Another small MPV dies as the SUV segment grows; Kia has confirmed that the Venga will not be replaced

Kia is unlikely to replace its Venga mini-MPV following the continued rise in popularity of small SUVs, including its own new Stonic.

MPV segments have been in decline for some time, with many manufacturers choosing to replace MPVs with SUVs.

The Stonic is not a replacement for the Venga, but Kia's European COO Michael Cole said the Stonic's arrival made it "difficult to justify a next generation" for the Venga.

"The MPV segment is in constant decline," said Cole. "As it has shrunk and people have come out, it's actually created an opportunity for us and sales are going fine for us now.

"But there's no final decision on a replacement. It will run for a couple more years, we might limit production, but it'll get very difficult. People are getting what they want in a CUV (crossover utility vehicle) or an SUV instead of an MPV."

Nissan last year confirmed that the Note small MPV would not continue, and would be indirectly replaced by the new Micra.

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20 June 2017
Personally I usually prefer MPVs to similarly-sized SUVs and so it is a shame that the Venga is doomed. As well as more intelligent use of the available space, an MPV's styling is more 'grown up'; sometimes dull, admittedly, but usually just the right side of understated for my taste.

I wonder how much of the move from MPVs to SUVs is related to people being attracted to cars with assumed better tolerance to potholes?

20 June 2017
FiveAlive wrote:

Personally I usually prefer MPVs to similarly-sized SUVs and so it is a shame that the Venga is doomed. As well as more intelligent use of the available space, an MPV's styling is more 'grown up'; sometimes dull, admittedly, but usually just the right side of understated for my taste.

I wonder how much of the move from MPVs to SUVs is related to people being attracted to cars with assumed better tolerance to potholes?

Surely there is an element of that, plus SUVs are seen as more exciting and less utilitarian, rightly or wrongly, while retaining a shape that grows in height rather than length, thus being easier to park (but less aerodinamic than a hatch or estate). It seems that few punters are buying into the "compact and roomy" argument. The original (and best) a-class is no more, the verso-s and b-max were always a rare sight, the idea/musa siblings were poorly executed (lack of a very good autobox), now the Venga is going and probably taking its more successful ix20 twin with it. Only the Note, Jazz and 500x are left then.

20 June 2017
Typo.

20 June 2017
The Note is already dead...

21 June 2017
Mikey C wrote:

The Note is already dead...

I have just checked it and you are right. At the same time, it seems that the ix20, unlike the identical Venga, will indeed get a replacement.

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