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Hyundai Venue 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Harshit Gupta - Senior Editor Feb 28 2020 Share this blog

Hyundai’s Venue belongs to the favourite segment of the Indian car market, which is the subcompact SUV segment. Car manufacturers have started recognizing this change and thus been working on freshly-baked products for this segment. With no product in this segment from Hyundai before, Venue is the result of Hyundai’s homework done right. With the tag of India’s first smart-connected SUV, Hyundai’s Venue has a lot riding on its shoulders. Let's see how Hyundai has scored in its homework.

2020 hyundai venue quirky looks

At a starting price of INR 6.50 lakhs, it is priced very competitively and  Hyundai has given it everything that the Creta has and even more, but in a much smaller package. Venue has been topping sales charts since its launch in the market. It garnered 7049 bookings in the first month alone and Hyundai has sold 42,000 units of the Venue since. The sale figures doesn't have the faintest indication of going vague anytime soon, at least not till the rivals catch-up with newer models.

The Venue comes with 3 engine options, one is a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine along with its sibling, and the other is a 1.0-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder engine. The diesel powerplant is a 1.4 CRDi 4-cylinder engine. Its direct rivals are Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV-300 and Ford Ecosport.


What do we like?

  • Build quality, fit and finish is easily the best in the segment.
  • Comes with first-in-class features which Indian audience will love (Bluelink, Sunroof, air purifier, DCT, wireless charging)
  • A dual-clutch gearbox is a joy to drive with.
  • Extensive safety equipment list (ESP, VSM, HSA, 6 Airbags)


What we don’t like?

  • Cramped rear space is equivalent to a mid-size hatchback.
  • Small road presence, looks like a hatchback on steroids.
  • DCT is limited only to petrol variants.


What’s new

  • Brings in fresh new features like Blue link telematics, Air purifier, Sunroof, Wireless charging and a DCT transmission to this segment.

Also Read,

How has Tata handled the sudden surge of SUV-craze in India?

How does Mahindra's killer-offering fare against the Venue?

Has Ford lost its podium among compact SUVs?

What are the innumerable trims offered by Hyundai for the Venue?

Hyundai Venue comes in 8 variants for the petrol-powered option and 5 variants for the diesel-powered option, which adds up to a total of 13 variants. This gives customers the added flexibility to choose a variant according to their needs, gone are the days of having only 3 variants per car!

The root variants of Venue are E, S, SX plus and SX(O). All the other variants are derivatives of these four. There are two motors available for the petrol variants, namely the 1.2 L Kappa and 1.0 L Turbo GDI. The 1.2 L option is only available with a 5-speed manual transmission.

The 1.0 L Turbo motor is available with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DCT (Dual Clutch Automatic) transmission. This is the first time Hyundai has introduced a DCT transmission in the Indian market and it remains to be seen how reliable it will be. 

The Diesel powerplant is only available with one motor option i.e. 1.4 CRDI mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. It is just unfortunate and confusing that Hyundai has not provided any DCT here.

Trim
E(MT)
S(MT/AT)
SX Plus(MT/AT)
SX(O)(MT)

Price (Ex-Delhi) in INR



6,50,000 - Petrol

7,75,00 - Diesel

7,20,000 - Petrol

8,45,000 - Diesel

8,21,000 - Petrol

9,78,000 - Diesel

SX# DCT Petrol - 11,11,000

10,60,000 - Petrol

10,84,000 - Diesel

Features 


Driver and co-passenger airbag

Driver and co-passenger airbag

Driver and co-passenger airbag

Driver, co-passenger and curtain airbags

Seat Belt Reminder

All features of the E trim and:

All features of the S trim and:



All features of the S# trim and:


ABS WITH EBD

Electronic stability program(DCT ONLY)


Rear View Camera with Dynamic Guidelines


Burglar alarm

Tachometer

Supervision Cluster (DCT Only)

Supervision Cluster (DCT Only)

Supervision Cluster

Split halogen headlamp set up

Headlamp Escort function

Projector Automatic Headlamps

Smart Key

Front Seat adjustable headrest

Rear seat headrest

Height adjustable driver's seat

60:40 Split rear seat

Power windows at the front

2-DIN integrated audio with FM/AM, USB

8 Inch touchscreen audio

8 Inch touchscreen AVNT audio with HD display 


Air Conditioning 

Electrically adjustable outside rearview mirrors

Electric sunroof 

Push Button Start/Stop


Tilt Steering

Rear AC Vents

Cruise Control 

Wireless Phone Charger

Apart from the changes in powertrain, Hyundai has finely catered to the varying audience base of India with a bundle of features that are put forward

Which variant to choose from the above?

