Hyundai has finally launched its most anticipated compact SUV, the Hyundai Venue price in India is around Rs 6.50 lakh (ex-showroom) and with the Hyundai Venue, the brand has also made its entry in the sub-4-metre compact SUV segment within the India car market. The car competes against the Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, and Mahindra XUV300 in the market. We have already compared the recently launched Venue Compact SUV with the Vitara Brezza and XUV300, but here we will compare it with the Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport to find out how it stands against these models on papers.
Talking about the dimension, Hyundai Venue’s length is largely the same, a 1 mm longer than the Nexon, while the EcoSport is 3 mm longer, but that hardly makes any difference. In terms of size, the new Hyundai Venue is 1770 mm wide, while the Nexon and EcoSport are 1811 mm and 1765 mm wide. As a result, the Nexon is wider among the models listed here. The Venue is 1605 mm tall with roof rails, which is at par to the Nexon but sits lower than the EcoSport. Hyundai Venue sits on a 2500 mm wheelbase, which is 2 mm longer than the Nexon, but shorter by 19 mm, when compared to EcoSport. The compactness of the vehicle also calls for less boot capacity of 350 litres, though it is the same as the EcoSport but less than Nexon’s 405 litres volume.
Hyundai Venue specification includes – two petrol and one diesel engine, so does the EcoSport. The Venue gets a turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol unit that makes 118 bhp with 172 Nm, a 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine that develops 82 bhp of maximum power with 115 Nm of peak torque, and a 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 89 bhp with 220 Nm of top torque. Ford EcoSport’s 1.5-litre petrol and 1.0-litre turbocharged engine churn out 121bhp with 150 Nm and 123 bhp with 170 Nm, which is a bit more than Venue’s 1.0-litre unit, but slightly less with torque. The Venue’s naturally aspirated 1.2-litre is really low with its power and torque making in the list. The diesel motor on the EcoSport makes 99 bhp with 205 Nm that makes more power than the Venue, but fall short with torque figures.
Coming to the Tata Nexon specification, it gets a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine that makes 108 bhp with 170 Nm and a 1.5-litre diesel that develops the same power and 260 Nm of top torque. The torque figures of the diesel Nexon are best in the business here.
6-speed MT & 7-speed DCT
6-speed MT & 6-speed AMT
6-speed MT & 6-speed AMT
5-speed MT & 6-speed AT
Speaking of the transmission duties, the Hyundai Venue SUV gets a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and comes paired with the 1.0-litre petrol unit. It is the only model to offer a DCT in the segment and moreover, you also get a choice of a 6-speed manual transmission for this engine. The Venue’s 1.2-litre petrol unit is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox, whereas the diesel version will come packed with a 6-speed manual transmission. Talking about the Tata Nexon, it offers 6-speed manual & 6-speed automatic transmission on both petrol and diesel version. Ford offers a 5-speed manual & 6-speed automatic transmission with a 1.5-litre petrol engine, a 6-speed manual on the 1.0-litre turbocharged engine and on its diesel variant.
Cabin and Features
Hyundai Venue interior gets the most luring feature that is not offered on any of its rivals yet. Can you guess what it is? No, let us tell you that it is the company’s BlueLink connected car solution, which boasts 33 features, including 10 India Specific features. Hyundai Venue is the first model to get BlueLink connected car solution in India. It comes loaded with features like auto crash notification, emergency assistance, panic notification, stolen vehicle tracking and notification and roadside assistance. Some other impressive features include remote door lock/unlock, climate control, find my car, share my car, live car tracking, live traffic information, geo-fencing, and valet alert. Coming on the Nexon, it misses out on these features, while the Ford EcoSport does get an emergency assistance feature.
The list of Hyundai Venue features also includes cornering lamps, wireless phone charging, cruise control, electric Sunroof, automatic climate control, air purifier, cooled glove box, keyless entry and rear AC vents. Car enthusiasts can use BlueLink technology via the 8-inch touchscreen system, which is compatible with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, Navigation along with Voice recognition function.
In terms of safety, Hyundai Venue gets six airbags (including side and curtain), ABS with EBD, Hill Assist Control (HAC), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), headlamp escort function and impact sensing auto door unlock. Automatic headlamps, projector fog lamps, reverse parking camera with sensors, day/night IRVM, speed sensing auto door lock and Burglar alarm are a few more safety features that make this compact SUV a hit.
The Tata Nexon features 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, SD card based Navigation along with Voice recognition, dual airbags, ABS with EBD, push button start/stop, keyless entry, automatic climate control, rear AC vents and Isofix child-seat mounts. What the Nexon misses out on features - cruise control, auto headlamps, wireless phone charging; and also some safety features like electronic stability control, brake assist system, hill assist control. The top variant of Nexon comes with dual airbags, whereas both Hyundai Venue and Ford EcoSport get six airbags. However, the Nexon has a multi-drive mode – Eco, City & Sport that is not available on its counterparts.
The Ford EcoSport comes packed with an 8-inch touchscreen display compatible with features that Venue also comes with, but navigation is phone based. Also, it gets a rear parking camera with sensors, automatic headlamps, day/night IRVM electronic stability control, cruise control, hill assist control, brake assist system, Isofix child seat mounts and steering wheel with tilt, and telescopic adjusters. However, its other rivals are offered with just Tilt adjust. What EcoSport misses out on features are rear AC vents and wireless phone charging.
Hyundai Venue price comes aggressive for many of its rivals but neck-in-neck with the Nexon for the base variant. The price of Hyundai Venue petrol variant starts from Rs 6.50 lakh and the range goes up to Rs 11.11 lakh for the top-spec 1.0-litre turbocharged engine, while the diesel variant ranges from Rs 7.75 lakh to 10.84 lakh. Tata Nexon price starts from Rs 6.49 and goes up to the range of Rs 9.95 lakh for the top-end petrol version, whereas the diesel variant ranges in between Rs 7.49 lakh-Rs 10.90 lakh. On the other hand, the Ford EcoSport starting price is higher as compared to these two, Rs 7.83 lakh to Rs 11.38 for petrol and Rs 8.43 lakh to Rs 11.90 lakh for diesel variants. Hyundai Venue does take a lot of space when it comes to features and equipment loading that none of its counterparts offers, but still a real-life comparison is due to get a proper analysis.