2020 Hyundai Venue is Korean brand’s SUV First Look
020 Hyundai Venue shrinks the SUV (and its price tag)
Hyundai unveiled the new 2020 Venue SUV at the New York auto show on Wednesday. Marking the seventh high-rider in their lineup, Venue will also be its most affordable yet.
In contrast to its larger sibling, the Hyundai Kona, the Venue is smaller in every dimension except height. It loses about 5 inches in length, 1.2 inches in width and 3.2 inches in wheelbase. It loses a few cubes of interior space too.
The Venue comes in eight cleverly named exterior colors including intense blue, green apple and denim, among others. Paired with different cloth and leatherette interiors and accompanied by contrasting roof colors, the Venue appears designed for the kids, as they say.
Convenience and technology are key. The Venue’s infotainment system consists of an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a rearview monitor, in addition to your usual navigation and radio functions.
Along with the new design and connectivity, the Venue brings upper-level safety technology to an entry-level vehicle. Technologies include forward collision-avoidance assist, lane keeping, driver attention warning and more.
We don’t have EPA numbers yet, but we expect the Venue to do well with Hyundai’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder. The engine has dual port fuel injection (DPFI) and can be paired with either a six-speed manual or Intelligent Variable Transmission (Hyundai’s new version of a CVT). Hyundai estimates that Venue will deliver 33 mpg combined; we don’t know the power output yet, but the current Sonata Eco (same engine) makes 178 hp and 195 lb-ft.
The Hyundai Venue is being introduced as a 2020 model-year vehicle, so expect it to go on sale later in 2019.
There’s no official word on price, but with the Kona starting around US$19,000 it’s fair to expect the Venue will undercut this by a decent margin and be a super-affordable little urban getabout. It’ll hit markets globally in 2020. Plenty more photos in the gallery.