The Hyundai Venue sub-4 meter compact SUV has been launched in India at a very attractive price point of Rs. 6.5 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. This makes it the second lowest priced SUV in the country, behind the Tata Nexon, which is just Rs. 2,000 cheaper for its turbo petrol base variant. Here is a official video from Hyundai that details the Venue, inside-out.
Talking of the Venue’s pricing, what must be remembered is the fact that the SUV’s base variant is powered by a 1.2 liter naturally aspirated petrol engine with 82 Bhp-115 Nm, which is a lot less powerful than the Tata Nexon’s 1.2 liter turbo petrol mill that makes 108 Bhp-170 Nm. Also, the base variant of the Venue uses a 5 speed manual gearbox, compared to the Nexon’s 6 speed unit.
The Venue does offer a turbo charged petrol engine in higher variants though, in the form of a new 1 liter-3 cylinder unit with two gearbox options: a 6 speed manual and a 7 speed twin clutch automatic, which also happens to be a segment best feature. The Venue is also available with a 1.4 liter turbocharged diesel engine that’s borrowed from the i20 Elite. This motor makes 89 Bhp-220 Nm, and is paired to a 6 speed manual gearbox.
The Venue does offer significantly higher equipment levels than most other compact SUVs in its segment. For instance, it’s India’s first connected SUV. An on-board sim-card gives the Venue a range of features that can be controlled through a smartphone. The owner of the SUV can use the smartphone to remotely unlock it, turn the engine on and off, run air conditioning, control the sun-roof’s operation and also roll the windows up and down.
Other connected features including a car locator, a car immobilizer in case of theft and also an emergency assist function, which contacts emergency services and the owner’s family in case of an accident. The Venue’s top end variants offer six airbags, ABS, hill hold, traction control, ESP, an electric sunroof, cruise control, automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers, projector headlamps and a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Demand for the Hyundai Venue has been strong. The automaker has already received 20,000 bookings, just weeks after they were opened. The automaker has also received over 80,000 enquiries for the Venue. Deliveries of the compact SUV have already begun and the first reviews from Youtube vloggers have begun trickling in. CarToq has also managed to borrow a Venue from a Hyundai dealership, and we’ll be putting out our detailed video review of the SUV later today. Do keep an eye on this space.