Hyundai launched the Venue last month amid much fanfare and the sub-4 meter SUV has already gained the second spot in the sales chart of its segment. The Hyundai Venue has been priced at Rs. 6.5 lakh (ex-showroom, India) for the base E variant while the top of the line SX+ variant with turbo petrol and 7-speed DCT is priced at Rs. 11.10 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
While the top and mid-spec variants of the Venue have taken the limelight and you might have already seen their reviews, the talking point here is the base E variant. This is because it is much cheaper than its chief rival, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza’s base variant. The diesel-powered Venue E variant is priced at Rs. 7.75 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Let’s now take a look at the video below by Car Duniya which shows us the base petrol variant of the Venue.
The Hyundai Venue E petrol is cheaper than every other vehicle in its segment. However, the Korean automaker has made sure that even the base variant looks decent and comes with a decent exterior kit. Speaking of which, the cascading grille at the front is an all-black unit unlike the chrome embellished grille on higher spec variants. Both the front and rear bumpers are dual tone and get silver skid plate to enhance the aesthetics. The headlamp setup is similar as on the other variants, though a halogen bulb is used here. It runs on 14-inch steel wheels but gets wheels covers as standard. The ORVMs are left black and don’t get indicators while the rood misses of silver rails which are found on other variants. The door handles are body coloured which is a nice touch.
Safety features like dual airbags, ABS and EBD, parking sensors, seat belt warning system, and high-speed indicators among others are all found in the Venue E. The Venue also gets a commendable boot space of 350 litres which can be further increased by folding the rear seats. However, there is no rear parcel tray on the base variant. The car gets manual central locking and engine immobiliser but there is no remote given with the keys. Coming to the interiors of the car, the Venue E gets all black interiors with satin chrome inserts across the cabin. However, power windows are limited to only the front two doors which can be a small dealbreaker here but then again, the low price justifies the kit level.
The inside door handles get a satin chrome finish as well. The rear seats get integrated headrests but there are no rear AC vents on the base variant. All the four doors get decent sized pockets to keep stuff while on the go. The ORVMs are strictly manual while the front seats get adjustable headrests, though there is no height adjustment setting available here. The AC is manual and the infotainment system area is blank on this variant. However, aftermarket solutions can take care of that easily as Hyundai has provided space for speakers too.
Speaking of the engine, the Venue E comes powered either by a petrol engine or a diesel engine. The petrol engines here is a 1.2 litre 4 cylinder, VTVT, naturally aspirated petrol unit that puts out 82 Bhp of power along with 115 Nm of torque and comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The diesel engine, on the other hand, is a 1.4 litre 4 cylinder, turbocharged unit that puts out a decent 89 Bhp of power along with 220 Nm of torque and comes mated to a six-speed gearbox. The 1.2 petrol engine has a fuel efficiency figure of 17.52 km/l while the 1.4-litre diesel unit has a fuel efficiency figure of 23.7 km/l. The Hyundai Venue comes with a 3 years/unlimited km warranty along with a 3 year Road Side Assistance (RSA) plan, which is an added benefit.