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2020 Hyundai Venue

What’s new

  • All-new model
  • Abundance of available tech and driver aids
  • Smaller than a Hyundai Kona

Pros & Cons

  • Smart packaging produces good cargo capacity for its size
  • Light and nimble handling
  • Standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Impressive array of available driver aids
  • Engine sounds and feels coarse at higher speeds
  • All-wheel drive isn't offered
MSRP Range
$17,350 - $22,050
MSRP Starting at
$17,350
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$15,913
Edmunds Suggests You Pay
$15,913 - $20,336

Save as much as $2,946
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MSRP Range
$17,350 - $22,050
MSRP Starting at
$17,350
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$15,913
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$15,913 - $20,336

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2020 Hyundai Venue Review

What is it?

Hyundai takes the subcompact SUV to new dimensions — tinier dimensions, that is — with the new 2020 Venue. It serves as the bookend for the small side of the brand's SUV lineup. It's dwarfed by the already diminutive Hyundai Kona, measuring a full 5 inches shorter, but it still technically seats up to five passengers.

Under the hood of the Venue sits a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 121 horsepower and 113 lb-ft of torque. It's estimated to return 32 mpg in combined city/highway driving when paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission, or what Hyundai calls its Smartstream Intelligent Variable Transmission. Base-model Venues come with a six-speed manual transmission standard, a rare offering in this class of vehicle. All Venues are front-wheel-drive with no option for all-wheel drive, though Hyundai says using the Snow driving mode can help keep power on the ground when the road is slippery.

Even so, calling the Venue a true SUV requires a certain linguistic flexibility. Instead, the Venue represents an increasing number of vehicles that combine crossover styling with the stance and handling abilities of a traditional hatchback.

This all begs the question: What is the Venue's value proposition? Hyundai sees it as an ideal car for "urban entrepreneurs" and loads it with standard features that young, possibly first-time car buyers would want. Such features include an 8-inch color touchscreen — the largest in the segment — Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and advanced safety aids such as frontal collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, and driver attention monitoring.

To top it off, the Venue offers a host of expressive paint choices and trim accents, including a  two-tone roof option paired to a sleek-looking denim-colored cloth and faux leather interior — the appropriately named Denim model.

Why does it matter?

Shoppers looking for affordable transportation aren't always comfortable with purchasing used cars. Many used cars are past their warranty coverage periods, offering no assurance if something breaks. And oftentimes it's hard to truly know how well the previous owner cared for the car. Entry-level subcompacts make new car ownership more accessible, and the Venue is even more cost-effective than Hyundai's already affordable subcompact SUV, the Kona.

With SUVs' growing global popularity, the Venue is likely to appeal to more buyers than a small sedan or hatchback.

What does it compete with?

Nearly all manufacturers offer some sort of vehicle they classify as a subcompact SUV. From the lower-slung, sporty-styled Toyota C-HR (also front-wheel-drive only) to the Jeep Renegade with its legitimate off-roading chops, the field is as varied as it is wide. But in terms of price, size and features, the Venue's closest competitors are the Nissan Kicks and the Ford EcoSport.

The Kicks takes a similar approach: offering tech-focused features to capture the young and mobile-connected buyer. The EcoSport, for its part, sizes up with the Venue dimensionally since they both ride on 99.2-inch wheelbases.

We'd be remiss not to mention the inter-household competition with the Kia Soul. The two overlap in price between trims, though the Soul is slightly longer and more accommodating for adults. The Soul's price ramps up a bit in upper trims, but it also offers a greater breadth of features. There's also the Hyundai Kona, which is Soul-size but has nicer cabin materials in exchange for a moderately higher price tag.

How does it drive?

Like many of the other fuel-sippers in the segment, the Venue's 1.6-liter engine takes some flogging to get moving at a decent pace. Accelerating at moderate to high speeds requires plenty of patience, and drivers looking to make a lane change will need to plan well ahead. The engine still sounds a bit unrefined at the top end of its operating range, but it is definitely improved over some of the previous engines in Hyundai's lineup.

While we didn't get a chance to sample the six-speed manual, we spent some time in two CVT-equipped models, which will prove to be the more popular choice anyway. The CVT performs well and avoids the elastic-like engine-revving nature commonly exhibited with this type of transmission. In part, it's due to this CVT using gear ratio-like steps that simulate the feel of a traditional automatic. Sport mode keeps the engine churning at higher revs for more immediate throttle response, which is helpful when climbing mountain grades.

We spent the bulk of our test drive on fairly straight highway roads. That meant we didn't get a chance to test the Venue's suspension behavior on pockmarked city streets or try the 1.6-liter/CVT combo at low speeds. (Manual-transmission models weren't available.) However, we can report the Venue has a remarkably composed ride at higher speeds. Hitting a transverse bump will still send a shimmy through the cabin, but otherwise the Venue is a pretty comfortable highway cruiser.

The Venue feels naturally nimble due to its stubby proportions and relatively low weight. It may look like a more convincing "mini-ute" than its competition, but it behaves like a hatchback in the best of ways. The steering is light and effectively accurate. Hyundai's brake-based torque-vectoring cornering system has even been employed here, we're told, to help carve a tighter line when the roads turn curvy. An absence of twisty roads on our initial drive meant we didn't have a chance to see the system at work.

