2020 Hyundai Venue

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2020 Hyundai Venue Review

The 2020 Hyundai Venue is a brand-new model. It gets great fuel economy and has easy-to-use features, though it's not as athletic as some of its classmates. This subcompact SUV does not yet have an overall score or ranking because of incomplete safety and reliability data.

Pros & Cons

  • Good gas mileage
  • Easy to maneuver in close quarters
  • Intuitive infotainment technology
  • Poor cargo capacity
  • Mediocre acceleration and power

Research & Ratings

The 2020 Hyundai Venue is unranked in Subcompact SUVs due to missing safety data. Currently, the Hyundai Venue's overall score is not available, though its Critics' Rating, Performance score, and Interior score are based on our evaluation of 9 pieces of research and data.

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Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.1
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other subcompact suvs.
TBD
Reliability:
This model has never been fully tested for reliability. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other subcompact suvs.
TBD

Is the Hyundai Venue a Good SUV?

Without safety and reliability data, it's a little early to decree whether the Venue is a good vehicle. That said, there are plenty of reasons this small crossover should appeal to buyers. The Venue's engine, though not overly potent, moves this subcompact SUV well. The Venue handles nicely, rides smoothly, and gets good gas mileage.

Inside, the Venue looks good despite some low-rent materials, and the standard features list includes an intuitive touch-screen infotainment system. The front seats are spacious, comfortable, and provide great visibility. The rear seats aren't expansive, but adults can ride back there on shorter drives. Cargo space is a big drawback, however, as most rivals have more room.

Should I Buy the Hyundai Venue?

If you're looking for a small crossover that provides plenty of bang for your buck, then the Venue is a great pick – as long as you don't need much cargo space or all-wheel drive. This Hyundai costs less than almost every rival, but it delivers a lot in terms of comfort and features. Before heading to a dealership, shoppers considering the Venue may also want to check out the Nissan Kicks and Mazda CX-3.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Hyundai Venue?

The Venue is an all-new model for 2020, so you likely won't see any used models for a while.

We Did the Research for You: 9 Reviews Analyzed

We don’t base our car reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we combine the findings of professional test drivers with data such as reliability ratings and safety scores to give you a complete overview of every vehicle we rank.

This 2020 Venue review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2020.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Much Does the Hyundai Venue Cost?

The Venue sports a base price of $17,350. That's one of the lowest starting prices in the class, and it doesn't rise much as you climb the trim ladder. The range-topping Venue Denim costs $22,050, which is well below the top-trim price of most subcompact SUVs.

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Hyundai Venue Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Hyundai Venue or Nissan Kicks?

There's not a lot that separates the Hyundai Venue and the Nissan Kicks. The Kicks has comfortable seats and more cargo space, but the Venue looks a little better inside and comes with standard features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are extra-cost options in the Nissan. Performance-wise, these two are neck and neck. They feature similar engine performance, smooth rides, and good gas mileage, and they are highly maneuverable, but neither subcompact SUV offers all-wheel drive. Pricewise, the base Nissan is about $1,500 more expensive than the Hyundai.

Which Is Better: Hyundai Venue or Mazda CX-3?

The Mazda CX-3 certainly takes the cake when it comes to performance. The CX-3 is perhaps the most athletic small crossover, with quick acceleration and buttoned-down handling. It has a cushioned ride, gets good fuel economy ratings, and offers all-wheel drive. The Mazda has a much more upscale interior than the Hyundai, as well as more total cargo space. However, the Venue has more cargo room behind its rear seats. The CX-3 only comes in one trim level. It's $3,000 more expensive than the base Venue, but a fully-loaded Venue is about the same price.

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Venue Interior

How Many People Does the Venue Seat?

The Venue seats five people. Though its cabin is not exactly cavernous, this Hyundai does a great job providing space for its occupants. There's plenty of head- and legroom up front, and the driver has an excellent view of the road ahead. Long-legged folks might have problems in the back on lengthy trips, but for jaunts across town, two adults can ride in the back seat without much trouble.

Venue and Child Car Seats

The Venue comes with two complete sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats.

Venue Interior Quality

The all-new Venue has materials quality that matches its price point, which is to say there are a lot of inexpensive hard plastics. However, attractive styling gives the Venue's cabin an inviting feel.

Venue Cargo Space

This small crossover is not a big-time cargo hauler. The Venue provides 18.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 31.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Almost every SUV on the market – and even many hatchbacks – provide more cargo room.

Venue Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Venue comes standard with an infotainment system that includes an 8-inch touch screen, four speakers, HD Radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Available features include a sunroof, automatic climate control, six speakers, satellite radio, an additional USB port, and navigation.

