The Hyundai Venue will be the Korean automaker’s newest and smallest crossover when it goes on sale for the 2020 model year. The tiny ute will slot below the already subcompact Hyundai Kona. We expect the 2020 Hyundai Venue to be in dealerships before the end of 2019.
Engines, Ride, and Handling
Under the Venue’s stubby hood is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder which will bolt up to either a six-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive will not be an option. Hyundai hasn’t released horsepower information for the engine yet, but the subcompact Accent sedan uses a 1.6-liter engine that makes 130 horsepower and may be the same unit that will power the Venue. Hyundai is estimating a city/highway combined fuel-economy rating of 33 mpg, but the EPA has yet to rate it. We haven’t driven the Venue but we expect to get some time behind the wheel closer to the SUV’s on-sale date.
Interior and Technology
The Venue will have few direct competitors—namely the Ford EcoSport and the Nissan Kicks. We expect the pint-sized Hyundai to have an equally diminutive stature. An 8.0-inch infotainment system will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability as well as streaming audio and voice-controlled search functionality. Navigation with real-time traffic updates will be optional. The Venue offers almost the same amount of cargo volume as the larger Kona with the rear seats in use; with the rear seats folded, the Venue offers far less space for suitcases and other cargo. Hyundai will offer a suite of driver-assistance features on the Venue as well, including front and rear automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and a driver-attention monitor.