Hyundai’s smallest crossover yet goes against the Nissan Kicks and Ford EcoSport

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The 2020 Hyundai Venue is the company’s smallest and most affordable crossover yet. Introduced at the 2019 New York Auto Show, it slots right under the 2018 Hyundai Kona, but it sports a boxier design inspired by the full-size 2020 Hyundai Palisade.

Designed to compete against the 2020 Kia Soul and the 2019 Nissan Kicks, the 2020 Hyundai Venue is only available with a single four-cylinder engine that’s not overly powerful. However, the crossover offers substantial value for the money through numerous standard features, modern technology, and plenty of options usually available with more upscale vehicles. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

2020 Hyundai Venue Exterior

  • Familiar design features
  • Looks like a baby Palisade
  • Chromed grille
  • Split headlamps
  • Boxy rear end
  • Subcompact size
  • Optional 17-inch wheels
  • Eight color options
  • Two-tone paint options
  • Slightly smaller than the Kona
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The Venue is a miniature version of the full-size Palisade

Although it slots under the Kona, the Venue looks a bit more massive than Hyundai’s already familiar crossover. That’s because the Venue has a boxier design. While the Kona is a sporty looking SUV with a coupe-style roof, the Venue is a miniature version of the full-size Palisade. And similarities to the large SUV don’t stop here.

The Venue also borrows the front grille from the Palisade. Granted, all Hyundai vehicles share the same hexagonal design, but the Venue’s grille is closely related to the Palisade, and it’s only missing the thick chrome frame. The headlamp arrangement is also similar, with thin lights at the top of the fascia and larger lights below, on each side of the grille. But these lower lights are horizontal, just like on the Kona, whereas the Palisade’s are vertical. All told, the Venue’s front fascia is a mix of features seen across the Hyundai lineup, and this gives the crossover a unique look.

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Even though it's not as sporty as the coupe-style Kona, the Venue has a muscular beltline and beefed-up fenders

The Venue’s profile is as boxy as it gets. But even though it’s not as sporty as the coupe-style Kona, it has a muscular beltline and beefed-up fenders. These are nice features for a crossover this small. The intricate design of the 17-inch wheels is appealing as well, but these rollers are optional. The standard wheels are smaller at 15 inches and look rather generic. The glasshouse sits well above the beltline, and it become increasingly smaller toward the C-pillars. Like most small crossovers, the Venue doesn’t have quarter windows, and the C-pillars are thick. Although boxy overall, the tailgate has a noticeable angle, setting the Venue apart from the Kia Soul for example.

While the front fascia reminds me of other production Hyundais, the rear end takes inspiration from the Carlino concept. It has small, rectangular taillights, a clean tailgate, design with a dented center section, and a simple rear bumper with a big, hexagonal license plate recess. An aluminum-like insert in the lower bumper simulates a diffuser and adds sportiness to the design.

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Hyundai is offering a two-tone paint option with a contrasting roof, mirror caps, and trim

In order to make the Venue appealing to young customers, Hyundai is offering a two-tone paint option with a contrasting roof, mirror caps, and trim. You can choose between eight exterior colors, including Ceramic White, Black Noir, Stellar Silver, Galactic Gray, Scarlet Red, Intense Blue, Green Apple, and Denim.

As mentioned in the beginning, the Venue is only marginally smaller than the Kona. Specifically, it’s only 5.1 inches shorter at 158.9 inches in length and only 1.2 narrower at 69.7 inches wide. Its wheelbase measures 99.2 inches, which means it’s only 3.2 inches shorter than the Kona’s. Due to the boxy design, it stands 0.6 inches taller than the sportier Kona.

