2020 Hyundai Venue

MSRP $17,250 - $21,950

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2020 Hyundai Venue Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 14, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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City roads are becoming more and more crowded day by day and people living in the cities are opting for cars which are smaller in size. Hyundai has pretty much understood this and unveiled an all-new car that is supposedly targeted at the youth and their needs. The 2020 Hyundai Venue is the smallest crossover SUV from the brand and is a very impressive car.

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Pros

Automatic emergency braking comes as a standard fitment

Funky and futuristic looks

Flexible cargo space

Cons

Maybe just too small for some

Poor rear legroom

Polarizing front grille

What's New?

Brand new for 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$17250

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

115 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

98 cu.in.

horsepower

121 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

113 ft-lb. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11/8 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

99.2 in.

length

159.1 in.

width

69.7 in.

height

61.6 in.

curb weight

2557 lbs.

ground clearance

6.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

91.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

31.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

1780 lbs.

payload capacity

1081 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

10.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/30/35 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

SE$17,250 onwards

SEL$19,150 onwards

Denim$21,950 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Hyundai Venue in Galactic Gray color
Galactic Gray

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

8.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.5

Overall Rating


The Hyundai Venue is fairly practical for its size, is quite light at its feet, and is also very easy to go around the town in. It is a quirky-looking car and while it may not be very handsome to some, we think Hyundai has a winner on their hands in the form of the Venue. Starting at MSRP $17,350 and competes against the Ford Ecosport, Nissan Kicks, and Toyota C-HR.


8.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior


2020 Hyundai Venue Features

The 2020 Hyundai Venue is available in three trim levels, viz SE, SEL, and Denim. At $17,350, not much can be expected from a car. However, the Venue comes fairly loaded for that price. It has excellent convenience and infotainment features for the price. The breakup of features is explained in the table below:

Trim

SE

SEL

Denim

MSRP (MT FWD)

$17,350

N/A

N/A

MSRP (AT FWD)

$18,550

$19,250

$22,050

Key Features 

Projector headlights

Add/Upgrade from previous trim

Add/Upgrade from previous trim

 

Automatic headlight control

Power tilt-and-slide sunroof

Projector LED headlights

 

Black front grille

Chrome front grille

Proximity Key with push-button start

 

One-touch triple turn signal

Roof side rails

Driver’s sliding armrest/storage box

 

Cloth seating surfaces

Heated front seats

Exclusive denim interior color with cloth and leatherette combination front seats

 

8-inch touchscreen display audio system, AM/FM/HD radio with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

The leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

8-inch color touchscreen display with navigation, AM/FM/HD Radio/SiriusXM with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

 

4 speakers

6 speakers

Heated front seats

 

 

 

Lane Change alert with side blind zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert

 

 

 

Platinum Package (Optional)

Which trim should you buy?

So while the car is available in three trims i.e. SE, SEL, and Denim, if you ask us, we will definitely be choosing the Denim as it is the most feature-rich and value for money offering of the lot. Priced at $22,050 and we are pretty sure there will be dealer discounts over this as well, the car offers good value for what it is bringing to the table and is a decent pick of the bunch.

2020 Hyundai Venue Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The only engine on offer in the cute little 2020 Hyundai Venue is a 1.6L inline-4 which is quite enough as it produces 121 hp @ 6,300 RPM and 113 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM. In the base trim, the engine is paired to a 6-speed manual transmission while the higher trims get a CVT. As this is no serious crossover so Hyundai hasn’t given this any sort of all-wheel-drive hardware so the power only goes to the front wheels. 

It is really good at city speeds with quite high refinement levels and it is able to maintain the traffic speeds easily and even overtaking is not much of a problem here. While the manual transmission is just able to go along fine, the CVT really starts to struggle and the rubber band effect gets annoying at times. The best idea is to have this car for doing odd jobs around the city, as for highways this drivetrain is just not designed to perform.

Models

2020 Hyundai Venue

2020 Ford Ecosport 

2020 Nissan Kicks 

2020 Toyota C-HR

MSRP

$17,350

$20,485

$18,870

$21,295

Engine

1.6L Inline Four-Cylinder

1.0L Turbocharged Inline Three-Cylinder

1.6L Inline Four-Cylinder

2.0L Inline Four-Cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed automatic

CVT

CVT

Power

121 hp @ 6,300 RPM

123 hp @ 6,000 RPM

122 hp @ 6,300 RPM

144 hp @ 6,100 RPM

Torque

113 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

125 lb-ft @ 6,000 RPM

114 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

139 lb-ft @ 3,900 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.9

10.4

N/A

11.0

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

17.8

16.5

N/A

18.4

Top Speed (MPH)

130

120

N/A

N/A

The Venue has the least powerful engine but because of its less weight, it is able to clock the most impressive time for a 0-60 MPH sprint. It is also cheaper at a price point that manages to undercut all of its rivals and hence makes for a steal. The Toyota CH-R is the most powerful on paper but fails to impress on the road.

