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Hyundai gives adventurous urbanites a new entry-level SUV with the Venue

Hyundai gives adventurous urba...
The new Hyundai Venue, just launched in NYC, will be the brand's most affordable entry-level SUV
The new Hyundai Venue, just launched in NYC, will be the brand's most affordable entry-level SUV
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Decent storage room in the back, especially with the seats folded down
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Decent storage room in the back, especially with the seats folded down
Touchscreen has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
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Touchscreen has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Plenty of buttonry on the steering wheel
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Plenty of buttonry on the steering wheel
Available in manual and auto
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Available in manual and auto
Heated seats are an option
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Heated seats are an option
Climate control can be pre-set through Alexa or Google Home if you've got it all set up
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Climate control can be pre-set through Alexa or Google Home if you've got it all set up
Seats have stitches
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Seats have stitches
The new entry-level for Hyundai SUVs
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The new entry-level for Hyundai SUVs
The Venue in side profile
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The Venue in side profile
The new Hyundai Venue, just launched in NYC, will be the brand's most affordable entry-level SUV
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The new Hyundai Venue, just launched in NYC, will be the brand's most affordable entry-level SUV
1.4-liter 4cyl engine is highly efficient
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1.4-liter 4cyl engine is highly efficient
More of an urban machine than a highway mile muncher
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More of an urban machine than a highway mile muncher
The Venue's neat interior, complete with 8-inch touchscreen
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The Venue's neat interior, complete with 8-inch touchscreen
The new entry-level Hyundai Venue just had its global launch in NYC
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The new entry-level Hyundai Venue just had its global launch in NYC
Decent looking thing
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Decent looking thing
A very Hyundai grille
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A very Hyundai grille

Brace yourself, you're going to be seeing a ton of these on the road. Hyundai's new Venue is a small, practical and very affordable city SUV with a surprising amount of tech on board, and it's just had its global launch at the New York International Auto Show. Slotting in beneath the Kona in both size and price, the Venue becomes the sixth and bottom-shelf SUV in Hyundai's lineup, which also includes the Tuscon, Santa Fe, Palisade and Nexo, as well as a couple of electric variants.

The heart of the Venue is a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine so focused on efficiency that Hyundai's not even bothering giving out power or torque specs – and frankly, that's fine for this kind of entry-level car, just put a couple of days aside if you want to see how fast it gets up to freeway speeds.

Fuel efficiency is given as "up to 33 mpg" (7.1 l/100 km) in city/highway combined use, which is about on par with some fast motorcycles, although a ways off from hybrid-level thriftiness. It'll be available with either a manual 6-speed or "Intelligent Variable Transmission" auto, and appears to be front-wheel drive only, with "snow mode" to assist when traction gets sketchy.

The Venue's neat interior, complete with 8-inch touchscreen
The Venue's neat interior, complete with 8-inch touchscreen

For a budget box, it ships with a pretty decent list of gadgetry; the 8-inch touch screen, for example, comes with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and if you set it up with Hyundai's Blue Link app and a PIN, you can tell Alexa or Google Home to start the car remotely, and set climate control and demisters running before you walk out the door.

The navigation system has free real-time traffic information, as well as a rear view camera, with heated seats and side mirrors also available. And there's a fair bit of driver assist gear too, including camera-based forward collision avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, blind spot collision warnings, driver attention warnings and rear cross-traffic warnings to help you back out of driveways. We wonder how long it'll be before adaptive cruise and self-parking gear starts showing up in entry-level cars.

There's no official word on price, but with the Kona starting around US$19,000 it's fair to expect the Venue will undercut this by a decent margin and be a super-affordable little urban getabout. It'll hit markets globally in 2020. Plenty more photos in the gallery.

Source: Hyundai

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1 comment
Sieg
Hi, Either there is a printing mistake or to call 33mpg efficient in 2019 surely is a joke. My wife's 2005 Ford Fusion 1.6L TD never uses more then 5.5L working out 42.7mpg. My brother in laws VW Touran (a bigger car then the Hyundai) is rated at less the 5L or 43+mpg. As for size I checked a Hyundai Kona, supposedly bigger then the Venue as I am looking for a affordable Hybrid or EV. I am 6ft1 and did not find a driving position I really like. I at times have to carry 4x6ft'ers and in the rear my head was touching the roof. Does not any manufacturer care how passengers are accommodated? Sorry I am going on, but I first started to look at EV's and Hybrids in 2011 and unfortunately there still is no decent size car costing less than 50+k on the market. Sie