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The EcoSport is the only rival that's actually a bit smaller than the Venue

The Venue is also smaller than the Kia Soul. Also a boxy crossover, the Soul is around six inches longer, 1.2 inches wider, and 1.4 inches taller. The Soul’s wheelbase is also 3.2 inches longer. The Soul is essentially as big as the Kona, but the latter has a notably different design. The Venue is just as boxy as the Soul, so it’s a better option than the Kona if you want a tall mini SUV with good headroom for rear-seat passengers (or if you simply like the design). The Venue is also smaller than the Kicks, which is 10.2 inches longer and has a 3.8-inch longer wheelbase. However, the Kicks is almost an inch narrower. The EcoSport is the only rival that’s actually a bit smaller than the Venue. The Korean crossover is 0.8 inches longer and 0.2 inches wider. On the other hand, their wheelbases are identical, while the EcoSport is 3.6 inches taller.

2020 Hyundai Venue vs. Hyundai Kona exterior dimensions
Venue Kona Difference
Overall Length 158.9 164.0 (5.1)
Overall Width 69.7 70.9 (1.2)
Overall Height 61.6 61.0 0.6
Wheelbase 99.2 102.4 (3.2)

2020 Hyundai Venue Interior

  • Simple and clean
  • Similar to Kona
  • Far from fancy
  • Eight-inch infotainment screen
  • Two-tone layout
  • No leather upholstery
  • Trunk is smaller than the competition
  • Doesn’t look very cheap
2020 Hyundai Venue
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Many elements are taken from the Kona, with the lower center stack layout, the A/C vents, and the steering wheel being identical

Not surprisingly, the Venue’s interior looks very familiar. When developing affordable vehicles, automakers usually source components from existing model, and that’s exactly what Hyundai did here. Many elements are taken from the Kona, with the lower center stack layout, the A/C vents, and the steering wheel being identical to its subcompact sibling. Changes start to appears as we move toward the dashboard, with revised control panels for the air conditioning and infotainment systems.

While the Kona has all these controls gathered in a single console, the Venue has them split into two different sections. The A/C knobs are placed just above the center console, where the Kona has all of its controls, but the radio and infotainment access buttons sit just below the display. The central dashboard is also different, with the eight-inch display slapped over the main A/C vents. I’m not a big fan of this design, but it makes sense in an affordable vehicle.

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Hyundai used porous plastic for the dashboard, so it doesn't look as cheap as the pricing might suggest

The dashboard is far from fancy. While the Kona has a two-tier layout with the upper section pushed toward the windshield, the Venue has a block-type dash separated from the lower section by only a storage compartment on the passenger side. This storage compartment isn’t very stylish either, as it was designed as a simple "dent" above the glove compartment. The good news is that Hyundai used porous plastic for the dashboard, so it doesn’t look as cheap as the pricing might suggest.

The steering wheel and the instrument cluster seem to be borrowed from the Kona, including the tiny display between the analog gauges. The door panels are different, but remain familiar with the speakers, buttons, and handles placed in the same areas. Overall, the Venue’s cabin looks clean and simple; just as an affordable vehicle should.

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The eight-inch infotainment display is large enough for this segment and provides access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Tech-wise, the Venue has plenty to offer. The eight-inch infotainment display is large enough for this segment and provides access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You also get Bluetooth hands-free, dual USB ports (one for fast charging and one for data reading), and Blue Link integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Opt for the Remote Start feature, and it will add Climate Control with a rear defroster and heated side mirrors. The latter is also an option, along with heated front seats and Rear View Monitor.

The navigation system is obviously optional, but it includes Real-Time Traffic by HERE and free map updates via Hyundai MapCare for three years.

Given the price range, the Venue’s interior comes wrapped in cloth as standard, but you can opt for fake leather, also known as leatherette, inserts. You can pick between two colors, gray or black, but you can also have two-tone dashboard and door panels, as seen in the presentation photos.

2020 Hyundai Venue
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When it comes to trunk capacity, the Venue can swallow up to 18.7 cubic foot of luggage

When it comes to utility, the Venue is almost as practical as the Kona. The total interior volume is rated at 110.6 cubic feet, a mild 2.7-cubic-foot decrease from the Kona, while passenger volume is rated at 91.9 cubic feet, a 2.2-cubic-foot reduction. The mini SUV has a 60/40 split and folding rear bench, so you can transport long items. The trunk includes a rear covering shelf as standard and a two-level setup. The latter allows you to set the floor of the cargo area at the same level with the folded rear seats or at a lower position to accommodate taller cargo.