Selectable drive modes — Normal, Eco and Sport — provide mild alterations to throttle response and transmission shift points to suit your driving mood. A Snow Traction mode is meant to better deal with low-grip surface conditions — especially important given the lack of an all-wheel-drive option.

What's the interior like?

On paper, the dimensions of the Venue might have you picturing a sardine can on wheels, but the reality is far more livable (and doesn't smell like fish). Its boxy greenhouse shape doesn't just lend it more SUV-ish-ness, but it affords generous amounts of front and rear headroom, improves visibility and maximizes cargo space.

The Venue gives up a fraction of an inch here and there in passenger room compared to the Kona, which is far less than we'd expect in such a tidy wrapper. The surplus of headroom and ample toe room under the front seats make the rear seats more inviting than those in some competitors that claim to be dimensionally more spacious. As long as passengers aren't especially long-legged, we think four average-size adults would fit comfortably enough to not impact your Uber driver rating.

Cabin quality on the upper SEL spec has premium touches in the right places, especially if you opt for the leather-wrapped shifter and steering wheel. Hyundai went the extra mile to jazz up the cloth upholstery and add color accents that create a youthful flair without looking tacky. The Denim model, in particular, with blue-tinted cloth and faux leather upholstery, is especially striking.

The standard 8-inch color touchscreen anchors the symmetrical center stack and has a surprisingly profound effect on the cabin's appearance. Part of it is the size of the screen, which also has decent resolution and is responsive, adding to the feeling of quality. This touchscreen alone could be a primary selling point of the Venue. Well-played, Hyundai.

Beyond appearances, the Venue's cabin is a bit quieter than the average subcompact's. What's behind the reduced wind and road noise? We're told a special coating on the outside of the front pillars and foam blocks added to strategic places on the underbody are responsible.

How practical is it?

The Venue is surprisingly practical for its size. Besides a livable passenger cabin, the cargo area in the Venue features some smart design elements. There's a two-level load floor that can form a flat area when the rear seats are folded forward. Or it can drop down to increase storage capacity to 18.7 cubic feet, which is a scant half-cube smaller than the Kona. But the cleverest feature has to be the cargo cover, which can slide down a vertical track and stow behind the rear seats when you have taller items to load. You can remove the cover entirely if needed, but this sure beats fussing with it every time you're out shopping for an indoor office plant or lawn gnome.

Hyundai has always offered a lot for the money, and we think young shoppers will be won over by its shockingly low base price and healthy list of standard features. Even top-trim models only add a few thousand dollars to the list price, making the Venue range value-heavy. To top it off, it'll also come with Hyundai's excellent warranty coverage consisting of a five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and five years of roadside assistance. No used vehicle is going to offer you that.

What else should I know?

In addition to the standard driver aids, you can add blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, along with a power sunroof and leather-wrapped items bundled in the Convenience package. The Premium package available on SEL models adds heated front seats and mirrors, LED headlights, taillights and daytime-running lights, larger 17-inch wheels, push-button ignition, onboard nav with satellite radio, and Hyundai's Blue Link Connected car system.

And like all other vehicles equipped with Hyundai's Blue Link, you can sync with Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices to remote-start your Venue or set the temperature via voice command.

Edmunds says

The 2020 Hyundai Venue is more practical than we expected a vehicle this small could be. It also comes with plenty of standard technology features, and its distinctive styling helps it stand out. Although engine power is lacking, the Venue is otherwise a home run for shoppers wanting an affordable small crossover SUV or hatchback.

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    2020 Hyundai Venue First Look | New York Auto Show

