Buying experience was ok. Could have been better as they had only one variant choice. Of course I insisted that I cannot wait. Some Hyundai models like Creta have crazy wait periods of upto a year. Have now driven nearly 4500 km with regular commute as the predominant use. Once went outstation driving 450 km to another city. The car is very smooth and handles well in all kinds of roads and traffic. However, pickup is sluggish and gear downshifts are required at lower speeds. The turbo version eliminates this problem. However, if one is not too particular about this issue then it is ok.
The straight line look is fabulous. Mine is a grey colour (not an usual Venue colour) and looks particularly sophisticated yet has a great road presence despite what some critics say. Having driven two hatchbacks before this I find the high ground clearance as heaven sent. Driving through potholes and dirt roads is so easy. The price is particularly attractive and along with additional ceramic finish and internal seat cover, mats etc. (after sales) I barely crossed 10 lakhs, which is a steal compared to Kia Seltos or Creta. Some problems - The internal touch screen is not the best in class though good. Has bluetooth which connects your phone and gives the hands free facility to speak while driving. The inside has only one light somewhat at the centre (no driver's light). Headlamps are not very bright (60W) but I felt it was enough for night driving even on highways. Anything higher (especially the LED upgrades) is actually illegal. All in all, a good car from the standpoint of Value for money. Other brands sell this at 30% premium at least with just a few more features added to it .