2022 Hyundai Venue first drive review: Best in segment?

The first-generation Hyundai Venue was launched in India back in 2019 and had massive appeal to Indian buyers. The sales charts were set on fire and the Venue became one of the most popular Compact SUVs sold in India. Now Hyundai has brought in its first facelift for the SUV. It’s an extensively updated model and gets lots of segment-first features and new technologies.

So what is it like to drive, what kind of changes does the new Venue get, what kind of difference does it offer in terms of value for money, how different is it from the previous generation and most importantly should this be on your radar when you’re out in the market looking for a sub-compact SUV? Read the complete review for all the answers.
Click below to watch the video review of the new Venue.

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2022 Hyundai Venue: How is it from the outside?
Talking about the design of the new Venue, the changes to the design are subtle when you look at it. The large cascading chrome-lined grille is now replaced by a wide boxy metallic finished grille and Hyundai calls the new grille its parametric theme. The bumper also gets a refreshed design too and the Venue now gets all-LED lighting.

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The silhouette of the SUV remains the same but the compact SUV now gets newly designed 16-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in 215/60 section tires, which uplift the SUV’s stance.

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Moving on to the back, the Venue gets LED tail lamps that run from one end to the other end similar to the Kia Sonet. This accentuates the width of the car, giving it a dynamic road presence. Just like the front, the rear bumper to has been re-designed. Due to all the exterior changes, the Venue now looks more young and sporty than the previous generation.

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The car is offered with 7 color options, including Polar White, Typhoon Silver, Phantom Black, Denim Blue, Titan Grey, Fiery Red, and Fiery Red with a black roof.
2022 Hyundai Venue: How is it on the inside?

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Unlike the exterior, the changes on the inside are minimal. Get inside and there’s a new instrument cluster welcoming you which looks similar to the one you can find in the Kia Carens. The Venue also gets get three drive modes: Eco, Normal, and Sport and the instrumental cluster change color depending upon the drive mode you select.

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The SUV features an 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It is sharp, easy to operate and now it also gets Nature sounds in-built l. Importantly, the new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment has been updated to support Alexa and Google Assistant in 10 different regional languages. Alexa and Google pairing brings home-to-car connectivity to the model. The BlueLink connected car tech has also seen an upgrade and now comes with more than 60 features.

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Additionally, the new Venue gets a steering wheel borrowed from the Creta and it also gets a segment-first four-way adjustable electric seat for the driver, two-step reclining rear seats, ambient lighting, USB Type-C charging port and Air- purifier.

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There are all of the expected features, like auto climate control, a cooled glove box, a sunroof (not panoramic) and wireless phone charging also on offer in the top variant.

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The rest of the interior remains largely similar to the previous generation for the additional features and changes mentioned above.

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Moving on to the rear seat, the legroom and knee room has been improved than the previous generation, and the back portion of the front seats has been scooped out which increases legroom and knee room. The rear seat is also new and it offers more under-thigh support and therefore is more comfortable. Another segment-first feature here is that two-step reclining function for the rear seats, this allows you to choose the recline angle of your needs and that adds a bit more comfort.
2022 Hyundai Venue: Engine and Transmission
The 2022 Hyundai Venue will be offered with the same engines as the previous generation. Options include a 1.2-litre MPI NA (Naturally Aspirated) Petrol engine which produces 83 bhp of power and 114 Nm of torque, and a 1.0-litre turbo petrol motor producing 120 bhp and 172 Nm torque, as well as a 1.5-litre diesel engine that produces 100 PS power and 240 Nm torque.

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The transmission options include a 5-speed MT (1.2 petrol), a 6-speed MT (1.5 diesel), a 6-speed clutch-less manual better known as iMT (1.0 turbo petrol), and a 7-speed DCT (1.0 turbo petrol).
2022 Hyundai Venue: How does it perform and Handle?
Mechanically there are no changes in the new Venue except minor calibration. This means no changes in the way it drives or handles. The car feels the same as the previous generation to drive. However, the DCT gearbox and the steering wheel have been tweaked a little bit and it’s evident as soon as you start to drive it.

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The 2nd generation DCT gearbox feels a bit quicker than before and the steering wheel feels a little heavy which adds to the confidence at higher speeds.

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First, we drove the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit that produces 120 bhp and 172 Nm of torque mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The engine feels energetic for highway use and for city use, it will take some getting used to as the power delivery and the gearshifts feel a bit out of sync in stop-go traffic but one can get used to this in a short time. Also, the transmission is reasonably quick and smooth.

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There are also three drive modes on offer, The Eco mode slows down the gearbox’s eagerness and even softens power delivery, making it calmer and more fuel-efficient. On the other hand, the Sport mode is great for overtaking on the highway as it holds onto a lower gear for longer, making it more responsive. The Venue now also gets paddle shifters that add to the sporty driving experience.

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Next, we drove the clutch-less manual better known as iMT. In the iMT, there’s no clutch but you can manually engage gears through the gear lever. You have the best of both worlds in the form of control from a manual gearbox and some convenience of an automatic transmission.

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The driving and the shifts are smooth and there’s no lag in between the shifts. In case you’re wondering, it’s impossible to stall it even when you are in the wrong gear at the wrong speeds. The car tries its best to amble along. It will beep with a warning sign on the instrument cluster to let you know to shift down if the gear doesn’t match the speed you’re at.

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In terms of handling, the Venue has an impressive balance between handling and comfort. The car feels planted and offers a great degree of confidence at high speeds. Overall grip through corners is good but some body roll is evident once you push it. As previously mentioned, the steering wheel has some additional weight to it which gives it added confidence.
2022 Hyundai Venue: Should you buy it?
The new Venue is a positive step in every department. The SUV now looks sporty, comfortable, is more connected, is good to drive, gets a lot of features and some of them are segment first, so it does offer a very good proposition for people who want a good-looking compact SUV and is loaded to the brim.

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The Venue was always an important car for Hyundai and since its launch, Hyundai has never had trouble selling the Venue. With all these new improvements, it’s just gotten better and we’re sure that the sales numbers too will reflect that in some time as the car has been priced competitively across the range. Hyundai India seems to have another winner on its hands!

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