    2020 Hyundai Venue First Look | New York Auto Show

    [MUSIC PLAYING] ELANA SCHERR: This little cutie behind me is the 2020 Hyundai Venue. And it is on the opposite end of the spectrum from the big eight passenger Palisade that Hyundai recently introduced. That's to say its new compact SUV, even smaller than the Kona, to round out Hyundai's SUV offerings. Hyundai says that it wants the Venue to appeal to people who are buying a car for the first time, younger buyers, folks who live in the city, wants the car to seem attainable, and sassy, cool. It kind of reminds me a little bit of the Nissan Kicks with the optional two tone roof and the small footprint. But it has a boxier appearance, more like a big SUV, and I think that gives it a distinctive look for a compact SUV. I'm still trying to decide how I feel about Hyundai's grills, they are distinctive. But one thing I'm wholeheartedly in favor of is Hyundai's lighting design. The boxy square headlights and tail lights on the Venue look great-- really cool, really unique-- two thumbs up. I have a lot more to tell you about the Venue, but before I do head over to Edmunds because we can help you with all your car shopping needs. Performance options for the Venue are easy because there really aren't any. There is only one engine, a 1.6 liter four-cylinder, although there are two transmissions, a six-speed manual or a CVT automatic. Car's only available in front wheel drive, so your decision's made. Hyundai is predicting about 33 miles per gallon and the engines making 121 horsepower, so we're not expecting a rocket ship. What the Venue lacks in performance bragging rights, it makes up for in interior and tech. Let's check it out. [MUSIC PLAYING] We have entered the Venue. There's so many good jokes to be made in the name, but I'm not going to make any of them. I'm going to talk about the interior because it's really nice. Hyundai does a great job with interiors. They're always subtle and airy. They give you the impression of a lot of space. It's like whoever designs the interiors has a really good idea of when to stop, when to let it breathe. The only complaint that I have about the interior in the Venue is that there isn't more of it. And, by that, I mean it's really small in here. It's nice up here in the front seat, but I wouldn't want to put any big friends in the back. And, well, there is clever storage in the cargo area, there isn't a whole lot of it. With the seats down, it's only 31.9 cubic feet and there are other small SUVs is in the class that offer you a lot more than that. But let's talk about tech, because Hyundai's very generous with their technology in their cars. There's a digital dash, there's an 8-inch screen. It's Android and Apple friendly, has all of the expected technology, plus additional stuff like lane keep assist and a drowsy driver warning, so you won't fall asleep behind the wheel. All of the controls in the cockpit are clearly labeled, nicely laid out, it's not busy, everything makes sense. I really like it. It would be a fun car to drive around. With a small SUV there are always compromises, but for the Venue it looks like the pros are going to outweigh the cons. You can be sure that as soon as it hits the streets, Edmunds is going to get behind the wheel and give you a full report. [MUSIC PLAYING]

    Big news from Hyundai at the 2019 New York International Auto Show! Well, big news about a small vehicle: the 2020 Hyundai Venue, a compact SUV to round out Hyundai's SUV lineup. Edmunds special correspondent Elana Scherr got a first look during the Venue's debut.

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    Features & Specs

    SEL 4dr Hatchback features & specs
    SEL 4dr Hatchback
    1.6L 4cyl CVT
    MSRP$19,250
    MPG 30 city / 34 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
    Horsepower121 hp @ 6300 rpm
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    SE 4dr Hatchback features & specs
    SE 4dr Hatchback
    1.6L 4cyl CVT
    MSRP$18,550
    MPG 30 city / 34 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
    Horsepower121 hp @ 6300 rpm
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    Denim 4dr Hatchback features & specs
    Denim 4dr Hatchback
    1.6L 4cyl CVT
    MSRP$22,050
    MPG 30 city / 34 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
    Horsepower121 hp @ 6300 rpm
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    SE 4dr Hatchback features & specs
    SE 4dr Hatchback
    1.6L 4cyl 6M
    MSRP$17,350
    MPG 27 city / 35 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission6-speed manual
    Horsepower121 hp @ 6300 rpm
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    Safety

    NHTSA Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
    RolloverRating
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover14.3%

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    Is the Hyundai Venue a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Venue both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Hyundai Venue fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Venue gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg to 32 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Venue has 18.7 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Hyundai Venue. Learn more
    What's new in the 2020 Hyundai Venue?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Hyundai Venue:

    • All-new model
    • Abundance of available tech and driver aids
    • Smaller than a Hyundai Kona
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    Is the Hyundai Venue reliable?
    To determine whether the Hyundai Venue is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Venue. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Venue's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
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    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Hyundai Venue is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Venue is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2020 Hyundai Venue?

    The least-expensive 2020 Hyundai Venue is the 2020 Hyundai Venue SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $17,350.

    Other versions include:

    • SEL 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $19,250
    • SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $18,550
    • Denim 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $22,050
    • SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M) which starts at $17,350
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    What are the different models of Hyundai Venue?
    If you're interested in the Hyundai Venue, the next question is, which Venue model is right for you? Venue variants include SEL 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT), SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT), Denim 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT), and SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M). For a full list of Venue models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 Hyundai Venue

    2020 Hyundai Venue Overview

    The 2020 Hyundai Venue is offered in the following submodels: Venue Hatchback. Available styles include SEL 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT), SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT), Denim 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT), and SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M).

    What do people think of the 2020 Hyundai Venue?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Hyundai Venue and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Venue.

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    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2020 Hyundai Venue?
    2020 Hyundai Venue Denim 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT)

    The 2020 Hyundai Venue Denim 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $23,410. The average price paid for a new 2020 Hyundai Venue Denim 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is trending $2,946 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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    2020 Hyundai Venue SEL 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT)

    The 2020 Hyundai Venue SEL 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $20,525. The average price paid for a new 2020 Hyundai Venue SEL 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is trending $2,843 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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    2020 Hyundai Venue SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M)

    The 2020 Hyundai Venue SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $18,655. The average price paid for a new 2020 Hyundai Venue SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M) is trending $2,752 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $2,752 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $15,903.

    The average savings for the 2020 Hyundai Venue SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M) is 14.8% below the MSRP.

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    2020 Hyundai Venue SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT)

    The 2020 Hyundai Venue SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $19,855. The average price paid for a new 2020 Hyundai Venue SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is trending $2,845 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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    The average savings for the 2020 Hyundai Venue SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is 14.3% below the MSRP.

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