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.