Test drive a minivan 2018-2019 Kia Venga




Venga – the first compact minivan on the basis of the B-Class at 2018-2019 Kia Motors.
What is it with the statement of the European character on the Russian roads?
Let’s start from afar.
Kompaktven The idea came to life in the late 90s, when automakers decided to release a family city car huge inside but small outside.
The first kompaktven steel Renault Scenic and the Honda the Jazz , known in Europe as the Honda the Fit .

The idea is appreciated by many, and now in this class are gradually becoming more closely: there are the Nissan the Note , and a relative of the Hyundai the Matrix , and with his Citroen Picasso is , and of Opel the Zafira and the Ford the C-the Max , and the Volkswagen the Touran .
The main thing in such a car – that was within the maximum amount in a small package out.
The main application – a trip around the city.

Accordingly, the vehicle must be safe (we go with children and not only), easy to drive, roomy and small.
Popular compactveni mainly in the female driver of society, as the transport of children, and trips to the stores for shopping usually just busy they are.
The large volume of such vehicles are usually organized by the high roof and the specific, more bus, landing in front, thereby reducing hood.



In general, it is logical to assume from the name, strongly reminiscent compactveni compact buses with all the consequences.
Typically, for a beginner compact van – the driver is a long period of adaptation to excessive vertical landing “soldier”, which can cause a storm of negative emotions.
Here and landing itself, and the sense of size and visibility – they are specific.
But after getting used to start to appreciate the high ceilings and spaciousness inside.

All this also applies to the test 2018-2019 Kia Venga – if you were not the owner of kompaktvena before, will have to get used to the car.
In general, a minivan 2018-2019 Kia Venga is strongly reminiscent of “younger» the 2018-2019 Kia the Picanto – a car looks really small.
Many confuse them even though Venga much larger – almost half a meter longer and 20 centimeters wider.

But still, let’s start from the beginning.
As a family car, an important factor in the choice of a security.
With this, 2018-2019 Kia Venga all excellent: five-star Euro NCAP jewels promise the car a good level of security, not only for all the “crew”, but careless pedestrians (of course, within reason).
The children here can definitely go.



Venga is designed and manufactured in Europe, at a factory in Slovakia.
And also intended for Europe.
It certainly confirms its appearance: on the one hand, do not say that the Koreans did not know how to make it like the Europeans, on the other – there is no fanciful eastern decisions.

In general, it turned out perfectly, but to create an individual “face” the car could not – outlines the contours of the headlights and radiator grille are designed based on the modern European model.
Probably, it is not necessary to record it in disadvantages, though recognizable model is quite high.
Venga is built on the same platform with the 2018-2019 Kia Soul and the Hyundai the i20 .
Wheelbase LWB, thereby managed to create a roomy convertible salon with modest external dimensions.
And this – the main advantage of a minivan Venga.

second-row seats move longitudinally not for the sake of formality – they say, there is such a feature, and all.
In fact, moving the seats forward in order to increase the luggage compartment does not lead to the fact that only teenagers can fit on it.
Anyway, back to the front knee does not balk.
And if push back the second row, there is space enough even for tall people.



It is noteworthy that the floor in the second row, smooth, without the tunnel.
Is that the housing front armrest protrudes slightly.
The doors swing open wide openings are rather high, so that the input-output does not cause difficulties.
And then there’s the panoramic roof adds a pleasant feeling of spaciousness.
It is, incidentally, not only pleases the travelers: 2018-2019 Kia Venga with a roof acquires an additional charm through more emphatic soaring wings.

As with most minivans, Venga front seats are designed for vertical landing.
In this case, I’m not strained: due to the large range of vertical movement of the seat and the possibility of adjustment of the steering column in two directions rather quickly managed to fit all by itself.

We were pleased with visibility: corner windows are not just for the sake of design, but really really help detect an obstacle or a pedestrian side.
The first exit on the dark revealed a number of features of the instrument lighting.
Firstly, it yarkovata, and the possibility of “mute” no glow.



Second, it automatically switches on when the engine is started can play a cruel joke with the driver: if the space around the machine well-lit lanterns, that is the risk of forgetting to include lights and taxied onto the avenue as the Flying Dutchman.
Generally, in the list of equipment minivan 2018-2019 Kia Venga is clearly asking the light sensor is paired with an automatic switch of outdoor lighting.

Despite a few quibbles, overall ergonomics of the front space in the 2018-2019 Kia Venga happy elegant staunchness.
The car is not so looks Korean, that it can be confused with the “German”.
What, in general, it is not surprising: the chief designer of 2018-2019 Kia just German.
Front 2018-2019 Kia Venga in all at your fingertips, thoughtful, elegant and comfortable.
All switches and buttons are clear, glove compartments are located perfectly.

Trehkolodtsevaya «tidy» 2018-2019 Kia Venga looks concise and stylish – felt the hand of the German chief designer Peter Schreyer.
The data from the rearview camera 2018-2019 Kia Venga minivan displayed on the small screen, located in the rearview mirror.
Excellent solution – looks nice, it is convenient to use.
In general, technologically and tasteful.



