What the critics say
The 2020 Hyundai Venue
“Hyundai’s smallest SUV is exactly what the market is asking for.” Arriving late this month with a sub-$18,000 price tag that makes it the most affordable crossover on the market, the all-new subcompact is “quite attractive in the flesh” and “moves with enough zest to be entertaining to buyers in this class.” It’s even reasonably roomy inside. “Hyundai hasn’t botched an interior in years, and its hitting streak continues with the Venue.”
Though the engineering is “about as pedestrian as it comes,” this is “a competent little SUV.” Power from the 121 hp engine is “decent enough,” and “we approve of the way the Venue takes corners.” The entry-level price buys a six-speed manual transmission and 35 mpg in highway driving. The $18,345 model gets an automatic CVT and a combined EPA rating of 32 mpg.
Car and Driver
“There’s not a lot of room in the back seat for those appendages popularly known as ‘legs.’” Otherwise, the interior is “awfully beguiling,” and only slightly tighter than Hyundai’s compact SUV, the Kona. Don’t expect innovation from this urban get-about, because you won’t find it. But that’s OK. “Calling the Venue ordinary isn’t to damn it with faint praise; it’s to recognize that ordinary today exists on a higher plane.” ■