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Hyundai Venue 2021 review

EXPERT RATING
6.9
The Hyundai Venue is tiny but more practical than some bigger SUVs, but it's not all good news when it comes to this little SUV

The Hyundai Venue is tiny but more practical than some bigger SUVs, but it's not all good news when it comes to this little SUV

Hyundai Venue 2021: Active
Safety rating
Engine Type1.6L
Fuel TypeRegular Unleaded Petrol
Fuel Efficiency7.2L/100km
Seating5 seats
Price from$24,890

What do we love about the Hyundai Venue?

There's a lot to love about the Hyundai Venue. The price and the value are excellent, we also love the looks and the surprisingly good cabin storage space.

What do we dislike?

If there's something we dislike about the Venue it's the engine and also the auto transmission. See, the engine felt under powered, while the transmission seemed to constantly search for a better gear especially when driving in hilly urban areas.

How much does a Hyundai Venue cost?

How much the Hyundai Venue costs depends on which one you get. See the list price ranges from $20,690 for the entry grade Venue (with a manual gear box) to $26,490 for the top-grade Elite.

If you want the entry grade with an auto, you'll pay $2020 more. The grade above that is the Active for $24,640 which sits under the Elite in the line-up.

At the time this was written Hyundai's website wasn't offering special drive away prices, but individual dealers may offer them. The price list can also vary over time.

As for the second hand price of a Venue you're looking at paying about $23,000-$30,000 for a 2019 model.

How does the Hyundai Venue interior look & feel?

We could describe the styling of the Venue to you in thousands of words, but you have eyes and we have interior images. Still, can I point out how our Active grade had cool contrasting white surrounds to the air vents and shifter? Look and how it matches the white piping and graphic in the seats. Small stuff like this lifts a cabin from dull to interesting.

One thing you can't see is that there are soft-touch places where it matters, such as the door elbow rests in the front and back. This is welcome news to people like me with big wingspans and who end up with red-raw elbows if there isn't a bit of cushioning.

We could describe the styling of the Venue to you in thousands of words, but you have eyes and we have interior images. We could describe the styling of the Venue to you in thousands of words, but you have eyes and we have interior images.

What are the key stats & specs of Hyundai Venue engine?

The Hyundai Venue comes with one engine. Well, of course it does… it would be silly if there were two engines in one car. OK, enough with the dad jokes, because this is no laughing matter. See the engine is probably the one thing we dislike about the Venue, that, and its mate: the six-speed automatic transmission.

Yup, there's only one engine on offer in the Venue and it's a 1.6-litre petrol four-cylinder making 90kW and 151Nm. Sure, that's not a huge amount of grunt but the engine size and specs look fine for a tiny SUV. Problem is this motor not only feels under powered, but it's noisy. Adding to that is an auto transmission which seemed to constantly look for another gear when driving, especially in hilly city suburbs.

There’s only one engine on offer in the Venue and it’s a 1.6-litre petrol four-cylinder making 90kW and 151Nm. There’s only one engine on offer in the Venue and it’s a 1.6-litre petrol four-cylinder making 90kW and 151Nm.

Don't get this engine confused with the 1.6-litre found in the Hyundai Kona and i30, that one has a turbo and is brilliant.

Manual gearboxes are becoming as rare as rhinos these days, but Hyundai offer one on the entry grade Venue.

Diesel specs? We wish. There's no diesel engine in the Venue range.

What colours is the Hyundai Venue available in?

The Hyundai Venue is available in seven colours. There's Intense Blue, Fiery Red, Typhoon Silver, Phantom Black, Polar White, Cosmic Grey and another colour called The Denim, that right not Denim, but The Denim, in the same way David Hasselhoff prefers to be called The Hoff.

Despite that seemingly funky twist to the Venue's paint colour choice there's no yellow, nor orange and not even a green. What's with that?

If it's any consolation you can have a two-tone look if you buy the Elite and that means you can combine a white roof with say The Denim body colour just like my colleague Matt Campbell has on his long term test Venue. He also didn't think I was very funny when I pointed out it looked like a police car with that colour combo.