We would recommend the 1.0 L SX(O) petrol variant with the DCT gearbox. At INR 11,11,000, it lets you have guilt-free fun with the Venue. This variant provides you with first-in-class features from Blue Link telematics to the electric sunroof, this variant will enable you to take your car experience to the next level. Club it with the first in class, or I should say a first-class DCT gearbox and you have the most technologically advanced car of its segment. With the other trims, the Venue doesn't stand out much among its competition.

How peppy is the performance of 2020 Hyundai Venue?

The first engine available in Hyundai Venue is the 1.2 litre 4 cylinder petrol engine. It is the weakest of the lot as it churns out 81 bhp of power. This engine feels lethargic and underpowered due to the 1055 kg of kerb weight. What helps the engine is its buttery smooth 5-speed manual transmission. The shifts on this gearbox are nothing less than a rifle-bolt in action. The throttle response is also well-tuned and feels eager to respond. If you try to go, pedal to the metal with this engine, it will run out of juice sooner than expected.  While this engine is sufficed for city use, you will not get much power out of it on the highways but it feels refined for the most part.

2020 hyundai venue punchy engines

Then comes the diesel mill in the engine hierarchy, which is the 1.4-litre CRDI 4 cylinder engine which does its duty in the Elite i20 too. With 89 bhp of power, this engine makes the least power in the segment. Power to weight ratio is not the best either but the engine feels refined and does fine for itself in isolation. It surely doesn’t have the grunt which rivals like Tata Nexon or Mahindra XUV 300 offers. If you keep this motor on the boil and it will deliver satisfactory performance. After about 1800 RPM the turbo spools up, hence, below that there is a minor lag. But for the most part, the turbo lag is very well contained which means fewer gear changes required in the city conditions.

The top rank is taken away by the 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged engine which produces 118 bhp of power. This puts it just behind the Ecosport in the segment which produces 121 bhp power. The 3-cylinder motor is smooth and you don’t feel much of the typical 3-cylinder vibrations from it, NVH levels are well contained as well. The mid-range is strong and punchy and you will enjoy this engine well on the open roads. The way it delivers power is unmatched in the segment as the power delivery is quite linear.

Models

Hyundai Venue
1.0L Turbo DCT

Tata Nexon
XZA Plus

Mahindra XUV300
W8 Option

Ford EcoSport S
MT

Price (Ex-Delhi)  in INR

11,11,000

9,99,000

11,64,000

10,83,000

Engine

1.0L Turbo 3 cylinder

1.2L 4 cylinder

1.2L 4 cylinder

1.0 L GTDI 3 cylinder 

Transmission

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

6-Speed AMT

6-Speed Manual

5-Speed Manual

Power (bhp)

118bhp

@6000 rpm

108 bhp

@5000 rpm

109bhp

@5000 rpm

123 bhp

@6000 rpm

Torque(N-m)

173Nm

@2000 rpm

170Nm

@1750 rpm

200Nm

@2000 rpm

170Nm

@1500 rpm

The only car that makes more power than the Venue is Ford’s Ecosport. It is cheaper than the Venue but here we need to remember that Venue comes with a DCT gearbox which makes it technologically more advanced. Mahindra’s XUV-300 comes off as the most expensive of the bunch as it provides the most luxurious experience inside the cabin. Tata Nexon, on the other hand, is the cheapest offering but is no match to the Turbo powered Venue, in terms of power or features. Hence, the Venue does justify its premium price tag over some cheaper rivals.


How quickly can the Hyundai Venue to accelerate from 0-100?

Venue is an excellent sprinter due to the fine combination of powertrain and kerb weight. Venue’s trick is not just its powerful engine but also its DCT gearbox which is quick to respond. As you can see most cars in its segment will be eating dust if engaged in a red light sprint. You can do triple-digit speeds all day long thanks to the sweet engine and gearbox combination.

2020 hyundai venue acceleration 0-100

The diesel powertrain is also not far behind as there is minimal turbo lag which helps you sprint with as much enthusiasm as the petrol engines. The smaller turbo helps you to experience less of the generic turbo lag and thus making it fun to drive along with a heightened sense of efficiency.

Models

Hyundai Venue 1.0L Turbo DCT

Tata Nexon XZA Plus

Mahindra XUV 300 W8 Option

Ford Ecosport S MT

0-100 KMPH

10.85 s

16.62 s

12.00 s

10.8

Engine

1.0L Turbo 

1.2L 

1.2L 

1.0 L Turbo TDCI

The 1.4 L diesel engine takes 15.48 seconds which is still not a bad deal considering the performance of its rivals. Ford EcoSport also uses a similar strategy to make its compact-SUV the very desirable outcome which has paved onto becoming the automaker's best selling car. Tata has built its Nexon as a tank which adds up drastically to the kerb weight and that in turn mows down the acceleration figures.


