The 2020 Hyundai Venue starts at $17,350 in the United States, $17,099 in Canada, freight and delivery charges not included.
Fuel efficient, good interior fit and finish, lots of features for the price.
Some suspension noise, not much rear-seat legroom, smaller cargo area than in its main rivals.
The 2020 Hyundai Venue is another new car-based crossover that aims to please consumers looking for a trendy, practical and affordable vehicle. It joins the Korean brand’s substantial lineup of utility vehicles, and competes mainly against the Nissan Kicks, the Kia Soul and the Toyota C-HR, but also the Honda HR-V, the Mazda CX-3 and the Chevrolet Trax in a rather crowded segment.
The Venue can be considered an alternative to the Hyundai Accent, and actually shares its powertrain. The 1.6L four-cylinder engine develops 121 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque, and although a six-speed manual transmission is available in the base trim level, most consumers will likely choose the continuously variable automatic transmission, or what the brand calls its IVT—for Intelligent Variable Transmission. Front-wheel drive is the only way to go in this little SUV.
Equipped with the latter, the 2020 Hyundai Venue boasts city/highway/combined numbers of 30/34/32 mpg in the United States, and 8.0/7.0/7.5 L/100 km in Canada. Those are better numbers than what the Soul and C-HR can muster, but the Kicks is slightly more efficient. During our winter test, we managed a respectable 27 mpg or 8.8 L/100 km.
The Venue boasts many standard features, such as automatic headlights, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, air conditioning as well as an infotainment system with eight-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration. In Canada, heated front seats are included on every trim, while the U.S. market gets cruise control, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and lane keep assist on all variants.
For a little more coin, the 2020 Hyundai Venue can also be equipped with a power sunroof, a heated steering wheel, navigation, 15- or 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, cloth upholstery with leatherette inserts, climate control, a proximity key, Hyundai BlueLink connectivity, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring and more.
Pricing ranges from $17,350 to $22,050 in the United States, and from $17,099 to $24,899 in Canada.
Why You Should Buy a 2020 Hyundai Venue
- As mentioned above, the Venue is pretty fuel efficient both around town and on the highway, despite being a tad less efficient than the Accent subcompact. But as far as crossovers go, it’s one of the best fuel misers.
- The Venue is feature-packed for the price. We like that many advanced safety features are either standard or available on the second most-affordable trim level.
- For navigating our way through the shopping mall parking lot, the 2020 Hyundai Venue’s excellent turning radius helps out a lot. It’s also easy to drive thanks to its small dimensions, but fairly elevated driving position as well as its generous window surface.
- Interior fit and finish is quite good, surpassing what we’ll find in the Kicks, and in line with pricier models like the Soul and the C-HR.
- The Venue is offered at a low base price, and even the better-equipped versions won’t cost an arm and a leg.
Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 2020 Hyundai Venue
- Interior space is good, but not that generous. Actually, it’s not any more spacious than its direct rivals, and its short wheelbase doesn’t help in that regard. The C-HR and Kicks offer more front-seat legroom, while the Soul boasts more rear-seat legroom and shoulder room.
- With only 121 horsepower on tap, the 2020 Hyundai Venue is no road rocket. It’s fine for the urban commute, and getting up to speed on the highway, but it all depends how much in a hurry we usually are. Meanwhile, the C-HR gets 144 horsepower and the Soul has 147 ponies to play with. The Kicks barely bests the Hyundai with 122 hp.
- There’s a small amount of road noise that finds its way into the cabin, especially on badly maintained city streets and highway frost heaves. Some competitors do a better job at soaking up these road imperfections.
- This is purely a subjective opinion, but the Venue’s tall, square shape somehow makes the 15-inch wheels look really small. To get the fancier 17-inch alloys, we have to move up to the SEL and Denim trims in the U.S. or the Trend variant in Canada.
- We appreciate the clever cargo cover that can be stowed away against the seatbacks when we’re hauling tall objects. However, the Venue’s cargo volume is bested by all its main rivals.
The 2020 Hyundai Venue is an interesting little crossover that’s perfectly at home around town, and isn’t too shabby for the highway cruise either. It’s fuel-efficient, easy to live with and can be equipped with a slew of comfort and convenience features for a reasonable sum.
Like many small crossovers, though, it’s a little short on rear-seat legroom, and there’s a little more suspension noise than we’d like. Other than that, the Venue will suit the needs of those looking for a small and versatile vehicle that won’t break the bank.