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Can an SUV get any smaller? Hyundai has just answered the question with the new 2020 Hyundai Venue ꟷ the shortest SUV in the subcompact category. Think of a more compact Kona, but still with the ability to sit up to 5 passengers.
The 2020 Hyundai Venue aims to fill the sales gap of light cars which has seen a sharp decline in the last 5 years compared to the increased sales of SUV’s over the same period.
This small yet funky subcompact is a tickle for the young and young at heart. It offers the affordability and maneuverability of a light class vehicle with the rugged look of an SUV.
Curious about the 2020 Hyundai Venue? Then sit tight and enjoy the ride, because here are the hot details about the newest subcompact in town.
The Venue holds a 1.6-litre four-cylinder with 121 horsepower and 113 pound-foot of torque. A rare offering of a six-speed manual transmission standard is available in its base model, the SE Venue. The engine can return 32 mpg of power in a combined city/highway when paired with Hyundai’s Smartstream Intelligent Variable Transmission.
Hyundai aims to please the young market of urban entrepreneurs hence, features of the Venue model were aligned to what first-time buyers would want in a car. Infotainment’s modern features include an 8-inch colour touchscreen considered to be the largest in the segment, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Meanwhile, the advanced safety features are worth more than a second look and include auto high-beam assist, frontal collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, driver attention monitoring, and a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines.
Paint choices in the 2020 Hyundai Venue come in expressive colours of Green Apple, Intense Blue, Scarlet Red, and Denim, among others. As for the styling, it’s ruggedly endowed with the SUV’s appealing aesthetic but with boxy proportions. It’s smaller compared to a Hyundai Kona but taller in height, giving it a substantial value in terms of measurement.
A multi-function steering wheel sits prominently in front of the driver seat and houses the buttons and switches for the cruise control, and the media system. The safety systems and other settings are displayed on the 3.5-inch multifunction display and are accessed through the steering wheel.
The sharp lines of the Venue give ample amount of front and rear headroom and cargo space. Four average-sized adults can sit comfortably, with the second row made more accessible for taller passengers thanks to its impressive legroom.
As far as the design and materials go, Hyundai Venue provides the premium touches in the right places. Its upper SEL model has a youthful flair using cloth upholstery and adding in few colour accents. A 355L luggage area is situated behind the rear seat which is comparable to that of a Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3 hatchback. You can also turn the back of the car into a flat loading bay giving way to an adjustable boot floor.
The 2020 Hyundai Venue offers some very sleek features, so it’s easy to forget its affordability. Prices range from $19,990 and $25,490.
It may be pint-sized but it is designed to offer a high level of value and practicality as a subcompact SUV. Hyundai has smartly combined the looks and practical benefits of the SUV and a light car and added some impressive features to perfectly match its demographic. These factors make the Venue worth checking out once it graces our Land Down Under.
While waiting for the Venue to arrive, why not check out our listings for SUVs and compact cars.