Kia unveiled the new Venga compact MPV at the IAA. Exclusively for Europe the Venga is as big as more expensive sedans, comes equipped with lots of goodies and is powered by willing petrols and turbo diesels.

Kia's entry into the B-segment MPV market will be spearheaded by the new Venga, a car unveiled at the 2009 IAA in Frankfurt. Venga is "come" in Spanish and the Korean company will hope that despite the segment being down on 2008 figures, European buyers (where it will be sold exclusively) will come to their Kia dealers and drive off in a brand new Venga.

To attract this clientele Kia proposes that the car is the most stylish in its class. "Venga will certainly deliver all the practicality and versatility that a European family could require," said Benny Oeyen, Director Marketing and Product Planning, Kia Motors Europe. "It will also provide them with the most stylish transport this segment has ever seen."

With that in mind the designers set about specifying the vehicle. Most design elements and panels are shared with the No3 Concept car of Geneva 2009 on which it is based. Changes made were minor and include a more conventional roof and windscreen. Measuring 4m long, 1.6m high and with a wheelbase of 2.6m, Venga is not very small at all. In fact it is quite more spacious than some B-segment sedans. Wheels provided range from 15-inch to 17-inches.

Kia will be selling it in three trim levels, the LX, EX and the TX. Standard and optional features will depend on the model chosen but will include equipment such as USB and iPod connection, a circular central ‘master' control for the radio/ CD player, a 3.5-inch LCD display panel, wheel-mounted audio equipment remote controls, cruise control and a speed limiter among others.

Engines available at launch are the 1.4 CRDi, a 1.6 CRDi, a 1.4 petrol and a 1.6 petrol. Starting with the diesels the 1.4 CRDi makes 66kW (90hp) and 220Nm. It averages 4.7 litres per 100km and emits 124g/km of C02 gases. The 1.6 CRDi produces 94kW (128hp) and 260Nm. Its average fuel consumption is 4.9l/100km and C02 emissions are 129g/km.

As far as the two petrols are concerned the 1.4 is good for 66kW (90hp) and 137Nm while the 1.6 gets 92kW (125hp) and 156Nm of torque. Transmissions available for the range are a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic depending on the model.


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