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Hyundai India launched the Venue in India on the 21st May 2019. The car came with a price tag starting at Rs 6.50 lakh, ex-showroom (Delhi). Since its launch, the Hyundai Venue has become one of the sought-after compact-SUVs in the market today.
The Hyundai Venue rivals the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon and the Ford EcoSport in the market. The Venue is also the first compact-SUV from Hyundai; placed below the Creta in the company's product lineup. It is also the first 'Connected Car' in the country, debuting the brand's 'Blue Link' technology.
However, as good as the SUV is, here are some of the pros and cons of the Hyundai Venue.
The Hyundai Venue is extremely well-designed. It feels well proportioned from all angles, even though it is a compact-SUV. However, compared to its competition the Venue doesn't have the largest dimensions.
Measuring in at 3995mm in length, 1770mm in width and 1590mm in height. The car is smaller than most of its competition, which offer better width and height. The wheelbase as well isn't the best-in-class, measuring just 2500mm.
This further translates to the overall space inside the cabin. The compact-SUV promises to be a five-seater SUV, however, due to its compact dimensions three adults will struggle to sit comfortably in the back seats. The smaller height also cramps tall passengers for headspace while the comparatively shorter wheelbase can cause an issue with legroom as well.
In terms of driving, the Hyundai Venue does have a soft suspension setup, which might be comfortable for the passengers, but while driving, it creeps up a slight bit of hesitancy especially during hard cornering or on twisty roads.
The steering also feels light, failing to weigh up at high speeds, adding to the hesitancy to push the car even more. Also, even with the relatively low height, the Venue still suffers from a small yet noticeable amount of body roll.
The Hyundai Venue, being India's first ‘Connected Car', debuts the brand's Blue Link Technology. This does offer a host of additional functionalities (33 to be exact). However, the technology is still new at this point, so some of the functions do take a while to get going, even after multiple tries.
The infotainment system also comes embedded with a sim card, however, its usage and functionality depend highly on the signal strength as well. Also, the ‘Blue Link' app on your smartphone does give you a wide range of controls, however, the response isn't the quickest.
However, considering this is the first car to come with the technology, we can expect it to get better in time.
The Hyundai Venue debuts the brand's ‘Blue Link' technology, which although isn't as responsive as mentioned before, it does offer a number of features and functionalities. The technology offers an additional 33 features including geofencing, live vehicle tracking, vehicle statistics among a host of others.
The Venue also comes with a number of segment-first and class-leading features including ventilated front driver and passenger seats, wireless phone charging and rear AC vents, which make it stand out from its competitors.
The compact-SUV also comes with a large 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and in-built navigation features as well. The interiors feel premium and the cabin, along with the dashboard receives soft-touch materials adding to the premium feel of the SUV.
Another important addition on the Venue is the availability of a seven-speed DCT automatic gearbox. Something missing on all its rivals, this allows for smoother, quicker and more refined gearshifts; making it perfect for all driving scenarios.
The DCT is available on the top-spec model with the 1.0-litre turbo petrol (GDi) engine. It produces 120bhp and 172Nm of torque. This engine offers refined performance, feels sporty, quick and is absolute fun to drive, even on the highways.
The seating on the Hyundai Venue offers excellent comfort for all passengers, with adequate cushioning. Even the rear passenger seats offer good under-thigh support, which along with the central armrest provides good comfort.
There are also a lot of storage compartments all around the cabin. This includes the side pockets on the doors, behind the front seats, below the front central armrest and at the central console as well.
Luggage capacity on the Hyundai Venue is also impressive at 350-litres, with the second-row of seats in an upright position. This can further be extended with a 60:40 split of the rear seats.
On the exteriors as well, the Hyundai Venue receives the brand's latest design language, making it more modern and better looking than most of its competitors.
The split headlamp unit with the LED headlamps and integrated LED DRLs look stylish while the rear also comes with neatly-designed square LED taillights. The additional silver accents, along with the black-cladding also add to the sporty and rugged looks of the compact-SUV.
The Hyundai Venue is among the most sought-after compact-SUV in the Indian market today. Within two months of launch, the SUV has already overtaken most of its rivals in terms of sales figures, with no signs of slowing down anytime soon.