The Venue is less expensive than its closest rivals.
Hyundai has an expansive range of crossovers, including the Palisade, Santa Fe, Tucson, Kona and now the pint-sized subcompact Venue. It’s a car with relatively few direct rivals at this point, although two of its closest competitors are the Ford EcoSport, Chevy Trax and Nissan Kicks. The company announced Wednesday that its smallest crossover will start at $18,345 including destination. That’s about $2,850 less than its bigger sibling, the Kona.
For that starting price, you get a 2020 Hyundai Venue SE with a six-speed manual transmission. Spend $1,200 more and you move up to the SE with Hyundai’s IVT (Intelligent Variable Transmission), which is your only transmission option through the higher trim levels.
The 2020 Hyundai Venue comes fairly well equipped, even in the base model. All versions are front-wheel drive only, with a 1.6-liter naturally-aspirated engine. The engine makes a modest 121 horsepower and 113 lb-ft of torque, though it should good fuel economy, with EPA ratings of 30 City / 34 Highway / 32 Combined for the IVT version. The manual version is slightly worst in city (27 mpg) and combined (30 mpg) ratings, but one better on the highway at 35 mpg.
Base SE models get an 8.0-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, as well as a 3.5-inch TFT instrument cluster display. Cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity and remote keyless entry come as standard equipment. The Venue also features Hyundai’s SmartSense safety suite across the range. Forward collision avoidance, lane keep assist and driver attention warning come as standard fare, even on the SE.
Step up to the SEL model, and you get a few more choices. Prices range between $20,245 and $23,145 depending on whether you get either the Convenience or Premium Package (or both). The Convenience Package adds in a power sunroof, sliding armrest, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Warning. The Premium Package goes another step further, adding heated front seats and side mirrors, LED lighting all around, 17-inch alloy wheels, push button start and navigation.
The “Denim” trim
Finally, there’s the 2020 Hyundai Venue Denim trim. Pricing for this trim starts at $23,045 and comes in place of or addition to the SEL Premium Package. For that, you get a Denim exterior color with cloth and leatherette combination front seats.
The 2020 Hyundai Venue goes on sale at the end of November. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates, including Hyundai news, views and real-world reviews!