Hyundai’s Venue SUV range in South Africa has been expanded to include a new entry-level derivative that will make this versatile and modern compact vehicle accessible to more buyers.
Since its launch in late 2019, the Venue has proven itself to be a hit with its bold design, compact size and spacious interior, and reliability that Hyundai is known for.
With the Venue 1.2 Motion (manual) at an introductory price of 259,900 R – 58,000 R less than the next variant in the range – and impressive standard equipment, this smallest SUV in the Hyundai range should even attract more customers.
âWe have sold 9,500 venues since launch in South Africa – an excellent average of more than 400 per month and proof of the popularity of this model, especially when you consider the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the car market last year “Says Stanley Anderson, sales and operations manager for Hyundai Automotive South Africa.
“We have identified an opportunity to offer the naturally aspirated and manual transmission Venue 1.2 Motion for young beginners at a price that makes it a real value for money.”
The power unit of the new Venue variant is a 1.2-liter, 4-cylinder naturally aspirated engine, which is coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission to propel the car via the front wheels.
The design of the Venue shows compact but confident body shapes in a new interpretation of Hyundai’s characteristic design language. The side profile shows full-volume wheel arches and strong character lines, while the bold black cascade grille incorporates Hyundai’s signature pioneering face found on the other Hyundai SUVs.
The Venue 1.2 Motion (manual) comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels with styled covers. The venue’s fresh and youthful color palette offers a wide selection of Star Dust, Denim Blue, Typhoon Silver, Fiery Red, Polar White and Phantom Black.
Interior fittings and comfort functions
The inviting interior of the Venue offers intuitive controls and future-oriented design, an excellent use of the dimensions to create sufficient space for the driver as well as the front and rear passengers, and a suitably large luggage compartment that underlines the practical character of the car.
The interior and a comfortable cabin provide ample space for both urban commuters and travelers on a long journey. The SUV styling elements and the utility of the venue make it an ideal alternative to many small cars. The cargo space is provided with a cover for additional safety and can be conveniently stowed away when not in use.
The steering wheel has audio remote controls for the Bluetooth-enabled infotainment center with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity with smartphones. The 8-inch display of the infotainment center offers functions for intuitive operation of the most frequently used smartphone functions, including app-based navigation, audio streaming and voice-controlled search functions.
Consumers will appreciate convenience functions such as a reversing camera and sensors for Rear Park Assist, electric adjustment of the side mirrors, manual air conditioning and electric windows at the front and rear.
The Venue 1.2 Motion (manual) has 2 airbags – one each for the driver and front passenger, belt tensioner with force limiter, ISOFIX child seat attachment for the rear seats and an Advanced Braking System (ABS) for safe vehicle control in difficult road conditions
Drive and suspension
Fuel economy is an important consideration for customers buying an entry-level vehicle. The 4-cylinder engine of the Venue 1.2 Motion delivers 61 kW at its peak output of around 6,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 114 Nm at 4,200 rpm. The engine is coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission.
The suspension setup of the Venue offers a good compromise between passenger comfort and superior vehicle control. The suspension and steering offer a combination of control, balance, optimization and ground clearance to achieve usability and maneuverability with a small vehicle footprint.
McPherson struts with stabilizers and coil springs are used for the front suspension, while a coupled torsion beam axle with coil springs ensures comfort and safe road holding at the rear.
The suggested retail price for Venue 1.2 Motion of R259 900 (inc.VAT) includes:
- 7 years / 200,000 km manufacturer warranty from Hyundai Automotive South Africa;
- A maintenance plan for 3 years / 45,000 km; and
Roadside assistance for 7 years or 150,000 km.