulled another rabbit out of the hat with Venga. 

Despite occupying only a fraction over four metres of road, this stylish and different small car has all the space, versatility and practicality a family could ask for. 

Venga is not a conventional mini-MPV but a B-segment car with genuine space and practicality. 'From the start of the design process, Venga needed to be a car that could tick multiple boxes on consumer wish lists,' says Peter Schreyer, the President of Design for Kia and Hyundai. 'A spacious and flexible interior is a must for many car buyers, and Venga meets this requirement while also featuring striking design language, proving that style and practicality need not be mutually exclusive.' 

The 4,068mm long Venga has an unusually long 2,615mm wheelbase, a 1,600mm high roofline and class-best 1,765mm width so that it is able to offer interior space comparable to that in C-segment cars – but within the footprint of a B-segment vehicle.  Clever packaging – the art of turning every possible millimetre of the car's size into passenger and luggage space – ensures Venga has class-best interior measurements in key areas, including front and rear leg and hip room and luggage space.  

Numbers alone tell only half the story, however.  To fully appreciate the spaciousness of Kia's compact family car, you need only settle into one of its five seats – it doesn't matter which – and feel how roomy it is.  

Split rear seats that slide fore and aft by up to 130mm allow the passenger accommodation to be further stretched when maximum luggage capacity is not needed.  A large glasshouse emphasises the feeling of space inside the car.  This is even more marked on the range-topping Venga 4, which has a panoramic sunroof running almost the full length of the roof, flooding the cabin with light. 

Venga features a host of innovative solutions to maximise cabin and boot space.  A two-tier boot means that owners who occasionally need more than the standard 440 litres of cargo space can expand the luggage area simply by lowering the floor trim.  The luggage compartment thus becomes 163mm taller, extending total volume to 570 litres.  The clever design allows delicate or tall items to be transported safely and securely by simply using the lower floor. 

For carrying bulkier items, owners need simply slide Venga’s 60-40 split rear seats forward individually. And if more space is required, the rear seats have ‘Fold & Dive’ functionality.  This useful feature, which makes the rear seats seem to disappear into the floor, creates a completely flat deck in the rear load area.  What is more, the rear seats fold without the need to adjust or remove the headrests.  With both rear seats folded flat, Venga has a voluminous 1,552mm long cargo area, with a total capacity of 1,253 litres.  

Safe space

Occupants are every bit as well-protected as they are comfortable in the Venga. It has the latest active and passive safety technologies to ensure maximum protection, including Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM). ESC intervenes to stabilise the car, by braking one or more wheels or reducing engine torque – or both – if there is a danger it could go out of control. VSM detects when the wheels on one side of the car are on a less grippy surface than those on the other and uses the ESC system to keep the car straight and stable.  

ESC also comes with Hill-start Assist Control, which holds the car for two seconds when setting off on inclines to prevent it rolling backwards. 

All Venga models have a powerful all-disc braking system featuring ABS anti-lock, electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assist (BAS).  Through these measures, drivers are helped to brake and steer at the same time to avoid accidents, and have the reassurance that maximum stopping effort will always be applied to the wheels with most grip.  Brake assist ensures that in an emergency, maximum braking force is applied regardless of the effort being exerted on the pedal by the driver. Emergency Stop Signalling flashes the high-level brake light in an emergency stop to alert following drivers to the danger.  

Should a collision be unavoidable, Venga safeguards occupants with a range of passive safety measures as standard – starting with a robust all-steel bodyshell featuring high-strength steel in key areas, and side impact beams in the doors. 

There are dual front, side and full-length curtain airbags, height-adjustable front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and belt load-limiters, plus a trio of three-point seat belts for rear-seat occupants.  Seat-belt pre-tensioners and belt force limiters hold passengers firmly in their seats in an accident while minimising pressure on the wearer's chest.  Venga also has active front seat headrests to prevent whiplash injuries.  

The passenger side front airbag has a cut-off switch so that a rear-facing child seat can be mounted there, and all models are fitted with two ISOFIX anchor points and top tether anchor points in the two outer rear seats. 

5          RANGE FINDER   
Five trim options topped by new Venga 4 

The Kia Venga range is based on Kia’s easy-to-understand numerical trim grades and is made up of 11 models now headed by the luxuriusly appointed new Venga 4. The 89bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine is offered with 1, 1 Air and 2 trim grades while the 89bhp 1.4-litre diesel is reserved exclusively for Venga 2. The two 1.6-litre engines with manual transmission are available with grades 3 and 4. The 1.6 petrol engine is also offered with a four-speed automatic gearbox in grades 2, 3 and 4. 

