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Hyundai Venue: Here’s What’s Hot And What’s Not


The Venue has impressed us with its expansive feature list, competitive pricing and the choice of engines on offer, but it has its share of quirks as well. Here’s what we like about the baby Creta and what could have been better

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One of the most highly anticipated sub-compact SUVs of the year, the Hyundai Venue has finally been launched in India. Even though the Venue is late to the hotly contested segment, it promises to pack a punch. With loads of features, three engine options and the connected Blue Link tech, the Venue makes for a solid proposition. We recently got to drive the Venue as well, and you can check out our detailed review here. But if you want a quick rundown of all the hits and misses, read on.

Hits

Blue Link - Connected Tech:

The Blue Link connected tech on the Venue is a lot more than a marketing gimmick. If you were wondering what this is all about, we will break it down for you. The Hyundai Venue is the first connected SUV in India and comes pre-installed with an embedded sim from Vodafone, through which it is always connected to the internet. This enables you to access over 33 connected features, which help enable a whole host of functionalities like remote engine start/stop, geo-fencing, push directions etc. Other important connected features on the Venue include auto crash notification and assistance, speed alert, stolen vehicle tracking and 24x7 call centre support. You can also operate many of these functions on the Venue through the Blue Link app from your smartphone. Pretty nifty we’d say. To know in detail about all the Blue Link features, head here.

Styling & Design:

Featuring Hyundai’s latest ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design language, the Venue gets a large cascading grille flanked by a split headlight setup rarely seen on any other SUVs in this segment. At the side, the Venue looks like a mini Creta, which is no bad thing. It also features 16-inch dual tone alloys for a touch of premiumness. The rear design is rather simple and looks compact. It features squarish elements in the tail design which gives it a more boxy look. With its boot space of 350 litres and a wheelbase of 2500mm, it’s not pushing the envelope in terms of space, but Hyundai has utilised the small footprint of the SUV well enough.

Inside, the Venue features a simplistic all-black dashboard with all controls ergonomically laid out. It also features the new steering wheel from the international-spec Elantra, and the chunky climate control controls adds some funk to the cabin. Overall, the fit and finish is pretty good, which makes the cabin of the Venue pretty inviting.

An Engine For Everyone:

The Venue comes with not one, but three engine options. While the 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine and the 1.4-litre CRDi diesel motor are a direct lift from the Elite i20, the new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol motor debuts here. While we have driven both the 1.0-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel versions, we did appreciate the ease of use and relaxed nature of the turbo motor with the DCT gearbox. Even the diesel, borrowed from the Elite i20, does a good job, and feels punchy on the highways and tuned properly to strut around the city at lower speeds as well.

Have a look at the table to know the specs.

Venue

1.2-litre Kappa

1.0-litre Turbo

1.4-litre CRDi

Peak Power @ RPM

83PS @ 6,000RPM

120PS @ 6000RPM

90PS @ 4000RPM

Peak Torque @ RP M

114Nm @ 4,000RPM

171Nm @ 1,500 ~ 4,000RPM

220Nm @ 1,500~2,750RPM

Transmission

5-speed MT

6-speed MT / 7-speed DCT

6-speed MT

Feature-loaded Top Variants:

The Venue is available in a total of 13 variants with multiple engine-transmission options. They are the E, S, SX, SX(O). There is an additional SX+ plus variant that sits between the SX and the SX(O) variant and is only available with the 1.0-litre turbocharged engine with the 7-speed DCT.

The top end variant of the Venue comes loaded with kit. These include the Blue Link connected tech, a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, climate control, cruise control, sunroof, wireless phone charger and more. Outside, the Venue gets a set of DRLs with projector headlamps, cornering lamp function, projector fog lamps and LED tail lamps. In true Hyundai tradition, the Venue offers plenty of features on the top-end variants, and the best part is that you won’t have to break the bank for it.

Prices:

This is where Hyundai has nailed it. Surprising everyone by undercutting the competition, Hyundai has priced the Venue very competitively. With plenty of features on offer, the Venue offers plenty of bang for your buck. Have a look at the detailed pricelist of the Venue if you intend on picking one up:

1.2-litre Petrol

Introductory Price (ex-showroom India)

E MT

Rs 6.50 lakh

S MT

Rs 7.20 lakh

1.0-litre Turbo Petrol

 

S MT

Rs 8.21 lakh

SX MT

Rs 9.54 lakh

SX MT Dual Tone

Rs 9.69 lakh

SX (O) MT

Rs 10.60 lakh

S DCT

Rs 9.35 lakh

SX+ DCT

Rs 11.11 lakh

1.4-litre Diesel

 

E MT

Rs 7.75 lakh

S MT

Rs 8.45 lakh

SX MT

Rs 9.78 lakh

SX Dual Tone MT

Rs 9.93 lakh

SX (O) MT

Rs 10.84 lakh

Misses

Limited Automatic Options:

Unlike all other Hyundais in recent times, the Venue is not available in automatic guise in both petrol and diesel variants and that’s a bit of a bummer. Hyundai has limited the DCT gearbox to the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol motor. Another letdown is that the automatic petrol is not the top-spec variant on the Venue and misses out on features like side and curtain airbags, rear wash and wipe, 60:40 split folding rear seats, a sliding front armrest and rear armrest. 

Skeletal Base Variant:

The base 1.2-litre petrol Venue is priced at Rs 6.50 lakh and the same for the diesel is priced at Rs 7.75 lakh. While the pricing is very competitive here, the base E variant is as barebones as it could be. You do get a power steering, air conditioner and front power windows, but that’s about it!

This variant misses out on an infotainment system, rear defogger, body-coloured ORVMs, rear parcel tray, rear luggage lamp, passenger vanity mirror and many more.

What’s noteworthy, though, is the inclusion of safety equipment like dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, front occupants seatbelt reminder and over-speed alert.

Odd Feature Misses:

While the Venue is loaded to the brim with features, there are some glaring omissions. For starters, you don’t get height-adjustable seatbelts. And while the buttons for the Blue Link are located on the IRVM, there’s no auto dimming function available. The Venue also misses out on telescopic steering as well if you prefer a laid back driving position. Last but not the least, exercise caution while backing up as the Venue gets only two parking sensors rather than four. Another odd omission on the Venue is that the turn indicators are regular bulbs instead of LEDs.


So that about sums it up and this is what we like and what could've been better in the latest in the sub-four-metre SUV from Hyundai. Do let us know what you think about the Venue and if it has caught your fancy or not.

 

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