With the Hyundai Venue, the Korean giant is finally ready to take on the sub-4 metre compact SUV segment. Hyundai has not only revealed the new design they have been working on, but also some more details about the models. The Hyundai Venue launch date is also out and will see its launch on May 21, 2019. In India, the car will compete with the recently launched Mahindra XUV300, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and Tata Nexon, but in this piece, we will talk about how the Venue compact SUV stand against the Vitara Brezza and XUV300, on papers.
All three models fall in the sub-4 metre category and as far as the length is concerned these models, it’s same and talking about the width, the Hyundai Venue compact SUV is tighter compared to its counterparts here, at 1770 mm and Mahindra XUV300 is the widest at 1821 mm. The Venue stands short when it would be standing right next to the XUV300 and Brezza, where the Vitara Brezza is the tallest here, with a height of 1640 mm. Coming to the wheelbase, it’s the XUV300, which is the longest compared to both Venue and Vitara Brezza at 2500 mm.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
Engines and gearboxes
Coming to the engine details, Hyundai Venue engine specifications says, it will be offered with three engine options – a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol that develops 118bhp with 172 Nm of top torque, a 1.2 litre four-cylinder engine that makes 82 bhp with 115 Nm of torque and a 1.4-litre four-cylinder unit that produces 89 bhp with 220 Nm. Mahindra XUV300’s 1.2-litre petrol engine falls short by 8 bhp and makes 200 nm of torque, whereas the 1.5-litre diesel mill is the most power here in the list with 115 bhp and 300 Nm of peak torque. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza makes the same power as Venue’s diesel motor but falls by 20 Nm of torque when gets in line.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
6-speed manual & 7-speed automatic
5-speed manual & 5-speed AMT
Coming to the transmission duties, the Hyundai Venue will get segment first Hyundai’s in-house 7-speed dual-clutch automatic on the 1.0-litre petrol engine only. This same engine will also feature a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. Hyundai Venue 1.2-litre petrol engine will be offered with a 5-speed manual. Mahindra XUV300 is offered with a 6-speed manual transmission on its entire range, though, the home-grown carmaker will soon introduce an AMT variant as well on the diesel variant in future. On the other hand, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is offered with a 5-speed manual and AMT.
Cabin and Features
The Hyundai Venue interior features list will be long taking against the Mahindra XUV300 interior which is expensive than the former and even more than the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, which is affordable in this segment. For the very first time, the new Venue will make its launch with the introduction of Hyundai’s Blue Link advanced connected solution on an 8-inch touchscreen display that comes loaded with 33 features and this includes around 10 features that are India specific such as an auto crash notification (ACN), roadside assistance, SOS/emergency assistance, stolen vehicle notification, stolen vehicle tracking, panic notification, stolen vehicle immobilization ( available only on Kappa 1.0T MT& DCT), and other features like projector fog lamps, wireless charger, HD display screen, air Purifier, wheel air curtains, Arkamys sound system, and eco-coating.
While many models also come with keyless entry, auto door lock and unlock, climate control, but what if you can control these features as well as also know the engine start/stop vehicle status, find my car, and share my car function with a remote (a segment first feature). Features related to navigation includes push maps by the call centre, push map to car from app, live traffic information, live POI search, share the destination, live car tracking, live car location sharing, destination set with schedule and these are taken care by Hyundai Blue Link.
That apart, the car will also get 6 airbags, Electronic stability control (ESC), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) & Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Brake Assist System (BAS), Hill Assist Control (HAC) and ISOFIX.
Features like ABS with EBD, dual airbags along with rear parking sensors come standard across the entire model range we are talking about. There are few features that Mahindra XUV300 will get you like dual-zone climate control, heated outside rearview mirror, steering mode, mild hybrid feature on the diesel variant, front parking sensors, these all are missing from the Hyundai Venue features list.
Both Vitara Brezza and XUV300 get 7-inch touchscreen infotainment, but here the Brezza lags behind on feature detailing, compared to other counterparts.
Expect the Hyundai Venue price in India to pounce against and close to the Mahindra XUV300, though Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is still affordable, but expect the Venue’s base variant to bit close to Brezza’s tagging. As of now, it’s the Mahindra XUV300 that seems to be more expensive in the segment with price starting from Rs 7.90 lakh and goes up to Rs 11.99 lakh. The Vitara Brezza price comes second and ranges from Rs 7.68 lakh to Rs 10.65 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). As far as the Hyundai Venue price is concerned, the starting price will fall between this range and the rest you will get to know on May 21 once the prices are revealed. Booking for the model has commenced already.
Keep a tab, as we will be back with a test drive review of the new Hyundai Venue, that will do justice to the comparison to its rivals.