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The Hyundai Venue is a subcompact hatchback with crossover cues. The four-door hatchback, smaller Hyundai's Kona, seats up to five people, with good cargo space and versatility compared to other models its size.

The Venue has front-wheel drive, with no all-wheel drive on offer. It rivals other small vehicles that flaunt an SUV look, including the Chevy Trax, Ford Ecosport, Kia Soul, and perhaps Mazda MX-30. 

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With the Venue, Hyundai has an even smaller crossover than the Kona to tempt first-time car buyers with a low price. The Venue is powered exclusively by a 121-horsepower 1.6-liter inline-4 lifted from the subcompact Accent. The engine's paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The EPA rates it at 32 mpg combined. Ride and handling is just right for the city, although driving at American Interstate speeds exposes this model's thrifty roots. 

Like the Kona, the smallest Hyundai crossover has an expressive style that aims for a younger crowd—no surprise given it's called the Venue, we suppose. The color-contrast roof and boxy proportions borrow liberally from Kia's Soul but the grille worn by the Venue is all its own. The split daytime lights and headlights, rounded wheel arches, and deeply set character lines mimic the automaker's new approach to vehicle exteriors, an approach shown in the bigger Santa Fe, Kona, and Palisade. The Venue rides on standard 15-inch wheels, but 17s are available on top trims.

Inside, the Venue can't escape is small 99.2-inch wheelbase, which is more than 2 inches shorter than the Soul and more than 3 inches shorter than the Kona. Seating for five is possible—although just two, driver and passenger, is probably preferred. A split-folding rear seat is standard on all models and opens the Venue's rear cargo area further for bigger items. With the rear seats up, the Venue offers 18.7 cubic feet of room for cargo; seats down, the space grows to 31.9 cubic feet.

The Venue is loaded with tech including a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, two USB ports, and Bluetooth compatibility. Heated seats, navigation, a sunroof, and active safety features are optional. Automatic emergency braking is standard across all Venue models. The top denim-and-synthetic theme has been repurposed for 2022 with the introduction of a top-of-the-range Limited model, including a two-tone roof instead of the SEL's sunroof, plus LED headlights, keyless start, and a navigation system.

 

The Venue offers Hyundai's standard warranty, which is 5 years/60,000 miles bumper to bumper.

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