Ride review: Hyundai’s newly launched compact SUV, Venue, will win you over
Set your eyes on the new Hyundai Venue and you will be impressed by its quality build. There is a fine amount of European design flair involved and in that sense, this product looks like no other Hyundai till date. It is sharp, muscular, and compact. You get a dark chrome front grille with a 3D look, full volume wheel arches, strong character lines that define its stance and a distinct LED DRL surrounding the projector headlamps. The tail lights also sport a stunning finish that complements the sculpted rear.
The fit and finish in the upmarket cabin is great. There are three colour themes to choose from, including black, a khaki dual tone and a denim dual tone. Creature comforts include power windows, power steering, a sunroof on the top model, wireless phone charger, cruise control and to address your growing connectivity needs you get Bluelink.
It is an advanced connectivity solution that has an in-built and tamper-proof device powered by Vodafone-Idea eSIM and a Cloud-based Voice Recognition platform. It comes with 33 features out of which 10 are India-specific. These traits are designed to enhance your ownership experience as they address safety, security, vehicle management, alert services and location-based services.
Powering the SUV is a choice of three powertrain options that include a 1.2-litre petrol unit, 1.0-litre petrol unit and a 1.4-litre diesel motor. The 1.2-litre Kappa petrol delivers 83 PS of power and 117 Nm of torque and is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission.
The 1.0 Kappa T-GDI engine churns out 120 PS of power and 175 Nm of torque and is offered with a 6-speed manual transmission and a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. While the 1.4-litre diesel unit that delivers 90 PS of power and 224 Nm of torque. It is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission.
Built from a combination of advanced high strength steel and high strength steel, the vehicle also gets dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, speed sensing auto door locks and ISOFIX as standard across all variants. The top of the line variant, however, gets a lot more which includes six airbags, hill assist control, ESP, vehicle stability management, auto headlamps, cornering lamps and a rear camera with parking sensors.
It is a fine piece of machinery that has been put together in a manner that will leave you impressed. The icing on the cake is the pricing. The Venue is available from `6.50 lakh to `11.10 lakh for the high-end version.