Hyundai India has boosted their plans for 2022 by launching a new Venue. Introduced in 2019, the Venue compact SUV has established its first mid-cycle update. The 2022 iteration of the Venue debuts the carmaker’s new design language, offers a wide range of engine options, and gets loads of new features. We have seen the new Hyundai Venue in person and are now taking out our initial impressions of the refreshed SUV here.
What is changed on the Outside of the Venue?
While talking, the design and styling of the new Hyundai Venue retain the silhouette of its ancestor. To add a dash of sparkle, the Venue gets a new front grille, a part of the carmaker’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design philosophy. The chrome-studded grille dominates the fascia with black surrounds that broaden to the new turn indicators, which will now get a three-piece horizontal graphic. The projector headlamps are mounted on the re-profiled bumpers where the fog lamps have been absent for wider air inlets and faux silver plates.
On the side, the Hyundai Venue is easily recognizable with the flat roofline, body cladding on the doors, and silver roof rails. The tinge of chrome on the window line, along with the redesigned dual-tone alloy wheels, lends the Venue a fresh and high-class look.
The rear profile is where the new Hyundai Venue looks genuinely different. The split tail lamp clusters on either side with the new graphics are adjoined by an illuminated light line that may run from corner to corner with the car’s width. The rear bumpers, too, have been reworked with the reflectors and the bulbs in a vertical pattern. Along with the existing paint schemes, the new Hyundai Venue will now be offered in a new Phantom Black exterior shade and a two-tone Fiery Red color with a contrasting black roof.
What is changed in the interior?
In the new Hyundai Venue’s interior, one will find the same elements, such as the floating touch screen infotainment system and door handles, silver accents in the aircon vents, and around the center console. The front seats feel the right size with a sliding armrest that will contain storage space. Hyundai says that the front seats have been scooped out to allow more room for the front passenger and the driver.
All four doors can hold one-liter bottles, while the front door pockets can accommodate additional smaller knick-knacks. The highlight of the rear seats is a two-step reclining function, which can be accessed with small levers placed on one side of the backrests.
What is new in the features lists?
The 2022 Hyundai Venue brings several segment-first segments to the table. This includes an electrically adjustable function for the driver seat and a two-step reclining rear row seat with a 60:40 split function. The use of black and grey color for the upholstery gives a sense of gap and makes the cabin feel airier. Moreover, the Venue is brimmed with features like a cooled glovebox, electric sunroof, automatic climate control, wireless smartphone charger, keyless entry, and ambient lighting.
While the overall dashboard layout remains unaltered, essential changes have made the claim feel the latest. There is a new four-spoke steering wheel and a fully-digital driver’s display sourced from the more premium models of the family. Then, the eight-inch touch screen infotainment system gets an updated interface with ten regional languages to choose from, along with Google Assistant and Alexa. Hyundai’s Blue Link connected car tech also sees new features, and customers now have access to over 60 features.
Regarding its safety, the new Hyundai Venue is equipped with six airbags, a rear parking camera with guidelines, hill assists control, a tyre pressure monitoring system, and more.
Gearbox and Engine
Hyundai Venue is also known to offer multiple power train choices to its users. The new model of Hyundai Venue is no different and provides three engines and four gearboxes to choose from. The first one is the 1.2 Liter naturally aspirated petrol engine that will put out 82bhp and 114Nm of torque and is mated only to a five-speed manual gearbox. Next is the potent 1.0-liter turbo petrol mill paired with a six-speed clutchless manual transmission and a seven-speed DCT. This motor delivers 118bhp and 172 Nm of peak torque. The DCT version also benefits from paddle shifters and three drive modes: Normal, Sport, and Eco.
The last one is the 1.5-liter oil burner substitute that pushes out 99bhp and 240Nm of torque. While most of the competition offers an automatic transmission with their diesel power train, the choice on the new Hyundai Venue is limited to a six-speed manual gearbox.
Competition and Pricing
With several first-in-segment features, a variety of power train and drive train options, and appealing looks, the new Hyundai Venue will continue to remain a classic option in the compact SUV. With prices now starting at Rs 7.35 Lakh (ex-showroom) and going up to Rs 12.57 lakh (ex-showroom), the Venue is almost Rs 25,000 to Rs 40,000 more costly than the outgoing model, depending upon the variant.
With its replenished armory, the new Hyundai Venue will have to battle against the herd of SUVs like Tata Nexon, Kia Sonet, Mahindra XUV300, Nissan Magnite, Renault Kiger, Toyota Urban Cruiser, and soon-to-be-launched the 2022 Maruti Suzuki Brezza.