Practical mini MPV from Korean car maker
17 August 2009

Kia's new Venga will go on sale in the UK in February and the company has not ruled out the possibility of a hybrid.The Venga – a mini MPV Kia claims has the space of a Focus with the footprint of a Fiesta - is based on the Soul platform.

The car will be built in Europe and has clever packaging to maximize interior space.

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It is 4068mm long and 1600mm tall, with a 2615mm wheelbase, and inside there is a sliding rear bench that can also fold flat.

The Venga will be powered by 1.4 and 1.6 petrol and diesel engines, producing between 74bhp and 113bhp. All versions get start-stop technology. A Kia source told Autocar there could be a "real opportunity" for a hybrid to join the range.

The Venga will be launched at the Frankfurt show and goes on sale in the UK early next year. The exterior styling stays true to the No.3 concept from the Geneva show.

“This is exactly the kind of vehicle UK motorists are looking for as we emerge from the recent economic turmoil – a fantastically flexible package providing big-car comfort and space within a compact package," said Michael Cole, managing director of Kia UK.

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