What are the dimensions of the Hyundai Venue?

The Venue's dimensions are 4040mm long, 1770mm wide and 1592mm tall. That is small in size, but the interior dimensions feel larger than some bigger SUVs. Yep there's a bit of a Tardis effect going on with the Venue, and that's a good thing.

As for the weight, the Venue with an automatic transmission weighs 1165kg and its total weight (the GVM) is 1700kg giving you plenty of carrying ability.

The manual version of the Venue is lighter at 1140kg and has a GVM of 1670kg.

How much storage space does the Hyundai Venue have?

Storage is a strength of the Venue and I found this little SUV more practical than the large Hyundai Kona.

Cargo capacity of the boot is 355 litres (only 20 litres less than the Kona's luggage space).

Cabin storage is also good with large door pockets, two cupholders, a handy shelf above the glove box and a deep hidey hole in front of the shifter. Yup, for its small size the Venue has excellent storage space.

Roof rails are standard, too, and they can carry a maximum of 100kg, so if you try to move your gigantic sofa on top, then don't say you haven't been warned.

  • Storage is a strength of the Venue and I found this little SUV more practical than the large Hyundai Kona. Storage is a strength of the Venue and I found this little SUV more practical than the large Hyundai Kona.
  • Cargo capacity of the boot is 355 litres (only 20 litres less than the Kona’s luggage space). Cargo capacity of the boot is 355 litres (only 20 litres less than the Kona’s luggage space).

What features come standard with the Venue?

The standard features list for the Hyundai Venue depends on which of the three grades in the line-up you take home with you.

The entry grade Venue comes standard with an eight-inch media screen and a reverse camera, there's also wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a four-speaker stereo, premium cloth seats, key less entry, roof rails, cruise control, air conditioning (AC) and 15-inch alloy wheels.

Stepping up to the Active adds Bluetooth connectivity, six-speaker sound system, rear parking sensors and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The Elite sits at the top of the range and adds a proximity smart key, push button start, climate control, a built-in navigation system (also known as sat nav or GPS), digital radio and a sun roof (it's not a panoramic one) – although you can't have it and the two tone roof, it's one or the other.

It's disappointing that rain sensing wipers aren't available even as an option or special feature, but the headlights are dusk sensing which means they'll automatically come on at night, in tunnels or if you were to throw an enormous doona over it.

What features can you upgrade?

Upgrading the Hyundai Venue's features is limited, so if you want say 16- or 17-inch wheels you'll need to buy the grade which has those as standard. The good thing is that from the entry grade up each Venue has a rear spoiler, a body kit with side skirts and front skid plate, LED daytime running lights and projector headlights (not LED, though).

There is an optional premium package of sorts for the Elite and this adds the two-tone roof and side mirrors and body garnishes.

One thing you can’t see is that there are soft-touch places where it matters. One thing you can’t see is that there are soft-touch places where it matters.

The sunroof is also an option only available on the Elite – and remember you can't have the sunroof and the two-tone roof together.

There are some genuine Hyundai accessories for the Venue, too. These include a dash mat, a cargo mat, a ski and snow board carrier and 15-inch Wonju black alloy wheels which look “mad” as the kids say.

Does the Hyundai Venue have Apple CarPlay & Android Auto?

Which version of the Hyundai Venue is the best?

The best version of the Hyundai Venue would have to be the Elite because it not only comes with the two-tone roof option but there's the proximity key, push button start and built-in sat nav.

The range is tiny with just three grades, and often the Active in most Hyundai line-ups is the best value, but not in this case. Really the best value is the entry grade.

There was a launch edition of the Venue when it came out in 2019 but it was limited to 100 cars and came in Exotic Green and Lava Orange – the two colours you can no longer choose from in the standard paint colours.

As a model comparison you could weigh the Venue up against the likes of the Mazda CX-3, a Suzuki Vitara or even a Mitsubishi ASX.