All models are extremely highly specified, and features previously unattainable with the Venga now become available. Tyre Pressure Monitoring is fitted to all versions, warning the driver of any potentially serious loss of pressure via a symbol in the instrument cluster. Automatic Light Control is now standard with Venga 3 and 4, and Venga 4 also has ‘welcome’ and ‘follow-me-home’ lighting. 

Other unique features to Venga 4 are a smart key with engine start/stop button, a heated steering wheel activated by a control switch on the right-hand wheel spoke to complement the heated front seats fitted to Venga 3 and 4, and a panoramic sunroof.  Venga 3 and 4 are also equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping and a Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC). The full-colour touchscreen also includes a reversing camera. The infotainment system, which is also accessed via the touchscreen, no longer includes a CD player due to the increasing trend among customers of using portable devices to play music. The high-quality six-speaker audio system includes RDS radio, full MP3 compatibility and AUX and USB ports. Bluetooth music streaming, which enables occupants to play music wirelessly from a suitably equipped portable device, is standard from grade 2 upwards. 

Standard features on entry-level versions are 15-inch steel wheels, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors with a wide-angle view on the driver’s side, body-coloured door mirror casings and door handles, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, USB and AUX ports, a trip computer, black Houndstooth cloth upholstery, Grey Metal Grain paint finish for the centre fascia, driver and front passenger armrests and remote central locking with a folding key. Venga 1 Air adds manual air conditioning. 

Venga 2 versions have 16-inch alloy wheels, black Beat cloth upholstery, indicators integrated into the door mirror casings, reversing sensors, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone operation with music streaming, rear electric windows, front cabin map lights, folding door mirrors, driver and passenger sun visors with illuminated mirrors and metallic finish interior door handles, air vent knob and parking brake button. Venga 3 adds part-leather Bamboo upholstery, a 7-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping, TMC and an integrated reversing camera, heated front seats, a high-gloss black centre fascia, automatic air conditioning, automatic light control and cruise control with a speed limiter. 

For comfort and convenience, every Venga comes as standard with driver's seat height adjustment, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, electric front windows, remote central locking, lamps in the front and centre of the cabin and the luggage area, a shopping hook, a headlamp levelling device, tinted glass, a seat-belt reminder warning and sliding and folding rear seats with a 60:40 split. 

To help save fuel and reduce running costs, manual petrol models and those with the new 1.6-litre diesel engine have Kia's EcoDynamics package featuring Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG).  All models have low rolling resistance tyres, motor-driven power steering (MDPS) and a kick down alert.  This creates a slight resistance when the accelerator is fully depressed to advise the driver that he or she is driving uneconomically, without impairing engine response when maximum performance is required. 

Also standard is Kia's pioneering seven-year 100,000-mile warranty, subject to certain terms and conditions covering wear-and-tear items. It is transferable to subsequent owners, a major selling point for anyone trading in the car before the warranty period has expired.  It is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty. 

EXTERIOR FEATURES

1

1 Air

2

3

4

15” steel wheels (195/65 R15)

 

 

 

16” alloy wheels (205/50 R16)

 

 

Full wheel covers

 

 

 

Tyre repair kit

Low rolling resistance tyres

Petrol only

Petrol only

Petrol only

All Manual

All manual

High-mounted brake light with ESS

Front fog lights

 

 

 

Black bezel headlights

Headlight levelling device

Privacy glass on rear windows and tailgate

 

 

 

Speed variable front wipers

Aero blade type front wipers

Wiper de-icer

 

 

 

Rear wash/wipe

Heated rear window

Electrically adjustable heated door mirrors

 

 

 

Electric folding/heated/adjustable door mirrors with integrated indicator lights

 

 

Body-coloured exterior door handles/mirrors

Chrome exterior door handles

 

 

 

 

Rear spoiler

Black high-gloss finish grille

Electric panoramic sunroof with auto safety

 

 

 

 

Welcome and follow-me-home lighting

 

 

 

 

LED daytime running lights

 

 

 

 

LED daytime running lights and rear lights

 

 

 

 

 

INTERIOR FEATURES

1

1 Air

2

3

4

Air conditioning

 

