Introduced at the New York Auto Show in April, the Hyundai Venue is Hyundai’s latest sport utility vehicle.
It will be its most affordable one as well. The 2020 Hyundai Venue will be smaller and even less expensive than the Hyundai Kona when it goes on sale. In a market where small SUVs are getting more and more popular, the Venue could very well be a hit for its Korean automaker.
With the all-new Hyundai Palisade arriving later this year and now the Venue, Hyundai has what is now a very complete sport utility vehicle lineup. The Kona, Hyundai Tucson and Hyundai Santa Fe were a good start, but Hyundai needed a bit more to compete with Nissan and Toyota, namely, as well as with Honda that added the new Passport this year. Mission accomplished. Let’s take a closer look at the new 2020 Hyundai Venue.
What’s New About the 2020 Hyundai Venue?
The Venue is a brand-new model, the first generation of what is now Hyundai’s entry-level sport utility vehicle. It’s smaller than a Hyundai Kona but nevertheless offers 91.9 cu. ft. of passenger volume compared with 94.1 cu. ft. for the Kona. That’s 2,602 liters versus 2,665 liters. There’s also 529 liters of cargo space versus 543 liters in the Kona.
In other words, it’s smaller than the Hyundai Kona, but not by that much. Powering the new Hyundai Venue will be a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine paired to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable automatic gearbox.
We don’t have the final power numbers yet, but Hyundai says the Venue will have an average fuel consumption rating of just 7.12 liters per 100 kilometers. The Venue will be front-wheel drive only.
How Much Will it Cost?
Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but a 2019 Hyundai Kona starts at just under $21,000 while a Nissan Kicks (we will get back to the Kicks in a second) starts at $17,998. Expect the Hyundai Venue to start at around $18,000.
When Will It Be Released?
We will see the new Hyundai Venue before the end of 2019.
What Other Models Will It Compete With?
The Nissan Kicks will be the Hyundai Venue’s direct competitor. You can read our quick comparison about both vehicles here. The Ford Ecosport is also a competitor and so is the Chevrolet Trax.
What Do We Think About It?
Hyundai does a lot of things right with the Hyundai Venue. They are getting into a growing segment, they are going after the value-focused consumer, and they are expanding their SUV lineup in the right direction.
We’re a little worried about space given how versatile the Nissan Kicks is, but hopefully Hyundai will compensate with more power and a sportier, more enjoyable drive.