Why not, since the 2014 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile (public days from 4 to 19 October) coincides with the fifth anniversary of the South Korean brand's European-made model?
Designed by Kia’s European design team in Frankfurt, Germany, the Venga is manufactured exclusively at Kia’s Žilina plant in Slovakia.
So, the facelifted Venga brings its new-look front and rear, new alloy wheels, an enhanced interior and a wider range of options, such as an integrated 7.0-inch navigation display screen, when it goes on sale in Europe from early 2015 (local availability may vary depending on markets).
Aesthetically, the facelifted Venga gets what Kia calls a larger ‘tiger-nose grille’ with a separate, repositioned badge, and a restyled lower grille with combined fog lights and LED daytime running lights.
At the rear, horizontal chrome trim joins the new rear light clusters, which also feature LED bulbs. New exterior options include new designs for the larger (16- and 17-inch) alloy wheels.
Basically, the upgraded Venga retains the generous wheelbase of 2,615 mm (103 in.) for a four-metre long (157.5 inches) body, with a 1,600 mm (63 in.) high roofline to maximize cabin space.
Dimensionally, the Kia Venga fits the wheelbase of a compact (C-segment, lower medium) passenger car, in a small (B-segment, supermini, subcompact) overall body length.
Naturally, the difference lays in the shorter front and rear overhangs, that is, in the engine and rear luggage compartments. A compact car's cabin in an easy-to-drive urban subcompact body, with a subcompact rear luggage space.
The 2015 Kia Venga interior gets a darker metal trim with bright accents and two new seat trim choices to raise the quality of the cabin, plus a new centre-stack fascia.
New interior options include a heated steering wheel for cold mornings, the new generation of Kia’s AVN (audio-video navigation) system with a 7.0-inch display screen, a rear-view camera and an improved processing speed with faster route calculation (availability of system depends on individual markets.
Flexible interior facilities include a standard 130 mm (5.12 in.) sliding rear seat (to enhance either boot/trunk capacity or rear passengers legroom), with 60/40 split-fold. The rear seat also folds flat into the floor.
Engines and gearboxes
Depending on individual markets, the 2015 Venga will be offered with a choice of up to six 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol (gasoline) and diesel engines, generating between 77 and 128 ps (56.6 and 94 kW or 76 and 126bhp), driving the front wheels via five- or six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions.
All engines are available with the Start/Stop (ISG) technology and complies with Euro 5 emission standards. ISG equipped models have a CO2 emissions rating starting from 114 g/km (183 g/mile) with the 1.4-litre U2 diesel engine.
Since its introduction in late 2009, Venga sales reached more than 150,000 units, with 29,000 units sold last year.