 

 

Automatic air conditioning

 

 

 

Front electric windows

 

 

 

All-round electric windows

 

 

Sliding and reclining front seats

Driver’s seat height adjuster

Heated front seats

 

 

 

Heated steering wheel

 

 

 

 

All-round height adjustable headrests

Black Houndstooth cloth upholstery

 

 

 

Premium black cloth ‘Beat’ upholstery

 

 

 

 

Part-leather ‘Bamboo’ upholstery

 

 

 

Tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel

Leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear shift

 

 

Grey Metal Grain paint centre fascia

 

 

High gloss black paint centre fascia

 

 

 

Metallic finish air vents and handbrake button

 

 

Remote central door locking with folding key

 

 

Smart key with engine start/stop button

 

 

 

 

Sun visors with passenger vanity mirror

 

 

Sunvisors with vanity mirror and illumination

 

 

 

60:40 split folding, diving, sliding and reclining rear seats

Glove box

 

 

Glove box with cooling and illumination

 

 

 

Centre console cup holder

Luggage area parcel shelf

Luggage area net and hooks

Luggage under-floor box

Front and luggage area 12v power sockets

Cruise control and speed limiter

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIO & INFORMATION

1

1 Air

2

3

4

RDS radio/CD player with MP3 compatibility

6-speaker system

USB/AUX ports

iPod cable

 

 

Steering wheel-mounted controls

Bluetooth with music streaming

 

 

7” touch-screen sat-nav with European mapping

 

 

 

Reversing camera integrated into sat-nav

 

 

 

Reversing sensors

 

 

Trip computer

Digital clock

Tachometer

                                             

 

SAFETY AND SECURITY

1

1 Air

2

3

4

Twin front, side and curtain airbags

Front passenger airbag cut-off switch

Front active headrests

ABS with brake assist system (BAS)

Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS)

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Vehicle Stability Management VSM)

Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

P

P

P

P

P

Motor driven power steering

P

P

P

P

P

ISOFIX child seat top tethers and anchors

P

P

P

P

P

All-round three-point seat belts

P

P

P

P

P

Front belt pre-tensioners and load limiters

P

P

P

P

P

Child safety rear door locks

P

P

P

P

P

Impact sensing auto door unlocking

P

P

P

P

P

Seat belt reminder warning

P

P

P

P

P

Engine immobiliser

P

P

P

P

P

Door deadlocks

P

P

P

P

P

Anti-theft alarm system

P

P

P

P

P

Locking wheel nuts

P

P

P

P

P

Visible vehicle identification number

P

P

P

P

P

Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG)

Petrol only

Petrol only

Petrol manual

All manuals

All manuals

Gear shift indicator (manual models)

P

P

P

P

P

Kick down alert to aid fuel economy

P

P

P

P

P

 

6          ALL THINGS MECHANICAL
Engines, transmissions, suspension, steering and brakes 

Venga offers buyers a choice of four torquey and fuel-efficient engines – 1.4-litre petrol end diesel models delivering 89bhp, a 114bhp 1.6-litre diesel and a 123bhp 1.6 petrol unit. Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) – Kia’s fuel-saving, CO2-cutting engine stop/start technology – is standard where it can effect a worthwhile improvement in fuel consumption and emissions, and appears on all but one manual transmission version. Automatic transmission is available with the 1.6-litre petrol engine in Venga 2, 3 and 4. 

The running gear benefits from Venga's unusually long wheelbase and wide track.  Venga therefore has a lively, fun-to-drive character while delivering excellent comfort and refinement.  Motor-driven electronic power-assisted steering (MDPS) is standard as a further fuel-saving measure, and all models have an all-disc braking system with anti-lock (ABS) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC). Also standard are Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM).   

The petrol engines

The two petrol engines are 1.4-litre 89bhp and 1.6-litre 123bhp units from Kia's Gamma family.  The 1.4 is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, while the 1.6 is available with a six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. 

Both are all-aluminium 16-valve twin-cam units featuring performance-enhancing continuously-variable valve timing (CVVT) and multi-point fuel injection to provide an ideal spread of performance and economy. 

The 1.4-litre engine develops its 89bhp at 6,000rpm and 137Nm (101lb ft) of torque at 4,000rpm, and has excellent driveability with lively performance.  The top speed of the 1.4-litre Venga is 104mph, while 0-60mph takes 12.4 seconds.  Average fuel economy is 50.4mpg in the European combined cycle thanks to ISG, while CO2 emissions are 130g/km. 

