Editor: Jason “The Bok” – Date: 03 Dec 2019

As the year draws towards a close and we all start to ponder what makes-up the perfect all-rounder. Something which is compact, yet practical. Stylish, yet affordable, we are quickly drawn to the fast-growing compact SUV segment. Hyundai has always offered a lot in the way of choice, and the Korean manufacturers latest answer to this space comes in the way of the brand new Venue.

Is it the right venue though?

While competition is certainly tough with Volkswagen recently launching their new T-Cross, Ford offering the Ecosport, Mahindra the XUV300 and Kia soon bringing the Seltos to market, Hyundai certainly had their work cut-out with the new Venue model. I am glad to report that they have certainly delivered on all fronts.

To start things off, its affordable, With pricing starting from R274,900. The Venue is priced incredibly aggressively within the market, all while offering a vehicle to the A-Segment, with B-Segment qualities. With millennials and young families in mind, the Venue is available in three trim levels, namely Motion, Fluid and Glide. The latter two include the likes of a thoroughly modern 8-inch touchscreen-based multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (biggest display in class), all while also offering a spattering of safety systems, including airbags all round, ISOFIX mounting points, steering wheel-mounted controls and a reversing camera.

Style, Confidence, Joy

During the launch, I had the opportunity to experience both the mid and top-spec models in their Fluid and Glide trim levels. From the 7-speed DCT automated to the 6-speed manual transmission, The Venue was able to offer-up a solid drive, with impressive road manners and good ground clearance for an urban-inspired SUV.

The Venue is currently being offered only with a 1.0-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder, which produces 88 kW and 172 Nm. Though small, this little unit is very peppy and able to produce a smooth delivery of power throughout the drive. Further impressive is the fuel economy figures on offer, of which I was able to average 6.5-litres/100 km during my less than light launch driving. There is a 45-litre fuel tank and a generous boot which measure in at 350-litres of capacity with the seats all in place.

Key Specs in Short:

  • 0-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder (88 kW : 177 Nm)
  • wheelbase of 2 500 mm ; 1 770 mm wide ; overall length of 3 995 mm
  • 8-Inch Multimedia System Available (Biggest In Class)
  • ABS
  • 45-Litre Fuel Tank
  • ISOFIX
  • From R274,900
  • 7yr / 200,000 km Manufacturer Warranty

Conclusion & Full SA Pricing

The compact SUV segment is becoming ever more competitive and impressive. Smart looks, with great features and an affordable price, is the formula needed to make an impact within the space and my initial impressions are certainly positive with the new Venue model from Hyundai.

From its wealth of features and bold looks to the brand’s industry-leading warranty and peace of mind, the new Venue is certainly set to shake things up within the compact SUV segment of motoring.

All models feature a three-year/45 000 km service plan along with Hyundai’s seven-year/200 000 km warranty (comprising a five-year/150 000 km warranty and an additional two-year/50 000 km powertrain warranty).

Hyundai Venue 1.0 TGDI Motion MT      R 274 900

Hyundai Venue 1.0 TGDI Motion DCT    R304 900

Hyundai Venue 1.0 TGDI Fluid MT        R309 900

Hyundai Venue 1.0 TGDI Fluid DCT     R339 900

Hyundai Venue 1.0 TGDI Glide DCT    R369 900

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