How does the Hyundai Venue compare to its rivals?

Compared to its rivals the Venue is more spacious and practical than a Mazda CX-3, but doesn't drive or handle as well as that little SUV. The Vitara is more rugged looking, and also has 15mm more ground clearance than the Venue's 170mm. There's the Ford Puma and Kia Stonic, too, although both are about 100mm longer and the Ford is way more expensive. The Nissan Juke vs the Hyundai Venue? Well the Juke is longer as well, and pricier, too.

Are there any must have accessories?

Hyundai offers a limited range of accessories. Floor mats are essential other wise you'll wear holes in the carpet over time, and another must-have accessory is a cargo mat for the boot.

As you step up through the trim levels of the Venue the standard features list grows, but you can't option those items on lower grades.

What is the Hyundai Venue safety rating?

The Hyundai Venue was given four out of a maximum of five stars in its ANCAP safety test in 2019.

The venue scored well for adult and child occupant protection but not for its advanced safety tech according to the ANCAP report. While all grades have AEB ANCAP says there were “marginal performance levels observed for its ability to avoid a rear-end impact with vehicles in front”.

Hyundai says the AEB system works at city, urban and interurban speeds and is designed to avoid a collision with vehicles and pedestrians

Lane keeping assistance and high beam assistance is also standard across the range, although safety features such as rear cross traffic alert and blind spot warning are only standard on the Elite grade.

All Venues come with curtain airbags to protect all occupants including the rear passengers, while front airbags and side airbags protect those in the front.

Does the Venue have ISOFIX points?

The Venue can be fitted with car seats and baby capsules. There are three top tether anchor points and two ISOFIX mounts across the second row.

Is the Hyundai Venue 4x4 and can you use it off-road?

The Hyundai Venue is not a 4x4 nor does it have all-wheel drive. While the venue looks like a tough little truck, we'd caution about taking it too far off-road as this is a front-wheel drive car only with limited ground clearance.

What is the Hyundai Venue's ground clearance?

The ground clearance of the Hyundai Venue is 170mm.

Does the Hyundai Venue come in diesel?

The Hyundai Venue does not come in diesel in Australia (they have one in India though). This Venue is only available here in petrol. There's no EV version of the Venue yet, nor is there an LPG variant.

What is the Hyundai Venue's fuel consumption?

Hyundai says that after a combination of open and urban roads the Venue will use 7.2L/100km of petrol with an auto transmission and 7L/100km with the manual gearbox.

My own testing found that after urban driving and motorways my Venue was using 8.5L/100km.

That's not outstanding mileage and not too far off the official claim, either.

The Venue would make more sense with a hybrid powertrain which would give far better fuel economy.

What is the fuel tank capacity?

The Venue's fuel tank capacity is 45 litres.

Does the Hyundai Venue have a manual or automatic transmission?

How fast is the Hyundai Venue?

The Venue is more than capable on the motorway at holding 110km/h, but acceleration isn't outstanding with 0-100km/h coming in about 12 seconds.

The four-cylinder engine makes 90kW which is about 122 horsepower.

How good is the Hyundai Venue's sound system and infotainment set-up?

The Venue's eight-inch touchscreen is excellent, and for an affordable car the four and six speaker sound systems in the range are more than adequate.

Does the Hyundai Venue have any common problems, issues or faults?

The Venue is still a relatively new car to the Australian market, but we'll keep you informed of any issues, engine problems or complaints.

What is the Hyundai Venue towing capacity?

The braked towing capacity of the Venue is 1100kg with the manual gearbox and 800kg with the automatic transmission.

How does the Hyundai Venue feel to drive?

Can something be fun and frustrating at the same time? Eating spaghetti is I guess – it's delicious but if only getting into your mouth didn't require advanced motor skills. Or maybe that's just me.

That's kind of how the Hyundai Venue is – it feels fun because it's little, steers well with a small turning circle (10.2m) and you sit a little bit higher up than a regular car, but then there's the performance.

