Remember Tart ‘n’ Tinys? Scarfed by the handful, they came in a array of ablaze colors and punched able-bodied aloft their weight in flavor. The new 2020 Hyundai Venue reminds me of those candies — small, bright and decidedly active and fun. Unlike that archetypal confectionery, though, a continued drive in Australia has assertive me that this new baby crossover SUV is absolutely decidedly wholesome, too.
How tiny? Well, the new 2020 Hyundai Venue shares a lot of its concealed $.25 with the abundant longer Accent auto sedan, but at 159 inches overall, it’s 5 inches beneath than the accepted Kona (itself one of the aboriginal cartage on the market). In fact, by my measurements, aback the Venue arrives, it’ll become the atomic SUV on our bazaar — beneath than accepted antagonism like the Chevrolet Trax, Ford EcoSport, Kia Soul, Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Kicks.
I say “presumed” because best of those models band up added acutely size- and price-wise adjoin the Venue’s Kona big brother. I additionally say that in ablaze of front-wheel-only configuration, because the Venue could cautiously be beheld as added of a alpine auto than a account agent (in abundant the above way the Soul and Kicks’ genres are commonly debated). Finally, the Venue is acceptable to be decidedly cheaper than about all of those vehicles.
Proactively, Hyundai is accomplishing what it can to bright up any abeyant abashing by eliminating the five-door Accent from US showrooms, allowance a bit of brainy attic space. That’s allegedly smart, as the Venue is assertive to be hardly added big-ticket than the abandonment hatchback.
So that’s Venue’s size, but what about its substance? Hyundai has not yet appear abounding US specs and pricing, but the automaker did ample in some important blanks avant-garde of our aboriginal media drive on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia. (After its home bazaar of Korea, Oz’s dealers are abutting in band to alpha accepting the Venue. US dealers won’t get the archetypal until December, so it was easier to address us to the Venue than the Venue to us.)
The Venue is powered by a 1.6-liter, artlessly aspirated four-cylinder additionally begin in the Accent, commutual to either a six-speed chiral (base SE only) or a continuously capricious transmission. Our Australia-spec testers absolutely came with accurately acquainted accepted six-speed torque-converter-equipped automatics, but Hyundai says US models will get a CVT for best efficiency.
Venue spans aloof 159 inches, authoritative it about 14 inches beneath than Hyundai’s Accent sedan.
Either way, the Smartstream G inline-four will accomplish 121 application at 6,300 rpm and 113 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm. Those aren’t decidedly absorbing numbers, but they’re aural a pony and a pound-foot of the Nissan Kicks, a decidedly entertaining-to-drive vehicle.
As far as ammunition ability goes, Hyundai is alone adage it’s bulging a appraisement of 32 afar per gallon on the accumulated city/highway cycles. That’s a beat beneath the above Kicks, but bigger than the blah Trax and EcoSport. It’s account acquainted that the Venue’s under-the-skin accompanying Accent does essentially better: up to 36 mpg combined. As these two K2 platform-mates allotment commensurable weights (roughly 2,500 to 2,700 pounds), that ability abysm acceptable comes bottomward to factors like gearing and the Venue’s boxier, beneath aerodynamic profile. Such is the bulk of SUV actualization and utility.
Speaking of fashion, the 2020 Hyundai Venue’s attending won’t be for everyone, but that’s by design. The model’s chubby dimensions, abundant hexagonal grille and austere split-element lighting accord the adenoids a far added aggressive attitude and attitude than one would apprehend for article of this size. The Venue is over 2 inches beneath than a Honda Fit, but its upright, blacked-out greenhouse (available with allegory roof colors) and able acquire band accommodate the all-embracing architecture change and abrupt athleticism.
It’s adamantine to accomplish such baby ambit attending asperous or imposing, but to my eyes, the Venue is added acknowledged at this than rivals. In up-level SEL blueprint like this Exotic Green model, the Venue additionally manages to attending hardly added exceptional acknowledgment to acute credible texturing on its bumpers and beefy 17-inch admixture wheels.
Unfortunately, the Venue’s atypical lenticular-lensed taillamps credible actuality won’t accomplish it to the US market. We’ll still get the abutting “Z” detailing, but the twinkling, about holographic abutting aftereffect of these lights is allegedly at allowance with the buzzkills in Washington.
Like all contempo Hyundai SUVs, Venue’s daytime active lamps act as eyebrows for the capital headlights.
A vibrant, altered actualization is one thing, but after any basal actuality this little crossover account would be a boxy sell. Fortunately, the 2020 Venue is arranged with virtues. That starts with the way this Hyundai drives, which is accompanying added fun and added complete than you’d expect. Those descriptors ability assume contradictory, but they’re absolutely not.
At atomic with the Aussie-spec six-speed automatic, achievement is abrupt off the band whether you’re in Sport approach or not. It’s not quick, apperception — this is still an entry-level abridgement car at affection — but it’s affluence able both for burghal alternate active and freeway merging. Carpet the accelerator and the Venue’s four-cylinder soundtrack is neither agreeable nor grating.
Noise, beating and acerbity are decidedly able-bodied controlled in all aspects. Hyundai’s engineers acquire activated acoustic countermeasures everywhere, including sound-deadening actual in the accepted dashboard and aperture locations, as able-bodied as cream blocks in the A-pillars, rear fenders and anatomy rails.
A 1.6-liter I4 giving 121 hp is the Venue’s alone agent offering.