When it comes to trunk capacity, the Venue can swallow up to 18.7 cubic foot of luggage. That’s a minor 0.5 cubic foot decrease from the Kona. With the rear seats folded flat, storage capacity increases to 31.9 cubic feet. That’s a notable 13.9-pound-foot reduction compared to the Kona, which offers up to 45.8 cubic feet of space.

2020 Hyundai Venue
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But how does the Venue compared to its rivals? Well, this little crossover falls short in every department. Although only marginally bigger, the Soul provides 23.8 cubic feet of luggage room with the rear seats up and a whopping 62.1 cubic feet with the seats folded flat. The Nissan Kicks provides notably more room as well thanks to a capacity of 25.3 and 53.1 cubic feet, respectively. The Venue fairs a bit better when compared to the Ford EcoSport, although it still falls behind by 2.2 cubic feet with the rear seats in place. Also, the EcoSport provides an extra 18.1 cubic feet of room with the rear seats folded flat at a total of 50 cubic feet. Needless to say, the Venue isn’t your best choice if luggage room is a priority.

2020 Hyundai Venue vs. Hyundai Kona interior dimensions
Venue Kona Difference
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 Hyundai Venue Drivetrain

  • 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • 121 horsepower
  • 113 pound-feet of torque
  • Six-speed manual standard
  • Optional IVT transmission
  • Less powerful than some of the competition
  • Needs a higher performance option
  • No all-wheel drive
  • Returns up to 33 mpg combined
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The naturally aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder generates only 121 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque

Although the Venue has plenty of room for the 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the Hyundai Kona and Kia Soul, the Korean automaker opted to offer the 1.6-liter Gamma engine instead. But this four-cylinder isn’t the same four-banger available with the Kona, as it doesn’t have a turbocharger. Naturally, this all-motor mill is notably less powerful. Rated at 121 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of twist, it generates 54 horsepower and 82 pound-feet less than the turbocharged unit in the Kona. It’s also less powerful than the 2.0-liter engine that’s rated at 147 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque.

2019 Hyundai Kona drivetrain specifications
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

But is it powerful enough for the competition? Well, it depends on what we’re comparing it to. The Kia Soul features the same engines as the Kona, so this crossover is notably more powerful. On the other hand, the Nissan Kicks is sold with the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder as the Versa, meaning it comes with 125 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque on tap. That’s only four horses and one pound-foot more than the Venue, and it won’t make a difference performance-wise. The Ford EcoSport’s turbo 1.0-liter three-cylinder delivers similar power at 123 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque. However, Ford offers a more powerful option in the form of a 2.0-liter four-banger rated at 166 horses and 149 pound-feet.

So why is Hyundai offering just one modest engine and no option for a higher performance unit? It’s a sacrifice the brand had to make in order to keep the Venue affordable. This doesn’t mean that it won’t get a turbocharged option in the future, but for the time being, Hyundai is keeping the Venue’s pricing low with a simple engine with a low output.

2020 Hyundai Venue
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Hyundai offers two gearboxes, including a brand new Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT)

This doesn’t mean that Hyundai simply sourced the 1.6-liter from existing vehicles. The Koreans optimized the port and valve, reduced the surface-to-volume ratio, and revised the injectors and spray targeting. It also added a High Ignition Energy EGR system with an external EGR cooler to expand the EGR-operated region for improved fuel economy. Hyundai says the engine will return up to 33 mpg combined, a figure that puts it on par with the Nissan Kicks. Based on this number, the Venue should return up to 31 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.

While you have access to only one engine, Hyundai offers a choice of two transmissions. The standard unit is a six-speed manual, but you can opt for the optional Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). The company’s first in-house built IVT; it enhances shift response through a continuous range of gear ratios. It has the ability to match a gear ratio with engine operating conditions, which provides smooth transition of engine operating speeds and improves fuel efficiency.

