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    Hyundai Venue

    The Hyundai Venue is a contemporary subcompact SUV model. The Venue is the first venture of Hyundai into the sub-4 metre compact SUV segment that’s currently raging in India.

     

    Hyundai Venue Strengths

     

    Neat and clean styling that’s not too loud

    Great fit and finish through and through

    1 diesel and 2 petrol engines to pick from

    Long list of features like electric sunroof, cruise control, Arkamys-tuned music system, 8-inch touchscreen with smartphone connectivity etc.

    Good list of safety equipment - at least in the top variant

    Hyundai’s widespread sales and service network

     

    Hyundai Venue Weaknesses

     

    From the side, it still looks like a car made to fit under 4 meters

    The trusty 1.2-litre petrol engine is not available on higher variants

    Misses out on knee airbag for the driver and a 3-point seat-belt for second-row middle passenger

    Questions on the long-term reliability of the dual-clutch automatic and direct injection turbo petrol engine

    Diesel engines and top variant with the petrol engine not available with an automatic transmission

    Big price difference between the 1.2-litre normal petrol and 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine

     

    Hyundai Venue Launch

     

    The Hyundai Venue subcompact SUV launched in India on May 21, 2019.

     

    Hyundai Venue Price Range

     

    The Hyundai Venue prices start at Rs. 6.50 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

    The petrol variants are priced between Rs. 6.50 lakh and Rs. 11.11 lakh.

    The diesel variants start at Rs. 7.75 lakh and top out at Rs. 10.84 lakh.

    Automatic transmission is only available with the petrol engine and is priced between Rs. 9.35 lakh and Rs. 11.11 lakh.

     

    Hyundai Venue Variants

     

    The Hyundai Venue is available in 4 trim levels - E, S, SX and SX(O) in both petrol and diesel versions.

     

    Hyundai Venue Engine and Transmission

     

    The Hyundai Venue is available with 2 petrol engine options and 1 diesel engine. A 1.2-litre normal petrol, a 1.0-litre turbo petrol and a 1.4-litre turbo diesel unit.

    The 1.2-litre petrol engine generates 83PS of power at 6000rpm and 115Nm of torque at 4000rpm. It is available with a 5-speed manual transmission.  The 1.0-litre turbo petrol mill makes 120PS of power at 6000rpm and 172Nm of torque between 1500 and 4000rpm. It is available with either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The 1.4-litre turbocharged diesel engine delivers 90PS of power at 4000rpm and 220Nm of torque between 1500 and 2750rpm. It is available with a 6-speed manual transmission.

     

    Hyundai Venue Features – Hits

     

    The Hyundai Venue’s design is obviously working in its favour. The notable features in its top variants are electric sunroof, automatic AC, rear AC vents, cruise control, front and rear armrests, air purifier, projector headlamps and fog lamps, LED DRLs, keyless entry with push-button start and automatic headlamps.

    On the entertainment side, there’s an 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Carplay and 6-speaker Arkamys-tuned music system. Connectivity options include aux, Bluetooth and USB and there are steering-mounted controls as well.

     

    Hyundai’s Bluelink telematics kit is available with switches on the inside mirror.

     

    On the safety front, there are 6 airbags, ABS, hill hold, ISOFIX child seat mounts, rear windshield defogger, washer and wiper, electronic stability program and burglar alarm.

     

    Hyundai Venue Features - Misses

     

    While the list of safety features is long, the lack of driver’s knee airbag and 3-point seatbelt for the 2nd row middle passenger are missed. The projector headlamps look great when off, but when turned on, it reveals that there’s only a halogen lamp inside. An LED unit would’ve been really nice, although halogen projectors are the benchmark in the segment.

    There’s no auto-dimming inside mirror and automatic wipers either. The machined alloy wheels are good-looking and about as  big as available in the segment. However, the 16-inch wheels are not as large as the Mahindra XUV300’s 17-inch ones.

     

    Hyundai Venue Background

     

    The Hyundai Venue is born out of the need to have a presence in the growing sub-4m SUV space. This segment is growing at the cost of premium hatchbacks and sedans, both below and above 4 metres in length. And all manufacturers are putting their best foot forward to please you. Therefore, you have great options to choose from as the competition is fierce.

    The Hyundai Venue itself took shape from the Carlino concept, which was showcased back at the 2016 Auto Expo. Hyundai unveiled the production version of the Venue in India alongside its world premiere at the New York Motor Show in April, 2019. It went on sale a month later.

     

    Hyundai Venue Competition

     

    The Hyundai Venue’s major rivals in India are the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and Ford EcoSport. Other rivals include the Mahindra TUV300 and Honda W-RV.

    The Maruti Brezza has ruled the sub-compact SUV segment since launch. Having the widest sales and service network immensely helps in reaching out to the buyers.  However, it launched with only a diesel engine and it still doesn’t have a petrol engine. The Brezza is up for a facelift soon and the BS6 rules will further give it a powertrain update. It’s still surprising to see that the Brezza is still selling in good numbers even without a petrol engine. However, it does have an automatic transmission option paired with the diesel engine.

    The Tata Nexon is another attractive option in the segment considering its powerful petrol and diesel engines and an attractive price tag. It is also the first Indian car with a 5-star rating at the NCAP crash tests. Unlike the other cars in this sub-4m SUV segment, the Tata Nexon isn’t trying to look like an SUV. It’s a crossover just like any other car in this segment and looks like it. However, you can’t expect the Nexon’s build quality to be as consistent as the Venue’s. It also suffers from some ergonomic issues in the cabin.

