2020 Venue New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Hyundai Venue is a front-wheel-drive hatchback with rugged looks, a quiet cabin, user-friendly cockpit including nice seats, an excellent warranty, and affordable price. Its wheelbase is only 99.2 inches, shorter than the Accent sedan by about 2 inches; and its overall length is 158.9 inches, more than 5 inches shorter than the Kona compact crossover. But it can still seat four adults, although rear passengers will find their knees against the front seatbacks.
The 2020 Venue uses the same 1.6-liter inline-4 engine that's in the Accent sedan, mated to a standard 6-speed manual gearbox (which will be rare in showrooms) or a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). It makes 121 horsepower, which is enough for this small car to dart around town and get onto the freeway. Its simple strut-and-beam suspension takes the sting out of all but the worst roads. It excels at short trips, tight parking spots, and stepping in and out, with only 6.7 inches of ground clearance.
The uncommon manual-transmission Venue earns EPA ratings of 27 mpg city, 35 highway, 30 combined. With the CVT, it gets 30/34/32 mpg, which is 2 mpg better than the Honda HR-V.
Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has crash-tested the 2020 Venue. Every Venue has standard automatic emergency braking, active lane control, a driver-attention monitor, and high-beam assist. Blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alert are available.
The $18,470 Venue SE comes standard with 15-inch wheels, power features, cruise control, Bluetooth, a USB port, cloth upholstery, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The $20,370 Venue SEL adds automatic climate control, satellite radio, navigation, heated front seats, keyless ignition, and a power sunroof. It can be fitted with 17-inch wheels.
A $23,170 Denim Edition adds blind-spot monitors, synthetic leather and cloth seats, and special blue paint with a white roof.