03The Hyundai Venue has finally been launched and it has received a great response. But what are the reasons for that? We tell you our top picks
The Hyundai Venue has arguably been one of the most-awaited car launches of this year and there are several reasons why. The latest compact SUV from the house of Hyundai has managed to create a lot of interest around it and ever since its launch, it has managed to get the cash counters at Hyundai showrooms across India ringing too. Within a short span of the launch, Hyundai Venue has received overwhelming bookings for the South Korean automaker.
The Hyundai Venue was launched as a small SUV sitting beneath the popular Creta SUV in the Hyundai’s product lineup in India. One of the reasons for the Creta’s success is its imposing SUV stance at an affordable price. Hyundai replicated the same design language at an even more affordable price, along with India’s first connected BlueLink technology in Venue. Competing in the hot-selling Compact SUV segment, Venue has now proved its mettle.
But what are the reasons behind the hype around the Hyundai Venue and its runaway success? We tell you our top five picks.
The Hyundai Venue is one of the best-looking options in its segment and it carries the latest trend when it comes to SUV design – which is the high-placed LED lamps with the headlamps being actually placed lower down on the bumper. The front fascia also gets a unique non-typical Hyundai look.
On top of that, when you look at the Hyundai Venue from the sides, it looks familiar to the Hyundai Creta but still manages to look modern and fresh when viewed from other angles. Lastly, it also has the look and stance of an SUV that would sit a segment above. There has been some doubts about the size of the Hyundai Venue, but when you compare it with its closest competition Maruti Suzuki Viatra Brezza, the difference feels negligible.
The cabin of the Hyundai Venue takes the story forward by being modern and up-to-date as well. More importantly, it is a fresh new take on the cabin design from Hyundai which helps it not have a familiar look and feel that other Hyundai cars have, for example, the Hyundai Grand i10, Hyundai Verna and the Hyundai Creta. The all-black cabin with floating dashtop mounted infotainment system feels modern.
You cannot talk about the Hyundai Venue and not talk about features. The SUV comes with Hyundai’s Blue Link Technology which brings a total of 33 features, out which there are several which are designed specifically for India. This includes remote start-stop, remote climate control and remote door lock/unlock, along with a find my car function. More features include a sunroof, cruise control among others, all making the Hyundai Venue most feature rich SUV in India.
The Hyundai Venue can leave one spoilt for choice as it offers a total of 13 variants out of which five are diesel-engine powered and eight are petrol-engine powered, spread across four variant levels – E, S, SX and SX(O). Drivetrain options include a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.4-litre diesel engine.
These are available with a 6-speed manual or a 5-speed manual gearbox depending on the variant you choose, and if you go for the 1.0-litre turbocharged engine option, then you can also go for the 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) option.
5. Price and competition
The Hyundai Venue starts at Rs 6.50 lakh to Rs 11.10 lakh for the 7-speed DCT gearbox-equipped variant (SX+) for petrol engine options and starts at Rs 7.75 lakh and goes to Rs 10.84 lakh for the diesel engine options (all prices ex-showroom). This makes the Venue go up against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, and the Ford EcoSport.