Sunday, 14 November 2010

The Kia Venga ~ A love story

 
The Kia Venga
One of the perks of writing this blog is that I get offered some very interesting opportunities, and recently I was asked by Kia Motors UK if I would like to test drive their new super-mini, the Kia Venga, for a week. I was quite looking forward to driving the car but I didn't expect to like it quite as much as I did.  So here, in place of a bog standard review of a car - a la Jeremy Clarkson - is an open letter to the Venga.

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Dear Venga,

I'll admit to being taken a little by surprise when we first met.  You were much better looking than I'd expected, very sporty actually, but even so I decided that instead of judging a book by its cover I'd find out what you were like on the inside - and I wasn't disappointed.

The first time you welcomed me inside I was immediately amazed by the visibility - I tried, but failed,  to find a driving blind-spot but it seemed like you had more windows than any other car I'd met, and from inside your side mirrors took on the appearance of Dumbo-sized ears.  Funny, they didn't seem that big on the outside!   And I loved the two sun roofs, they covered nearly the entire roof! 

And if that wasn't enough, I loved your Tardis-like interior - there was plenty of legroom and storage space, five seats and, best of all, your boot was big enough for our greyhound Tessie to sit in comfortably.  How thoughtful of you :-)

If I'm honest there was only one little niggle, and that was the fact that your dashboard wasn't digital - which is what I'm used to - but even that wasn't enough to come between us.  Everyone has their little foibles and compared to some cars I've known, yours were minor.

How could I help but fall in love with your stylish interior and your ability to go for so many miles without using much fuel?  I mean, after a week of us gallivanting around together your gauge had hardly moved at all - how do you do that? 

And don't even get me started on how much room there was in the boot when the back seats were folded right down!

Quite a few people asked about you during the time you were here.  They wanted to know more about you, how we'd met and so on.  I was more than happy to tell them about your muscular wheel-arches, your low emissions and your agility. 

I'll be honest, Venga, I was a little upset - hurt even - when you decided to leave.  I thought we were good together, and my daughters had grown to love you too, so when your driver Dave knocked on my door that day I wasn't prepared to let you go without a fight.

Can I just apologise for the unseemly scuffle with Dave when he tried to take you away, but my pleas for us to stay together seemed to fall on his deaf ears. And I didn't mean to run after you down the road as he drove away with you, but seeing you leave so quickly was so sad.  I felt like we were only just getting to know each other.

I think about you a lot, Venga.  We had some happy times didn't we? I hope to see you again one day.

Much love to you,
notSupermum xx

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The Venga comes with Kia's standard 7-year warranty.  More details about this model and others in the Kia range are available on the Kia Motors UK website. If you see the Venga, tell it I said hello :-)