A performance enthusiast scrutinizes each and every aspect of a car to decide whether it will hold up to its promise as a high-performance model. Today, let’s look at Hyundai’s compact SUV Venue and its performance-oriented range, the Venue N Line.
In this article, we will share
- What a performance enthusiast looks for in a car
- Hyundai Venue vs Venue N Line – An in-depth look at their variants to find out which of these will appeal to a performance enthusiast
- How to pick the right car for you
So, is the high-performance tag on Venue N Line worth it, or the Venue – with an engine with the power figures, and same gearbox – good enough for a performance enthusiast? Let’s find out.
What a Performance Enthusiast looks for in a car
Here’s what to look for in a car as a performance enthusiast:
- Acceleration and Speed – How quickly a car accelerates, what is its top speed
- Power – How it pulls weight, how is its high speed stability, does it feel strained while going up the hills, or with AC on
- Agility – How it behaves while turning at speeds
- Driving Experience/Handling – Is the gearbox smooth and responsive, how is its steering/braking performance
A performance enthusiast primarily seeks vehicles that offer a thrilling driving experience. When looking for the best performance cars, they are focused on attributes such as swift acceleration, powerful engines, braking, sharp handling, high-speed stability, and advanced transmissions.
They also pay attention to factors like engine responsiveness and the power delivery method, as these greatly affect the car’s overall performance. Additionally, they appreciate advanced features and gadgets that enhance the driving experience.
Why Hyundai Venue and Hyundai Venue N Line Are Popular
The Hyundai Venue and Hyundai Venue N Line have carved out a place in the heart of performance enthusiasts due to their remarkable balance between power, handling, and advanced features.
Both models are quick off the line, handle well and have minimal turbo lag. The dual-clutch automatic is fast and so you are, almost alway, in the right power band. For their size and weight, the SUVs have ample power,
As both are, at best, compact crossovers, notwithstanding their SUV tag, the power is delivered to front wheels only. But that makes them more affordable and fuel-efficient.
Furthermore, the Hyundai Venue N Line, which was launched specifically as a high-performance car model in India, enhances the experience with a pronounced audio system by Bose, further immersing the driver in their journey. Also, the N Line features disc brakes in the front as well as rear. You can also check out how the Venue N Line compares with Kia Sonet in terms of performance.
Hyundai Venue and Venue N Line Variants Shortlist in Rs 12-14 Lakh Range
For Hyundai Venue, we have:
|Variant||Price (INR) as on 24 July 2023|
|SX Opt Turbo DCT||₹ 1,303,000|
|SX Opt DT Diesel||₹ 1,314,000|
|SX Opt Turbo DCT DT||₹ 1,318,000|
For Hyundai Venue N Line, we have:
|Variant||Price (INR) as on 24 July 2023|
|N6 turbo DCT DT||₹ 1,282,000|
|N8 turbo DCT||₹ 1,366,000|
|N8 turbo DCT DT||₹ 1,381,000|
Hyundai Venue SX Opt Turbo DCT
The Hyundai Venue SX Opt Turbo DCT offers a satisfying balance of power and agility. It has a quick engine response but the power delivery can be peaky at times. The pronounced body roll might be a point of concern for some performance enthusiasts. If you’re a tech-savvy gadget lover, you can read our comparison of the Venue with Maruti Brezza.
Hyundai Venue SX Opt DT Diesel
The Hyundai Venue SX Opt DT Diesel, despite its diesel engine that produces slightly less power but more torque, impresses with linear power delivery. The light clutch contributes to a more enjoyable driving experience. If you’re a budget-conscious buyer, you can check out our comparison of the Venue with Maruti Suzuki Brezza and Nissan Magnite.
Hyundai Venue SX Opt Turbo DCT DT
The Hyundai Venue SX Opt Turbo DCT DT mirrors the performance attributes of the SX Opt Turbo DCT. However, its higher price may not justify the additional design tweaks for a Performance Enthusiast primarily interested in driving dynamics.
Hyundai Venue N Line N6 turbo DCT DT
The Hyundai Venue N Line N6 turbo DCT DT offers similar performance attributes to the SX Opt Turbo DCT but at a lower price, making it an attractive choice.
Hyundai Venue N Line N8 turbo DCT, N8 turbo DCT DT
Both the Hyundai Venue N Line N8 turbo DCT and N8 turbo DCT DT provide the added benefit of a high-quality Bose audio system, further enhancing the driving experience for performance enthusiasts.
Our Pick for the Best variant among Hyundai Venue and Hyundai Venue N Line for Performance Enthusiasts
The Hyundai Venue N Line N6 turbo DCT DT stands out as the best option for a performance enthusiast. It offers the same thrilling performance attributes as the other Turbo DCT models, such as quick engine responsiveness, peppy power delivery, and agile handling, but at a significantly lower price. Despite the lack of a high-end audio system, it outperforms in terms of pure driving pleasure.
The Top 3 choices
- The Hyundai Venue N Line N6 turbo DCT DT
- The Hyundai Venue SX Opt Turbo DCT
- The Hyundai Venue SX Opt DT Diesel
Attributes comparison for top 3 choices:
|Attribute||Hyundai Venue N Line N6 turbo DCT DT||Hyundai Venue SX Opt Turbo DCT||Hyundai Venue SX Opt DT Diesel|
|# of cylinders||3||3||4|
|Acceleration (0-60 km/h)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Drive Type (AWD/RWD/FWD/4WD)||FWD||FWD||FWD|
|Engine – power (BHP)||118.41||118.41||113.45|
|Engine – Torque (Nm)||172||172||250|
|Transmission – Auto Type||DCT||DCT||None|
How to Pick the Right Car for You?
- The Hyundai Venue N Line N6 turbo DCT DT tops the list due to its fantastic performance attributes and attractive pricing.
- The Hyundai Venue SX Opt Turbo DCT follows closely, offering identical performance but at a slightly higher price.
- The Hyundai Venue SX Opt DT Diesel earns third place with its diesel engine performance which, though slightly less powerful, produces more torque. Those driving to the hills frequently might find this the best option.
These three variants represent a spectrum of performance-focused options, each with its distinct features, satisfying different needs of a performance enthusiast.
Whether it is the balance of performance and price in the N Line N6 turbo DCT DT, the peppy power delivery of the SX Opt Turbo DCT, or the unique diesel engine experience of the SX Opt DT Diesel, there is something for every performance enthusiast in these Hyundai Venue variants.
If you’re interested in reading more such face-to-face comparisons of popular car variants, head over to our Buying Advice section.