Hyundai’s fuel-economy projections for the 2020 Venue are right on target, if a little behind the competition. The tall hatchback, which Hyundai markets as a quasi-SUV, gets an EPA-estimated 30/34/32 mpg (city/highway/combined) when equipped with an automatic transmission. The EPA rates stick-shift versions at 27/35/30 mpg.
Hyundai originally targeted 33 mpg when the Venue debuted at the 2019 New York International Auto Show in April, but later revised its projection down to 32 mpg. The combined EPA figure aligns with the revision, and it beats Hyundai’s other micro-SUV, the Kona, which maxes out at 30 mpg combined (excluding the Kona EV).
The Kona is arguably a real SUV, as it offers all-wheel drive; the front-drive-only Venue does not, but its high stance looks the part. Combined EPA mileage lands the Venue at the high end of other micro-SUV poseurs — think Nissan Kicks (33 mpg), Kia Soul (up to 31 mpg) or Toyota C-HR (29 mpg). Abandon the getup for a hatchback that isn’t trying to be anything else, and you can get higher mileage still: The 2019 Honda Fit is rated 33-36 mpg combined with an automatic transmission, while the automatic-equipped 2020 Toyota Yaris hatchback is rated 35 mpg.
The Venue goes on sale later this year. Pricing has yet to be announced, but we’d expect it to start somewhere south of the Kona, which starts for 2020 at $21,195, including a destination charge.
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