We're here to try the new 2020 Hyundai Venue, the automaker's smallest and least powerful SUV ever.
Made in Ulsan, Korea, the Venue is on the small variation of Hyundai's K2 platform, alongside the Accent with which it shares its typically suctioned 1.6-liter four-cylinder. Evaluated at 121 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 113 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm, it's somewhat light for a class that pushes 140 hp typically, however, it keeping pace with the Nissan Kicks and the 1.0-liter EcoSport.
Indeed, smaller than the manufacture's very own petite Kona. With a 99.2-inch wheelbase and 159 inches of total length, the Venue is about the size of a Nissan Juke or a Ford EcoSport – making it 5 inches shorter in general on a 3-inch shorter wheelbase than the Kona. It's smaller than a lot of other subcompact crossovers including the Kia Soul, Nissan Kicks, and Mazda CX-3.
However, the Venue has nearly a similar amount of front and rear legroom as the Kona and is just 2.2 cubic feet short of its total traveler volume. Its 18.7 cubes of cargo space are only a half-cube behind the Kona as well. It's when the rear seat folded that the Venue falls wat behind, its 31.9 cubic feet couldn't compare to the Kona's 45.8.
Slide in the driver's seat and the Venue feels somewhat limited, yet it doesn't feel cramped. There's a lot of glass, and its pillars aren't excessively thick, so the view out feels unhindered. Hyundai hasn't messed up an interior in years, and its hitting streak proceeds with the Venue. The design is perfect and the controls are simple, highlighting a standard 8-inch touchscreen that is one of the biggest in the class. It looks a little attached, however, it's very much set. The wheel can be wrapped in leather, and the Venue's seats are firm and comfortable. Its backseat doesn't make you sit straight like an arrow. The one interior drawback is the hard armrests on the door panels, which can pummel your elbows in the following hours.
With the Venue's distinctive wheel wells and hard character lines, it's kind of a mix between the lively Kona and the more modern Palisade. The grille is comparable similar in shape to the Palisade's, recessed at the base for more dimension. It's likewise mainly closed off to increment aero. The headlamps, LEDs on the SEL, are down low in the bumper and have been isolated from the turn signals, which stay higher.
The all-aluminum, DOHC engine is somewhat raspy more than 4,000 rpm, however, graciously revs to 6,500 rpm and moves the CUV with enough zest to engage purchasers in this class. Ideally, the Venue feels as brisk with the IVT transmission, which Hyundai says improves mileage.
Pricing hasn't been set at this point, yet the Venue should begin well under $20,000. Each Venue gets forward impact cautioning with automatic crisis braking and pedestrian detection, lane-keeping help, and a driver inattention warning system. Blindspot and rear cross-traffic warning are optional on the SEL and standard on the Denim.