The feature loaded compact SUV from Hyundai, the Venue has been launched in India at a starting price of Rs 6.50 lakhs (ex-showroom, India). The vehicle is available in five trims – E, S, SX, SX(O) and SX+ across 13 variants. It is further available in two petrol and one diesel engine option.
What’s good about it?
The company introduced the compact SUV as India’s first ‘Smart Connected SUV’ with global Hyundai BlueLink Connectivity technology. The Hyundai BlueLink technology boasts of 33 new connected car features, of which, 10 is specific to India. The company has divided 33 services across seven categories – Safety, Security, Remote, VRM (vehicle relation management), LBS (location-based services), Alerts Services and Voice Recognition Services. And all of this at a lucrative price tag!
What’s not so good?
The Venue does not get a diesel automatic for now, thereby providing a slight advantage to its competitors like the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Tata Nexon, who provide optional AMT in diesel guise. The aggressive pricing has cut corners on the base variant as it only gets front power windows and steel wheels.
Best variant to buy?
For customers with a limited budget, the SX variant is a good option as it offers a decent amount of features along with dual colour options. As for customers who are keen on buying a feature loaded version, there’s the SX (O) variant.
1.2-litre - 82bhp @ 6000rpm and 115Nm @ 4000rpm
Five speed manual
1.0-litre - 118bhp @ 6000rpm and 172Nm @ 1500rpm
Six speed manual and Seven-speed automatic option
1.4-litre - 89bhp @ 4000rpm and 220Nm @ 1500rpm
Did you know?
Hyundai claims that the Venue gets 69 per cent advanced high strength steel for a strong body structure.