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Kia Venga (2010-2019) review - Interior, design and technology

There’s not too much flair on display, but you get the basics and the build quality feels good

As with the recently revised Kia Picanto, it’s a game of spot the difference to tell this Venga apart from the previous model. But Kia has given its supermini-MPV a revised front-end design, with a larger version of its trademark ‘tiger nose’ grille as well as a larger lower air inlet that incorporates the Venga’s foglamps and daytime running lights.

There are a few other styling tweaks, including some new alloy wheel designs across the range, but the visual differences really are minimal – and in our test car’s £490 optional Silver Storm metallic paint, the Venga’s soft, rounded shape appeared a little drab.

The Kia’s hatchback-on-stilts looks provide clues to it versatility, and although it might not be the most stylish five-door on sale, the extra height works wonders for practicality, adding extra room inside.

Kia might not have focused too much on changing the exterior design as part of the recent facelift, as the basic look worked and the family resemblance was already present, but the interior has come in for more attention. There are now some smarter trim details that brighten up the functional layout, and although you don’t get that many tech gadgets on the lower-spec models, a tyre pressure monitor is now fitted as standard across the range. Also included on all but the entry model are core features like air-conditioning and rear parking sensors.

It’s not the most sparkling cabin, but it does feel hard-wearing and build quality is good. In this sector, where practicality rules, it’s these qualities that can make the difference. The Kia scores well here, even if it is a little short on flair.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

All Venga grades get a six-speaker audio system with CD/MP3 disc compatibility, but the entry-level 1 doesn’t get Bluetooth streaming so you’ll have to rely on the USB and aux ports.

Bluetooth arrives from the Venga 2 up, while the 7-inch touchscreen sat-nav with integrated reversing camera is part of the spec on Venga 3 and 4 models.

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