Who would have known that the compact SUV space would have a contender from almost every mainstream manufacturer in the country? It was Ford’s idea back then to kickstart this segment by introducing the EcoSport to the masses. And soon other manufacturers followed suit.
But Hyundai, the country’s second-largest automaker, has been missing from this space for the longest time. So, when Hyundai decided to launch the Venue in the Indian market, it introduced its ‘Connected car’ technology with the compact SUV, so that it holds a distinction amongst other compact SUVs in the market.
But what is a ‘Connected car’? Just like your smartphone, your car now also gets a SIM card (embedded and pre-installed in this case) so as to enable a host of remotely-enabled features such as geofencing, vehicle theft alerts, vehicle location, lock-unlock the doors, and even start/stop the engine for cooling the cabin before you step into the cabin (only available with the automatic). Hyundai has christened it as ‘Blue Link’. Here’s more on the Hyundai Venue. Read on.
On the whole, the Venue looks striking with all the cuts and creases in the right places. The talking point for the design is the new split-headlamp setup, where the thin indicator sits atop and the main headlamp cluster sits lower down the bumper. On a dimension comparison with its rivals, the Venue does lose out in terms of width and height. Therefore, it does look like a hatchback on stilts from quite a few angles, especially from the rear thanks to the tiny taillamps. The overall length, at 3,995mm, is similar to its rivals.
Under the hood, the Venue borrows two of its engines from the i20. The entry-level engine is the 1.2-litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol good for 83bhp and 113Nm of torque. It only comes mated to a 5-speed manual and in lower variants. The diesel, on the other hand, is also the same 1.4-litre four-pot unit, which is capable of churning out 89bhp and 220Nm of torque. It only comes mated to a 6-speed manual.
The main highlight of the Venue, mechanically, is the all-new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline direct injection petrol engine good for 118bhp and 172Nm of torque. It comes mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Surprisingly, it’s the least powerful engine in the Venue’s line-up that’s the least fuel-efficient too. The 1.2-litre petrol-manual combination is ARAI-certified for 17.52km/l. The T-GDI petrol, in its manual derivative is capable of delivering 18.2km/l, while the DCT derivative of the same is not too far behind at 18.15km/l (both figures ARAI-certified). The diesel-manual, on the other hand, is the most frugal at 23.7km/l (ARAI-certified too).
Even with a suite of features that come with the Blue Link connected car technology, the Venue gets a truckload of features just as we would have come to expect from a car that wears the Hyundai moniker. The top-spec SX (O) variant gets an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple Carplay/Android Auto, steering-mounted audio controls, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, 16-inch alloy wheels, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, projector fog lamps, and much more.
The Venue, as of early-2020, comes in ten shades, out of which, three are dual-tone, namely, Polar White/ Phantom Black, Denim Blue/ Polar White, and Lava Orange/ Phantom Black. As for the rest, there is Star Dust, Polar White, Fiery Red, Typhoon Silver, Denim Blue, Lava Orange, and Deep Forest.
All the details regarding the Hyundai Venue, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.
Variants and Prices
As of early-2020, the Hyundai Venue is available in thirteen variants, with two variants for the 1.2-litre petrol, four variants for the T-GDI petrol-manual, two variants for the T-GDI petrol-DCT, and five variants for the diesel-manual. The range starts at Rs. 6.5 lakhs for the base-spec E 1.2 Petrol trim going all the way up to Rs. 11.1 lakhs for the top-of-the-line SX Plus 1.0 AT Petrol trim (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi). For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.
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