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Hyundai Venue facelift evaluate: Jack of all trades | Autocar India

Written by Meera

Three years after its profitable India debut, the Venue will get a mid-life makeover and new options.

Having moved over three lakh models since its launch in 2019, the Hyundai Venue is a robust participant within the compact SUV area, and contributes 22 % to Hyundai’s total gross sales, making it an vital providing for the Korean carmaker. Curiously, “First time patrons now represent 36 % of Venue’s gross sales, so, very clearly, first time patrons are shifting away from hatchbacks and in the direction of compact SUVs,” says Tarun Garg, director of Gross sales, Advertising and marketing and Service, Hyundai Motor India. Thus, the Venue now will get a mid-life makeover and a few new options aimed, as the corporate says, at ‘younger first time patrons’.

2022 Hyundai Venue exterior: Hyundai’s new design philosophy

One of many Hyundai Venue’s speaking factors is its new ‘parametric’ entrance grille. It’s an outsized, rectangular unit that includes a block-like sample and is completed in darkish chrome with a tinge of golden-bronze. It’s definitely flashy and would enchantment to a youthful set.

Outsized grille incorporates a block-like sample, completed in darkish chrome with a tinge of golden-bronze.

LEDs now substitute the halogen projector headlamps, however the cut up headlamp and indicator set-up have been carried over from the pre-facelift model. Oddly although, fog lamps have been dropped throughout the vary.

New LED taillights with a lightweight bar working throughout the automobile’s width hyperlink ties with worldwide Hyundai fashions just like the Ioniq 5.

The bumpers on the entrance and rear are redesigned with fake silver skid plates, which function horizontal black parts to assist intensify the automobile’s width. Probably the most distinguished design change is the rear tail-lamp, which incorporates a new LED mild bar working the width of the automobile that brings it according to worldwide Hyundai fashions just like the Ioniq 5. Even the 16-inch alloys sport a brand new design.

2022 Hyundai Venue inside: roomier on the rear

Driver’s seat will get electrical fore-aft and recline adjustment; entrance seats miss air flow function.

Hyundai’s new ‘greige’ theme – a mix of beige and gray – makes the cabin really feel brighter in comparison with the all-black interiors of the outgoing model. The driving force’s seat now will get electrical fore-aft and recline adjustment, and the part-leatherette seats are fairly a snug place to be. Nonetheless, these miss the air flow perform which rivals just like the Nexon and Sonet provide.

Scooped entrance seats, longer seat squab, two-step backrest recline improve rear seat consolation.

On the subject of consolation, an space the place the Venue fell quick was rear seat area. Nonetheless, with the replace, Hyundai has scooped out the entrance seats, elevated the size of the rear seat squab and added a two-step recline for the backrest. So, rear seat consolation has improved over the outgoing model – though there is no such thing as a change in its wheelbase – and with ample foot room, the general sense of area has been enhanced. Owing to its slender width, nonetheless, three adults abreast on the rear might be a little bit of a squeeze.

2022 Hyundai Venue: new options

Hyundai says that the sunroof is a big draw for Venue patrons.

As youthful patrons need extra options, the brand new Venue has additions like LED headlamps and tail-lamps, electrical adjustment for the motive force’s seat, digital instrument cluster, drive modes (within the turbo-petrol DCT), air air purifier embedded within the arm relaxation, puddle lamps, a brand new user-interface for the 8-inch touchscreen, new linked automobile options together with sure embedded voice instructions, ambient lighting and two-step rear seat recline.

Air air purifier is now embedded within the entrance armrest.

It additionally options new ambient sounds – forest, by the seashore, in a restaurant – that play through the automobile’s audio system, which could appear to be a cool social gathering trick, however is gimmicky to make use of in any other case. Different options embrace Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, paddle shifters (for DCT), wi-fi charger, tyre stress monitor, six airbags, ESP and sunroof amongst others.

2022 Hyundai Venue: {smooth} and refined engines

The entry-level 83hp, 1.2-litre petrol engine accounts for round half of Venue gross sales, whereas the 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel and 120hp, 1.0-litre turbo-petrol account for about thirty and twenty %, respectively. On this evaluate, we pattern the diesel and turbo-petrol.

The Venue shares its diesel with the Verna, Creta and Alcazar, nonetheless, not like its bigger siblings, it makes use of a less-expensive wastegate turbocharger. This implies it makes 100hp and 240Nm – 15hp and 10Nm lesser than its secure mates, which get a variable geometry turbo. What’s good is that this engine is {smooth} and refined at idle and metropolis speeds, and with energy supply concentrated decrease down the rev vary, the sunshine clutch and buttery-smooth 6-speed gearbox make commuting a breeze. It tends to rattle beneath load and feels strained at greater revs, and, because the engine loses steam by 3,300rpm, it’s best to maintain the revs low and work round its slender energy band to make fast progress.

The three-cylinder turbo-petrol however has a more healthy, broader unfold of torque. Spin it past 2,000rpm and it pulls strongly and makes for an pleasing drive expertise. It’s fairly refined at idle and on the transfer, and sounds a bit thrummy solely if you spin it quicker. The 6-speed handbook has been dropped from the vary, so this engine is now paired to both a 6-speed iMT – clever handbook transmission – or a 7-speed dual-clutch computerized (DCT).

It nonetheless stays a {smooth}, refined and simple to drive compact SUV.

Whereas followers of the handbook gearbox will detest that there is no such thing as a true handbook – the iMT is actually a handbook minus the clutch pedal which made its debut in 2020 – this set-up is straightforward to get accustomed to and lets customers row via the gears effortlessly, with out them having to depress or modulate the clutch pedal. The iMT is ok for on a regular basis use, nonetheless, throughout spirited driving, it’s not very fast to shift via the ratios as it’s important to look ahead to the automated system to work the clutch.

The second-gen 7-speed DCT, just like the outgoing model, is {smooth} shifting, has intently stacked gear ratios, and is a brisk performer. Despite the fact that downshifts sometimes take some time to execute, the inclusion of paddle shifters permits drivers to take handbook management over the transmission. These are a pleasure to make use of, notably when driving in a spirited method. The DCT now packs in drive modes, which alters the responsiveness and shift factors – Eco being essentially the most frugal, Sport being essentially the most enjoyable and Regular being the mid setting.

The Venue’s suspension has an underlying firmness, and whereas the huge 215mm tyres do an honest job of absorbing street shocks from tinier potholes, the suspension sends via a lot of the bigger imperfections on the street, resulting in a fairly busy experience. Sharper bumps result in extra distinguished street shocks contained in the cabin, and the Hyundai doesn’t really feel as plush as a few of its rivals.

2022 Hyundai Venue: verdict

The Hyundai Venue is a jack of all trades. Unfold throughout a large value band ranging between Rs 7.53 lakh-12.57 lakh, and supplied with a number of engine and transmission choices, the Venue caters to a broad set of patrons. Just like the outgoing model, it’s nonetheless very user-friendly; the engines are {smooth} and refined; controls are mild and ergonomics are spot on.

Hyundai has even addressed rear passenger consolation to an extent. It’s additionally feature-loaded, though the inclusion of ventilated entrance seats and a 360-degree digital camera would have accomplished the package deal. The Venue won’t be the hardest, essentially the most spacious or the comfiest compact SUV, but it surely does fairly nicely in most areas, and that makes it a formidable contender in its area.

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