Expected Price : Rs 8-12 lakhs (ex-showroom)
The all new Hyundai Venue has just been officially unveiled today in India and its a global debut. The high awaited compact SUV will be launched in May 2019 in India. The car sits between i20 Active and Creta. The compact SUV from Hyundai will be taking on the likes of XUV 300, Nexon, Brezza, WR-V and Ecosport.
Exteriors and Interiors
This is a baby Creta, the basic shape and proportions give it the stance of a scaled-down Creta but there are key features which makes it apart. At first you are hit by that huge grille finished with chrome accents which houses the big Hyundai logo at the centre. The Hyundai venue gets a split projector headlamps and an LED DRL setup (Just like Tata Harrier). The foglamps are projector and square shaped tail lights (hello Jeep Renegade!) are made of LEDs. The car gets chrome finish on the door handles. The car gets a lot cladding all around with massive arches and 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels which by the way look stunning.
Coming to the interiors, the Hyundai Venue comes with the host of features like 8-inch infotainment system which supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, steering mounted controls, leather upholstery, wireless phone charging, electric sunroof. The Indian-spec Venue also gets Hyundai’s BlueLink connectivity solution. The BlueLink has 33 integrated features (out of which 10 are made especially for India) that span safety, security, vehicle management, remote access, location-based services, alert services and AI-based language inputs. It gets a dedicated smartphone application to allow interaction with the vehicle The system will use an embedded Vodafone-Idea SIM for connectivity. The car offers more like cruise control, shark fin antenna, automatic climate control, chrome accented AC vents, cooled glovebox, Arkamys sound and air purifier.
Unlike how good the car looks from the outside and kind of features it offers, the Hyundai Venue falls short on the rear legroom. The rear legroom is just about average and the narrow width will translate into tight sitting for 3 adult passengers. The high window line along with all black interior theme one might feel claustrophobic. The practicality however is good, the car offers bunch of storage bins all around and the boot is well shaped and can easily take in two suitcases.
The Hyundai Venue will be powered by three engine options, two petrol and one diesel. The diesel motor is same one used in the i20 which outputs 90hp and 220Nm of torque. The 1.4-litre diesel engine will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox. One of the petrol motor is the same 1.2-litre unit which is being offered in Grand i10 and i20 that puts out 83hp and 115Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The real deal here is the new 1.0-litre turbo GDI Kappa petrol engine which makes 120 PS of power and 171 Nm of torque mated to either a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) or a 6-speed manual. The new 7-speed DCT is claimed to be highly efficient and has minimum torque transfer interruption while shifting. It gets high strength gears as well as better clutch friction materials.
|Venue Petrol||Venue Turbo-Petrol||Venue Diesel|
|Type||4-cyl, naturally aspirated||3-cyl, turbocharged||4-cyl, turbocharged|
|Manual gearbox||5-speed manual ||6-speed manual||6-speed manual|
|Automatic gearbox||–||7-speed dual clutch||–|
The Hyundai Venue measures 3995 mm in length and has a width and height of 1770 mm and 1590 mm respectively. The wheelbase of the Venue stands at 2500 mm. Safety features include ABS, 6 airbags, ESP along with Vehicle Stability Management, Hill Assist Control, Brake Assist System and ISOFIX child seat mounts. Hyundai will be offering 3 years/unlimited km warranty and Hyundai is also confident of offering the lowest cost of ownership. The first impression of the Venue are very positive but spending proper time with the car will only tell us how good it actually is. Considering how popular Venue’s elder sibling Creta is, there is hardly any doubt that Venue will be a hit too.
Competition : Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Mahindra XUV 300, Tata Nexon, Honda WR-V and Ford Ecosport.