2020 Hyundai Venue Aims To Prove Small Crossovers Don’t Have To Be Boring

We just got our hands on live images of the new Venue from the New York Auto Show floors, which have been added below.

The sub-compact crossover market is sizzling hot and Hyundai is looking to expand their presence in the segment by introducing the all-new Venue.

Set to go on sale late this year, the 2020 Venue has a bold front fascia with a cascading grille that is flanked by cube-shaped headlights and slender LED lights. The crossover also has pronounced wheel arches, strong character lines and “confident body forms.” 15-inch wheels are standard, but 17-inchers are optional.

Since the crossover was designed to be funky and fun, Hyundai will offer the Venue in eight “youthful” colors called Black Noir, Ceramic White, Denim, Galactic Gray, Green Apple, Intense Blue, Scarlet Red and Steller Silver. Buyers will also be able to order a power sunroof, rear privacy glass and a contrasting roof.

Smaller than the Kona

The Venue slots under the Kona and measures 158.9 inches (4,036 mm) long, 69.7 inches (1,770 mm) wide and 61.6 inches (1565 mm) tall with a wheelbase that spans 99.2 inches (2,520 mm). To put those numbers into perspective, the Venue is 5.1 inches (130mm) shorter than the Kona, 1.2 inches (30 mm) narrower and 0.6 inches (15 mm) taller. The Venue is also down 3.2 inches (81 mm) in wheelbase.

The cabin is relatively basic, but the model has a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an 8-inch Display Audio system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Other highlights include USB charging ports, a rearview camera and a 3.5-inch display in the instrument cluster.

Sticking with the technology theme, the Venue offers an impressive list of driver assistance systems. These include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Rear Collision Cross-Traffic Warning and Driver Attention Warning.

Comes with 1.6L engine, returns 33mpg combined

Hyundai was coy on powertrain details, but confirmed the Venue has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder Smartstream Gamma engine. Essentially an upgraded version of the previous Gamma engine, the Smartstream variant has a high tumble combustion system, improved thermal efficiency and dual port fuel injection with improved injectors and optimized spray targeting. These modifications help to improve fuel-efficiency and Hyundai says the Venue is expected to return 33 mpg combined.

The four-pot can be paired to either a six-speed manual or an intelligent variable transmission. All models will apparently be front-wheel drive, but Hyundai noted the Venue will come with a snow mode to help improve performance in wintry conditions.

Pricing will be announced closer to launch, but given that the Kona starts from $19,990, the smaller Venue could cost a couple thousand dollars less.


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  • Romain AA

    So this is not boring, you say?

    • .. EL CHAPO THA GREAT 🤴🏻

      All cars are boring

  • charlotteharry57

    Yep, it’s going after the EcoSport, just as the EcoSport morphs into the larger Puma.

    • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

      Eco sport isn’t morphing into a Puma the Puma is an all new model

  • atomicbri

    This is effectively the Accent replacement. At least for the hatchback. And please Hyundai, stop showing the drawings, those are two completely different cars lol.

  • Dennis Scipio

    So, this will fill the Void for the Accent hatchback that isn’t sold in the US. The overall package looks nice.

  • ME

    Front wheel drive only with snow mode( you mean traction control?). Lame.
    Add a turbo and AWD with a nicer grill, then we are talking.

    • .. EL CHAPO THA GREAT 🤴🏻

      Then get the kona. Simple

  • charlie bear

    So Hyundai is flowing Toyota with its ugly styling now. Fortunately the quality and reliability is on point. Guess it will sell well.

  • SteersUright

    Exudes “I am broke” in its interior and exterior styling somehow.

  • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

    Please keep that thing away from the UK!

    It’s awful

  • wonderdallas

    Gawd the music in the video! I half expect a reboot of the 6 Million Dollar man to be behind the wheel. So over the top.

    It’s cute for being so small and inexpensive. I don’t hate it.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      We can rebuild him it.
      I wish they would!

  • It’s okay, I guess. I think the Kicks looks better.

    • diesel_vdub

      Are you serious? The Kicks is just blah… I’d much rather have the Juke over the Kicks. At least the Venue seems to have a little more style inside and out over the Kicks… though neither is really attractive.

      • I just think it’s just trying a bit too hard. There is something about the Kicks’ simplicity that’s just endearing to me, and its customizability helps add a sprinkle of personality.

  • Brian Regan

    I like it. I wouldn’t buy one but I do like it.

  • StrangerGP

    Looks a lot like VW T-Cross from the rear, but the Volkswagen is actually much better looking.

  • Toronado_II

    Venue… what a name ! They never think about the vulgar meaning in french ?!?

  • Bash

    I don’t think I’m gonna ever like it. I mean it looks practical but still ugly inside out.

  • Liam Paul

    I love it, looks good

  • JRP

    It’s way more attractive than the Kona.

    • charlotteharry57

      Well, there’s always one in the crowd…

    • Benjamin B.

      Except it’s gutless. I would’ve liked to have seen a hybrid model.

  • bd0007

    Not exactly a looker.

    The new Soul is a bit larger and looks better – so why get this?

    • charlotteharry57

      Soul and Kona are platform-mates. This is significantly smaller.

  • I ALWAYS LIKED THE LIGHT TREATMENT ON THE CHEROKEE. IT DOESN’T WORK HERE ON THE HYUNDAI. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7b096d619b81b3d0d61da7ad44fcbceba90a21c433da6cac74b44776eb583183.jpg

    • charlotteharry57

      That’s the one that started this whole ugly mess. It didn’t work on that one either, which is why Jeep ditched it.


  • charlotteharry57

    Addition of pics confirms its love for the Nissan Kicks.

  • Marwan Abdul Hak

    A crossover without AWD is useless in my opinion

  • WalthamDan


  • Dude

    It’s very nice but idk why they didn’t give this to Kia instead when they already have the Kona

  • Braddo

    Looks to have very awkward proportions – dated design could have been a 2009 model – worst “iPad stuck on dash” design i think I’ve ever seen – could the interior be any more cheap n dull n dated??

  • MarketAndChurch

    A nice little car. I like it.

  • cat

    It’s a hyunday creta with a new name!!!

  • pcurve

    definitely more upscale looking than kona

  • Benjamin B.

    You don’t want this. It’s replacing our version of the i20 hatchback. Hyundai will position the Place/Venue/Locale/Location/Setting/Scene/etc as its entry level vehicle.

  • MarketAndChurch

    It looks like a solid small car from that video. For me, the profile reminded me of the A1, I think it can be a great alternative to the Kia Soul. This segment is about to get hot with this, and the upcoming Puma.

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