Hyundai Venue
Hyundai Venue
Hyundai Venue

2020 Hyundai Venue

Pros: Well equipped for the price; good interior room for its size; nimble handling around town

Cons: Ride can be a bit clunky; lack of merging and passing power; engine noise when accelerating; all-wheel drive not offered

CG Says: Hyundai introduces a new subcompact crossover SUV for 2020. The Venue is the smallest, least expensive model in Hyundai’s SUV lineup; it’s 5.1 inches shorter overall than the Hyundai Kona subcompact crossover, and about $3000 cheaper to start. Some might consider the Venue a tall hatchback rather than an SUV, especially since it’s front-drive only—AWD isn’t available. However, Hyundai is marketing the Venue as a subcompact crossover, and we’ll go along with that. The sole engine is a 121-horsepower 1.6-liter 4-cylinder paired with a 6-speed manual transmission in the base SE. A continuously-variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional on the SE and standard on the mid-level SEL and top-line Denim trims. Standard on all models are forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and driver-attention monitor. Blind-spot alert and rear cross-traffic alert are standard on the Denim and optional on SEL. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality is standard. Though it doesn’t completely transcend the limitations of an extra-small, entry-level vehicle—especially in terms of ride quality and engine noise—the Venue is nonetheless a remarkable value that offers good passenger and cargo room within its extra-small dimensions, balanced handling, a nicely finished interior, and an impressive list of available safety and technology features, all at very competitive prices.

The Facts
Class Subcompact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Hyundai
Nation of Manufacture South Korea
Base Prices SE: $18,470
SEL: $20,370
Denim: $23,170

Base Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

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