Judging by the exterior looks, the Venga is a pleasant car. Although MPVs are usually described in epithets such as large, big and ugly, Kia's Venga is different. It looks more than decent for a B-segment model and even excels here and there where Kia's engineers paid a little bit more attention.
Let's take the grille for example. Although it incorporates the same "Tiger Nose" grille as all models released after 2010, Venga isn't really strong and distinctive, as Chief Design Office Peter Schreyer said back in 2007. Instead, the grille looks more OK on the Venga than on some other models in the Koreans' yard, and it seems to perfectly blend into the whole front fascia.
The extended headlights have a significant contribution to the sleeker, racier profile, while the chrome details provide a stylish touch to an otherwise pretty nice front. Viewed from the side, the car is much different from what you'd expect from a regular, boxy MPV.
The window line is progressively raised as it advances towards the end of the car and sketches a pretty athletic look. The rear side follows the same cues and looks more appropriate for a compact rather than for an MPV, so it seems like the Koreans actually reached their goal when designing the Venga.
The car rides on 16-inch alloy wheels which, if you ask us, seem to be a little too small for such a tall vehicle. The Venga measures 4068/1765/1600mm (160.1/69.4/62.9 inches) and has a wheelbase of 2615mm (102.9 inches).
Overall, Venga is very different from a regular MPV, and we're saying this in a very positive way. Probably the only minor issue is the color of the factory-installed parking sensors which, contrary to what you may expect since this is a standard feature, are not painted in the same color as the rest of the body. Other than that, we'll give our OK to the Venga.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
Oh, man, I think that guy at Kia who’s lending you the testing cars really… ahem… hates me. I know I laughed my a** every time you brought me a… ahem… Kia, but forgive me for being honest. They build great cars, actually. For peasants! Hahaha!
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