India is one of the largest emerging automobile markets with immense growth potential. We have seen several automakers bringing their latest offerings in the country in recent times. Recently Toyota has confirmed they will bring the Daihatsu models in the country. The latest entrant in the market is going to be the Kia, Hyundai subsidiary brand. The Kia Venga compact hatchback is expected to be one of the front runners for the brand in Indian market. The car has been spotted testing on Indian roads.
Once launched the Kia Venga would compete against other cars like Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo, Maruti-Suzuki Baleno and Ford Figo in Indian market. Now before the brand officially enters the market, let’s take a close look at the Kia Venga.
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Although the Kia Venga test mule was heavily camouflaged but the left hand drive characteristics could easily seen with a close look. The car gets a small front overhang sharp headlamps with dual units, chrome embellished signature Kia grille, which gets diamond pattern design. The sleek lower bumper sports dual unusual yet very stylish sharp looking LED fog lamps. The side profile boasts upward waistline toward the rear, blackened glass area, sporty alloy wheels, side turning indicator integrated ORVMs. The rear profile gets a roof spoiler with high mounted stop lamps, angular taillights.
Dimensionally, the UK spec Kia Venga comes with 4075 mm of length, 1765 mm of width, 1600 mm of height and 2615 mm of wheelbase. It gets a boot space of 440 litres. The car is based on Hyundai i20 and Hyundai ix20 platform.
|Boot space||440 litres|
The five door compact hatchback offers an upmarket interior which gets a three spoke multifunction steering wheel with control buttons mounted on it, three pod chrome embellished instrument cluster with analog dials, a stylish centre console with a digital display and a touchscreen infotainment display flanked by AC vents and buttons. Despite being a small car the 5 person seating Venga offers plenty of headroom and leg space for the rear occupants. 440 litres of boot space can be expanded up to 1253 litres with the rear seats folded completely.
Globally Kia Venga is offered in four different engine options, among which there are two petrol and two diesel engines. The base petrol variant gets a 1.4 litre unit mated to a 5 speed manual transmission which churns out 89 bhp peak power and 137.3 Nm peak torque. The top petrol variant gets a 1.6 litre unit which will be available in both 6 speed automatic and 6 speed manual transmission options. It will produce 123 bhp of peak power and 156 Nm of peak torque.
On the diesel front, it gets a 1.4 litre and a 1.6 litre engine, both of which come paired with a 6 speed manual transmission. Expect the India spec model gets the diesel engines for sure. The 1.4 litre engine will kick out 89 bhp peak power and 240 Nm peak torque, while the latter one will produce 114 bhp peak power and 260 Nm peak torque. The top speed will range between 167 kmph to 184 kmph depending on the variants.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
|Engines||1.4 litre ISG||1.6 ISG||1.6 litre||1.4 CRDi||1.6 CRDi ISG|
|Displacement||1396 cc||1591 cc||1591 cc||1396 cc||1582 cc|
|Transmission||5 speed manual||6 speed manual||6 speed automatic||6 speed manual||6 speed manual|
|Maximum power||89 bhp @ 6000 rpm||123 bhp @ 6300 rpm||123 bhp @ 6300 rpm||89 bhp @ 4000 rpm||114 bhp @ 4000 rpm|
|Maximum torque||137.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm||156 Nm @ 4200 rpm||156 Nm @ 4200 rpm||240 Nm @ 1500 – 2500 rpm||260 Nm @ 1500 – 2750 rpm|
Expect the Kia Venga to be priced around INR. 5 lakh in Indian market.
Ford launched the next generation Figo compact hatchback in India few months ago. The next generation Ford Figo looks sporty and appealing with its fresh design. The new Figo comes with 1.2 litre Ti-VCT petrol engine mated to a 5 speed manual transmission which churns out 86 bhp peak power and 112 Nm peak torque. Other petrol variant comes with a 1.5 litre Ti-VCT petrol unit paired with 6 speed automatic gearbox which kicks out 110 bhp peak power and 136 Nm peak torque. The only diesel variant comes with a 1.5 litre TDCi engine under the hood which gets mated to a 5 speed manual transmission and pumps out around 98 bhp peak power and 215 Nm peak torque.
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Expect Kia to set up a new retail network instead of using the Hyundai’s already established network. The question remains, how successful it will be as Indian car market is huge crowded and heavily competitive.