Based on the Carlino concept showcased at the Auto Expo in 2016, the production-spec Hyundai Venue shares its design language with newer Hyundai models with the massive cascading grille on its face, split headlamps with projector lens and squared LED DRLs, tall stance, and stubby rear end.
The Venue is available in four variants, seven monotone colours and three dual-tone colour options. The Hyundai Venue competes with Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon and the Ford Ecosport. Let’s now compare the Hyundai Venue with the Mahindra XUV300 in terms of price and specifications.
Venue vs XUV300 Dimension:
While they're both equally long, the Mahindra XUV300 is considerably wider and with a longer wheelbase. A wider body helps liberate more space inside for accommodating 3 passengers in the rear seat. But it also creates a problem when entering tight spaces. A longer wheelbase helps with additional knee room for occupants. We don't have an official figure for the Venue's ground clearance but online reports suggest that it's around 190mm. While that's quite far from the 200mm benchmark, the XUV300 fares worse in this regard with just 180mm of ground clearance. Even modest Renault Kwid now has 184mm of ground clearance.
Venue vs XUV300 Powertrain:
1.2 L / 1.0 L Turbo
83PS @ 6000rpm / 120PS @ 6000rpm
90PS @ 4000rpm
115Nm @ 4000rpm / 172Nm @ 1500 - 4000rpm
220Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm
5-MT / 6-MT & 7-Auto
110PS @ 5000rpm
115PS @ 3750rpm
200Nm @ 2000 - 3500rpm
300Nm @ 1500 - 2500rpm
Under the hood, the Hyundai Venue gets three powertrain options. New 1.0-litre turbo petrol with 120PS of power and 172Nm of torque, a 1.2-litre normal petrol with 83PS and 115Nm of torque and 1.4-litre turbo diesel with 90PS of power and 220Nm of torque. The turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines are available with a 6-speed manual transmission while the normal petrol engine is only available with a 5-speed manual transmission. The turbo petrol is also available with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.
On the other hand, the rival Mahindra XUV300 has a simple engine lineup. There's 1.2-litre turbo petrol with 110PS and 200Nm on tap and 1.5-litre turbo diesel with 115PS and 300Nm of output. Both engines come with a 6-speed manual transmission and the diesel also gets a 6-speed AMT automatic.
The Venue's turbo petrol engine may be the most powerful engine here, but the Mahindra's turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines have plenty of torque. Enough to claim the top spot for class-leading torque.
Venue vs XUV300 Pricing:
Rs. 6.5 lakh - Rs. 11.10 lakh
Rs. 8.1 lakh - Rs. 12.69 lakh
*All prices, ex-showroom
While the Hyundai Venue comes within the price range of Rs 6.5 lakh and Rs 11.10 lakh, ex-showroom, the Mahindra XUV300 is a little pricier by costing between Rs. 8.1 lakh - Rs 12.69 lakh, ex-showroom.