Hyundai Venue: 5 things to know

10th May 2019 3:40 pm

Before the Hyundai Venue goes on sale on May 21, 2019, get up to speed with our list of 5 things that you must know about the compact SUV.

The Hyundai Venue compact SUV was officially unveiled on April 17, 2019, and official bookings commenced on May 2. Come May 21, Venue prices will finally be out as the SUV goes on sale. Should you be excited? And what should you know about the Venue? Read on to find out.

Hyundai Venue design

Design-wise, the Venue’s silhouette is very similar to its larger sibling, the Hyundai Creta SUV. The Venue has a butch, upright stance that’s sure to appeal to many. Keeping in line with the latest Hyundai SUVs, like the Kona and the new Santa Fe, the Venue features a split-headlamp design with LED DRLs and a large cascading front grille finished in chrome. Also part of the package are LED tail-lights and diamond-cut alloy wheels on top-spec trims. In terms of dimensions, the Hyundai Venue measures 3,995mm in length, 1,770mm in width and 1,590mm in height, while having a 2,500mm-long wheelbase.

Hyundai Venue interior

The Hyundai Venue features a neat and uncluttered dashboard. An 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment takes pride of place atop the centre console and lower down you’ll find chunky controls for the air-con system. The cabin comes across as well thought out too, with plenty of storage areas, and there’s a large and well-shaped boot too. However, rear legroom is average and the narrow cabin might make it uncomfortable for three passengers at the back.

Hyundai Venue features

Being a Hyundai, the Venue comes packed with features. Top-spec Venues will get cruise control, a sunroof, wireless charging, a cooled glovebox, rear AC vents, a parking camera and an Arkamys sound console. Furthermore, the 8.0-inch touchscreen gets Hyundai’s Blue Link connectivity technology, which comprises 33 features that span safety, security, vehicle management, remote access, alert services, location-based services and AI-based language inputs. The Blue Link technology makes its India debut in the Venue and will utilise an embedded Vodafone-Idea SIM card for connectivity.

Hyundai Venue engine and gearbox

The Hyundai Venue will get three engine options – one diesel and two petrols. The solitary diesel is a 1.4-litre four-cylinder unit that produces 90hp and 220Nm of torque and comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox only. The base petrol engine is a 1.2-litre, naturally-aspirated, four-cylinder unit that puts out 83hp and 115Nm of torque and comes coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox only. The highlight of the engine options, however, is the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo-petrol unit that also makes its India debut on the Venue. The T-GDI Kappa engine puts out healthy figures of 120hp and 172Nm of torque and comes with the option of a 6-speed manual or a segment-unique 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.   

Hyundai Venue rivals and expected price

In the compact SUV segment, the new Hyundai Venue will face stiff competition from rivals like Maruti’s Vitara Brezza, Tata’s Nexon, Ford’s EcoSport and the recently-introduced Mahindra XUV300. Hyundai is expected to price the Venue around the Rs 8-11 lakh mark for the petrol variants and around Rs 9-12 lakh for the diesels (ex-showroom, Delhi). This would see it compete with the more expensive Ford EcoSport and Mahindra XUV300 instead of the relatively affordable Tata Nexon and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.

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