The Hyundai Venue is one of the most popular sub-4 meter compact SUVs sold in the country. It was launched in the market last year and quickly gained popularity among buyers because of its unique styling, features and of course, sharp pricing. It competes with cars like Maruti Brezza, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and Ford EcoSport in the sub-4 meter compact SUV segment. The Venue became so popular in the segment that Hyundai managed to sell 93,624 units in just a year of launch. When these numbers are broken up on the basis of petrol and diesel engine options, it is seen that more people are interested in buying the variants powered by the 1.0 liter turbo petrol engine.
According to ACI, out of 93,624 units that Hyundai has sold in an year, only 34,860 buyers opted for diesel version and rest of them opted for petrol variants. Among the buyers who bought petrol variants, 44,073 buyers opted for the 1.0 litre turbocharged petrol engined variants. There could be various reason behind this trend. The naturally aspirated engine is less powerful than that of the turbo charged unit and that could be one of the reason. The turbo petrol motor is also more fuel efficient than the 1.2 litre petrol engine.
The 1.2 litre naturally aspirated engine is available in E and S trims only whereas the 1.0 litre unit is available in S, SX, SX+ and SX(O) trims. This means that the turbocharged petrol unit version offers more features in comparison to the naturally aspirated engine version. Another feature that makes the 1.0 litre popular among buyers is the availability of an automatic transmission. Only the 1.0 litre engine option gets DCT gearbox and manual gearbox options which adds up to the convenience.
The Hyundai Venue gets 3 engine options. One is a 1.2 litre-4 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that generates 83 Ps and 113 Nm of torque mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. The second engine, the 1.0 litre-3 cylinder turbo petrol engine generates a maximum of 120 Ps and 172 Nm of torque. Venue recently got a new diesel that is BS6 compliant. The older 1.4 litre diesel was replaced with a 1.5 litre turbocharged diesel unit that generates 100 Ps and 240 Nm of peak torque. Hyundai has couple of other models like Hyundai Aura, Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and recently launched Verna facelift that gets the same 1.0 litre, three cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine. Clearly, Indian car buyers are enjoying the extra power and torque that turbocharged petrol engines now offer even on affordable car models.