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    Hyundai Venue Diesel Manual SX(O) Long Term Review: Report 4


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    Ajinkya Lad

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    Introduction

    Hyundai Venue Right Front Three Quarter

    The Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown had limited us from bringing you regular updates about our long-term Hyundai Venue diesel manual SX(O). Now, owing to the phase-wise lifting of lockdown, we are back behind the wheel and all set to bring you long-term reports. In this story, we will look at all the good things about the Venue, and a few things that could have been better.

    Positives

    Sorted mechanicals

    Hyundai Venue Engine Shot

    The 89bhp 1.4-litre turbo-diesel unit paired to a six-speed manual, is a strong suit of this top-spec Hyundai Venue. And, its usable torque of 220Nm has proven its versatility in city traffic and open stretches of the highway. Our long-term Venue was also subjected to numerous long-distance drives, where we noticed that it easily cruises at 100-120kmph at low RPMs as a bulk of torque is available in the mid-range. The light controls helped in the ghat sections where the sleek gearbox always felt easy to operate with precise shifts. The SUV is quite chuckable in the city as well.

    Hyundai Venue Right Front Three Quarter

    Comfortable ergonomics

    Hyundai Venue Steering Wheel

    The ergonomic cabin offers an unobstructed view of the surroundings, and everything falls within reach. With the height-adjustable driver seat, we never faced any issues finding a comfortable driving position. What’s more, the many cubbies come handy to stow away loose cash or other belongings when you have to run quick errands.

    Hyundai Venue Steering Wheel

    Loaded with equipment

    Hyundai Venue AC Controls

    During Hyundai’s Great India Drive, many of the Venue’s features proved to be handy, especially the one-touch up/down driver window, making toll payments easier on the go. The wireless charging feature cut the need to carry any cables, while the Arkamys audio system and the chilling automatic climate control kept us entertained and cool in Rajasthan’s scorching heat. Further, the built-in GPS navigation came to our rescue when we ran out of internet coverage.

    Hyundai Venue Infotainment System

    Design

    Hyundai Venue Right Front Three Quarter

    Although looks are subjective, everyone at CarWale agrees that the Venue is better-looking than the competition. While the segment comprises of crossover or boxy shapes, the Venue’s funky yet palatable design brings fresher elements to the segment.

    Hyundai Venue Right Rear Three Quarter

    Negatives

    Not so spacious at the back

    Hyundai Venue Second Row Seats

    Over the period, our co-passengers have complained about limited space at the back, which is unwelcoming to squeeze-in a third person. What further gives an illusion of the lack of space are the all-black interiors.

    Hyundai Venue Front Row Seats

    Bouncy high-speed ride

    Hyundai Venue Right Rear Three Quarter

    The Venue has largely neutral road manners. But, at highway speeds, we noticed that the ride starts to feel bouncy especially over sharp-edged potholes, longer road undulations or larger flyover section joints.

    Conclusion

    Hyundai Venue Right Front Three Quarter

    The Hyundai Venue has proved to be beneficial for us, be it our frequent photo/video shoots or the various trips, and that’s what makes it our go-to machine. Now, as the monsoon is on the anvil, we are looking forward to how it benefits us during the Mumbai rains.

    Vehicle log

    Odometer – 19,168 kilometres

    Kilometre this month – 3,465 kilometres

    Fuel Efficiency – 17.8kmpl

    Photos by Kaustubh Gandhi

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