The 1.6-litre unit develops its 123bhp at 6,300rpm and has 156Nm (115lb ft) of torque at 4,200rpm.  With the six-speed manual transmission it is capable of 47.9mpg, with CO2 emissions of 139g/km. It can accelerate from 0-60mph in 10.9 seconds on the way to a top speed of 115mph. The smooth-shifting four-speed automatic transmission that is particularly appealing to city-dwellers also delivers a lively and spirited drive – 0-60mph comes up in 11.8 seconds and the top speed is 110mph.  Yet it is easy on the pocket and the environment – combined fuel economy is 43.5mpg, while CO2 emissions are 154g/km. 

The diesel engines

Venga is also available with 1.4- and 1.6-litre versions of Kia’s U2 diesel engine, which was designed and engineered in Germany and is manufactured at Kia's Žilina plant in Slovakia. 

The 1.4-litre CRDi Venga is clean, quiet and fuel-efficient while delivering outstanding response and performance. It develops 89bhp at 4,000rpm and 220Nm (162lb ft) of torque from 1,750 to 2,750rpm, figures which help it to cover the 0-60mph sprint in 14.0 seconds and go on to a top speed of 104mph.  Even without ISG it is able to peg CO2 emissions below 120g/km. It can cover 62.8 miles on a single gallon of diesel in the official combined cycle, and it emits just 119g/km of CO2

The 1.6-litre option develops 114bhp at 4,000rpm and 260Nm (192lb ft) of torque from 1,900 to 2,750rpm. With a six-speed manual gearbox and ISG as standard, it is the most economical engine in the Venga range, with combined fuel consumption of 64.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 117g/km, making it particularly attractive to business users looking for good long-distance performance with low running costs. The 1.6-litre diesel Venga can accelerate from standstill to 60mph in 11.1 seconds and has a maximum speed of 114mph. 

The U2 diesels are aluminium 16-valve units featuring high-pressure common-rail injection and variable swirl control system, up to five injections per cycle, electronically-controlled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), a wastegate turbocharger (WGT) and a diesel particulate filter (DPF). 

To achieve optimum driveability, they have been developed to deliver their high torque outputs over a broad rev range.  More than 90% of the maximum torque is available from just 1,500rpm, guaranteeing strong and smooth acceleration almost from idle. 

Thanks to a chain-driven timing system, servicing is needed only every 20,000 miles or annually. 

Venga engines at a glance 

Engine

BHP

Nm

0-60 (sec)

Max mph

Comb. Mpg

CO2 g/km

1.4 petrol

89

137

12.4

104

50.4

130

1.6 petrol manual

123

156

10.9

115

47.9

139

1.6 petrol auto

123

156

11.8

110

43.5

154

1.4 diesel

89

220

14.0

104

62.8

119

1.6 diesel

114

260

11.1

114

64.2

117

 

Transmissions

Buyers have a choice of either five-speed or six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions, depending on model  The 89bhp petrol 1.4 comes with a five-speed manual, the two diesels with a six-speed manual while the petrol 1.6 is available with a six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. 

The six-speed manual gearbox is made in Europe. It is light, has long gearing in the higher (cruising) ratios to aid fuel economy, uses low-viscosity oil and provides excellent gearchange feel for a rewarding driving experience. 

Both manual transmissions incorporate several innovations, including triple axis gear train and multiple-cone synchroniser (on first and second gears) for faster, smoother shifts.  

The automatic is a four-speed 'intelligent' gearbox that adapts itself to individual driving styles. It features an electronic controller which monitors a range of parameters, including acceleration, deceleration, engine speed and road speed, ensuring excellent shift quality. 

Running gear

Venga’s suspension has been tuned to suit not only the car's characteristics but also, specifically, UK roads.  The unusually long 2,615mm wheelbase and wide track have inherent benefits for ride and handling. 

Venga is fitted with fully independent front suspension and a twist-beam rear axle designed to deliver responsive handling and a supple ride.  Kia is producing the Venga with a single suspension set-up, but with different dampers to suit the different weights of the diesel and petrol cars. 

The front suspension is mounted on the same subframe that supports the engine and transmission, and features MacPherson struts and co-axial coil springs, offset for smooth operation, together with offset kingpin geometry and a four-degree castor angle. This guarantees optimal handling stability and a comfortable ride, while allowing the driver to steer and manoeuvre with minimal effort. 