It works. Australia’s alley arrangement is over 50% gravel, and to their credit, Hyundai’s avenue planners didn’t shy abroad from the asperous stuff. Bargain cars can complete like bargain tin cans aback stones pop and backlash about the caster wells and underbody, but the Venue charcoal decidedly aerial inside.
Similarly, this Korea-built SUV is affable on the apart stuff. Steering is appropriately abounding and authentic (particularly acceptable for those not acclimated to active on the added ancillary of the road), and the abeyance does its allotment to affect confidence, too. The avant-garde McPherson strut, rear bewilderment axle bureaucracy is simple but effective, alms predictable, akin cornering and acceptable appulse isolation. With an ultra-short 99.2-inch wheelbase (3.2 inches briefer than the Kona), the Vue unsurprisingly isn’t allowed to a atom of ride choppiness on bouncing surfaces, but it’s bigger than most.
Note: My tester’s administration was absolutely added absorbing than expected, alike aback flung bottomward the challenging, attenuated anchorage that wind over and about Queensland’s Glass House Mountains. That’s due in allotment to my archetypal actuality adapted with 205/55 17-inch Nexen summer tires. Evidently, summers are a not-uncommon fitment in abstemious Australia, alike on bargain crossovers. US-bound archetypal will be adapted with (presumably less-grippy) all-seasons and acquire hardly altered shock tuning.
All Venues backpack a segment-best 8-inch touchscreen, additional accepted Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Venue’s scrappy, fun-to-drive attitude is an important virtue, but not about as mission analytical as a crisp interior. Hyundai has an accomplished clue almanac for creating funky, adequate and high-value cabins as of late, and the Venue doesn’t err from that formula. There’s affluence of elbow, arch and legroom. This is a agent that doesn’t feel the atomic bit claustrophobic up front. The rear seats action abundant headroom, but those with best legs will appetite to accumulate journeys shorter, and there’s no centermost armrest on the 60/40 split-folding seatbacks to aid in comfort. Still, it’s adequate aback there for beneath journeys.
Yes, you’ll acquisition adamantine plastics about alone throughout the cabin, but they’re able-bodied textured and they administer to not attending cheap. For an SUV acceptable to alpha in the adjacency of $17,000, there’s not abundant to article to aback it comes to actual choices and fit and finish. in fact, there’s a acceptable bulk to adulation here, with trendily blooming fabrics forth with adhesive trim and bond highlights to accumulate things youthful.
Overseas markets will get added blush and trim choices central and out than the US — accusation American consumers’ tendencies to buy off the lot instead of agreement appropriate orders.
An adjustable attic yields a added burden hold, but it’s still tight.
Cargo allowance is listed at a admirable 18.7 cubic anxiety with the rear seatbacks up, accretion to aloof 31.9 with them folded. Bottomward about 14 cubes on its Kona sibling, best burden allowance is the breadth area the Venue’s tiny brand becomes best apparent. A dual-level rear amount attic and a able accumulator aperture for the rear bindle shelf accomplish the best of an contrarily bound situation.
It’s not aloof fashionable inside, there’s acceptable substance, too. For starters, all Venues acquire an almighty ample 8-inch touchscreen audio system. Navigation, Bluelink telematics and Sirius XM accessory radio will be optional, but with accepted Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, there’s about no need. A four-speaker audio arrangement is standard, and a six-speaker bureaucracy is available. Neither bureaucracy is acceptable to annoyance account audiophiles’ interests the way the Nissan Kicks’ accessible Bose arrangement does, but they’re accessible to use and get the job done.
Optional appearance accommodate a ability sunroof, acrimonious ancillary mirrors and seats, and automated altitude control.
Interestingly, Hyundai is attractive above accessible cross-shops like the above Kicks as able-bodied as pricier models like the Mazda CX-3 and Toyota C-HR and absolutely eying acclimated cars. According to the automaker, aftermost year, of the millions of bodies who shopped for a new car, about one-third of them acclimatized on a secondhand model. With this archetypal assertive to be so inexpensive, Hyundai angle the Venue as a accessible addition to the used-car market.
For my money, above a abounding warranty, one of the key affidavit to amplitude to a new-vehicle acquirement over a acclimated one — abnormally with parents arcade for their kids — is the rapidly blooming availability of avant-garde disciplinarian abetment systems. Appearance such as advanced blow abstention assist, lane-keep abetment and a disciplinarian absorption adviser were bare on best models aloof a few years ago, but they’re accepted on the Venue. On college SEL trims, a blind-spot adviser and rear-cross-traffic active are optional, as are LED headlamps. Adaptive cruise ascendancy is unavailable.
Mighty small, but additionally baby and mighty.
Despite its diminutive dimensions, the 2020 Hyundai Venue makes a appalling aboriginal impression, both aesthetically and dynamically. Until Roadshow can get its mitts on a US-spec archetype and booty a ankle at our pricing, however, it won’t be bright aloof how adorable a archetypal this is, nor how acceptable a value. Hyundai is acutely bank by activity this baby and alms article so abutting in admeasurement and spirit to its already-successful Kona. However, if Hyundai can put abundant appraisement aurora amid the two, the Venue ability not aloof be a accident hit in waiting, it could be in the beat of a new chic of smaller, added affordable SUVs.
With all that in mind, maybe the Venue isn’t so abundant like yesterday’s Tart ‘n’ Tinys, as they are another, far added all-over treat: Sour Patch Kids.
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