How well does the 2020 Hyundai Venue handle?

The 2020 Hyundai Venue handles fairly decently despite being a relatively tall crossover. The steering wheel lacks feedback and we feel it would have been better if there was more response from the steering wheel. At straight-line speeds, the car is doing quite well and is very sure-footed but carving corners is certainly not the best exercise you can do with Venue. It tends to float a fair bit and the confidence around the corners is also not a lot. 

The skinny tires mean there is not a lot of grips to hold you to the road while going around the twisties. The suspension in the Venue is more suited for broken roads as Hyundai has tuned it to be soft. At low speeds, it offers really good comfort over broken tarmac and soaks up bumps really effectively. Though this means the high-speed stability has been compromised a bit, Hyundai has made this car to be more city-friendly than being an intercontinental speed missile.

2020 Hyundai Venue Braking Performance

The Venue comes with quite a decent braking hardware with 11-inch rotors at the front and 10.3-inch rotors at the back. The stopping of the car is also quite effective and while the weight of the car is also quite less, the brakes are pretty much enough in keeping the car under control and make it stop effectively under hard braking conditions.

Models

2020 Hyundai Venue

2020 Ford Ecosport 

2020 Nissan Kicks 

2020 Toyota C-HR

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

11

N/A

10.2

11.8

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

10.3

N/A

8

11

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,612

3,021

2,691

3,300

60-0 MPH (feet)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Although wedo not have the exact figures for 60-0 mph stopping distances here, the Hyundai Venue is definitely very competitive in class. The Toyota CH-R has the largest rotors but it is also significantly heavier. The Venue is the lightest car in the lot.

2020 Hyundai Venue Fuel Economy

9.0/10

Though the 2020 Hyundai Venue has quite a fuel-efficient engine, its boxy design means it is not quite as aerodynamic as some of its own family sedans, which means it might just not be as good as those in numbers. The base manual transmission is not very efficient and has earned EPA ratings of 27 MPG city, 35 highway, and 30 combined. It will be quite a better idea to go for the CVT transmission as it is able to just add a few more miles to the gallon with the ratings standing at 30/34/32 MPG respectively for city, highway, and combined driving conditions.

Models

2020 Hyundai Venue

2020 Ford Ecosport 

2020 Nissan Kicks 

2020 Toyota C-HR

MPG (City)

27

27

31

27

MPG (Highway)

35

29

36

31

MPG (Combined)

30

28

33

29

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

11.9

13.8

10.8

13.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

321/417/357

373/400/386

335/389/356

356/409/382

The Venue is quite a fuel-efficient car, though not as much as the Kicks but the CVT drivetrain is just as good. With a relatively smaller fuel tank though, the range might be limited and fuel stops more often. However, the CVT transmission equipped Venue is the one to go for if you prioritize fuel efficiency.

2020 Hyundai Venue Interior

8.0/10

While the interior dimensions look quite small, the interior of the 2020 Hyundai Venue is surprisingly spacious. The dashboard design is quite decent and though it is more of a conservative approach by Hyundai, we quite liked how they designed the overall cabin. There are no unnecessary cuts or creases on the dashboard and the whole layout is pretty clean. 

The infotainment display also looks like a part of the dashboard rather than a floating style one which we are used to seeing these days. The cabin is quite practical as well with quite enough storage to keep small items and water bottles. The choice of materials is also quite decent and though at this price point there is not much to expect still Hyundai managed to give the cabin an upmarket feeling.

This is marketed as a five-seater by Hyundai but we would say it is at best a four-seater because fitting three adults on that rear bench seat is just a lot to ask from this small car. The seats though are very comfortable and cushioning is also quite nice. The boxy dimensions help in having that additional headroom and shoulder room. 

Models

2020 Hyundai Venue

2020 Ford Ecosport 

2020 Nissan Kicks 

2020 Toyota C-HR

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

39.4/53.9/41.3

39.6/53.3/42.9

40.7/53.0/43.7

38.1/49.0/43.5

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.6/53.7/34.3

37.5/51.3/36.7

38.5/53.2/33.2

38.3/52.5/31.7

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

18.7

20.9

25.3

19.1

It has pretty much the smallest cabin in the class and that was very well expected. Though it is slightly bigger than the more powerful C-HR because of the more conventional boxy shape. One thing though is that the Venue has the smallest boot at 18.7 cu-ft., and while it can be just enough for daily city driving, it is not something you can load with a lot of stuff for a small weekend trip. Some of the standout interior features are as follows:

  • Proximity Key with push-button start
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Heated front seats
  • 6-way adjustable driver seat and 4-way passenger seat

What’s there to keep you entertained in the 2020 Hyundai Venue?

