The much anticipated Hyundai Venue has just launched to further heat up the highly competitive and rapidly booming sub-4 metre compact SUV segment in Indian at a starting price of Rs. 6.5 lakhs. The Venue is also the first subcompact SUV model from the South Korean auto major - Hyundai, which is the second largest car brand in India.
The brand new Hyundai Venue is based on the highly talked about Carlino Concept and is pitched against a bunch of highly capable market rivals in India, which include the segment ruler Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, longtime popular Ford EcoSport and the newer models the Tata Nexon and Mahindra XUV300. There are also some hatch-cross models like the Honda WR-V that count in the list of rivals of the Hyundai Venue.
Let us check out, how the brand new Hyundai Venue is braced up to fight it tough against its strong, direct rivals.
Hyundai Venue Vs Maruti Vitara Brezza Vs Tata Nexon Vs Mahindra XUV300 Vs Ford EcoSport
Maruti Vitara Brezza
All the five subcompact SUV models come with close dimensions, as they are all sub-4 metre vehicles.However,the Ford EcoSport is the longest, tallest and also offers the largest boot space among the 5 models, while the Mahindra XUV300 is the widest and also has the longest wheelbase. Thus, the new Hyundai Venue doesn’t get any brownies here; in fact, it has the least height among all the subcompact SUVs compared here.
Engine & Gearbox Comparison:
The Venue comes with three engine options, which include two petrol units and one diesel engine. The Venue’s petrol version gets powered by a 1.2 litre petrol mill that also powers the Hyundai Elite i20 premium hatchback. This mill offers a maximum power of 82 bhp and 115 Nm of peak torque and gets paired with a 5 speed manual transmission gearbox. There’s also a 1.0 litre turbocharged petrol unit generating 120 bhp and 170 Nm and gets mated to a 6 speed manual and a 7 speed DCT automatic transmission. The diesel version is equipped with a 1.4 litre oil burner from the Creta, which offers 89 bhp and 220 Nm and is coupled with a 6 speed manual gearbox.
The Vitara Brezza is still the only model in this entire segment that is an all-diesel model (this is going to change soon) with a single engine option. The Brezza gets equipped with a 1.3 litre FCA sourced turbocharged diesel motor that pumps out 89 bhp and 200 Nm. The oil burner gets paired with a 5 speed manual and an AMT gearbox option.
The Nexon comes with a choice of a petrol and a diesel engine. The petrol version packs in a 1.2 litre turbocharged unit generating 110 bhp and 170 Nm. On the other hand, the 1.5 litre diesel motor delivers 110 bhp and 260 Nm of torque. Both the engines get paired with a choice of 6 speed manual and a 6 speed AMT transmission.
Mahindra XUV300 comes in both petrol and diesel guises. The petrol versions gets a 1.5 litre turbocharged units that generates 110 bhp and 200 Nm, while the diesel version gets a 1.5 litre turbocharged engine that delivers 115 bhp and 300 Nm. Both the engines have been equipped with a 6 speed manual transmission gearbox.
The EcoSport, again offers three engine options like the Venue - two petrol mills and one diesel unit. The two petrol engine options are the 1.5 litre and the 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine that have the capability to offer 123 bhp/ 152 Nm and 125 bhp/ 170Nm, respectively, and both come paired to a standard 5 speed manual transmission. The 1.5 litre diesel motor offers 98.96 bhp along with 205 Nm and comes mated to a 5 speed manual and a 6 speed automatic transmission option.
Although, the Hyundai Venue offers very good engine options, at least on papers, they are not the best in this highly competitive segment.
The Hyundai Venue is the newest entrant in the hot subcompact SUV segment of India. Coming from the very well established brand in India – Hyundai, the Venue definitely has great chances of being a very successful model in the country. Although in terms of dimensions and powertrains, it might not seem to be very impressive, but it has come packed with tons of ammunition to give a very tough fight to its market rivals.
The Hyundai Venue’s advantage lies in its highly feature-rich cabin and latest techs along with highly competitive pricing, which offer it an upper hand over its high selling rivals. The Venue is India’s first connected car with Hyundai Blue Link suit of features and tons more. Thus, the new kid on the block is definitely worth all the attention.