Mechanically, all versions of the Hyundai Venue are pretty similar. All versions are powered by a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine making 121 horsepower with that power being sent to the front wheels via Hyundai's IVT. The IVT, like other continuously variable transmissions on the market, doesn't have set gears and is instead able to adjust the transmission ratios on the fly for maximum efficiency. Though the Venue makes only modest power, it's light enough that the vehicle doesn't feel too sluggish and the upshot is about 33 mpg on the highway, excellent for a crossover vehicle.
There are only three trim levels for the Venue starting with the base SE version. Standard features include an 8-inch color touchscreen in the dash housing both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a USB input and auxiliary input jacks for smartphone and device connectivity, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, Hyundai's Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection systems and power adjustable mirrors.
The SEL comes standard with better rear brakes, roof rails, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, a drive mode selector with an included snow mode, automatic temperature control for the HVAC system, dual USB ports, steering wheel mounted audio controls and a nicer stereo.
Two option packages are available on the SEL, the Convenience package includes a sunroof, more interior storage, a leather wrapped steering wheel and a blind-spot warning system. Meanwhile the Premium Package includes heated front seats and mirrors, LED headlights, taillights and running lights, 17-inch wheels and satellite navigation.
The top of the line version of the Venue is dubbed the Denim trim. The Denim trim gets partial leather seating surfaces, front seat heaters, LED headlights and taillights, LED daytime running lights, a blind spot warning system, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated exterior mirrors and a chrome grille.
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The Hyundai Venue carries over into 2021 with minimal changes, the manual transmission is no longer available while minor changes have been made to optional and standard equipment.
The Venue competes with other subcompact crossover vehicles such as the Ford EcoSport and the Nissan Kicks. While the Venue starts at several thousand dollars less than the Ford EcoSport, it also manages to undercut the Nissan Kicks by over a thousand dollars. All three vehicles are the smallest and least expensive crossover in their respective lineups however unlike the other two, the Venue seems unashamed of what it is, with stand out styling, bright color choices and even the option of a two tone paint job from the factory. The Venue also packs a surprising amount of technology into the small Crossover with innovative safety features such as Lane Keep Assist standard on even the base model.