The front suspension geometry ensures minimal camber and castor angle changes for good steering stability under all conditions. The anti-roll bar is mounted directly onto the shock absorber to maximise its effectiveness.  

The rear suspension is also subframe-mounted and employs a transverse torsion beam axle with trailing arms.  This set-up was chosen for its ability to deliver a smooth ride with minimum intrusion into the boot.  The coil springs and dampers are mounted separately to ensure smooth operation while taking up the least amount of space, and the rear anti-roll bar is mounted inside the torsion beam as another aid to tight packaging.  Third-generation hub bearings improve durability, and urethane bump stops add to refinement. 

Nitrogen-filled shock absorbers, tuned with UK driving styles in mind, are standard fit for both the front and rear suspension for optimal damping performance and body control.  

To save fuel, Venga has Kia’s speed-sensitive motor-driven power steering system (MDPS).  It gives a fuel saving of 3% compared to conventional hydraulic assistance. 

Venga is light and agile for parking and town driving while also ensuring precise high-speed handling.  The gearing ratio of the steering has been fine-tuned to deliver good ‘feel’ under all driving conditions.  The power-assisted rack and pinion system requires just 2.77 turns of the steering wheel lock-to-lock.  Venga’s small turning circle – just 10.4 metres (kerb-to-kerb) – gives responsive, agile handling in city driving conditions.  

Power-assisted all-disc brakes with anti-lock (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and brake assist (BAS) are standard.  Through these measures, drivers are helped to brake and steer at the same time to avoid accidents, and have the reassurance that maximum stopping effort will always be applied to the wheels with most grip.  Brake assist ensures that in an emergency, maximum braking force is applied regardless of the effort being exerted on the pedal by the driver.  The 280mm front discs are ventilated while at the rear are 258mm solid discs.  

Venga also comes as standard with electronic stability control (ESC) with all-speed traction control and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC).  ESC detects if the car is being driven in such a way or in conditions that might lead to a loss of control.  Through a combination of wheel braking and torque reduction it then stabilises the car. HAC helps drivers set off on the steepest slopes with no risk of rolling backwards by holding the car for two seconds after the brake pedal has been released. 

Venga is also fitted with Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), which can detect if the wheels on one side of the car are on a more slippery surface than those on the other and use the ESC system to keep the car stable.  

Venga 1 and 1 Air come with 15-inch steel wheels and 195/65 tyres, while Venga 2 and above have new-style five triple-spoke 16-inch alloys wearing 205/55 tyres.  Low rolling resistance tyres to help save fuel are standard. A tyre repair kit is supplied in place of a spare wheel and tyre.  

7          ECODYNAMICS
Reducing running costs and environmental impact 

All versions of the Venga feature Kia's EcoDynamics technologies. EcoDynamics is Kia's green umbrella for a range of fuel-saving, emissions-reducing measures. All cars developed under this umbrella wear distinguishing EcoDynamics badges so that customers can quickly and easily identify the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the Kia line-up. 

With all except the 1.4-litre diesel engine and those fitted with automatic transmission, the main feature is Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG), which turns off the engine when the car is stationary in traffic and the driver puts the gearlever into neutral and releases the clutch pedal.  The engine restarts immediately as soon as the clutch pedal is depressed again. 

Low rolling resistance tyres are also standard, and there is a gearshift indicator in manual versions to advise the driver of the most efficient change-up points. Kia has also developed a kick-down switch for the accelerator to prevent unintentional full-throttle use.  A small resistance felt through the accelerator pedal at full-throttle condition helps drivers to avoid excessive fuel consumption, without impairing responsiveness when maximum power is needed. 

Other innovative technologies fitted to Venga as part of the EcoDynamics package include a power-saving alternator management system and motor-driven power-assisted steering (MDPS). 

How ISG works

ISG consists of crankshaft position, battery and vacuum sensors plus neutral, on-off and clutch switches that feed into an electronic control unit.  This operates the ISG starter, intelligent alternator and cluster.  The air conditioning units and hood switch also feed into the ISG ECU. 

The crankshaft position sensor measures the crank angle during engine run-out and monitors it while the vehicle is stopped, ensuring the starter is activated for as short a time as possible by optimising cranking and combustion.  The battery sensor monitors the battery condition and temperature, while the clutch and neutral switches recognise when drivers wish to continue driving and ensure the engine is started.  There is a brake booster pressure sensor to make sure the engine continues to operate if brake boost falls too low. 