On the dashboard of the 2020 Hyundai Venue is an 8.0-inch touchscreen display handling the infotainment duties. It comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Also, the Bluetooth connectivity along with a four-speaker sound system is what you can expect in the base trims. If you upgrade to the higher trims then they come with Hyundai’s BlueLink software which comes with a host of functionality like communication with your car via a smartphone app. 

Other feature upgrades you get are inbuilt navigation, satellite radio, voice recognition, and two additional speakers for your audio system.The display itself is quite a good one with nice graphics and fairly responsive touch. It is quite bright as well and is well lit, hence being easily readable under direct sunlight. One thing though is that it does freeze at times, especially while booting up. But other than that, it is quite an intuitive system. Hyundai’s user interface is also one of the best in the class. Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • Dual USB charging
  • Auxiliary input jack
  • Apple Carplay and Android Auto
  • AM/FM/HD Radio
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Bluetooth connectivity

2020 Hyundai Venue Exterior

9.0/10

Lately, Hyundai has started to design all of its cars in rather quirky ways and its new design language has quite divided opinions. The 2020 Venue is also designed along the lines of the bigger crossovers and SUVs from the Hyundai family and has a stark resemblance to them with those split headlamp and DRL design but one thing we are quite not a fan of in this design is the new odd-looking front grille which we feel will take quite some time to grow on us. 

The front is instantly recognizable as a Hyundai with that massive cascading front grille and split headlamps. The headlights are projector ones but seem to be not very effective in functionality. The side profile makes it look more like a big hatchback than a crossover SUV but the big rims do help in making the car feel big. The rear is maybe the profile from where the car looks the smallest and while we are not complaining, this is no SUV.

Models

2020 Hyundai Venue

2020 Ford Ecosport 

2020 Nissan Kicks 

2020 Toyota C-HR

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,612

3,021

2,691

3,300

Length (inches)

159.1

161.3

169.1

172.6

Width (inches)

69.7

69.5

69.3

70.7

Height (inches)

61.6

64.8

62.4

61.6

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.69

N/A

7.0

5.9

Wheelbase (inches)

99.2

99.2

103.1

103.9

The Venue is pretty much the lightest car in comparison with the shortest length and height as well. This was very well expected as Hyundai is very clear in their mind that this is an urban car and this is supposed to be small. Even when compared to the tiny Ecosport, the Venue is incredibly smaller. Some of the standout exterior features are as follows:

  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • LED taillights
  • Heated outside mirrors
  • Black/Chrome front grille
  • Power tilt-and-slide sunroof
  • Side-mounted Roof rails

2020 Hyundai Venue Safety

The 2020 Hyundai Venue could be a cheap car but not at all an unsafe car. It is a stark reminder that cheap cars don’t require skipping on safety features. It has scored quite impressively in tests performed by the federal. Every Venue has standard automatic emergency braking, active lane control, driver-attention monitor, and high-beam assist. 

Blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts are available on select trims. Other safety features include driver attention warning, brake assist, tire pressure monitoring system, ABS with EBD, TCS with ESP, and as many as 7 airbags including a knee airbag for the driver. Some of the standout safety features of the 2020 Venue are as follows:

  • Forward collision-avoidance assist (FCA-Ped) with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-keeping assist (LKA)
  • Driver attention warning (DAW)
  • 6 Airbags
  • LATCH
  • Brake assist (BA)
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

2020 Hyundai Venue Competition

2020 Hyundai Venue vs 2020 Nissan Kicks

Honestly, both the cars have their strong points. The Venue is cheaper, comes with a lot of handy features, is fuel-efficient, and has good ride quality but for some, it is just too small. On the other hand, the Nissan does cost a bit more but it scores well on practicality, is also quite frugal, and has quite a lot of space than the tiny Venue. So it is basically what you prefer and how much you can stretch your budget.

2020 Hyundai Venue vs 2020 Toyota CH-R

The Toyota CH-R is the most expensive of the bunch but is also quite a lot more powerful than the rest of the cars. And then the Toyota badge is quite enough to justify its pricing as they over-engineer all of their cars. The simple idea is if you can get yourself a CH-R then you shouldn’t be looking around as it is a better car than the Venue in pretty much all the aspects.

2020 Hyundai Venue vs 2020 Ford Ecosport

Ecosport is not quite an old car and in front of the all-new Venue, it does seem like Ford can do some minor tweaks to keep the design fresh. Also while the build quality of Ecosport is considerably better than the Venue, it lacks on the features list. And that is where the Venue comes into the picture and steals the crown from the Ecosport. 

2020 Hyundai Venue Final Verdict

The Hyundai Venue is one of the cheapest compact crossovers and is a very good value for money offering. It has quite a comfortable ride, the engine is very fuel-efficient and it is quite easy to drive around the city, that being the main purpose of the car. Though for some it might be a bit too small, the boot space is also not the very best, and the unavailability of all-wheel-drive might put some off. But still, despite all of that, it is a fun little car and can be just the right pick for your daily office commute.

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