The Venue’s interior is typical new-age Hyundai – neatly designed, ergonomically laid out with a healthy mix of well-finished plastics and soft-touch materials. Now as you step in, the first thing you are likely to notice is how slim and flat the dashboard is. Speaking of slim and flat, the other feature that is bound to get your attention is the tablet-style touchscreen display which looks rather sleek. The leather steering wheel, too, looks classy though we would have liked it even more if Hyundai would have kept the fussy buttons to a minimum. As for quality, you get soft-touch materials on the door arm rests and sturdy switchgear, offset by hard plastics on the dash and door pads.
Once seated behind the wheel, there is a lot to like in here. First up, the visibility all-around is superb thanks to a fairly big glass area and the slim A-pillars. Secondly, the front seat offers plenty of back support and a surprising amount of under thigh support as well. As for the rear, the bench seat is nicely contoured and the base itself is at a good height. You also get sufficient legroom and more than enough headroom, however, what’s lacking is shoulder room when you have three adults seated abreast. Thankfully, there is no lack of storage options – you get deep bottle holders on the doors, a decent sized glove box, cup holders between the front seats and an open area above the glove box.
Standard equipment beyond the basic features include wireless charging, a sunroof, sliding front armrest with storage, cooled glove box, an eight-inch infotainment system with smartphone mirroring tech and cruise control. The Venue also gets dual airbags, ABS with EBD and rear parking sensors, no matter what variant you pick. Buyers who do plenty of highway driving would be glad to see that the top-spec trim gets six airbags, stability control and cornering lamps as standard.
Now the Venue is claimed to be India’s first truly connected compact SUV. What this means is that it gets an AI-enabled tech that’s linked to GPS for location-based services and also comes with a few India-specific features for added convenience. Hyundai’s Blue Link Connectivity app which is preloaded into the car’s infotainment system offers up to 33 services related to safety, security, remote control (for specific functions of the car) and vehicle alerts.