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.
The Venue offers eye-catching two-tone paint schemes with a contrasting roof color, as well as expressive hues such as “Denim” blue and Green Apple.
WHAT IS IT?
The Venue is Hyundai’s smallest crossover SUV, and it 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 $2300 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 Limited 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). 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.
The Venue undergoes a bit of trim-level and standard-equipment shuffling for 2022. The top-line trim level—formerly called Denim—is now named Limited, and the SEL model gets a standard power sunroof.
The Venue is EPA-rated at 29 mpg city/33 highway. During Consumer Guide® evaluation, a Limited 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.