Kia Venga tyres
The modern Kia range is enormous and the company has performed wonders in lifting its cars from the back of the pack to the very front of it over recent years. The transformation is remarkable and means that all the old prejudices no longer fit. However, it is almost as if Kia’s management forgot about the Venga, or put away the magic wand and went home early on the day it was being designed.
Credit where it’s due, though: congratulations to Kia for having such foresight in naming the car. ‘Venga’ is Spanish for ‘hurry up’, something its drivers will be saying to it regularly. In every other regard, it is a rather anonymous car, one that lags behind every other Kia model. It’s as if Kia wanted to revolutionise the range from A to Z but the Korean alphabet doesn’t stretch as far as ‘V’. Alternatively, maybe they wanted to keep a reminder of the old days of the company’s history…
Even the affordability which has always been a feature of Kia’s cars has deserted the Venga. It is an expensive car to buy compared to its rivals. And while those rivals aren’t as cheap to run, they are undoubtedly worth it. In contrast to them, the Venga seems dull, noisy and underpowered. It’s a bit of a lost opportunity, since the Venga shares its chassis with the (infinitely better-regarded) Hyundai i20.
The car industry is a free market. The Venga was launched into it in 2010 yet remains marginalised and shunned by car buyers. Mind you, it’s always said that class will out, isn’t it? The few orders etyres does receive for replacement tyres for a Venga will invariably be for Continental tyres. These may seem an odd choice, being very much premium-brand tyres for a more run-of-the-mill car. However, all Venga models are factory-fitted with Continental PremiumContact and SportContact tyres, unlike most other cars in the Kia range.
Needless to say, these are some of the best tyres on the market, more than enough for the Venga’s needs. etyres’ usual advice is to buy as good a tyre as you can afford and, on a newer car, to replace them on a ‘like for like’ basis whenever possible. It is tempting to suggest that that might not apply in this case. However, if the Venga has a particular problem it is that of noise. Both wind and road noise can be very noticeable, an issue exacerbated by quite clunky diesel engines. A cheaper tyre will usually only add to it, making the Continental tyres the best default options.