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Hyundai Venue information and reviews

Here is Hyundai's web page for the Venue.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the Venue a Top Safety Pick.

Cars.com says that the Venie has a composed and balanced ride and is more comfortable than one would expect from its short wheelbase. They call it a "pleasant place to be" and enjoy Hyundai's excellent infotainment system and 8" screen, as well as its wide and comfortable front seats.

Then they went on to award the Venue Best Value of 2021. See all their comments here, but they said while it is a great value in that it packs in a lot of features for the money, it is also a really good car.

Car and Driver drove the Venue in Miami and Michigan when they drove it here. When they did their instrumented testing, they learned that it is quicker in every measurement than the Nissan Kicks and Toyota CH-R. The Venue also stopped better. Apparently that quicker acceleration does cost a few mpgs when compared to those competition, however. Still, the quicker acceleration and better stopping makes for a nicer experience and it still gets pretty darn good fuel economy.

Here is Car and Driver's overview of the Hyundai Venue. They score it very well at 8 out of a possible 10. But I like how they sum up the vehicle as an awesome little urban runabout that navigates well in traffic and is easy to park. The drawback is the small 4-cylinder engine paired to a CVT transmission suffers the same thing that all of these set-ups do in that in runs out of steam trying to pass on the highway.

Automobile Magazine also drove the Venue in Australia and really likes it! They said that the ride is comfortable yet has minimal body lean in the corners. They praised the interior - with a nice level of amenities and Hyundai's always easy-to-use controls. And they said that the styling is great - fun to look at while also providing practical interior space. See all their comments here.

Then, just to be sure, they drove it again in Miami, this time with a US-spec version. Okay, it isn't made to go fast around corners for our market. But that's alright, because we have other vehicles that do that. But if you want a fun urban run-about, with a decent amount of interior space and an impressive level of equipment (and comfort and connectivity and fuel economy) for the price, then this might be the car for you. 

MotorTrend says it might not win races but the engine and suspension are up to the task. Where it shines is in the interior, with lots of standard and available amenities. Also a stand-out is the interior and exterior design. Add all this to a safe body structure and a wide array of active safety features and MotorTrend predicts that it should be a volume seller.

AutoWeek disagreed a little with Car And Driver and MotorTrend. They say that the Venue is fun to toss around, at least as the Australians get it's suspension tuned (ours will get a little softer shock valving to handle our less-than-stellar roads). AutoWeek also points out the great visibility out of the Venue, as well as how fun its styling is.

In this article, AutoWeek wanted to highlight 5 areas that the Venue deserves some attention. Among them are its advanced powertrain, lots of safety tech and its unique look.

This article covers a lot of the ground already covered in the previous 2 AutoWeek articles, but here they put a finer point on the target audience and purpose of the Venue: a perfect urban runabout.

Edmunds.com enjoyed their time with the Venue. They praised the composed and nimble ride and said the transmission avoided the "motorboating" feel that plagues many continuously variable transmissions. They sum up by saying as long as you don't mind not having a ton of power, the Venue is otherwise a "home run" for anyone interested in a small hatchback or crossover.

Autoblog had some really nice things to say about the Venue and mentioned some plusses and minuses against its competitive set in this review. They praised the ride and handling saying Hyundai found a nice balance between the two. The interior is nicely presented and comfortable, and outward visibility is quite good.