Kia Venga named best supermini-MPV
The Kia Venga has been named the Best Supermini-MPV at the Auto Express New Car Awards.
The compact, budget MPV was chosen ahead of other supermini-MPVs such as the Fiat Qubo and Nissan Note to win the prestigious award.
Auto Express Editor-in-Chief David Johns said of the award: “The Venga is a refreshingly honest machine that doesn’t rely on gimmicks or high-profile gadgets for its appeal.
“Instead, it simply provides lots of cabin and load space in a handsome package that also happens to be very attractively priced and good to drive."
Kia has firmly established a reputation for high quality on a low budget in recent years and sales are improving rapidly as more models such as the Soul and Sportage are released in Europe.
Kia Motors (UK) Limited’s Managing Director, Michael Cole said: “Competition in this segment is particularly tough because customers are looking for an unrivalled combination of quality, style and value so I’m delighted that Venga has been recognised as the best in its class with one of the industry’s most prized awards."
The Kia Venga, one of the first Kia models designed and built specifically for Europe, was introduced in February 2010 in the UK.
The compact five-door Venga is designed for practicality and space – it is capable of seating five - in compact dimensions for city driving. Available with a choice of two petrol (1.4 and 1.6) and one 1.4 CRDi diesel engine, the low running costs of the Venga are achieved through innovative technology such as Stop & Go, which brings emissions to as low as 117g/km.
Kia is offering three trim levels – 1, 2 and 3 – with varying amounts of equipment such as climate control, iPod connectivity and panoramic models offered with higher specifications.
The Kia Venga starts from £11,495 and comes with Kia’s seven-year or 100,000 mile warranty.