A heavy-duty maintenance-free AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) battery delivers the power necessary to run the system, and intelligent alternator management reduces drain on the battery while accelerating and recharges the battery when coasting and braking. 

All the driver has to do is stop, put the car into neutral and release the clutch.  After a brief pause, the engine cuts out. It restarts as soon as the driver pushes the clutch again.  The system has been engineered not to stop the engine during warm-up from a cold start or if the air conditioning system is working hard.  Drivers can manually turn off the ISG system through a switch on the dashboard.

8          COST-CUTTER
Value all the way with Venga 

EcoDynamics features benefit more than the environment – they also help owners to save money.  Running costs are factored in from the beginning of the design stage to ensure every Kia is fuel-efficient, inexpensive to service and maintain and, if the worst happens, simple to repair to keep insurance costs down. 

With four economical engines, including Intelligent Stop and Go on the majority of manual models, Venga ensures low-cost motoring for private or business users. And for peace of mind every model is backed by Kia's pioneering seven-year/100,000-mile manufacturer warranty, subject to terms and conditions covering wear-and-tear items.  It can even be passed on to a subsequent owner should the car be sold during the lifetime of the warranty. 

Insurance groups 

Engine

Group (1-50)

‘1’ 1.4  5-speed manual ISG

8

‘1 Air’ 1.4  5-speed manual ISG

8

‘2’ 1.4  5-speed manual ISG

9

‘2’ 1.6  4-speed auto

11

‘2’ 1.4 CRDi  6-speed manual

10

‘3’ 1.6  6-speed manual ISG

13

‘3’ 1.6 4-speed auto

13

‘3’ 1.6 CRDi  6-speed manual ISG

14

‘4’ 1.6  6-speed manual ISG

13

‘4’ 1.6  4-speed auto

12

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi  6-speed manual ISG

14

 

Vehicle Excise Duty – Year Two

 

Engine

Band

Cost

1.4

  D

£110

1.4 CRDi

  C

£30

1.6

  E

£130

1.6 Automatic

  G

£180  

1.6 CRDi

  C

£30

 

Company car benefit-in-kind tax bands

 

Engine

Tax rate

1.4

19%

1.4 1 CRDi

19%

1.6

20%

1.6 Automatic

23%

1.6 CRDi

18%

           

Fuel economy

 

Engine

Urban

Extra urban

Combined

1.4

 42.8

55.3

50.4

1.4 1 CRDi

 60.1

67.2

62.7

1.6

 39.7

54.3

47.8

1.6 Automatic

 34.0

51.3

43.4

1.6 CRDi

 55.3

70.6   

64.2

 

Servicing 

Routine servicing is needed only once a year or every 20,000 miles for diesel models, and every 12,500 miles or 12 months for petrol versions.

Warranty and support 

Seven-year/100,000 mile manufacturer warranty. 

First three years unlimited, four to seven years 100,000 miles 

12-year anti-perforation warranty 

Five-year paintwork warranty 

One-year Europe-wide roadside rescue through KIAssist 

 

9          MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT  
            Built at Kia’s Žilina factory 

The Venga was initially built at partner Hyundai’s Nosovice plant in the Czech Republic, but since late 2011 it has been made in Kia’s own factory at Žilina in Slovakia, alongside the cee’d family and the Sportage. A third shift was introduced and an extra 900 employees were recruited to make this possible. 

Žilina began production of the cee’d hatchback in June 2006 and has played an important role in establishing Kia as a major player in the European market. It has not only earned praise for the high quality of the cars it produces, but is a model for clean production processes and care of the environment. 

For Kia, the environmental story is not just about headline-grabbing tailpipe emissions. It encompasses every aspect of the manufacture, use and scrapping of cars. Kia was the first manufacturer in the world to establish a dedicated environmental research and development centre, at Mabuk, to the south-east of the Korean capital, Seoul. Mabuk was involved in the design and development of the Žilina plant.     

Manufacturing demands and environmental responsibility don’t always go hand-in-hand, but Kia's first manufacturing plant in Europe sets the highest environmental standards and is the benchmark for the region’s automotive industry. Even the location is an important environmental consideration, reducing the distances that cars need to be transported across western, central and Eastern Europe. Seventy-five per cent of the parts used in the plant are sourced from Western Europe, which also helps to cut down on unnecessary transport. 