How nimble is this compact SUV in handling from Hyundai?

At slow city speeds, Venue’s suspension soaks most of the bumps pretty well but as the suspension is a bit on the firmer side you will feel the thud from large potholes inside. The suspension works silently and it gets the job done rather well for the most part. Even with a small wheelbase, the Venue feels pliant even on triple-digit speeds and around the corners. There is an acceptable amount of body roll on offer for a subcompact SUV (nothing too drastic) due to it being higher off the ground.  Even though 200 mm of ground clearance comes in handy in tricky situations, don’t expect it to glide through everything like the Tata Nexon.

2020 hyundai venue nimble handling

Venue is the first car from Hyundai’s stable which doesn’t leave a lot to be desired in the handling department. The handling is pretty much spot on for a sub-compact SUV. It remains gives adequate feedback on high speeds and even around corners. The electric power steering is light at crawling speeds and does not feel vague or nervous at triple-digit speeds. Steering can be adjusted for height only, not for reach which can make it difficult for some to find the right driving posture.

The turning radius of 5.1 meters could have been better and it's not easy to park it in tight parking spots. The  215/60 MRF Wanderer tires also provide an acceptable amount of grip to chuck it through some fast corners. The A-pillars are not too thick and the overall visibility is great which makes it an easy mover in cities.


How is the braking performance in 2020 Hyundai Venue?

All variants of the Venue come with disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear, with ABS and EBD. We would have surely liked disc brakes on all four wheels like on the KUV 300 but the brake performance is good with this setup as well. While dropping an anchor at triple-digit speeds, Venue manages to remain stable without much drama. The brake pedal feels a bit spongy and could have done with more feel and feedback for sure.

2020 hyundai venue disc brakes

The wheels look killer though, and Hyundai has gone with a completely contrasting design language for the alloy design and those spokes coming out of spokes look weird, but in a good way! Another benefit of these quirky alloy wheels is the added breathability for the braking setup that helps it stay efficient for longer durations which thus adds up the driving experience.

Models

Hyundai Venue    1.0L Turbo DCT

Tata Nexon XZA Plus

Mahindra XUV300 W8 Option

Ford Ecosport S (MT)

Front Brakes

Disc

Disc

Disc

Disc

Rear Brakes

Drum

Drum

Disc

Drum

Kerb Weight (kg)

1554

1695

1537

1265

Mahindra XUV300 takes the premium tag here as it comes with disc brakes at four corners. This helps it perform much better than the competition in terms of braking distance and thus has a strong bite to it. The others are also not far behind as the lack of disc brakes gets adjusted with that of lower kerb weight.


How efficient is the 2020 Hyundai Venue?

With an ARAI tested fuel efficiency of 18.15 Kmpl for the 1.0 litre 3-cylinder engine, Venue is for sure not a fuel-hungry car. Even the Nexon offers lower fuel economy figures with its AMT gearbox. Having a 3 cylinder engine and a lightweight chassis, helps the Venue be more fuel-efficient than its rivals. If you drive "pedal to the metal" style the fuel efficiency can drop to 8-9 kmpl as well. But still, going for the automatic is not going to burn a hole in your pocket this time.

The 1.2-litre 4 cylinder petrol engine on offer returns a near-identical figure of 18.27kmpl. The 1.4-litre 4 cylinder diesel engine, on the other hand, offers a mileage of 23.7 kmpl.

Models

Hyundai Venue     

1.0L  TurboDCT

Tata Nexon 

XZA Plus

Mahindra XUV 300

W8 Option

Ford 

Ecosport

S MT

Mileage (Kmpl)

18.15

16.8

17.0

17.6

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

45

44

60

52

Range (Km)

849.6

840

960

869

Venue is class-leading not only in terms of technology on offer but also in fuel efficiency. While XUV300 and Ford Ecosport are neck and neck in terms of fuel efficiency for the petrol variants, Venue gives more mileage even with the DCT gearbox.

Does the 2020 Hyundai Venue look like a mini-Creta?

Hyundai has tried everything to give Venue an SUV stance even with its small dimensions. The front end gets a new age Hyundai’s big dark black chrome grille. It makes the Venue look aggressive and wide. The unconventional split headlight set up looks cool and quirky. The top houses the indicators while the bottom half houses the headlight and DRLs. While the design is fresh, you would need to be extra vigilant while driving it around crowded places as the headlights will be more prone to damage. Such set-ups should come with front parking sensors, as provided in the XUV 300.

