2020 Hyundai Venue Preview
- An ideal choice for concern parents of young drivers with driver assist tech
- All-new compact SUV crossover
- Six-speed manual or automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT) available
- An optional suite of safety and driver-assist features
- Smallest SUV on the market for 2020
- Available for sale in late 2019
The 2020 Venue is the Hyundai’s newest, most compact, and most affordable SUV. It’s now among the smallest, most reasonably-priced SUVs on the market for the upcoming year. Even smaller than the Hyundai Kona in everything except height, this is a genuinely compact SUV/crossover without the extremely diminutive appearance. The fuel economy is projected to be decent for an SUV, making the affordability and reasonable gas usage and ideal fit for families who want a new, safe vehicle on a relatively tight budget.
The front is somewhat intriguing on the 2020 Venue. There are a bold grille and a robust appearance to this small crossover. Similar to the Kona, the snake-like daytime running lights seem to squint over the more substantial, rhombus-shaped headlights. The grille takes up most of the vehicle’s façade. The rear is somewhat simple with a concaved hatch with the name of the make clear and center.
The rest of this compact crossover is somewhat traditional in design—slightly boxy but also sleek to fit in with the modern styling. The Venue somehow manages to appear more significant than it is, which could be a delightful thing in some driver’s opinions. It does not look exceptionally tiny, but it also does not take up too much space. It's much smaller than the Kona in each dimension except that of height. The Venue is taller than the Kona by a half inch.
Standard wheels for the 2020 Venue are 15 inches with 17-in wheels optional, and the hubcaps have a distinctive look, like a pinwheel of more rhombus shapes.
While the 2020 Hyundai Venue is smaller in size than Hyundai’s Kona, it offers nearly identical cargo capacity when the second-row seats are up. The total interior space is 110.6 cu ft. When the backseat is flipped up, there are 18.7 cu ft of cargo room. Fold down that rear row, and your cargo space expands to 31.9 cu ft.
The rear seats do not offer an exceptional amount of room, but they do the job, especially with smaller children. The dash is simplified but does feature the eight-inch infotainment screen in the center cluster between vents.
Upgrading to the top-level trim for the Venue SEL provides the automatic transmission, rear disc brakes, 15-inch alloy wheels, underfloor cargo storage, roof rails, six speakers, in addition to simulated front and rear skid plates. Upgrading to SEL is mostly noteworthy for the fact that it is entry to further persuasive packages.
The Convenience Package is the bundle to select if you’re only picking one. The Convenience Package has a proximity key with a push-button start, two USB inputs, blind-spot and rear-traffic collision warning, automatic climate control, driver side auto-up window, a sliding armrest and storage box, plus a leather-wrapped steering wheel as well as a shift knob.
The Premium Package ideal for colder regions. This package adds heated front seats and heated side view mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, as well as LED headlights, as well as LED tail lights, and daytime running lights. The Sunroof Package adds a powered sunroof and the roof itself in a contrasting color.
The Venue’s Connectivity Package has a built-in navigation system and Blue Link Connected Car systems. Many drivers want Apple CarPlay or Android Auto for their navigation needs. However, the Blue Link system provides some impressive abilities that include remote start, remote unlock and geofence, and even a curfew and speed alerts.
Under the Hood
In the heart of the Venue is a 121-horsepower, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine. It also produces 113 lb.-ft of torque. There is, unfortunately, no all-wheel drive available, as the Venue is front-wheel drive only.
However, for drivers in slippery conditions, they can move the power to the wheels with a manual transmission, or for those who don’t want to shift, a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The CVT does include a Snow mode to help with cold weather conditions such as snow, sleet, and ice. There is an element of rugged appeal with the manual transmission in this SUV.
Hyundai has yet to release any government-verified fuel mileage statistics, but their in-house calculations state the combined city/highway fuel economy for the 2020 Venue is 33 miles per gallon. If this number is accurate, that means the Venue ranks up there with some of the best SUV fuel efficiencies at the moment.
The Hyundai Venue, as stated, is front-wheel drive only. However, the Snow Mode is worthwhile for drivers is cold regions who are still considering this economically-friendly SUV. This mode is designed with smart technology to work with icy and other types of slippery conditions.
A rearview camera in the Venue, as well as lane-keeping assist, forward collision avoidance assist, blind spot monitoring with a rear cross-traffic alert, and driver attention warning all come standard. These progressive safety features are added onto the mandated safety features such as front, side and head curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability and traction controls, and brake assist
Standard and available tech in the 2020 Venue include a navigation system, a rapid-charging USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, and hands-free operation. Not to mention Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on both the SE and SEL trims.
The Hyundai Venue utilizes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on the standard eight-inch infotainment touch screen for simple voice control, music playing abilities, navigation, and so on. A built-in navigation option is also available for those not using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and the integrated system is equipped with real-time traffic information as well as free map updates for the first three years.
Hyundai’s Blue Link car system connectivity also includes integration with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. This option offers an assortment of intriguing capabilities, including Alexa starting the vehicle for you. Most of the remote features are also presented by way of Hyundai’s Blue Link mobile app.
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