The assembly shop uses revolutionary technology for improving air quality. The basic principle is that all vapours and gases are exhausted through the building’s floor rather than through the roof. This new under-floor extraction system stops harmful gases from circulating at higher levels where they could be inhaled by assembly line workers or vented to the outside. 

A Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) process is used to eliminate odour and hydrocarbons in the paint drying facility. The RTO is also highly efficient in terms of energy conservation, greatly contributing to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption. 

New approaches and technology are used wherever possible to reduce the environmental impact, and the search for cleaner and more efficient processes is on-going. Bore holes are regularly drilled to make sure that no oils or pollutants from the facility make their way into the ground, while laboratories test the waste products. 

The hard work was rewarded when Žilina was formally certified as an environmentally-friendly facility. The International Certificate of Environmental Management, or ISO 14001, recognises the detailed work put into creating a ‘green’ state-of-the-art factory. 

This was quickly followed by two more awards. Kia Motors was presented with international certificates which recognise the advanced environmental design and manufacturing processes at Žilina. German-based TÜV presented Kia with DFE (Design for Environment) and LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) environment certificates after rigorous inspection of the company’s design and manufacturing operations. 

DFE (ISO 14062) evaluates a car’s environmental friendliness during its design and development, plus its recyclability. DFE also requires that the assembly plant for the car reaches ISO 14001. LCA (ISO 14040) examines both the car’s overall manufacturing process and its lifetime environmental impact, including choice of materials and measures to reduce fuel consumption and engine exhaust emissions. 

Working whatever the weather

Žilina lies deep in the Slovakian countryside at the foot of the Tatras Mountains – lovely in the summer, but in the winter temperatures dip to minus 28 degrees Centigrade. Winter lasts a full six months, which greatly influenced the layout of the plant. 

The press, body, paint and final assembly shops are constructed in a square so the vehicles and parts do not have to go outside at any point. The engines are assembled on a factory site next door and even these are delivered to the final line by overground tunnel. 

This ‘enclosed’ facility means that large exterior doors are not needed, unlike at traditional plants. In turn this reduces the need for high levels of heating as doors are not constantly being opened and closed to allow for deliveries. 

Quality, quality, quality...

Žilina has state-of-the-art testing facilities at every stage of production. For example, panel quality in the press shop is controlled by a unique inspection system which can recognise and evaluate in less than one millisecond defects according to actual quality demands. 

Some 20 per cent of Žilina’s quality control people have experience with other car manufacturers or suppliers. Some have returned to their home town after working at other automotive manufacturing facilities. All vehicles are checked as they come off the line to make sure electrical systems and mechanical parts are working, and this is followed by a drive round the factory’s test track to ensure there are no squeaks or rattles. Around 2 per cent of production undergoes a much closer inspection using sophisticated measuring equipment to ensure that fit and finish is up to specification. 

Kia devised an innovative, new Rotation Dipping Painting system to ensure the cars made in Slovakia are totally resistant to corrosion, and that their paintwork has a uniform lustre. Bodies are rotated through a forward somersault while immersed in the paint tank to achieve this. Kia is so pleased with the process that they come with a five-year paint warranty and 12-year anti-perforation warranty as standard. 

Why Slovakia was chosen

A member of the EU since 2004, Slovakia is an attractive country for foreign investors. There is also a long history in engineering, with a highly qualified workforce, a well-developed transport infrastructure, an automotive supply chain available in the region and a national government committed to helping new businesses. 

While Kia was given some incentives by the Slovakian government – such as tax breaks and land – the two are working together for the benefit of the local community. The local authority has established a training centre close to the plant, where Kia provides the expertise to develop computer, hybrid and welding technology courses. These courses are available for all people across the region. 

The new factory has brought a much-needed boost to Žilina. Employment is now 3,900 across three shifts. A further 10,000 jobs have been created nearby with more than a dozen parts and components suppliers. Žilina is now able to produce 300,000 cars a year – or 100 cars per employee – and 450,000 engine units.  The Žilina plant’s millionth car, a cee’d SW, rolled off the production line on 26th January 2012.

