IX20 Auto or Venga Auto (1.6, 1019) What to Buy?

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IX20 Auto or Venga Auto (1.6, 1019) What to Buy?
« on: May 08, 2023, 19:13:43 »
Hi Guys,
I'm new here, joined last night after finding myself in a quandary about which to buy so thought I'd get some opinions from you 'experts' to help me!
I currently own a 2016 (16) IX20 Premium Auto 1.6, & its been brilliant over the 4 years & 30K miles since I've had it (~61Kmls  now).
We're about to pass it on to offspring who are in desperate need of a replacement, so have decided to buy another USED one for us.

Local searches revealed very few IX20's but several Kia Venga 3's [of similar spec (2019) models] appearing, so I started to review them.
TBH not so keen on their styling compared to IX20 but aware that they are similar build and with longer warranties (7 yrs vs 5 yrs for IX20).
Extended my search radius & located a bigger choice of low mileage 2019 examples of both cars at a former Hyundai Approved  Dealer.
Test drove an IX20, SE, 1.6L, Auto, 2019 (69), 2 Prev owners Low <5 K miles (true!)  & found it a bit sluggish (suspect Ex-Motability) but otherwise in very good clean condition [~£17K], Warranty Left: 1yr 6 Mnths.

Also Test drove a Venga 3, 1.6L, Auto, 2019 (19), 1 Prev Owner, low <12K miles & found it less sluggish (suspect also Ex-Motability) but otherwise in good clean condition [~£16K]. Warranty Left: 2 yr 6 Mnths.

Full service histories available for both cars & both still under warranty.

Driving wise, I preferred the Venga but not so keen on its external aesthetics & lack of CD player, which wife prefers. Also it has 1 yr longer Warranty left, is 6 months older Reg (19)  & not as tidy internally (7K miles more clocked but also costs £1K less).

Garage Dealer suggested "that IX20 Sluggishness may just be that its such low mileage (probably 2 Motobility, short period & ill owners) didn't give it much driving, so engine hasn't bedded in properly", but wouldn't comment on anything else.

Though I've put a reservation deposit on the Venga 3, my quandary is whether its better to spend the extra £1K for a 6 month newer IX20, but with lower mileage & 1 yr less Warranty left & hope that my driving (~ 8K miles/ year) will help engine bed in better whilst also giving me the preferred aesthetics, CD player & better internal condition. Also will this IX20 hold resale value better in ~4 yrs time if I want to change it, as mileage will be lower (although will be a 3 Previous owner vehicle by then).

Can anyone help with my dilemma please? Due to commit to purchase decision by 10th May 2023, assuming the IX20 is still available. Garage happy to switch deposit to reserve the IX20 in that case.

Approx £17K is the most expensive Used Car I've ever bought but seems the current market (Ukraine/ Taiwan etc) leaves little option.
Thanks for replies ASAP!