The Car Connection Hyundai Venue Overview
The Hyundai Venue is a subcompact crossover or hatchback that's smaller than the Kona and among the smallest cars sold by any automaker in the U.S.
Despite its short frame, the Venue has four doors (five if you count the liftgate), seats for five people, and a small cargo area. It's front-wheel drive only, all-wheel drive isn't offered on any model.
It's a rival for small vehicles such as the Chevy Trax, Ford EcoSport, Honda Fit, Kia Soul, and perhaps the Hyundai Kona.
MORE: Read our 2020 Hyundai Venue review
The new Hyundai Venue
With the Venue, Hyundai has a 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 6-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The automaker says with the CVT the Venue should manage fuel economy of up to 33 mpg combined.
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.
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.
Black or gray cloth upholstery is standard, and top trims will offer denim and synthetic leather upholstery when paired with a denim exterior and white roof.
The Venue offers Hyundai's standard warranty, which is 5 years/60,000 miles bumper to bumper.