The Hyundai Venue has been dolled up and can safely take a stroll down any ramp with the competition.
By Rubin van Niekerk
Being the baby in Hyundai’s local range of sports utility and crossover vehicles, the Venue has been a mainstay for the Korean company in terms of sales after its initial launch in 2019. Altogether 17 162 Venues have been sold in South Africa since 2019.
It has massive appeal amongst younger buyers with a need for adventure and some space. Savvy design offers an abundance of safety, convenience and connectivity features.
“We have also added a range-topping Venue N Line variant with an individualized grille and several other bespoke exterior and interior design features to accentuate its status,” says Stanley Anderson, sales, and operations director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa.
“Despite its smaller stature, the new Venue has a distinct road presence with a perky engine and drivetrain, and a set of additional standard features that create a compelling package for buyers in this market segment,” says Anderson.
The name “Venue” refers to a “place” people want to be seen in. The vehicle embodies the characteristics of “the place to be”, while reaching the desired destination, wherever that may be.
The new Venue is again launched with three specification levels and two different engines: the Motion as an entry-level derivative, followed by the Fluid version with more design and convenience features; and topped by the N Line variant with its unique signature design features. There are altogether six variants in the 2022 Venue model lineup.
Taillights are joined across the new hatch door with a horizontal strip to form a visual unit.
Intuitive controls and clever design, maximises cabin space excellent and enhances the practical nature of the car.
The infotainment system features an 8-inch display audio touchscreen system and rear-view monitor. It includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions for intuitive operation of the most used smartphone functions, including app-based navigation, streaming audio and voice-controlled search capabilities.
Glovebox cooling, rear air condition ventilation ducts and automatic cruise control with buttons on the steering wheel also form part of the convenience features in the Fluid and N Line derivatives of the new Venue.
Many standard safety adds more appeal and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is a standard feature in all Venue 1.0 Turbo Motion, Fluid and N Line derivatives. All Venue 1.0 Motion, Fluid and N Line variants also come with Hill Start Assist Control.
A naturally aspirated 4-cylinder Kappa 1,2-litre MPi petrol engine delivers 61 kW maximum power and 115 Nm maximum torque. Mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, it achieves a fuel consumption of 6,5 litres per 100 km.
The 3-cylinder Kappa 1-litre TGDi petrol engine delivers 88,3 kW maximum power and 172 Nm maximum torque between 1 500 and 4 000 r/min. This turbocharged engine is used in Motion, Fluid and N Line variants, couples with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission. Fuel consumption of 6,5 litres per 100 km was measured with the 6-speed manual transmission, and 6,9 litres per 100 km for the Dual Clutch Transmission version.
Gear shifts with the DCT can be done manually by moving the gear lever to the right, and then up and down to select the required gear. The N Line variant has three different driving modes – Eco, Normal and Sport – that can be selected with a knob on the middle console between the front seats.
Pricing includes Hyundai’s groundbreaking 7-year / 200 000 km warranty, 7-year / 150 000 km roadside assistance, and a 3-year / 45 000 km service plan. Service intervals are at 15 000 km, or annually when applicable.
The prices (VAT inclusive) of the new Hyundai Venue range are:
Venue 1.2 Motion (manual)
R 294 900
Venue 1.0 Motion (manual)
R 354 900
Venue 1.0 Motion (DCT)
R 394 900
Venue 1.0 Fluid (manual)
R 389 900
Venue 1.0 Fluid (DCT)
R 429 900
Venue 1.0 N Line
R 449 900