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First Impressions: Hyundai venue SX plus (1.0 Turbo GDI 7S DCT) - Supercharged Supercharged > Initial Test Drive Reviews

First Impressions: Hyundai venue SX plus (1.0 Turbo GDI 7S DCT)
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The Czar

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Hyundai Venue



List Price (Ex showroom, Delhi)

1.2 petrol, 4 cylinder, 5 speed MT

  • E: Rs. 6,50,000
  • S: Rs. 7,20,000
1.4 diesel, 4 cylinder, 6 speed MT

  • E: Rs. 7,75,000
  • S: Rs. 8,45,000
  • SX: Rs. 9,78,000
  • SX dual tone: Rs. 9,93,000
  • SX Option pack: Rs. 10,84,000

1.0 Turbo petrol, 3 cylinder, 6 speed MT

  • S: Rs. 8,21,000
  • SX: Rs. 9,54,000
  • SX dual tone: Rs. 9,69,000
  • Sx option pack: Rs. 10,60,000

1.0 Turbo petrol, 3 cylinder, 7 Speed dual clutch Automatic (DCT)

  • S: Rs. 9,35,000
  • SX plus: Rs. 11,10,500

Please note that dual tone is not available in SX option pack, and not with the automatic gearbox.
SX plus trim is only for the automatic gearbox with few features of SX option pack added in SX variant, not all.

Colour and trim options:



In total there are 7 colours in all variants (except SX dual tone) and only deep forest gets the khaki dual tone interior configuration, rest all 6 colours get the black single tone interior configuration.
SX dual tone has 3 colours in offer with the respective interior trims as mentioned in the snippet.

Specifications and Equipment levels:




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The Czar

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The likes and the Dislikes:



What you will like:

  • Stylish urban compact crossover design with the right size and practicality
  • Refined 3 cylinder engine mated to a well tuned dual clutch gearbox
  • Linear, practical tuning and wide torque band makes city driving a breeze
  • Light controls, ergonomics and user friendly interior design
  • Butch size tyres and striking alloy wheel design
  • High quality interior fit and finish and build precision
  • features such as Sunroof, Hyundai blue link connectivity, 6 airbags on top models etc
  • Hyundai's widespread service network reach, 3 years unlimited mileage warranty and the on paper promise of low cost of ownership

What you wont:

  • Looks and feels a size smaller than its rivals
  • Build quality not in the league of Ecosport or nexon
  • DCT gearbox tuning not in the league of VW 1.2 TSi's DSG WRT shift timings
  • Cramped rear seating. legroom and width in short supply
  • Long term reliability of mass market dual clutch gearboxes yet to be proven, VW and Ford have already burnt fingers
  • Not for the driving enthusiast. Ecosport has way superior driving dynamics and Nexon better highway stability
  • Weird distribution of variants across manual and Automatic gearbox options, key functional equipment missing in SX
  • Hyundai workshops are known to inflate service bills if attention is not paid



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The Czar

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May 22nd, 2019 | last edited on May 23rd, 2019


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First Impressions:



Late entrants in a hotly contested segment always are best prepared, the logic says. Hyundai can never do things wrong, if their consistent performance in the Indian market is anything to go by. They took a chance last year with the Santro, but weird distribution of features across variants and high price have not made it as successful as the original. Their creta continues to be a blockbuster, with its well rounded package and registers high sales figures every month. What was missing a sub 4 m compact crossover, a hotly contested segment in India and of late, a booming one.
Consider this, in a compact footprint, the benefits of high ground clearance, high seating position, utility laden functionality and a competitive price. All ingredients that make a product sell, or is it true?

  • The Vitara Brezza, with an ancient 1.3 diesel mated to an old manual gearbox and AMT, rings the cash registers of MSIL.
  • The Nexon, with its funky design, neutral 1.2 turbo petrol and 1.5 tutbo diesel engine options and AMT in mid and top trims, performs consistently and has garnered a respect for TML as a homegrown brand capable of churning out a world class Compact CUV. Its 5 star NCAP rating is an icing on the cake.
  • The XUV300, the newest kid on the block, with its competent engine options of turbo petrol in 1.2, turbo diesel in 1.5, is a hit for Mahindra. 26,000 bookings and counting, its equipment levels and looks have made it a hit with the Indian buyers. The market still has a divided opinion on pricing and feature distribution, though.
  • The Ecosport, the veteran of this segment, and the only vehicle that has a proper urban CUV looks, with the rear mounted stepney a hit with the buyers, with plethora of engines (1.5 NA petrol, 1.0 turbo petrol and 1.5 turbo diesel) and gearboxes (6 AT in 1.5 petrol, 5 MT in 1.5 diesel) and variants (practical, sporty) to choose from. No wonder, 6 years on, it still does consistent numbers for Ford and is an evergreen star.
Sitting at the helm of affairs at Hyundai, the market here to crack is extremely competitive. Either the product should have a strong USP, or a different packaging factor, backed by good warranty and service.
Hyundai has adopted a please all excite none approach, with the venue.

