Our First Drive with the 2020 Hyundai Venue


When we first got to see the 2020 edition of the Hyundai Venue we instantly felt a strong and positive feeling for this subcompact crossover that must be having many rivals around. Even though Hyundai crafted this subcompact crossover with some stubby shapes to fit in all possible features that can make it a utility vehicle, the 2020 Hyundai looks awesome and adorable.

As always Hyundai met our expectations inside the 2020 Venue that was beautifully clad in premium quality materials, good to look at, soft and smooth to touch and durable enough to last a lifetime. Our first drive with the 220 Hyundai Venue was a test drive that we booked at the prestigious showroom Petaluma Hyundai dealership.

Performance Oriented Powertrain Components

Under the hood of the 2020 Venue, Hyundai wanted to plant a powertrain that is purely aimed to deliver a consistently smooth performance irrespective of the surface you drive it through. For this a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is put to work bolted up either with a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) on the SE model and on the SEL trim respectively. Following the current trend, Hyundai offers front-wheel drive as the standard configuration on the trim levels. This four-cylinder powertrain is known for making 121 units of horsepower and 113 lb-ft of torque.

Fuel Economy as Rated by the EPA

As the EPA rates, the fuel economy acquired by the standard powertrain of the 2020 Hyundai Venue when driven with the six-speed manual transmission marks 30 mpg in the city roads and 35 mpg on the open highways while driving with the CVT increases the number to 32 mpg in the city drives and 34 on the highways.

Comfort and Cargo Offered Inside

The 2020 Hyundai Venue that keeps it primary focus on the utility aspect divides its interior space in 60/40 ratio installing split-folding rear seats that are more than just being supportive and comfortable even after a day-long journey for three adult passengers, while a 19 cubic feet of space is allotted for the purpose of storing the cargo behind the rear seats in use. By folding them down, you can expand the space into 32 cubic feet to hold everything that you need to pack for a weekend holiday. To make the act of driving easier, Hyundai makes a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat set as a standard equipment on both the trim models, that are queued up for the 2020 year lineup while the SEL trim is also given the option to be equipped with heated front seats with sideview mirrors.

Infotainment System and Connectivity Options

To keep pace with the current trend , Hyundai installs all the latest features inside the cabin that now offers its occupants with an infotainment system consisting of an 8.0-inch touchscreen display that comes compatible with the functionalities of smartphone through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For connectivity the 2020 Hyundai Venue offers Bluetooth connectivity with an inbuilt audio system as standard. To get the advantage of a real time Navigation update you have to opt for the  SEL trim, and we were fine with that.

Our first test drive with the 202 Hyundai Venue at the Petaluma Hyundai dealer made us believe that performance comes naturally to any model of venue, as it reads Hyundai on its badge.