See what looks to be an angry little beastie feels a disappointing to drive, especially if you live in a hilly city like me.

The transmission was constantly changing gears trying as I asked it for more power, but all I seemed to get from the Venue was engine noise as it worked hard to try to please me.

I found that the Venue was much happier on a motorway, where it didn't need to change gear and could sit on 110km/h with ease.

Suspension is soft for an almost little off-roader feeling, although in the city its short wheelbase didn't suit speed bumps which could throw everybody onboard about a bit. Rear suspension is a torsion beam, while McPherson struts look after the front.

How many seats does the Hyundai Venue have?

The Venue has seating for five. None of the three grades have leather seats, but the cloth ones look great. See the design of the ones in the Active I drove in the interior images.

Is there anything unique about the Hyundai Venue's design?

Heck yes, the Venue is super unique in a world of samey SUVs. I like its tiny but tough looking exterior with its broad grille, and those angry-looking running lights which sit high and the googly headlights below. The Venue looks wide (even though it's not), but also tall (it isn't that either) but the design tricks make it look that way.

All grades come with alloy wheels, too.

Is Hyundai Venue reliable?

How much does the Hyundai Venue cost to service?

Hyundai offers three pre-paid servicing plans: three years/45,000km for $857; a four years/60,000km for $1316 and five years/75,000km for $1575. These services included an oil and battery check.

Servicing is recommended every 15,000km or annually.

How many years and km does the warranty last?

The Hyundai Venue has a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty. Hyundai has been known to offer an extended warranty from time to time, but not when we wrote this review.

How good is the resale value of a Hyundai Venue?

Unless it's a future classic, nearly all cars lose value the moment you drive it out of the showroom and the Venue will, too. The Venue, however, is a popular car made by a well-respected brand with a reputation for reliability and this should ensure your Venue has a good resale value if you maintain the vehicle properly and it's kept in great condition.

Where can you download the Hyundai Venue owner's manual?

There are plenty of websites which will let you download an owner's manual for the Venue, but the official Australian Hyundai website doesn't offer this function. Instead Hyundai Australia asks that if you require an owner's manual all Hyundai dealerships will be able to sell you one.

We'd advise against downloading a manual for the Venue from an overseas Hyundai website as vehicle specifications vary from country to county. We'd also caution anybody against fixing their Venue using a downloaded manual from any other site, too, as there could be a safety risk.

How much leg room does the Hyundai Venue have?

The Venue is a little SUV and despite it being quite spacious the rear legroom is tight. I'm 191cm tall and I can't sit behind my driving position. Obviously, the chances of two people my height sitting in that formation is pretty unlikely though, right?

The Venue is a little SUV and despite it being quite spacious the rear legroom is tight. The Venue is a little SUV and despite it being quite spacious the rear legroom is tight.

Where is the Hyundai Venue built?

The Venue that is sold in Australia is built in South Korea.

How long is the waiting time for a Hyundai Venue?

New cars normally take between three and six days to arrive once you have purchased it, however, at the time of writing this review the waiting time was between three and six months due to COVID-19 affecting supply.

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Verdict 6.9/10

Is the Hyundai Venue a good car?

There's a lot to like about the Hyundai Venue from those unique looks to the excellent cabin storage, but you may find the on-road performance a bit lacking, and safety tech could be much better. Still the it's fun to drive and the value is great.

Richard Berry
Expert Rating
Senior Journalist
6.9

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$23,840
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VehicleSpecsPrice*
(base) 1.6L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $22,960 2021 Hyundai Venue 2021 (base) Pricing and Specs
Active 1.6L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $22,870 2021 Hyundai Venue 2021 Active Pricing and Specs
Elite ((sunroof) 1.6L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $26,740 2021 Hyundai Venue 2021 Elite ((sunroof) Pricing and Specs
Elite (black Interior) 1.6L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $26,740 2021 Hyundai Venue 2021 Elite (black Interior) Pricing and Specs
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