Hyundai says Venue “embodies the characteristics of ‘the place to be’, en route to the final destination.” Apparently that translates to it being a fun drive along with the capabilities for modern urban living.
The team at Driveline totally agree with this statement. We ad the opportunity to drive the Venue for a few days and must say the drive was better then what we expected.
Both variants use a 1.6-litre 90kW/151Nm engine paired with a six-speed auto. Selectable drive modes include Eco, Normal and Sport while a new Traction Mode features Snow, Mud and Sand settings for those looking to venture off the beaten path.
The Venue gets Hyundai’s corporate cascading grille and a pair of stacked headlights, while chunky wheel arches offer an athletic stance. It takes the overall aesthetic of the Kona and squares it off, creating a more rugged-looking crossover, helped by body side cladding, rear skid plates and roof rails. The optional two-tone roof adds to the visual appeal.
Storage is rated at 355 litres without any seats folded. Cabin room should be good, thanks to a height of 1592mm and a wheelbase of 2520mm. Its overall length is 4040mm.
Inside is an 8.0-inch infotainment system, supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto out of the box. Entry variants get a four-speaker audio system with the Elite cranks it up to six points of musical output.
Safety is taken care of thanks to Hyundai’s standard SmartSense package, which includes forward collision avoidance, a reversing camera, lane-keep assist, driver attention warning, a parking distance warning (rear) and high beam assist. The Elite adds in blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic collision warning.
If you’re interested in a quicker crossover at the expense of ultimate comfort, that will fit in your budget. Then the Venue is a perfect little crossover for you.