    The Mahindra XUV300 is a powerful and feature-loaded car but there’s a price you pay for it. In fact, it’s the XUV300 that makes the Venue look stripped in comparison. The Mahindra badge and XUV name alone are enough to convince you that this is as close as it gets to buying a real SUV. It’s available with petrol and diesel engines, but an automatic is only available with the diesel engine.

    The Ford EcoSport is the one that started this segment and despite its age, it still looks good wearing a spare tyre on its back. The new petrol engines are punchier than before. When it got the new engines, it dropped the dual-clutch automatic in favour of old, but reliable, torque converter. However, it’s the EcoSport’s diesel engine that shines in comparison because of the negligible price difference. It doesn’t have a diesel variant  with an automatic transmission and the petrol automatic is available in only 1 variant.

    The Mahindra XUV300 may have a stronger brand recall in the SUV world, but the Mahindra TUV300 is the one that’s closest to an SUV. It’s the only sub-compact SUV to get a ladder frame chassis. But since most of you don’t actually do much off-roading, the rugged TUV300 didn’t find many takers in the Indian market.

    On the other end of the spectrum is the Honda W-RV. It’s the spruced up version of the Jazz hatchback but it borrows some features from the Honda City, which gives it an upmarket appeal. Its 1.2-litre petrol engine may feel underpowered for the size but the 1.5-litre diesel engine has plenty of power and great fuel efficiency too.

     

    Should you buy the Hyundai Venue?

     

    The Venue is yet another well-built car from Hyundai. Priced well too. The Venue checks all the right boxes in terms of styling, features and punchy engines. A wide service network should help you with the service and spares availability. The SX (O) variant seems like a good option if you can afford it with either petrol or diesel engine. However, if you value reliability more than features, then the S variant with the 1.2-litre normal petrol engine is a better buy. Go ahead with the dual-clutch and/or new turbo petrol engines if you don’t intend to keep it with you beyond the warranty period.

    If you can live with a non-SUV, then there are great alternatives in the premium hatchback segment as well with comparable or better features. Like the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20 offer most of what the Venue has to offer, save for the SUV stance, at a lower price point.

    Hyundai Venue -Car Variant

    Venue 1.2 Kappa MT ERs. 6.5 Lakh

    Fuel Type - Petrol
    Engine (cc) - 1197
    Transmission - Manual
    Power - 82bhp
    Torque - 115Nm
    Claimed Mileage - 17.52 kmpl

    Venue 1.2 Kappa MT SRs. 7.2 Lakh

    Fuel Type - Petrol
    Engine (cc) - 1197
    Transmission - Manual
    Power - 82bhp
    Torque - 115Nm
    Claimed Mileage - 17.52 kmpl

    Venue 1.4 CRDi MT ERs. 7.75 Lakh

    Fuel Type - Diesel
    Engine (cc) - 1396
    Transmission - Manual
    Power - 89bhp
    Torque - 220Nm
    Claimed Mileage - 23.7 kmpl

    Venue 1.0 Turbo GDI MT SRs. 8.21 Lakh

    Fuel Type - Petrol
    Engine (cc) - 998
    Transmission - Manual
    Power - 118bhp
    Torque - 172Nm
    Claimed Mileage - 18.27 kmpl

    Venue 1.4 CRDi MT SRs. 8.45 Lakh

    Fuel Type - Diesel
    Engine (cc) - 1396
    Transmission - 1396 cc
    Power - 89bhp
    Torque - 89bhp
    Claimed Mileage - 23.7 kmpl

    Venue 1.0 Turbo GDI DCT SRs. 9.35 Lakh

    Fuel Type - Petrol
    Engine (cc) - 998
    Transmission - Automatic
    Power - 118bhp
    Torque - 172Nm
    Claimed Mileage - 18.15 kmpl

    Venue 1.0 Turbo GDI MT SXRs. 9.54 Lakh

    Fuel Type - Petrol
    Engine (cc) - 998
    Transmission - Manual
    Power - 118bhp
    Torque - 172Nm
    Claimed Mileage - 18.27 kmpl

    Venue 1.0 Turbo GDI MT SX Dual ToneRs. 9.69 Lakh

    Fuel Type - Petrol
    Engine (cc) - 998
    Transmission - Manual
    Power - 118bhp
    Torque - 172Nm
    Claimed Mileage - 18.27 kmpl

    Venue 1.4 CRDi MT SXRs. 9.78 Lakh

    Fuel Type - Diesel
    Engine (cc) - 1396
    Transmission - Manual
    Power - 89bhp
    Torque - 220Nm
    Claimed Mileage - 23.7 kmpl

    Venue 1.4 CRDi MT SX Dual ToneRs. 9.93 Lakh

    Fuel Type - Diesel
    Engine (cc) - 1396
    Transmission - Manual
    Power - 89bhp
    Torque - 220Nm
    Claimed Mileage - 23.7 kmpl

    Venue 1.0 Turbo GDI MT SX(O)Rs. 10.6 Lakh

    Fuel Type - Petrol
    Engine (cc) - 998
    Transmission - Manual
    Power - 118bhp
    Torque - 172Nm
    Claimed Mileage - 18.27 kmpl

    Venue 1.4 CRDi MT SX(O)Rs. 10.84 Lakh

    Fuel Type - Diesel
    Engine (cc) - 1396
    Transmission - Manual
    Power - 89bhp
    Torque - 220Nm
    Claimed Mileage - 23.7 kmpl

    Venue 1.0 Turbo GDI DCT SX+Rs. 11.11 Lakh

    Fuel Type - Petrol
    Engine (cc) - 998
    Transmission - Automatic
    Power - 118bhp
    Torque - 172Nm
    Claimed Mileage - 18.15 kmpl
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