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Hyundai’s all-new Venue ready for Australia

New entry-level model to the Hyundai stable priced from under $20k.

Hyundai’s new Venue arrives this month at $19,990, marking a new entry point model into the Hyundai line-up.

Priced on par with the i30 Go, the slightly smaller Venue is effectively a small hatch on heels. The boxy SUV will compete against compact crossovers such as the Mazda CX-3, Ford EcoSport and Suzuki Ignis and Vitara. It sits a step below the Hyundai Kona in the South Korean maker’s stable but looks to be well packaged, with a relatively roomy cabin and 355-litre boot.

Pricing starts at $19,990 for the entry-spec Venue Go, which gets basic kit such as 15-inch wheels with hubcaps, four-speaker audio and cruise control. The infotainment system is a wide 8.0-inches with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and active safety systems are good with AEB, lane keeping assist, driver attention warning and automatic highbeam. At under $20k the Venue Go comes with a six-speed manual transmission, the six-speed auto adding a further $2000.

Middle of the line-up is the Venue Active, again standard with a six-speed manual at $21,490 or $23,490 with an automatic transmission. It gets neater 15-inch alloys, six-speaker audio, the same infotainment system, LED DRLs and leather appointed steering wheel and gearshift.

Top-spec Venue Elite is priced at $25,490 with an automatic only. It gets blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic warning, 17-inch alloys, power window for the driver, climate control and ‘premium’ cloth trim seats. There’s also an extra USB power outlet upfront.

All models are powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, producing a mild 90kW of power and 151nm of torque through the front wheels.

“The new Venue is ahead of the curve, offering customers a high level of value in a practical and well-equipped compact SUV,” said JW Lee, Hyundai Australia CEO.

“As our new range-entry model, the Venue combines the rugged looks and practical benefits of an SUV and a light car, with advanced safety technology at an attractive price point.”

Tune in to Practical Motoring later this month when drive the Venue for the first time on Australian roads.


Alex Rae

Alex Rae