Driven: 2020 Hyundai Venue Denim Edition
It seems that over the last 20 years, a crossover SUV has become a massively growing trend, with brands flooding towards the concept. No different from the rest, Hyundai has joined the compact SUV market with the Hyundai Venue. Since its 2019 release, the Hyundai Venue has done reasonably well in terms of numbers and is now available in a limited-edition version. In 2020, we got introduced to the Venue Denim Edition and the team of AutoAdvisor got to get behind the wheel.
The Venue has already proved to be a modern and quite delightful design. Our favorite features being its daytime running lights, which may seem peculiar at first, but trust us, it really grows on you. The body cladding proves to be just enough, and truth be told it may just be one of the nicest looking compact SUV’s on the market. The exterior colours are inspired by its ‘Denim’ name and it gets a classier dark blue which is complemented by its white roof.
Fuel efficient engine
Under the hood, the Venue Denim edition gets a 1.0-litre four-cylinder engine. It may not be the biggest engine, but it certainly proves to be quite nippy on the road. Overall, the Venue offers a smooth and impressively light drive, making one forget that it is aimed to be a compact SUV. Its power output is 88kW and 172 Nm of torque. It comes paired with a 7-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission (DCT).
Value for money interior
Inside, the Venue Denim edition certainly feels premium, well as premium as it gets in terms of its pricing. The Venue does boast a fair number of modern features which was a given considering it was made to replace the Hyundai Accent. It does in many ways prove to be quite spacious in the front, with the only real compromise being the slightly smaller legroom in the back. The Denim blue theme does run into the cabin with the seats featuring denim and leather cloth seats. This certainly helps push Hyundai’s aim to have a more modern feel. At the heart of the interior is an easy-to-use infotainment 8.0-inch touchscreen, which was easy to use.
The Venue Denim edition does offer great safety features and has even scored a four-star crash test rating. It comes with several standard safety features such as an Advanced Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), a Back-Up Camera, Rear Parking Aid, a Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Keeping Assist, Tire Pressure Monitor, Brake Assist, Stability Control and Traction Control. It also comes fitted with six airbags, making safety a priority for Hyundai.
Overall, our experience with the Hyundai Venue Denim edition has been excellent. It proves to be both comfortable and efficient. The drive was both impressive and enjoyable. It's clear that Hyundai does aim to take on the heavyweights in the compact SUV market. The only real critique here however is the pricing. Competitors have found a way to do the same thing that Hyundai has done in terms of power and comfortability, with a slightly lower price tag. The Hyundai Venue Denim edition with DCT comes in at a starting price of R375 500.