In other parts of the world, the Venue is available with a few more engines. In India, for instance, Hyundai offers a 1.2-liter four-cylinder with 83 horsepower and 85 pound-feet of torque and a turbocharged, 1.0-liter three-cylinder rated at 120 horses and 127 pound-feet of torque. There’s also a 1.4-liter diesel that cranks out 90 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of twist.

2020 Hyundai Venue drivetrain specifications
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.)
Transmission 6-speed manual

2020 Hyundai Venue Safety Technology

2020 Hyundai Venue
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The Venue may be Hyundai’s most affordable SUV, but this doesn’t mean that it won’t provide safety for its passengers. The crossover comes with a suite of safety technology as standard, but you can add more from the options list. Highlights include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, which uses the car’s front-facing camera to help detect an imminent collision and avoid impact or minimize damage by braking, and Lane Keeping Assist, which helps prevent accidental lane departure by sensing road markings and steering the car if necessary.

The Venue also features Blind-Spot Collision Warning to detect approaching vehicles and Driver Attention Warning to monitors and detect driver fatigue. There’s also a Rear Collision Cross-Traffic Warning system that helps detect when a vehicle may have entered a car’s rearward path and a Snow mode for improved traction in snowy and slippery conditions.

2020 Hyundai Venue Pricing

2020 Hyundai Venue
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Although it’s only marginally smaller than the Kona, the Venue slots 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 likely aiming at the Ford EcoSport and Nissan Kicks, so the Venue should fetch less than $18,000 in base trim. My bet is on a $17,500 sticker.

2020 Hyundai Venue Competition

Nissan Kicks

2019 Nissan Kicks High Resolution Exterior
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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

Ford EcoSport

2018 Ford EcoSport High Resolution Exterior
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Although it exists since 2004, the EcoSport nameplate didn’t arrive in the U.S. until 2017, when a facelifted version of the second-generation crossover was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The current-generation EcoSport is already seven years old as of 2019, but the extensive facelift, which added a new front fascia and new tech, will keep the mini SUV fresh for a few more years. The EcoSport is available with a selection of two gasoline engines, starting with a turbocharged, 1.0-liter three-cylinder rated at 123 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque. The second option is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that cranks out 166 horses and 149 pound-feet of twist. The EcoSport is the most expensive SUV in this comparison, coming in at $19,995 in base trim.

Read our full story on the 2018 Ford EcoSport

Kia Soul

2020 Kia Soul
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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.

Final Thoughts

2020 Hyundai Venue
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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 the Kia Soul built by its sister company, but the Venue might be a good shot at the sizable market the Nissan Kicks and the Ford EcoSport competes in. Boxy SUVs are rare in the subcompact market, and there are plenty of customers looking for a "big" crossover in a small package. If you’re a fan of Hyundai’s bold design and want a baby Palisade, the Venue is the right vehicle for you. It’s also a solid option if you’re in the market for a high-riding vehicle, but you don’t necessarily need the utility. Because if you do, the Venue will disappoint you due to its small trunk. Another thing to consider is that the Venue doesn’t have all-wheel drive, not even on the options list

  • Leave it
    • Solid competition
    • Needs a more powerful engine
    • No AWD
    • Very small trunk

Further reading

2018 Hyundai Kona
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Read our full review on the 2018 Hyundai Kona.

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Hyundai Kona Electric.

2019 Hyundai Tucson Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Hyundai Tucson.

2020 Hyundai Palisade Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2020 Hyundai Palisade.

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Venue is Hyundai’s all-new entry SUV and marks the seventh in Hyundai’s lineup
Modern styling and bold design provide unique character and ignite a fresh alternative in the entry SUV category
Hyundai’s most affordable SUV delivers agility, safety, utility and advanced technologies
NEW YORK, April 17, 2019 – Today at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, Hyundai introduced its all-new 2020 Venue, the latest SUV to join its growing product lineup. Venue is packed with a host of premium driver safety and convenience technologies and is the perfect fit for those seeking a seamless combination of style and versatility. Venue will be the most affordable Hyundai SUV, and joins its larger siblings including the North American Utility of the Year Kona and Kona Electric, Tucson, Santa Fe, the 8-passenger Palisade and NEXO. Venue will be built in Ulsan, Korea and will arrive in Hyundai dealerships in the fourth quarter of this year.