  • The turbo petrol engine gets the maximum preference, second only to nexon.
  • The top 2 trim levels get a sunroof, second only to ecosport,
  • The TGDI and DCT combination is unique and the only one in its segment.
  • The TGDI and 6 MT option is mainstream, the ecosport ecoboost has reserved for its sporty variant.
  • The diesel is the same tried and tested one in from the i20, and is a 1.4 litre. All vehicles except the Brezza offer more powerful 1.5 litre diesels with superior power and torque.
  • 1.2 NA petrol is targeted at a mainstream hatchback buyer, the low entry price and sparse equipment levels are an indicator.
  • No diesel Automatic, which the Nexon and Brezza offer (AMT).
Considering this, along with the second largest service network and reach, this should be a cakewalk for Hyundai. Or is it?



Read on to find out.



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The Czar

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Looks do matter, you know.



Don't let the pictures fool you, the venue in person is much smaller than what it actually appears. In fact, its one of the smallest in its segment and that has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Hyundai designers have worked hard to make it look like a blend of Mini Kona inspired design mated to the side profile of their blockbuster elder brother-the creta, and the result is a handsome and chunky silhouette which draws the urban clan. Am sure that it will again be a hit with the women. The front grille looks loud and screams "polarizing", especially the dark silver vertical accents. The ongoing design trend of LED DRLs on top and headlights on the bumper is now catching up and the Venue is the smallest vehicle to follow this trend (after the Harrier and MG Hector).
The positioning of the headlights can be questionable though considering how well the Indian conditions and driver etiquettes in some parts exist.
Insurance claims can be high and since the headlight has a single housing with projector lens, it can also be expensive to replace.



The side design is short, stubby and appears muscular, partly due to the crease on the beltline and chunky 215/60 R 16 tyres on dual tone diamond cut alloys. Young clan is sure to love the alloy wheel design, its that good. Windowline is low and gives an impression of airiness inside the cabin.



The rear, though is a bit of a disappointment. Its neutral, with striking LED elements in the taillights but the rest of the hatch is plain jane and appears to be an enlarged version of the Renault Kwid. Dual reversing lamps located on both corners of the rear bumper. Only 2 reverse parking sensors are a sign of cost cutting. Lower skid plate reduces the visual bulk.


Red turbo badging looks discreet and sweet.


Automatic variants get the DCT badging in the RH front fender.



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The Czar

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The Inside story:

I didn't get much time to spend in the interiors or with the audio, so will only post a short summary.
Getting in and out is easy, the doors don't open much wide though. Everything inside is well finished, from the dashboard plastics to the seat fabric, to the tactile buttons, to the floating touchscreen, its in par with the latest trends.
I liked the front seat. The lower back support is good, under thigh support is above average and seating position is high. Pedals are well spaced, and driver ergonomics are just in line. Very well laid out controls, but too much buttons in the steering wheel (for audio and cruise control) can be distracting for the driver.
Did not get a chance to sit in the rear seat, but had 2 people seated and accompanying me, its short in legroom and width. There is a size disadvantage compared to its competition.


Instrument cluster is large and legible, with amazing clarity. Select variants get Rheostat and supervision cluster.


The right sized steering wheel, light in operation, many buttons can take getting used to.


The central console. Effective AC, touchscreen on top is floating type, physical buttons also present. Dual USB ports located ahead of gear console.


Practical and well laid out boot space.



