IT’S A BEST BUY BECAUSE:
The Venue is one of the smallest, most affordable vehicles in the subcompact SUV class, yet it offers more passenger and cargo room than you might expect, along with an impressive list of standard and available comfort/convenience and safety features.
All-wheel drive isn’t available, the ride quality is a bit clunky, and the engine can grow noisy when accelerating.
2021 Hyundai Venue Best Buy Review
The top-line Denim model gets a number of unique trim features, including an exclusive (and mandatory) Denim interior-upholstery color and two-tone Denim/white body paint.
WHAT IS IT?
The Venue is Hyundai’s smallest crossover SUV, which debuted as a new model for 2020. In both size and price, it’s the entry-level vehicle in Hyundai’s SUV lineup—it’s 5.1 inches shorter than the Hyundai Kona and about $1600 cheaper to start. Due to its “urban runabout” mission, tall hatchback proportions, and lack of available all-wheel drive, the Venue leans toward the passenger-car side of the crossover-SUV category. The model lineup consists of SE, SEL, and Denim trim levels, all of which are powered by a 121-hp 1.6-liter 4-cylinder that is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The SE model’s 6-speed manual transmission has been dropped. Standard safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, and a driver-attention monitor. Blind-spot alert and rear cross-traffic alert are available. Other standard or available features include Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, keyless entry and starting, heated front seats, and dual USB charging ports.
After its debut last year, the Hyundai Venue is carried over with only packaging changes for 2021, which amount to a higher level of standard equipment for SE and SEL models.
The Venue is EPA-rated at 30 mpg city/33 highway. During Consumer Guide® evaluation, a Denim model returned 35.7 mpg in a test that consisted of about 65-percent highway driving. The Venue uses regular-grade gas.
VALUE IN CLASS
In many ways, subcompact SUVs have supplanted subcompact cars as the entry-level vehicles of choice. Over the last few years, front-drive-only subcompact crossovers with a more car-like feel, such as the Nissan Kicks and Toyota C-HR, have been introduced to vie for those entry-level shoppers. The Hyundai Venue is aimed at the penny-pinching end of this segment. Though its ride quality, engine noise levels, and extra-tidy overall dimensions will remind you you’re in a bargain-priced vehicle, the Venue wins us over nonetheless with its spunky design personality, pleasant interior ambiance, fuel economy, and passenger/cargo versatility.