The sub-compact SUV segment in India is one of the most competitive segment. The automobile manufacturers are regularly competing with each other for the number one position. Well, in terms of sales numbers of April’21 the Hyundai Venue has beaten the segment leader Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.
Hyundai sold 11,245 units of the Venue in April 2021 whereas Maruti Suzuki managed to sell 11,220 units of the Vitara Brezza. The Venue outsold the Vitara Brezza by just 25 units. The Venue was the ninth most selling car in the Indian market while the Vitara Brezza was the tenth one. Both the compact SUVs compete with Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon, Nissan Magnite, Renault Kiger, Kia Sonet, Toyota Urban Cruiser and Ford Ecosport.
One of the reasons, why the Venue sells in such good numbers is that it is affordable. The base variant of the Venue starts at just Rs. 6.92 lakhs ex-showroom while the top-end variant will cost Rs. 11.76 ex-showroom. It is offered in six variants so there is one for everyone. There is E, S, S+, SX, SX+, and SX (O).
The other reason is the multiple powertrains that Hyundai offers with it. Venue comes in three engine options. There is a 1.2-litre petrol engine that generates 83 PS of max power and 114 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox only.
There is also a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that comes with direct injection. The engine produces 120 PS of max power and 172 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox. If you want an automatic then there is a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox that comes with paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel. Then there is also a 6-speed iMT or intelligent Manual Transmission. In this, the driver needs to change the gears through but the clutch is operated automatically. So, you get the best of both worlds. You can enjoy shifting the gears yourself and you won’t have to modulate the clutch in heavy bumper to bumper traffic. If you do not want to spend too much on getting an automatic transmission then you can opt for the iMT as it is also more affordable than the conventional automatic gearboxes.
You even get a 1.5-litre diesel engine that is derived from the Kia Seltos but is detuned. The engine produces 100 PS of max power and 240 Nm of peak torque. It is offered only with 6-speed manual gearbox. However, there’s no automatic option with this gearbox.
The Venue is also more feature equipped when compared to the Vitara Brezza. In terms of safety equipment, it comes with ABS with EBD, up to 6 airbags, Electronic stability control, Vehicle stability management, Vehicle stability management, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Telematics switches, Headlamp escort function and more.
Venue comes with automatic projector headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, cornering lamps, LED tail lamps with a crystal effect, 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, rear AC vents, a multi-information display and a lot more. Hyundai also offers a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, BlueLink connected car technology, electric sunroof, push-button to start/stop, automatic climate control, air purifier, wireless charger, cruise control, driver rear monitor etc.