As mentioned earlier, the Hyundai Venue gets three engine options. One is the entry-level 1.2-litre petrol with 82bhp and 115Nm of torque output. In contrast, there's a high-tech 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, direct-injection turbo-petrol that puts out 118bhp and 172Nm of torque. And then, there's the most preferred diesel for the Indian market. It gets the 1.4-litre four-cylinder motor that puts out 89bhp and 220Nm of torque. There's a choice of three different gearboxes - the more powerful 1.0 turbo-petrol will be offered with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch auto. Meanwhile, the 1.2 petrol gets a five-speed manual and the 1.4 diesel comes mated to a six-speed manual.
What we have first tested here is the new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol mill which is a powerful one for a car weighing a little over a ton (1,140kg). It's very smooth, quiet and yet has a nice sporty note to it when revved. And boy, it feels outright quick off the mark with the 0-100kmph sprint achieved in just 11.49 seconds. And despite nicely pulling from low revs like 1,500rpm, it gets a second wind post 2,000rpm to get going even faster. And even if it revs clean to 6,500rpm, the power build up tapers off after 5,500rpm hinting the top-end isn't that strong. Nonetheless, it's good to help push the car past slow traffic and great enough to keep momentum without constant changing of gears. The roll-on tests portray this as the 20-80kmph run in third gear takes 11.85 seconds and the 40-100kmph sprint in fourth is handled within 13.75 seconds. The six-speed transmission here manages to complement the torque available. This gearbox is precise with short throws, gear shifts light to use and slot in well. Interestingly, the clutch complements it further by being well-weighted and light enough to ease things while driving amidst city traffic.
The diesel, on the other hand, isn't as quiet as the petrol, but silent and refined by the segment standards. And despite weighing 1,250kg, this set-up never feels underpowered. Sure, it doesn't feel as peppy as the turbo petrol but provides adequate performance for the city and the highway especially with all that torque. Keep the revs between 2,000-3,000rpm and the engine performs with gusto. Sure, you have to use the gearbox with tall gearing here quite often, but whenever it’s in the meat of the power band, there's no doubting the car's cruising capabilities. Attaining and maintaining triple-digit speeds feels like a breeze. It achieved the 0-100kmph sprint in 12.87seconds and took 14.05 seconds to accelerate from 40-100kmph. However, it shined in the in-gear acceleration from 20-80kmph as it completed this run in 10.29 seconds hinting at its excellent drivability.