For 2020, Hyundai released two SUVs at opposite ends of the size spectrum — the three-row Palisade and the tiny Venue. While we’ve become well acquainted with the former, we don’t know too much about the latter — but the automaker just announced another piece of the puzzle. The 2020 Venue starts at $18,345, undercutting a few key rivals in price (all prices include a $1,095 destination charge).
The base price is for an entry-level SE version with a manual transmission. Standard features on all models include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, remote keyless entry and the SmartSense suite of active-safety features that includes forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist and a driver attention warning.
All Venues are front-wheel drive only and use a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. Only the base model uses the six-speed manual — all others use a continuously variable automatic.
SE versions with the CVT start at $19,545. Other trim levels include the SEL ($20,245 to start) and Denim ($23,045). For an additional $1,150, the SEL model can be equipped with the Convenience Package, which includes a power sunroof, sliding armrest storage box, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and blind spot collision warning with rear cross-traffic alert.
Stepping up, SEL models with the Convenience Package can also add the Premium Package for an extra $1,750. It adds heated front seats and side mirrors; LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and taillights; 17-inch alloy wheels; a proximity key with push-button start; 8-inch navigation system; and Hyundai’s Blue Link connected-car system.
In Hyundai’s lineup, the Venue slots below the Kona — which starts at $21,195 — in size and price, and it competes against other subcompact SUVs that don’t offer all-wheel drive, such as the Nissan Kicks ($19,685) and Toyota CH-R ($22,415).
The 2020 Hyundai Venue goes on sale later in November.
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