2020 Hyundai Venue Review | Asian Car Guide
March 5, 2021

2020 Hyundai Venue Review

2020 hyundai venue

Hyundai’s new Venue has arrived, replacing its Accent small car and becoming one of the most compact SUVs on the market.

In three decades, the South Korean group’s cars have risen from obscurity to match many of its Japanese rivals, and, in some cases, overtake them in areas such as ride, handling, innovation and packaging, and the Venue is in this category.

This subcompact urban crossover is at first glance a variation of the Hyundai Kona, but is actually quite different.

It offers buyers an SUV option for city hatchback money. With tiny exterior dimensions it is city-friendly when it comes to driving manners, but with bigger boot and back seat.

It has a smaller footprint but is taller, so cabin space is better than the Kona’s, an impression reinforced by the higher ceiling, a slim dash and narrower seat cushions.

The interior is cheerfully young. A two-tone hard plastic fascia dominates, with a trio of large climate control dials (the centre one displaying temperature) on the centre console, and denim-like upholstery on the seats.

An 8-inch infotainment monitor with phone mirroring (both Apple and Android) will please the Venue’s obvious target audience.

There is no wireless phone charging, but the phone will be charging once it is connected to the infotainment set – which, incidentally, produces high-quality sound.

Those who see the car as more than a giant mobile phone on wheels will also be impressed. The Hyundai Venue is built on a new platform, with high-strength steel making up 65 per cent of its body construction.

This contributes to its relative low kerb weight of 1,140kg, which in turn contributes to its perky performance.

With a tad less power than the Toyota Corolla, it hits 100kmh in 11.2 seconds (versus 12.9 seconds for the bigger and heavier Corolla).

It is also pretty efficient, averaging 7 litres/100km during this test-drive (which is not too far from its declared 5.8 litres/100km).

The Venue gets a new generation drive-train from Hyundai. Front-wheel drive, its normally aspirated 1.6-litre four-cylinder Gamma II engine has two injectors per port for better efficiency.

The engine is paired with a chain-driven continuously variable transmission (CVT), which proves to be smoother and less irritating than most CVTs in town. Still, it has a tendency to keep the engine at higher revs than conventional torque converter auto boxes or dual-clutch transmissions.

The Venue is equipped for manual gear shifting. Flick the gear lever to the right and you are supposedly able to toggle among eight ratios. But during this test-drive, the mechanism was almost completely unresponsive to inputs.

At the back of the gear lever is a rotary control to select drive modes and traction types. The front-wheel-drive Hyundai has three selections for each – Sport, Eco and Normal; Snow, Mud and Sand.

The car deals with speed humps exceedingly well but allows higher frequency imperfections to intrude. And being so light, it handles curves competently despite its height.

With 355-litre of cargo capacity, the Venue is doing better than some of its rivals. It has the usual 60/40 split-fold bench.

The Hyundai Venue comes with a full complement of advanced safety technologies, including auto emergency braking, driver attention warning, blind-spot collision warning, lane departure assist, rear parking sensors and six airbags.

The Hyundai Venue line-up currently starts at $20,190 plus on-road costs for the Venue GO model, through to $26,250 plus on-roads for the flagship Venue Launch Edition.

It is well-equipped. You get cruise control, tyre pressure monitor, daytime-running LEDs, cornering lights, dual-level boot
floor with split rear seats which can be folded almost flat, 17-inch wheels and reverse camera.

Hyundai offers a five year/unlimited kilometre warranty with 12 months roadside assist included.

You need to service the Venue every 12 months or 15,000km and all Hyundai carry a lifetime service plan, so you know how much a service is going to cost you for the life of the vehicle.

The first five years costs $1,575, for an average of $315 a year.

2020 Hyundai Venue pricing

  • Go manual – $19,990*
  • Go auto – $21,990*
  • Active manual – $21,490*
  • Active auto – $23,490*
  • Elite auto – $25,490*

Metallic/mica paint – $495 extra

*All prices exclude on-road costs.

  • Engine: 1.6-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder Front Wheel Drive
  • Power: 90kW at 6,300rpm
  • Torque: 151Nm at 4,850rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic/6-speed manual
  • Fuel: 5.8L/100km (Combined)
  • Fuel tank: 45 litres
  • Kerb Weight: 1,140kg