2020 hyundai venue quirky design language

From the rear Venue looks more of a hatchback than an SUV. Nevertheless, the Venue’s boxy design looks modern and fresh from the rear as well. Venue measures 3,995 mm in length, 1,770 mm in width and 1,590 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,500 mm. It is the shortest in terms of height, as can be seen in the comparison below.

Models

Hyundai

Venue 

1.0L Turbo

DCT

(petrol)

Tata Nexon 

XZA Plus

(petrol)

Mahindra XUV 300

W8 Option (petrol)

Ford 

Ecosport

S MT

(petrol)

Kerb weight (kg)

1055

1252

1135 

1261

Length(mm)

3995

3994

3995

3999

Width(mm)

1770

1811

1821

1765

Height(mm)

1605

1607

1627

1647

Ground clearance (mm)

200

209

180

200

Wheelbase (mm)

2500

2498

2600

2519

It is apt to call Venue a mini-Creta by all means as it follows the same strategy that Hyundai undertook with the Creta. A "too good to be true" compact package that would sweep the Indian market with ease or at least that is what Hyundai wants to achieve with the Venue. But with the likes of new players that includes Tata Nexon and Mahindra XUV300, things would not be as easy as expected.


Exterior Features

  • Projector headlamps
  • Cornering lamps
  • LED taillamps
  • Front and Rear Skid Plates
  • 16-inch Diamond cut alloys
  • LED DRLs and positioning lamps

Does the compact form factor steal away from a comfortable cabin in the Hyundai Venue?

As you step inside the cabin of the Venue you are not only reminded of the technology on offer but also the class-leading fit and finish. Even though there are no soft-touch materials inside, the plastic quality feels solid and everything is well put together. This car feels built to last in short.

2020 hyundai venue cabin space

The dashboard is functional yet contemporary. It looks stylish with silver inserts which help to break the black monotony. Due to its small dimensions, everything is within an arm's reach. Even the quality of buttons and switches feel satisfactory. Ergonomics are well sorted as the entire cabin feels practical and user-friendly. Front seats feel comfortable and spacious, making long rides a joy in them. The quality of materials used is top-notch and is typical Hyundai as we expected. The dashboard flaunts a special design that Hyundai calls, the "laser cut" finish.

Models

Hyundai

Venue 

1.0L Turbo

DCT

Tata Nexon 

XZA Plus

Mahindra XUV 300

W8 Option

Ford 

Ecosport

S MT

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

But the same cannot be said about the rear seats as they feel cramped when compared to its competition. It is mostly because of the dimensions of the car but we feel Hyundai could have done more to provide more space on the inside. It is strictly a 4 seater!


What are the various creature features on offer?

This feels like the trump card of Venue as Hyundai has loaded this car to the gills with features. With features like the electric sunroof, wireless charging and an air purifier, it is a delight to be inside the Venue’s cabin.

2020 hyundai venue infotainment features

The map data is sourced from MapMyIndia which is stored in an external SD card and we can vouch on the fact that it is the most precise database in the market right now, in some cases even better than Google Maps. More on the immersive infotainment system is explained in the next section.


Interior Features

  • 8-inch floating infotainment HD display
  • Cooled Glove Box
  • Wireless charging
  • Air purifier
  • Push-button Start/Stop
  • Rear AC vents
  • Electric Sunroof
  • Cruise control
  • Automatic Climate Control


What are the various note-worthy connectivity features in the Infotainment system?

The connected car technology is enabled by Hyundai’s Blue-Link telematics. It is powered by a Vodafone-Idea eSIM and enables features like Emergency assistance,  Vehicle Relation Management, Artificial Intelligence, Alert Services, and Location-Based Services. This enables you to have your car health info on your phone as well as operate certain features like lock unlock, switch the AC on or off (DCT only), locating your car, from your phone itself.

2020 hyundai venue bluelink infotainment sytem

The 8-inch floating infotainment touchscreen is hands down the best in its segment, it is fluid and responsive. It comes with Apple car play, Android Auto and built-in maps from MapMyIndia. The 4 speakers 2 tweeter audio system sounds punchy and clear with Arkamy's sound mood.


Infotainment Features

  • 8-inch HD Touchscreen 
  • Android Auto and Apple car play
  • Arkamys Sound mood
  • Built-in maps by MapMyIndia
  • Steering Mounted Audio Controls


Does the compact SUV from Hyundai surprise us with its cargo capacity?

