The Hyundai Venue 2020 is the company’s latest little crossover. It features distinctive styling and a very affordable price. It is compact in size and has a boxy design that makes urban exploration fun and easy. Although the four-cylinder engine isn’t fast and there is only front-wheel drive, the Venue is responsive at low speeds. The engine is also not too loud. The cabin is spacious and offers plenty of cargo space, which is a rare feature in this market. With its unique leatherette upholstery and white-painted roof, the Denim model is the most luxurious. The Hyundai 2020 Venue is a small SUV that can be quite busy on the highway. However, it is still one of the most capable subcompact SUVs available.
What’s new for 2020?
Hyundai unveils the new Venue 2020, the smallest crossover from the Korean automaker.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
Although the 2020 Venue is America’s cheapest crossover, the SE model has a standard manual transmission with few extra features. We think that the Denim model, the highest-end model, is the best. The Denim model has a white-painted roof and unique exterior accents. It also features leatherette upholstery with white trim. Although there are not many options, every Denim comes with desirable equipment. Why is the mid-level SEL not our favorite Venue? Hyundai’s mid-level SEL is not our preferred Venue because it requires customers to purchase the Premium and Convenience packages ($2900 each) in order to get must-have features like passive entry and 17-inch wheels. This makes a fully loaded SEL $100 more expensive than a comparable Denim model.
Engine, Transmission, & Performance
The 2020 Venue’s 121-hp four cylinder engine powers it. It is sufficient to drive around town, but not enough to provide any passing power on the highway. A six-speed manual transmission (CVT) is an option on the base model. However, it lacks desirable features. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which is an optional option on the base model, and standard on the SEL or Denim, is also available. All models can only be driven front-wheel-only, so shoppers who desire all-wheel drive won’t be disappointed. The Venue is a small SUV that can be maneuvered in traffic. We experienced this when we drove it around Miami. The steering was a bit too sensitive on the highway. Our SEL model required us to pay attention to keep our lane steady at highway speeds. We believe the small Hyundai is more suited to short commutes than long highway trips.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
According to the EPA, the Venue with the manual transmission will get 27 mpg city-wide and 35 mpg highway. The CVT models are rated at 34 highway and 30 city mpg. These numbers are slightly lower than those of the Nissan Kicks which is rated at 31 mpg in city and 36 highway. We haven’t tested the Venues on our 75-mph highway route so can’t give an accurate assessment of its real-world mpg.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
The Venue is small in size, but it has a spacious cabin. The Venue has ample seating for both front and back passengers, with comfortable cushions in both rows. Although the design isn’t very flashy, the interior is well-built and bolstered with sturdy switchgear. There is also an attractive gauge cluster, as well as an infotainment system and infotainment system. The SEL has a leather-wrapped steering column, heated front seats, passive entry with push button start, and an optional leather-wrapped steering knob. It’s a shame that there is no dual-zone climate control or heated steering wheel, head up display, power-operated adjustments to the front seats, or wireless charging. Base models lack a center armrest and Denim models don’t come with a sunroof. The Venue cabin is still a great place to spend some time. With the 60/40 split-folding rear seat in use, there are 19 cubic feet of cargo space. When the back seat is folded flat, this volume can be increased to 32 cubes.
Connectivity and Infotainment
Each 2020 Venue includes a user-friendly touchscreen of 8.0 inches with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto capabilities. The touchscreen’s infotainment system features attractive menus that respond quickly to our inputs. There are also useful volume and tuning knobs beneath the screen. The SEL and Denim offer built-in navigation with real time traffic updates. The base SE comes with four speakers and the SEL or Denim have six.