The war of the highly-competitive subcompact crossover SUVs keeps building steam as more and more models are brought into the market. One of the newest entrants in this bustling segment is the massively popular Hyundai Venue. First introduced in India back in early 2019, the Venue has proven to be one of Hyundai’s all-time best-performing models – fetching well over 30,000 bookings within its first month. Even after over a year, the Hyundai Venue still rakes in about 8,000 bookings every month. With the end-of-year festivities coming up, Hyundai Motor India has increased the price of the Venue, across variants. The petrol variant of the Venue will now start from Rs 6.75 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), while the diesel variant will start from Rs 8.17 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The prices have been hiked across the board by Rs 5,000 and Rs 7,000 for the petrol and diesel variants, respectively. However, the Venue turbo-petrol’s (DCT) sticker price has shot up by Rs 12,000.
The entry-level variant of the Hyundai Venue (petrol or diesel) is the E trim, while the fully-loaded trims are the SX+ Sport (petrol) and SX (O) Sport (diesel). The South Korean automaker has now also discontinued two variants from the Venue’s petrol and diesel line-up – the SX and SX (O) dual-tone trims have been axed. Also, the Venue’s Turbo variant with the manual transmission is now only available in monotone colors. The changes in the line-up takes down the total number of variants/trims from the former 24 to the current 19, though that is still a huge number. And if you are hoping for some fat discounts on the Hyundai Venue – tough luck – there aren’t any such offers for the time being. Despite its now-inflated price, many buyers will have no qualms in coughing up that extra dough. Your purchase will also come with Hyundai’s excellent 3-year/unlimited mileage warranty and 24/7 roadside assistance for a span of 3 years.
All the powerplants of the Hyundai Venue are BS6 approved, including the 1.5-liter diesel engine and two petrol units. The four-popper oil burner produces about 99hp and 240Nm of torque, while the base petrol engine has to make do with just 82hp and 114Nm. Furthermore, this 1.2-liter Kappa four-cylinder is only offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox, whilst the diesel gets a more efficient 6-speed setup. The Venue can also be had with a 1.0-liter turbocharged petrol motor which is good for 118hp and 172Nm of maximum torque and is available with either a regular 6-speed manual, Hyundai’s Intelligent Variable Transmission, or a modern 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Hyundai’s subcompact crossover shares much of its underpinnings with its cousin, the Kia Sonet. This means that the Venue is also a front-wheel-drive vehicle, so it will get stuck if you get a little too adventurous.
The exterior styling of the Hyundai Venue conveys a sense of urban mobility and sophistication, mixed with some muscularity and boldness typically associated with proper SUVs. The front fascia features an eyebrow arrangement for the LED DRLs and turns indicators, while the primary headlamps are placed below, within the bumper. Hyundai’s ‘cascading’ front grille takes center stage, with the beefy-looking hood and a silver faux skid plate add some sportiness to the overall look. The flared fenders, strong shoulder line, pronounced roof rails, plastic body cladding, and a flat-ish roof come together well. However, the small wheels (even on the higher trims) kind of look awkward. The rear of the Venue sports chunky tail lamps, a faux skid plate, and bumper-integrated fog lamps with a contrasting surround effect.
Given its stature, the cabin of the Hyundai Venue isn’t all that large. Of course, you can easily fit four adults here and have some room to spare, but that is about it. And while you could (theoretically) have three people in the back, you wouldn’t want to do that often as it will not be very comfortable, especially if you are a larger individual. The Venue’s dashboard looks fairly modern and gets some silver bits of trim to liven up things. There are soft touchpoints in this interior, and the 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment head unit looks pretty good and works well, too. Generally, this is a well-made and well-thought-out interior. You also won’t be facing any serious reliability or fit-and-finish issues, either.