“The all-new Venue might be small in size, but it’s big on practicality and personality,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Its bold and unique character sets it apart from other SUVs on the market, offering a unique, entry-level vehicle for those consumers seeking savvy design with an abundance of standard safety, technology and connectivity features.”

Venue Highlights

Bold, modern design elements with optional two-tone extroverted color options for roof, mirrors and trim
Smartstream Gamma 1.6-liter engine with 6-speed manual or Smartstream IVT (Intelligent Variable Transmission)
Venue empowers the urban entrepreneur lifestyle many consumers experience in today’s fast-paced environment
8-inch color screen audio system with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™
Premium Technology Availability
8-inch Navigation System
Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System & Next-generation Blue Link® Connected Car System
Dual Charging USB (USB fast charging and USB 2.0 data reading)
Rear View Monitor
Heated Front Seats and Side Mirrors
Drive modes includes snow mode for FWD driving performance
Advanced Safety Technologies
Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)
Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW)
Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
Rear Cross-Traffic Warning (RCCW)

Venue: The SUV Style Maven
Venue conveys a fun, yet functional design in a versatile and modern compact package. For those constantly on-the-go, Venue offers adaptability to the urban entrepreneur lifestyle many consumers experience in today’s fast-paced environment. From everyday workplace activities to weekend fun, Venue is a great fit in accommodating busy lifestyles with an abundance of playful and practical features including seamless safety, versatility and connectivity.

The design of the new Venue exhibits small but confident body forms, delivering a new interpretation of Hyundai’s signature design language. The vehicle side profile showcases a solid and full volume wheel arch and strong character line, while the front cascading grille includes the new Hyundai signature face that’s found on both Kona and NEXO, including composite LED lights and cube shape headlamps. This unique character line continues through the tail lamps. Venue is available with striking 17-inch alloy wheels along with the 15-inch standard wheels.

“The Hyundai SUV lineup can be compared with the pieces on a chess board,” said SangYup Lee, executive vice president of design, Hyundai Motor Group. “Our new Palisade is the King, but we are missing the smaller piece. And that’s where Venue comes in. It may be small, but its unique and bold design sets it apart from the rest of the pack,” he explained. “We can see the Hyundai look in Venue but there is a unique quality that will appeal to individual customer’s tastes and preferences in a way that sets it apart from the other SUVs in our lineup.”

Advanced Safety Technologies
Venue offers a suite of advanced safety technologies evoking a strong sense of protection in an entry level vehicle.

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) uses the car’s front-facing camera to help detect an imminent collision and avoid impact or minimize damage by braking
Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) helps prevent accidental lane departure by sensing road markings automatically steering the car if necessary.
Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) helps detect approaching vehicles that may be obscured from view during highway
Driver Attention Warning (DAW) system monitors a spectrum of driver-related characteristics to help detect driver fatigue or careless
Rear Collision Cross-Traffic Warning (RCCW) helps detect when a vehicle may have entered a car’s rearward path providing a driver
Drive Modes includes a snow mode for improved FWD road
Each of these advanced systems provides a relaxing experience during urban driving adventures.

Advanced Connectivity and Multimedia Systems
Venue introduces advanced technologies that enhance driver confidence and convenience ahead of the competition. Venue’s advanced infotainment system features an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen system and rearview monitor. The 8-inch display includes both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ for intuitive operation of the most commonly used smartphone functions, including app-based navigation, streaming audio and voice-controlled search capabilities. For those that opt for navigation, free Real-Time Traffic is provided by HERE and free map updates are included via Hyundai MapCare for 3 years.

