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2020 Hyundai Venue

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2020 Hyundai Venue Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Can subcompact SUVs get any smaller? Hyundai thinks yes. The new 2020 Venue, debuting at the 2019 New York auto show, will slot below the subcompact Kona in size to be Hyundai’s smallest, most affordable SUV. Watch our video for more.

By Jennifer Geiger

Competes with: Hyundai Kona, Nissan Kicks, Toyota C-HR

Looks like: A tiny, angry Kona

Powertrain: 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine; six-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission; front-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: End of 2019

Hyundai continues to expand its SUV portfolio — in both directions. On the large side is the new three-row Palisade, and on the other end is the teeny new-for-2020 Venue, which makes its debut at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. The all-new model brings Hyundai’s SUV count to seven.

Related: More 2019 New York Auto Show Coverage

Can subcompact SUVs get any smaller? Well, Hyundai thinks yes. The new Venue will slot below the subcompact Kona in size. Hyundai says the Venue will be its smallest, most affordable SUV.

Exterior

Based on preliminary sketches, the Venue shares some of the Kona’s design elements in front, from its aggressive cascading grille to its cubelike headlamps. It’s approximately 5 inches shorter and 1 inch narrower than the Kona, however.

To differentiate it as the fun sibling, Hyundai is offering the Venue in eight colors: Ceramic White, Black Noir, Steller Silver, Galactic Gray, Scarlet Red, Intense Blue, Green Apple and Denim. Denim can be coupled with denim cloth and a leatherette interior with a white contrasting roof.

Interior

Inside, the Venue will be available in gray or black cloth appointments and come standard with an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and...

Competes with: Hyundai Kona, Nissan Kicks, Toyota C-HR

Looks like: A tiny, angry Kona

Powertrain: 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine; six-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission; front-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: End of 2019

Hyundai continues to expand its SUV portfolio — in both directions. On the large side is the new three-row Palisade, and on the other end is the teeny new-for-2020 Venue, which makes its debut at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. The all-new model brings Hyundai’s SUV count to seven.

Related: More 2019 New York Auto Show Coverage

Can subcompact SUVs get any smaller? Well, Hyundai thinks yes. The new Venue will slot below the subcompact Kona in size. Hyundai says the Venue will be its smallest, most affordable SUV.

Exterior

Based on preliminary sketches, the Venue shares some of the Kona’s design elements in front, from its aggressive cascading grille to its cubelike headlamps. It’s approximately 5 inches shorter and 1 inch narrower than the Kona, however.

To differentiate it as the fun sibling, Hyundai is offering the Venue in eight colors: Ceramic White, Black Noir, Steller Silver, Galactic Gray, Scarlet Red, Intense Blue, Green Apple and Denim. Denim can be coupled with denim cloth and a leatherette interior with a white contrasting roof.

Interior

Inside, the Venue will be available in gray or black cloth appointments and come standard with an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability; navigation is optional.

In terms of cargo, the Venue offers nearly identical space as the Kona when the rear seats are up (18.7 cubic feet for the Venue versus 19.2 for the Kona), as well as a 60/40-split, folding backseat for more space. However, the Venue offers far less cargo space with the rear seats down (31.9 cubic feet to the Kona’s 45.8). Passenger volume is also comparable, favoring the Kona by just 2.2 cubic feet, according to Hyundai’s measurements.

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Under the Hood

Hyundai didn’t release horsepower or torque specs for the Venue’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, but in the automaker’s smallest car, the Accent, the engine makes 130 hp. In the Venue, the engine is paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic that Hyundai is calling an Intelligent Variable Transmission, which the automaker says offers a more traditional-feeling shift response than a typical CVT.

Hyundai says fuel economy is an emphasis with this vehicle and expects the Venue to deliver up to 33 mpg in combined city/highway driving. With the automatic transmission, the Accent is EPA rated at 32 mpg in combined driving.

Also missing from the spec sheet is the availability of all-wheel drive, which is not surprising given competitors like the Toyota C-HR and Nissan Kicks don’t offer it, either. Hyundai did say the Venue will include a Drive Mode system with a snow mode for improved traction.

Safety

The 2020 Venue will offer a slew of active safety features, though no word yet on which ones will be standard. The list includes forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane keep assist, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert and a driver attention warning.

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Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Hyundai Venue currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2020 Hyundai Venue has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Hyundai

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Venue received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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