So is the boot tiny as a result? No, there are 440 litres of luggage space back there, extending to 570 litres if you drop the boot floor to its lowest setting. You can also fold both rear seats in one simple action - without even removing the headrests - for a full 1253 litres and including a fabulously flat load deck.
If you need more options, the rear seats slide forward or back by 130mm and the backrests tilt, so you can prioritise the boot or rear seat space depending on your needs.
The driving position is good, with lots of adjustment to the steering wheel and seat. There’s also a good-sized glove box and plenty of oddment storage dotted around. The basic infotainment system, with its dinky, old-school display, is a mite fiddly, but given time you eventually become its master.
The 89bhp 1.4-litre diesel engine manages to seem quicker than the 0-60mph time of 14sec would suggest. It’s no fireball and overtakes need planning, but for everyday use in town with a bit of motorway driving thrown in, it’s fine.
However refinement isn’t its strength. It rattles at idle and becomes downright raucous by the time you get to the engine’s upper limits, at which point you’ll be desperate to grab another gear. Happily, there are six ratios to choose from and the manual box itself is pretty slick to use.
The ride and handling balance is fine for a car of this type. Overall it feels safe and secure, and while it tends to fidget over small undulations, the ride never gets crashy.
The steering would benefit from some feel but it is light when you’re twirling it around town. On the motorway the Venga does get pushed around by heavy crosswinds and you notice a fair amount of wind noise at these speeds, too.