2020 Hyudani Venue
Hyundai’s smallest crossover yet goes against the Kia Soul and Nissan Kicksby Ciprian Florea, on
The Hyundai Venue is a new crossover that the Korean company will unveil at the 2019 New York Auto Show. Set to become the brand’s entry-level SUV, it will slot below the Kona and compete against vehicles like the Kia Soul and the Nissan Kicks.
Hyundai launched a couple of teasers and sketches before the unveiling, but they aren’t very revealing. However, the Korean describes the crossover as "a great fit in accommodating busy lifestyles with an abundance of playful and practical features including seamless safety, versatility, and connectivity. Fortunately, the mini SUV was spotted testing in the wild, and the paparazzi managed to take a peek under the covers. The Venue will debut on April 17, so stay tuned for a full review of the crossover. Until then, let’s have a look at what we already know about it.
2020 Hyudani Venue
2020 Hyudani Venue Exterior
- Familiar features
- Chromed grille
- Split headlamps
- Boxy rear end
- Subcompact size
The rear end is heavily based on the Carlino concept
While Hyundai’s sketches are way too... well, sketchy, the spy shots provide us with a good look at the Venue’s design. Up front, we can see a bunch of familiar styling cues shared with other Hyundai SUVs. The Venue boasts a split-headlamps design that reminds me of the Kona and the larger Palisade, with big lights at the corners of the bumper and slimmer lights flaking the upper section of the grille.
The grille is also similar to other Hyundai models. It has the same hexagonal shape, but it has thicker chrome slats compared to the Kona, which is a pretty big deal. It has about as much bling as the grille on the Palisade, sans the frame. There are no photos of the profile, but the rear end is heavily based on the Carlino concept. It has small taillights, a boxy tailgate, and a simple rear bumper. Based on the this, the Venue’s profile should be boxy too, a feature that sets it apart from the coupe-like Kona. In all, the Venue seems to be an ideal competitor for the Kia Soul in terms of size, design, and shape.
2020 Hyudani Venue Interior
- Simple and clean
- Similar to Kona
- Not so fancy
- Small infotainment screen
- Modern tech
It looks clean and simple, just an affordable vehicle should
Having already seen the cabin of the Venue in the spy shots, I can confirm that Hyundai’s sketch is pretty accurate. The interior looks very familiar, with many elements taken from the Kona. The lower center stack layout, the A/C vents, and the steering wheel are all identical to the Kona, while the upper section of the dashboard looks unique to this vehicle. Hyundai slapped the small infotainment display on the A/C vents, a design I’m not particularly fond of.
Overall, it looks clean and simple; just as an affordable vehicle should. Fortunately, it doesn’t look cheap either. Sure, the plastic surfaces aren’t the best, but I’ve seen worse in notably more expensive vehicles. Don’t expect too many fancy features on the base model, but the more expensive trims should have most of the modern features available in the Kona.
|Total Interior Volume||110.6||113.3||(2.7)|
|Passenger Interior Volume||91.9||94.1||(2.2)|
|Cargo Capacity, Rear Seats Up||18.7||19.2||(0.5)|
|Cargo Capacity, Rear Seats Down||31.9||45.8||(13.9)|
2020 Hyudani Venue Drivetrain
- 2.0-liter four-cylinder
- Turbo 1.6-liter
- Up to 175 horsepower
- Up to 195 pound-feet
- Six-speed automatic
- Seven-speed DCT
- Optional AWD
The turbocharged, 1.6-liter four-cylinder generates 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of twist
The Venue rides on the same underpinnings as the Kona, so it’s safe to assume that it will have the same engines, including the naturally aspirated, 2.0-liter four-cylinder and the turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-banger. These engines are also shared with the Kia Soul.
The base 2.0-liter four-cylinder cranks out 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque in the Kona and output should remain unchanged for the Venue. In the U.S., this engine will mate to a six-speed automatic transmission. Moving over to the turbocharged, 1.6-liter four-pot, it generates 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of twist. This engine will also mate to a six-speed automatic, but you will probably have access to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission too. All-wheel drive will be optional for both trims.
In other parts of the world, the Venue will also be sold with a turbocharged, 1.0-liter gasoline engine rated at 118 horsepower and 127 pound-feet and a 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel with 134 horses and 221 pound-feet of torque.
|Engine||1.6-liter inline four-cylinder||2.0-liter four-cylinder|
|Horsepower||175 HP||147 HP|
|Torque||195 LB-FT @ 1,500 RPM||132 LB-FT @ 4,500 RPM|
|Transmission||six-speed automatic||six-speed automatic|
|0 to 60 mph||7.5 seconds||10 seconds|
|Top Speed||130 mph||130 mph|
|Type||Gamma II 1.6 MPI|
|Materials||Aluminum block and head|
|Bore & stroke (mm)||75.6 x 89.0|
|Compression ratio||11.2 :1|
|Displacement||1.6 liters / 1598cc|
|Horsepower||121 HP @ 6,300 RPM (est.)|
|Torque (lb-ft.)||113 LB-FT @ 4,500 RPM (est.)|
2020 Hyudani Venue Pricing
Although it won’t be necessarily smaller than the Kona, the Venue will slot below in terms of pricing. Hyundai’s goal with this nameplate is to offer an even more affordable crossover, likely priced well below the Kona’s $19,240 sticker. Hyundai is aiming at the Kia Soul and Nissan Kicks, which replaced the Juke in 2019, so the Venue should fetch less than $18,000 in base trim. My bet is on a $17,500 sticker.
2020 Hyudani Venue Competition
Introduced for the 2017 model year, the Kicks completely replaced the Juke for 2019. Essentially a smaller Qashqai (or Rogue Sport in the U.S.) but with some unique features, the Kicks moves away from the Juke’s strange but bold design language. The Kicks is Nissan’s most affordable SUV, but it’s far from cheap inside the cabin. Even the entry-level model comes with decent materials, while options include leather and modern technology. The only engine available is the familiar 1.6-liter four-cylinder, shared with the Versa, rated at 125 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. Yes, the Kicks falls behind the competition in the performance department, but it offers good fuel economy in return. The four-cylinder is rated at 36 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg in the city. Pricing starts from $18,540, which is a bit more expensive than what the Venue is expected to fetch.
Read our full review of the 2019 Nissan Kicks.
The second-generation Soul, introduced for the 2020 model year, retains the boxy design of its predecessor, but it adopted Kia’s latest design language. Modern and fresh, the new Soul boasts slim headlamps and a massive trapezoidal grille up front and an SUV-style rear end. The interior is actually similar to the outgoing Soul, but there’s a lot of new tech to talk about, including an optional 10.25-inch touchscreen, an eight-inch head-up display, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Engine options are similar to the Venue. But while the 2.0-liter four-cylinder cranks out the same 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque, the turbo 1.6-liter unit is a bit more powerful at 201 horses and 195 pound-feet. Pricing for the Soul starts from $17,490.
Read our full story on the 2020 Kia Soul.
The Venue is an interesting venture from Hyundai, a company that’s already doing pretty good in the compact and subcompact segments. But the Kona wasn’t enough apparently, and the Korean brand is going even lower in this segment. It may have something to do that it didn’t have an alternative to sister company’s Soul, but the Venue might be a good shot at the sizable market the Kicks competes in.
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