When it comes to hauling all the weekend luggage, Hyundai Venue will not leave you wanting for more. All that cramped rear-seat space translates to class-leading boot space. You can easily fit 2 large suitcases and a couple of handbags and still, there will be space for your other knick-knacks.

2020 hyundai venue cargo space

It also has the flexibility of folding down rear seats for added cargo space which adds up to the Venue's practicality quotient. The spare tyre and tool kit is neatly tucked away under the floor and this gives it a clean look.

Models

Hyundai

Venue 

1.0L Turbo

DCT

Tata Nexon 

XZA Plus

Mahindra XUV 300

W8 Option

Ford 

Ecosport

S MT

Boot Space with rear seats up (Litres)

350

350

259

346 

The tall design language of Hyundai Venue has helped it extract an impressive boot space and it even undercuts the top seller in this segment, Ford EcoSport. Tata ties here with the Nexon as the low floor, helps it get the same amount of cargo space. Mahindra has the least of the lot and the sleek design language has to do a lot with it.

How safe is the Hyundai Venue?

Hyundai has thrown almost every safety which the subcompact SUV segment has to offer. Venue is equipped with dual front airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts, impact-sensitive door locks,  ABS + EBD,  seatbelt reminder, high-speed alert system and rear parking sensors as standard. While the Venue has got a 4-star rating in Australian NCAP. The Indian version is yet to be crash-tested.

2020 hyundai venue safety features


Safety Features on offer:

  • 6 airbags
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Hill Hold Control (HAC)
  • ABS+EBD
  • Vehicle stability management (VSM)
  • Reverse Parking Camera
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Front Seatbelt Pretensioner and load limiter
  • Cornering Front Fog Lamps
  • Isofix child seat mounts

How Does Hyundai Venue fares against the rivals?

Hyundai Venue vs Tata Nexon

With a 5-star NCAP safety rating & a solid build quality, Tata Nexon comes off as a well built at a more affordable package. Nexon beats the Venue in terms of space, ride comfort and the car can glide over the bumps and potholes. It suffers from a laggy infotainment system that feels like an age older than the Venue.

While this can be a deal-breaker to some, the sound output in Nexon is the best in its segment. But Nexon neither gets any advanced telematics like the Venue nor does it have a Dual-Clutch Transmission, even as an option. If space and ride comfort is your prime concern then go for Nexon and if you are looking for driving pleasure and a more advanced car then Venue is the best bet here.


Hyundai Venue vs Mahindra XUV 300

Mahindra’s XUV300 is nothing like any car we have seen so far from it's stable. This is a Mahindra you can relate to a well put together cabin and excellent fit and finish levels. XUV 300’s cabin comes out as feeling the most sophisticated and pleasing here. It IS loaded with features like the electric sunroof and steering modes. It is the only car here that offers 7 airbags and disc brakes on all four wheels. It tops the list when it comes to safety features followed by the Venue. It also has an energetic engine options which are a delight to drive. But XUV300 is also the most expensive car here.

The top of the line W8 option petrol variant is a full INR 53,000 more expensive than the Venue’s DCT S variant. Venue while being cheaper still manages to provide more features and similar fit and finish levels. In that respect, the Venue is more value for money product than the XUV 300.


Hyundai Venue vs Ford Ecosport

The Ecosport was the car that started the subcompact SUV trend in India. But with its rivals heating-up, the competition Ecosport has been feeling the heat. Nevertheless, Ecosport is a wholesome package and comes loaded with a lot of kit too. With Ford’s own Sync 3 system, it comes closest to the Venue in terms of the infotainment experience. The safety kit provided is also top-notch with excellent fit, finish, and quality of materials. But it fails to bring something drastically new to the table. 

Hence, we feel that Venue is more value for money and as a freshly baked product, it comes with a lot of modern age features which the Ford misses. If you are a car enthusiast there isn’t anything better available in the sub-compact SUV segment than the Ecosport. But if you want all the modern age features and gizmos we would suggest you go to the Venue.

Is Hyundai Venue worth buying?

Hyundai’s Venue is the start of a new generation of cars that are connected and intelligent. Not only does it enable you to manage a whole lot of features from your phone, but it also helps you in emergencies. Venue then belongs to a generation which is ahead of most of its rivals as it provides all the driver’s aids and features which you will wish for. It is not the most spacious car, which is its biggest drawback. 

But if you look at the whole package you will not be able to find any other drawbacks. At a starting price of Rs. 6,50,000 and ending price of Rs. 11,11,000 for the DCT Turbo variant, Venue feels like a bargain. Venue then is probably the best pick out of the lot in the subcompact SUV space.  So, until the rivals catch up, Venue shall keep topping the sales chart in the Indian market.