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Driving impressions:



I got a chance to scoot and potter around in the much hyped engine gearbox combination-the turbocharged Kappa 1.0 Gasoline direct injection with 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox.
Its a unique small sized combination second only to the Polo GT TSI but then, Hyundai's decision to take the DCT mainstream has yielded competition from the 1.2 turbo petrols and respective TC and AMTs also.
In a nutshell, this combination is well tuned, rated at 117.6 bhp at 6000 rpm in peak, and 17.5 kg-m of torque at 1500-4000 rpm. The torque figures are amazing for a small engine and this, coupled with a quick shifting gearbox, make the venue very easy to potter around in city. In fact, this is one of the best urban vehicles for congested Indian roads one can get. The light controls and close to no turbo lag makes it very user friendly as well. Hyundai has tuned it for practicality, and torque spread is linear with no "kick" felt in. The ease of driving with high seating position and right size is bound to be a hit with female buyers. In fact, user friendliness is a major forte of the venue. Instant throttle response and well spaced out gears also makes it stress free to live with.
Whats even good is that for a very small three cylinder, thrums are well controlled and doesn't make a racket like most 1.0 3 cylinder engines do. Its only post 4500 rpm when you rev hard the thruminess sis felt. Vibrations too are kept well under control, with high quality mounts installed all round.
The gearbox could have been better tuned though, true, its light years ahead of AMT, and the rubber band effect of CVT is absent, and the hesitance of torque converter is not at all present, but this is no VW DSG which doesn't make its shift presence felt. You are always well aware of the upshifts and downshifts and there is a shift time lag of 0.3-0.4s between the shifts. Layman can pass it off, but an informed enthusiast will always be aware.
The gearbox also has a manual mode for manually shifting gears and works like a charm. No paddle shifters are provided, though.


Engine appears smaller for the bay size.


High quality mounts control vibrations well.


Well presented engine bay makes it easy to work on.



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Underneath:



The ride and handling balance of the venue is mass market oriented. The steering is typical Hyundai light at parking speeds, easy to park, and weighs up pretty decently as speeds build up. This is no ecosport or nexon though, which have better caliberated steerings for more direct handling.
The ride is sorted, though. At low speeds, it doesn't jitter much and irons out bumps well, with the 60 profile tyres working well to dampen the harshness underneath. The ride improves at high speeds, and the generous dose of ground clearence helps to tackle potholes and speed breakers well. Riding over deep potholed roads and high set speed breakers can cause the ride to suffer a bit though.



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Summing it up:



Its very clear what Hyundai has set out to do with the venue. Give a well packaged Compact CUV on a compact foot print with the quality and features that we have come to expect from the Korean brand. it has garnered 15,000 pre orders, and is set to become a high selling vehicle in India. The same cannot be said about the weird distributuion of variant and equipment mix, and an automatic buyer is again short changed with no essentials like as basic as a rear wiper, but it has a feature-sunroof.
Its being marketed as a car with connectivity features, to help to distinguish from its competitiors, with a major draw-Hyundai's bluelink feature. The IRVM has buttons to make an emergency call, to call for towing assistance and to activate the bluelink, which has 33 different connectivity parameters, 10 of which are exclusive to the Indian market. The maps in the touchscreen are in fact, in house by Hyundai only, which shows how serious the paradigm shift of business and consumer preferences has taken. With more priority bring given towards entertainment and connectivity and social media over driving pleasure and performance.
The venue is a well rounded package for what most Indians have been looking for and if driving pleasure, rear seat volume and finicky equipment list are not in your priority, with the trust and backup of Hyundai's service and warranty network, the venue will please you.



Jack of all trades, master of none, that's what the Hyundai venue is.



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Varun_HexaGuy

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Short and crisp review as always. Great work man. Keep it coming!

The Venue, as you said is a jack of all trades and a king of none. I had eagerly waited for it to take a call for my next car purchase but the things have gotten clear now and I've now zeroed on the car of my choice. I'm glad to hear that the DCT is well-tuned but then, VW is still the master when it comes to Dual Clutches.

Hyundai, as always, hasn't offered the Turbo Petrol DCT in the top-end SX(O). IMO, Hyundai should let us customers to decide what we want. I'd seriously want to meet the guys at Hyundai who decides the variant allocation for the market.

The competition is heated up with competitive cars coming from all the brands. It's a buyer's market out there and I love it!



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Thanks for the crisp review Czar. To me Venue is a hatchback going by SUV name(ofcourse many in the CSUV segment), sure it can be a hit but if I am in the market for CSUV I would prefer Ecosport or Nexon over this.




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