Hyundai Venue, the latest car to enter the sub-4m compact SUV segment in India was launched yesterday in the Indian market. The all-new model has already reached the dealerships across India and the deliveries have also begun. Since the official media drive of the Hyundai Venue is still a few days away, we have this video from YouTube that shows Milind Kwatra speaking his mind about the all-new vehicle. However, soon we will drive the car and will bring out a detailed review, so stay tuned for that and keep checking this space. The variant seen here is powered by the 1.4-litre diesel engine that is available with the Creta and only gets a 6-speed manual transmission with the Venue.
Milind Kwatra starts the video by saying that the Venue is in the same segment as the Ford EcoSport and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza but he found it quite alright and he also mentions that from inside, the Venue reminds him of hatchbacks and not SUVs. He compares the climate control dials with integrated LCD display to the dials of all-new Maruti Suzuki Swift.
However, Milind Kwatra says that the Venue marks the arrivals of the new-generation of Hyundai cars and it looks different from all the other Hyundai models available in the country. It gets the latest design philosophy, which will be followed by the upcoming Hyundai cars in the Indian market. He also adds that the Venue feels very premium from the inside and the cabin gets very premium material. The feel and touch of every part of the cabin are very luxurious and premium. He specifically says that the steering feels very good and the engine is also very refined.
On the terms of size, Milind says that Hyundai has used a small space to design the car. It adds a big look to the vehicle but the cabin space is small. He says that the Venue is for the people who want a small vehicle with loads of features, just like the MINI Cooper but people looking for space may not be satisfied by the space provided in the Venue. He describes the car as a crossover hatchback instead of an SUV.
He then tests the 8.0-inch High Definition infotainment screen of the car and says it feels like a big tablet and the resolution of the screen is extremely good. The BlueLink system is not activated in the car but he shows the voice-activation feature mounted on the Interior Mirror. He then again asserts the quality of the materials used in the car. He goes on to show the sunroof, air purifier and space under the armrest.
Milind also says that comparing the price of the vehicle with the rivals, it feels that the price of the Venue is more value-for-money if the features are compared. The premium feeling is not available with the Brezza or the WR-V as per Milind. He even goes on to say that the buttons on the steering wheel are much better than the Creta.
Coming to the gearbox, he says that the Creta’s 6-speed manual transmission is much smoother. For the NVH, he says that the Creta is more refined when it comes to its insulation. However, he says that the steering feedback is not as good and there’s a lag. He puts the Creta’s steering feeling over the Venue’s. He then tries to check the acceleration of the car and says that there’s a lot of turbo lag in the car. Also, he says that the suspension is quite soft and the vehicle moves around a lot when it hits the potholes.
Keep checking the space as we will bring you the first official review of Cartoq on Venue in the coming days!