It’s raining compact SUVs and the first to hit the cover this month is the Hyundai Venue. This vehicle plays a very important role for the Korean company since it represents 42% of its SUV sales. The compact SUV class has grown at the expense of hatchbacks and, according to Hyundai, one of the reasons is that 38% of first-time buyers opt for the Venue. We drive the 2022 facelift avatar and find out if it’s more than just a pinch and tuck job.
The 2022 Venue sports Hyundai’s new design philosophy that is seen in its flagship SUV, the Palisade, and will be seen in the soon to be launched new Tucson and Creta facelift. The new front fascia is all black with chrome studs that complement its boxy design, making it look more butch with the skid plates. It retains the split headlight design, but now the LED daytime running lights look sleeker and merge with the grille.
The side profile, on the other hand, remains more or less the same except for the new 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. Hyundai has updated the rear with LED taillights that run through the trunk, making the SUV look bigger than it is.
Personalization options are also available as Hyundai has introduced 47 accessories based on three packs – the Basic pack, Advance pack and Supreme pack.
Refreshed cabin with segment-first features
Hyundai has embellished the interiors with a new two-tone color scheme. The Venue is all about comfort and comes with segment-first features like a four-way adjustable power driver’s seat with manual height adjustment. The rear gets a two-stage reclining seat for a more relaxed ride. Hyundai has added a human-like feature to help reduce stress with six natural and soothing ambient sounds like sea waves, rain, fireplace and more.
The Venue continues to offer the 8-inch infotainment, but the user interface now supports ten regional and two international languages, including English and Korean. This is a first in the segment. Apart from that, it has built-in navigation system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, more than 60 connectivity options via BlueLink and 65 voice commands built-in, which easily recognize Indian accent. Thanks to Bluelink, one can also receive live sports and weather updates and synchronize your calendar so that you don’t miss an appointment or forget to wish someone their birthday.
Another feather in the new Venue’s hat is the Home to Car feature which lets you turn on the AC power in the SUV or get information like fuel level and tire pressure via Amazon Alexa and Google Voice Assistant. in the comfort of your home. Both recognize English and Hindi voice commands.
Based on customer feedback and trends in this segment, Hyundai has added additional equipment such as paddle shifters, digital instrument panel and three driving modes. The color scheme of the driver’s console display changes depending on the drive mode.
The Venue is neither the longest nor the widest in the segment. To ensure interior space isn’t compromised, Hyundai has hollowed out the front seatbacks, so rear passengers have plenty of knee and leg room. Three adults seated in the back can be a little tight. The front seats are large and comfortable, but it’s the rear bench that deserves special mention as it offers tremendous under-thigh support, making it one of the best in its class.
Catering for all
The Venue continues to offer all three powertrains – the naturally aspirated 1.2-liter gasoline with 82 hp, the 1.5-liter diesel with 99 hp and the 1-liter turbo gasoline with 118 horsepower. c. We took the wheel of the turbo petrol with the 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DCT). According to Hyundai, they have worked on the DCT and we will tell you what they have improved. The gasoline turbo’s compact capability can be quite deceiving as it delivers plenty of power thanks to Hyundai’s cleverly designed electronics that smooth out turbo lag. That’s why power is available as low as 1,500rpm and once the turbo kicks in over 2,000rpm, the Venue blasts past the triple-digit mark without batting an eyelid. As soon as it exceeds 5,000 rpm, engine noise begins to creep into the cabin.
The 7-speed DCT continues to respond quickly to throttle input and shifts in a jiffy. Previously, shifting between gears, especially at low speeds, wasn’t the most polished and felt a little clunky. We’re happy to say that’s a thing of the past as the updated version is extremely polished.
To make the driving experience more engaging, the Venue is now equipped with paddle shifters on the steering wheel and three driving modes: Eco, Normal and Sport. Eco remains ideal for a trip around town and for combating rush hour traffic, as the vehicle sips fuel wisely. Normal mode manages to deliver both respectable fuel economy and adequate performance. The Sport, as expected, responds quickly to the throttle and holds the rev counter a bit longer to get the most out of the engine.
The Venue turbocharged petrol variant returned an average of just under 15 kmpl after driving it in city and highway conditions in mostly sport mode.
To be or not to be
Packed with new features and upgrades, Hyundai has priced the Venue competitively with the 1.2 NA starting at Rs 7.35 lakh while the diesel and petrol turbo starting at Rs 10 lakh. The DCT trim is available from Rs 10.96 lakh. The 2022 Venue is certainly more than just a cosmetic upgrade as it now comes with three drive modes, paddle shifters, power adjustable driver’s seat and numerous safety features such as six airbags, ESC , VSM and hill assist control, etc. The new Venue also now offers peace of mind with 3 years of unlimited mileage warranty and 3 years of Bluelink subscription. According to Hyundai, the Venue has the lowest maintenance cost.
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