Unfortunately, the decision on automatic rear camera does not offer a clean and 2018-2019 Kia Venga – vertical bevel rear of dirty quickly.
Together with him and the camera gets dirty.
Bluetooth, USB outputs, connectors for Apple products – all available here.
A glove has a special compartment for safe storage of a tablet.

All controls are located on the center console, comfortable.
Especially I liked the remote climate control, built around a coaxially planted “turntables” temperature control and fan speed.
Enough large, distinct buttons, clear icons.
Heater starts fairly quickly provide warm air, and heated seats in a minute just fries.

Interestingly, the luggage door is equipped with a special lever, which allows to open it from the inside.
What for?
For example, the situation when the battery is fully seated and the owner need to get something out of the trunk underground.
Castle in the cargo compartment electromechanical, and save only this waiting the hour of triumph lever.
Previously, this option was more common, usually Americans.
Well, well, the Koreans decided to recall the almost forgotten but useful old.



By the way, the trunk itself is able to accommodate about 314-year-liters of luggage in the standard state and about 1332 liters with the interior transformation.
On the test we got a 1.6-liter 125-strong Venga in the highest for Russian equipment Prestige value of 739,000 rubles.
If you refuse a pay box in favor of the “mechanics”, the price will fall to 700 000 rubles.
The most accessible version with 90 hp 1400 cc engine are counting down from 615 thousand rubles.

Statement by 6.5 liters per 100 km in the combined cycle is practically impossible to achieve – in operation in the city need to be guided by 8.2 – 8.5 l / 100 km, although the traffic flow and will grow to 9.5 – 10 liters, and can and higher.
“Pensioner” riding and uniform motion on the highway will reduce the travel budget for the half-liter – to 7.7 – 8.0 liters per 100 kilometers.

But at the instant fuel consumption is better not to look: the numbers 36 or 28 liters per 100 km during acceleration are able to bring to a heart attack.
Antediluvian four-stage “automatic» 2018-2019 Kia Venga could provide a very enviable dynamism of the car, but for the sake of compliance with environmental regulations steam-engine box “podzadusheny”.



As a result of a reaction to the kick down a bit annoying his delay.
Venga has a nice suspension adjustment: The machine is standing safely on the road keeps excellent turns.
Although, it should be noted, at the cost of losing the softness of course expensive sedans – Suspension minivan 2018-2019 Kia Venga has a little “taburetochny” character.

Noticeably it is not only when traveling “speed bumps” that is to be expected.
It happens that the Venga unpleasant shakes on uneven joints racks with the main blade.
You drive yourself to the allowed 80 km / h on the Moscow “Third Ring” on nakatannomu route, and suddenly – a significant vertical shock.
Suspension before the breakdown does not reach – enough energy intensity, buildup, hinders management is absent.
That is, the criminals by and large not only some discomfort.
That is the negative side of a typically European chassis settings, manifested in the Russian reality.

In the urban hustle 2018-2019 Kia Venga MPV feels like a fish in water.
Close parking patrols for almost tightly close the yards, turns in confined spaces – all executed effortlessly.
Good braking characteristics provide full disc brakes.



What is interesting – 2018-2019 Kia Venga virtually ignores the track, sagging in the asphalt.
In turns it is accurate and completely predictable.
What it lacks for inspiration drive, so this juicy feedback sensations on the steering wheel.
It is likely that the reason lies in the excessive diligence electric amplifier.

But the creators of the 2018-2019 Kia Venga obviously failed insulation.
In addition to high-profile “top” of the motor, the explicit sources is not possible to isolate the noise.
The low-frequency rumbling does not count: it quietly and quite irritating timbre.
Of particular note is the effective isolation from the cacophony of the street: there is a clear contrast, when you open the box.

But, in spite of the excellent characteristics stated on the aerodynamics, mud splashed machine quickly.
Too bad that the dirty side windows and mirrors – when traveling on the highway in bad weather often have to stop to clean them.
But minivan 2018-2019 Kia Venga boasts a quality head lights – headlights as the car got here from a class or two higher.
They provide excellent illumination of the road and the curb.



Spot Light goes smoothly in the darkness, there is the stark areas where the difference between the brightness of the light and dark portions of the driver’s blind.
In bad weather, lights, unlike glasses and mirrors become contaminated slowly – apparently affects high planting machine.

Ride height enough to feel confident on our roads and to call on the curbs.
But special achievements are not to be expected.
Better yet, keep in mind that if you use a low-profile tires, as in our case, it is necessary to treat it more accurately.
First, on the pits can be serious break easily, and secondly, when parking along the curb can damage disk Proterevshi about it.

Despite that the Venga – the first experience of the construction of a compact MPV badged the 2018-2019 Kia, the car was attractive, not only in terms of design.
Declared interior transformation was really practical, to take into account passenger and baggage transportation convenience.
The machine has pleased his staunchness and solidity, which makes it more like a “German” than on the “Korean”.



Good ride quality, space inside and a great maneuverability make the minivan 2018-2019 Kia Venga great city dweller.
Plus, a five-star safety rating soothing when you’re taking the family on a mad metropolis.
But on the track will play Weng vehicles, “sharpened” under a long trip, but if such visits are not a priority, then once or twice a year, these inconveniences can be quite endure.