A 1.4-liter diesel engine with a maximum of 90 horsepower and mated to a six-speed manual transmission doesn’t really sound impressive. It seems decent for a model designed and built in Europe, for Europe, but does it really manage to rise to the expectations?
We won’t give you the answer to this questions because we’re not the biggest tractor err… diesel fans on Earth, but we really think that a greater amount of power is the thing that misses on the aforementioned configuration.
The engine doesn’t really excel, regardless of the chapter we’re talking. If we take a look on the spec list, the engine develops 90 horsepower at 4,000 rpm, with a maximum torque of 220 Nm between 1750 and 2750 rpm. Translate this into performance and you get a maximum speed of 104 mph (167 km/h) and a 0 – 100 km/h (0 – 62 mph) sprint in 14.5 seconds.
If you’re naive enough to trust the official fuel consumption figures, the 1.4-liter unit shouldn’t burn more than 5.6 liters of diesel per 100 km (42 mpg) in urban conditions, 4.3 l/100km (54.7 mpg) outside the city and 4.7 l/100km (50 mpg) in combined mode. CO2 emissions should not exceed 124 grams per kilometer.
Reality on the other hand brings slightly different numbers, the only close-to-official figure being the non-urban consumption – 4.9 l/100km (48 mpg).
Painted in the so-called Caramel Gold, our Venga wasn’t equipped with an ISG (Idle Stop and Go) system, but the feature that automatically turns off the engine when not in motion is included on the options list.
The suspension system is inspired by the one used on the Soul, as the Venga is being built on a shortened version of Kia’s unconventional SUV’s platform. It shares the same front suspension with the cee’d but employs a semi-independent rear setup which, as we said in the other chapters, might prove less comfortable on uneven roads.Continue reading
KIA Venga technical data summary
Engine: 1396 cm3 cc L4 Diesel
Dimensions: 160.1 in (4067 mm) length / 69.5 in (1765 mm) width / 63 in (1600 mm) height
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