The infotainment interface is easy to master and user-friendly, and the touch screen responds promptly to inputs. The screen is also bigger than many rivals' standard displays. That said, the system doesn't feel as modern as those you’ll find in some rivals.

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Venue Performance

Venue Engine: Not a Great Choice for Thrill-Seekers

Small crossovers aren't expected to perform like sports cars, which is good because the Venue certainly doesn't. It features a 121-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a standard six-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is available.

The Venue's four-banger never exactly feels weak, but it doesn't move the vehicle with much authority. Acceleration is good enough in most cases, but it takes time to get up to speed from a stop (though you'll still leave a Schwinn in the dust).

Venue Gas Mileage: Pretty Efficient

The Venue earns above-average fuel economy ratings for the subcompact SUV class. It gets 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission and 30/34 mpg city/highway with the CVT.

Venue Ride and Handling: Great Urban Runabout

This Hyundai provides a smooth, if slightly firm, ride over most road surfaces. It's highly maneuverable and has accurate steering, making it easy to navigate winding roads, crowded city streets, and cramped parking garages.

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Venue Reliability

Is the Hyundai Venue Reliable?

At the time of writing, the 2020 Hyundai Venue does not have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Hyundai Venue Warranty

Hyundai covers the Venue with a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Hyundai Venue?

The cost of insuring a Hyundai Venue will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

Venue Safety

Venue Crash Test Results

At the time of writing, the 2020 Venue has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Venue Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, and driver drowsiness monitoring. Available active safety features include blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

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Venue Dimensions and Weight

The Venue is 13.3 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 2,557 to 2,738 pounds.

Where Is the Hyundai Venue Built?

Hyundai builds the 2020 Venue in South Korea.

Which Hyundai Venue Model Is Right for Me?

Hyundai offers the all-new Venue in three trims: SE, SEL, and Denim. All models come with a 121-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. A six-speed manual transmission is standard in the SE trim, and you can upgrade to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) for $1,200. The CVT is standard in the SEL and Denim trims.

The base trim comes reasonably well-equipped, and most buyers should be happy with it. The SEL trim makes a great choice for shoppers looking for more features, as it offers basically every piece of technology you can get in this Hyundai. Notably, the SEL is the only trim to offer a sunroof.

Venue SE

The Venue SE carries a base price of $17,350. Standard features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, cloth upholstery, an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, four speakers, HD Radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Venue SEL

The Venue SEL starts at $19,250. In addition to the base trim's features, the SEL comes with the CVT, drive mode select (with Normal, Sport, and Snow settings), automatic climate control, six speakers, and an additional USB port.

The Convenience package ($1,150) adds a sunroof, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The Premium package ($1,750) includes the contents of the Convenience package, as well as heated front seats, push-button start, satellite radio, and navigation.

Venue Denim

The Venue Denim costs $22,050. The Denim comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, push-button start, satellite radio, and navigation. Essentially, the Denim trim comes with every feature you can get in the Venue other than a sunroof.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Hyundai dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Hyundai deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Hyundai Venue is an all-new member of the subcompact SUV class. It doesn't have a ranking, owing to the lack of available safety and reliability information, but there are still plenty of reasons buyers should consider the Venue.

It carries one of the lowest price tags of any SUV on the market and delivers solid value thanks to its comfortable ride, good fuel economy, and user-friendly features. It doesn't offer all-wheel drive, and many rivals have more cargo space, but if those aren't deal breakers, then the Venue represents an interesting choice for small crossover shoppers.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The Venue lands in a segment crowded with competition, some of which is now rapidly seeming outdated, overpriced or encumbered with cheap interiors and noisy engines. Hyundai managed to avoid all of these pitfalls in building a car for the masses, while delivering good road manners and just enough passenger comfort. … its mix of ergonomics, features and tech makes it a surprisingly compelling urban crossover that's eager to please." -- Autoweek
  • "The Venue is designed to capitalize on the current popularity of SUVs and target younger millennials with a low starting price and generous standard technology and safety features. … what Hyundai has built is a capable city car that ably replaces the Accent hatchback (the sedan remains) as a nimble way to get from point A to point B in the city, and that can even handle shorter highway trips. It joins the ranks of high-riding front-drive hatchbacks like the Nissan Kicks and Toyota C-HR, and it offers both solid competition for first-time car buyers and those looking for a small, affordable and moderately utilitarian new car." -- Cars.com
  • "… the automaker wants this little crossover to appeal to buyers who would otherwise be shopping for a used car. There's a special feeling that comes from having a car all to yourself from the start, and if the Venue gets more people to experience that, I'm all for it. As this segment of small SUVs grows, Hyundai has done a great job of establishing a high-water mark for everything that comes after." -- CNET
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