The days when Kias used to have a significant price advantage over its rivals are long gone, but at least that seven year warranty and generous levels of equipment go some way to making up for the inflated prices. Although the Kia Venga undercuts the Citroën C3 Picasso, Kia dealers have less margin to play with and so final prices are broadly similar.
We were also disappointed with the measured fuel economy of the 1.4 petrol; on paper it’s on par for the class, but we averaged a poor 31.3mpg – some way short of the claimed 45.6mpg. The 1.6 auto claims an average of more than 40mpg, although we’d be amazed if you could get anywhere near those figures without trying desperately hard. The EcoDynamics diesel uses Kia’s ISG (intelligent stop/go) stop and start system to reduce emissions and boost economy – to a claimed 62.8mpg, about par for the course from eco-special small MPVs.
Other running costs should be low, though, with insurance groupings looking par for the course, plus Kia’s seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty providing some peace of mind. That warranty does nothing to boost residual values above anything other than average, though.