The subcompact crossover SUV race has been going on for a long time in India. Depending on the circumstances that doomed them, the bottom of the pack rarely end-up at the top. Unsurprisingly, the country’s largest automakers are usually the ones that take the podium finish when it comes to the sales tally. In the past two months, the Hyundai Venue has been registering extremely high sales numbers, consistently outperforming its Kia cousin. So when Hyundai released its January 2021 sales figures, it wasn’t surprising to find the Venue at the top (second only to the Creta). The Hyundai Venue sold 11,779 units last month, comfortably beating the Maruti Vitara Brezza, which sold 10,623 units.
When you look at the year-on-year (YoY) figure for the Venue, it sold 75 percent more units in January 2021. Meanwhile, the month-on-month (MoM) sales figure was not as good this time around. Compared to December 2020’s sales figure of 12,313 units, January 2021 saw a dip in sales of 4.3 percent. However, even back in December 2020, the Hyundai Venue outsold the Vitara Brezza. Then again, the Maruti Suzuki crossover has been on sale for a long time now. In comparison, the Venue is the new kid on the block. Given such high demands, Hyundai Venue customers will have to wait for anywhere between 8 to 12 weeks.
The waiting period will depend on the trim level one chooses. For instance, the E, S, S+, and SX trims of the Venue have the longest waiting period. In terms of its pricing, the Hyundai Venue costs between Rs 6.87 Lakh and Rs 11.67 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Also, all customers will get a complimentary 3-year/unlimited kilometers manufacturer warranty alongside a 3-year/roadside assistance package. Once at the showroom (or on Hyundai’s website), you will have a wide range of engine-gearbox options to choose from. Engine options on the Venue include a 1.0-liter turbo-petrol with 118hp and 172Nm, a 1.2-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol with 82hp and 114Nm, and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder diesel with 99hp and 240Nm of torque.
On the transmission front, the Hyundai Venue, yet again, comes with several options for you to choose from. There is a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, Hyundai’s Intelligent Variable Transmission, or even a 6-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT). Funnily, you might probably have an easier time choosing the color of your car than picking the perfect engine-gearbox combination. But it is this diversity that has made the Venue such a popular pick for so many people. When compared to the controversial design of the Creta, the Venue’s styling looks quite befitting of a car this size. Hyundai’s large cascading grille fits the Venue well, as does the split lighting arrangement up front.
Hyundai has incorporated faux roof rails and flared fenders to the Venue’s design to make it look bigger and sportier. There are also silver skid plates, an integrated roof spoiler, and split rear lights (just as in the front). Of course, the Venue gets the obligatory body cladding and a raised ride height compared to ordinary hatchbacks. However, this is not a very tough or intimidating-looking car. On the contrary, the Venue’s styling will cater to those who prefer chic and urbane designs for their crossover SUVs. The Hyundai Venue comes loaded with features and standard equipment. You get an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics and several connected car functionalities. Of course, the system also supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Some of the other notable features include push-button start, automatic climate control, cruise control, electric sunroof, and a wireless charger. Meanwhile, the Venue’s safety gear includes up to 6 airbags, Hill-start Assist Control, Electronic Stability Control, and Vehicle Stability Management. In a nutshell, the Hyundai Venue’s sales figures are completely justified. It is a stylish, well-made, feature-loaded, and fairly practical little crossover SUV.