By Otsile Kadiege
Initially launched in South Africa about a decade ago, Hyundai’s compact Venue SUV has been quite popular on local roads. The latest iteration was launched in SA back in December 2019 boasting a bold new look, new tech and a powertrain to name a few. Fast forward a few year later, the Venue received an update to remain competitive in the highly competitive Compact SUV segment.
Bolder exterior looks
Outside, the updated Venue sports an even bolder look accentuated by a completely redesigned front- and rear-end which brings it in line with the rest of Hyundai’s SUV line-up. At launch we drove the N Line grade which sets itself apart from the range with unique styling touches like N Line dark chrome grille with different patterns and N Line badging, a faux front skid plate, N Line badging on the front fenders, dual-tone 16-inch alloy wheels, a black contrasting roof with a sunroof and a faux rear skid plate which also houses dual exhaust pipes.
Overall, we like the updated looks which definitely makes the updated Venue one of the best-looking SUVs in its segment, especially in N Line guise.
Minor interior updates
Much of the interior design remains the same, however the N Line package adds unique interior detailing and features like red detailing all-round and a Drive Mode selector. The cabin in the N Line Venue is comfy and has ample luggage space and legroom. It’s dominated by quality plastics, however it needs better cabin insulation.
Powering the updated Venue is a new 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine making 88.3KW and 172Nm. It’s either paired to a 6-speed MT or a 7-speed DCT and has a claimed fuel consumption of 6.5l/100km with the manual and 6.9l/100km with the DCT.
Our highlight at the launch has to be the drive. The Venue is rather nippy and has decent ride quality. Its new 1.0-litre turbo-petrol is also peppy once the turbo kicks in. The cherry on top is its rather fruity exhaust note accompanied by pops or ‘VRRPHAA’ if you like on up shifts.
Pricing for the updated Hyundai Venue range starts at R294,900 and tops out at R449,900 for the 1.0 N Line. Included in the prices are Hyundai’s ground breaking 7-year / 200 000 km warranty, 7-year / 150 000 km roadside assistance, and a 3-year / 45 000 km service plan. Service intervals are at 15 000 km, or annually when applicable.
We’ve enjoyed our limited time with the updated Venue and cannot wait to spend more time with it on a road test.
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