For the ultimate level of convenience when it comes to remote-starting a car on a bitterly cold winter morning, Hyundai has its Blue Link® integrations with Amazon Alexa™ and Google Assistant™. These integrations work by a customer simply asking an Alexa or Google Assistant–enabled device, like an Amazon Echo™ or Google Home™, to start their car. Voice commands will be sent to Hyundai vehicles only after Alexa or Google Home prompts owners for their Blue Link Personal Identification Number (PIN). Additionally, Hyundai has enhanced the Remote Start with Climate Control feature to include control of the rear defroster and heated side mirrors (if equipped) into the Blue Link mobile app and the all-new

Efficient Powertrain
Fuel economy is an important consideration for customers who purchase an entry-level vehicle. Venue won’t disappoint thanks to Hyundai’s Smartstream Gamma 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The Dual Port Fuel Injection (DPFI) engine is paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) automatic. Based on internal estimates, Venue is estimated to deliver up to 33 miles per gallon (City/Highway combined).

Numerous design changes were made to the Smartstream Gamma 1.6 engine to realize fuel economy improvements while maintaining power and torque. To improve fuel economy, Venue incorporates a number of design changes including:

High Tumble Combustion System by optimizing the port and valve shapes
Maximized Thermal Efficiency by reducing the surface-to-volume ratio
Cooling System Optimization incorporating a cross-flow configuration and narrow water jacket core to speed up cabin warming
Dual Port Fuel Injection with improved injectors and optimized spray targeting with a sophisticated injection strategy
Integrated Thermal Management System (ITMS) featuring a 2-way rotary control valve, distributing engine coolant to the radiator, transmission warmer and heater core module along with a 6-phase control strategy to prioritize coolant and heat flow for passenger comfort in cold weather and temperature management in hot weather
High Ignition Energy EGR system with an external EGR cooler to expand the EGR-operated region for improved fuel economy

Hyundai’s first and internally developed proprietary IVT offers a shift control strategy which enhances shift response through a continuous range of effective gear ratios. The ability to match a gear ratio with engine operating conditions provides a number of benefits including smooth transition of engine operating speeds and improved fuel efficiency.

SUV Utility
The SUV’s appealing interior space and comfortable cabin provide adequate space for the versatile urban commuter. Venue comes standard with a 60/40 split flat folding backseat to maximize utility for those trips to the farmer’s market or transporting musical instruments. With Venue’s SUV styling cues and utility, it is the ideal alternative to a subcompact car. For reference, the following highlights the size difference between its larger sibling, Kona.

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Venue offers comfort and convenience features. The cargo space features a rear covering shelf for added privacy and can be conveniently stowed along the rear seatback when not being used. While, the dual level cargo floor feature provides flexibility to have the floor of the cargo area in either the top position - level with the seats when folded down, or at a lower position to accommodate taller cargo. Consumers will appreciate available convenience features such as Dual USBs, 3.5” TFT instrument cluster display to illustrate useful information, rearview camera and Bluetooth® hands-free phone. The leather-wrapped steering wheel provides daily comfort for the driver.

Fun, Youthful Colors
To complement the dramatic design, Venue is available with fun, youthful colors. A total of eight exterior colors are available, including Ceramic White, Black Noir, Steller Silver, Galactic Gray, Scarlet Red, Intense Blue, Green Apple and Denim. Denim can be coupled with denim cloth and leatherette interior with a white contrasting roof. Venue offers a choice of gray or black cloth interiors. An all-new two-tone roof, power sunroof and privacy glass contribute further to the head-turning style options.

Venue Naming
Hyundai’s naming theme for SUVs has typically been a city or place. The new entry SUV name references a ‘place’ people want to be seen in. The vehicle embodies the characteristics of ‘the place to be,’ while reaching the final desired destination, wherever that may be. The Venue symbolizes a trendy, unique style, perfect for Hyundai’s newest and smallest SUV. For first time vehicle owners, Venue offers relaxation and protection with its standard safety features at an affordable price.

Peace of Mind with America’s Best Warranty
All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully-transferable new vehicle limited warranty; Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.

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