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Beauty without brains? - Hyundai Venue SX 1.4 (O) CRDi Review

A user review on Hyundai Venue. Written by Om Ranga on 02 June, 2019

Price: ₹ 6.50 - 11.11L
Ex-showroom, New Delhi
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Version Reviewed : SX 1.4 (O) CRDi
Purchased As : Not Purchased
Familiarity : Few hundred kilometers

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1. Looks: Hyundai did a fantastic job again with the Venue. You'll be surprised to see how compact the car is but at the same time how elegant and buffed up It looks. It is based on the same platform as the i20 but does not look like an i20 on steroids. It looks different but really good different. You'll also be surprised to know that Venue is just a few mm longer than a VW Polo but visually appears to be something from a different class. 2. Features: You know your car will be overloaded with features when it's from Hyundai. Sun-roof, Projector headlamps, stardust like effect on tail lights, ABS EBD, 6 Airbags and a really crisp infotainment system. The biggest highlight of the car is BLUELINK. It gives the car Tesla like features where you can remotely switch on/off the car (Only in DCT), Precool/Heat interior, Track the car and many more. This feature has given the car the tag line of 'India's first connected car' 3. Engine: 1.4 CRDi suffers from turbo lag under 1.8K RPM (Like most diesel nowadays) post which the variable turbo kicks in which does not push you in the seat but rather gently. The engine produces 89bhp and about 220 nm of torque. It does seem a underpowered. Just imagine if Venue had the 1.6 CRDi from Creta or Verna. It would blow away the other cars in the segment. I say this because the steering feel of Venue in spite of being Hyundai-ish, feels very direct and i'm sure would be very fun to drive too. Only the engine lets it down. 4. Interior: Fit and finish is great like always but the plastics used aren't the best and feel scratchy. I'm not complaining that it is bad but Nissan Kicks has leather on the dashboard and door panels which is one of the few places the occupants touch and feel the most. Rear seat is also cramped. It's much smaller in the back than the Xuv300 or the competition. The car is not the widest in the segment too which means the rear seat experience is not going to be great. Plus I noted the lacking under thigh support (I am 5 feet 8 inches tall) The headroom has no issue though. You also get rear A/C vents which is a delight for Indian climate. 5. Cons: A) The interior quality could be a little better B) BlueLink is a fantastic idea but totally depends on network plus I noticed a lag between command and operations of over 1.5 mins. C) 1.4 CRDi engine is underpowered for Venue (Others might have different opinion) *Venue takes about 16 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph. (Fun Fact: in 16 seconds Bugatti Chiron hits 300 from standstill. Fun Fact #2: Light travels 48 lakh Kms in 16 seconds* Just trying to make you understand how slow Venue is. D) Gets fancy features like SOS button on IRVM but misses out on auto dimming IRVM which I feel is a must in a country like India where people drive like blind horses with their high beams on your face. Pros: A) The car looks amazing, pictures do not do justice. In person, I was aw struck. (I'm very picky about cars) B) Infotainment system is the best in segment, not only in terms of features but the quality of the display. C) Has wireless charging. A delight for people who have phones that support it. D) Fantastic A/C. It is single zoned unlike XUV300 which has dual zone but cools the cabin really fast. E) I love the colour options. I love the green and blue colour option. Thanks
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