Ends

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SPECIFICATION

Venga

SPECIFICATIONS

Fact, facts and more facts 

Engine           1.4-litre petrol

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1396

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 77 x 74.9

 Power output

 bhp

 89 @ 6000rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 137 (101) @ 4000rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Double overhead camshaft; continuously

 variable valve timing; multi-point fuel injection

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Five-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.769

 2.045

 1.370

 1.036

 0.839

 3.545

 4.267

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Transverse twist beam with trailing arms, coil springs and

 anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs (280mm) and solid rear discs (258mm)

 with ABS and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion with motor-driven power assistance

 Wheels (alloy)

 15 x 6J steel or 16  x 6J alloy

 Tyres

 195/65 (15") or 205/55 (16")

 Spare wheel

 Tyre repair kit

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2615

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4068 / 1765 / 1600

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1253 / 1343

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1300 / 550

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 440 (570 with underfloor area) / 1253

 Turning circle - radius

 m

 5.2

 Tank capacity

 litres

 48

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.31

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 12.4

 Maximum speed

 mph

 104

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 42.8 / 55.4 / 50.4

 CO2

 g/km

 130

  

Engine           1.6-litre petrol

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1591

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 77 x 85.4

 Power output

 bhp

 123 @ 6300rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 156 (115) @ 4200rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Double overhead camshaft; continuously

 variable valve timing; multi-point fuel injection

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual          Four-speed auto

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear         

 Reverse

 Final drive

          3.615                                2.919

          1.955                                1.551

          1.370                                1.000

          1.370                                0.713

          0.893

          0.774

          3.545                                 2.480

          4.267                                 4.619

 

 

 

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Transverse twist beam with trailing arms, coil springs and

 anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs (280mm) and solid rear discs (258mm)

 with ABS and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion with motor-driven power assistance

 Wheels (alloy)

 16 x 6J alloy

 Tyres

 205/55

 Spare wheel

 Tyre repair kit

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2615

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4068 / 1765 / 1600

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1269 / 1369

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1100 / 550

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 440 (570 with underfloor area) / 1253

 Turning circle - radius

 m

 5.2

 Tank capacity

 litres

 48

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.31

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual                    Four-speed auto.

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

   10.6                                            11.8

 Maximum speed

 mph

   114                                             110

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

   39.8 / 54.3 / 47.9                  34.0 / 51.4 / 43.5                              

 CO2

 g/km

   139                                              154

  

Engine           1.4-litre CRDi

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1396

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 75 x 79

 Power output

 bhp

 89 @ 4000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 220 (162) @ 1750 - 2750 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

  17.0:1

 Engine details

 

 New generation common rail, waste gate

 turbocharger (WGT), exhaust gas recirculation,

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.769

 2.040

 1.294

 0.905

 0.702

 0.596

 3.583

 3.941

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Transverse twist beam with trailing arms, coil springs and

 anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs (280mm) and solid rear discs (258mm)

 with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion with motor-driven power assistance

 Wheels (alloy)

 15 x 6J steel

 Tyres

 195/65

 Spare wheel

 Tyre repair kit

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2615

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4068 / 1765 / 1600

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1345 / 1445

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1300 / 550

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 440 (570 with underfloor area) / 1253

 Turning circle - radius

 m

 5.2

 Tank capacity

 litres

 48

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.31

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 14.0

 Maximum speed

 mph

 104

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 56.3 / 67.3 / 62.8

 CO2

 g/km

 119

  

Engine           1.6-litre CRDi

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,582

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 77.2 x 84.5

 Power output

 bhp

 114 @ 4,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 260 (192) @ 1,900 – 2,750 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

  17.0:1

 Engine details

 

 New generation common rail, waste gate

 turbocharger (WGT), exhaust gas recirculation,

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.636

 1.962

 1.189

 0.844

 0.660

 0.596

 3.583

 3.941

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring, stabiliser and anti-roll     bar

 Rear axle

 Transverse torsion beam with trailing arms, coil springs and

 anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs and solid rear discs

 with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion with motor-driven power assistance

 Wheels (alloy)

 16 x 6J alloy

 Tyres

 205/55

 Spare wheel

 Tyre repair kit

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,615

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,068 / 1,765 / 1,600

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,356 / 1,455

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,300 / 550

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 440 (570 with underfloor area) /1,253

 Turning circle - radius

 m

 5.2

 Tank capacity

 litres

 48

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.31

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 11.1

 Maximum speed

 mph

 113

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 55.4 / 70.6 / 64.2

 CO2

 g/km

 117

 



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