It was quite a shocker when Hyundai revealed the prices of their new compact SUV. The Hyundai Venue starts at just Rs 6.50 lakh. This comes as a surprise considering the sheer number of features Hyundai has packed in this car. But is this enough for Hyundai to bring up their sales figures?
The main rivals for the Hyundai Venue are the Maruti Suzuki Brezza, Mahindra XUV 300, Ford Ecosport, and Tata Nexon. The Venue is priced at INR 6.50 Lakhs for the base 1.2 Litre petrol variant (E) and it goes all the way up to INR 11.10 lakhs for the top of the line 1.0 Litre DCT variant (SX+). This price is significantly lower than the XUV 300 and also the Ford Ecosport. It is also on the same page as the Brezza and the Tata Nexon.
The Hyundai Venue offers a host of first in segment features such as Wireless Phone Charger, Air Purifier, Wheel Air Curtains, and Arkamys Sound. It also has best in segment features such as 7 Speed DCT, Projector Fog Lamps, 20.32 cm touchscreen AVNT, 3 years / unlimited kilometers warranty and 3 years Road Side Assistance.
The XUV300 gets many segment-first features such as dual-zone fully automatic climate control, three steering modes, front parking sensors, and heated ORVMs. It also gets an electric sunroof, a tire pressure monitor, a tire position display, a reverse camera, auto-dimming IRVM, automatic headlamps, and wipers, electrically folding and adjustable wing mirrors, cruise control. The infotainment unit is a 7-inch touchscreen.
The Nexon gets a cooled and illuminated glove box with two cup holders. It also has features like electrically adjustable and foldable ORVM and tailgate. The power windows can be operated up to 3 minutes after the ignition is turned off. It also gets a fully automatic climate control. Nexon features a ConnectNext Infotainment system by Harman with 4 speaker and 4 tweeters. The 6.5-inch floating infotainment screen also supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Maruti Suzuki Brezza, like the Ford Ecosport gets the least number of fancier features seen on the other cars. It gets a smartplay touchscreen infotainment system with 4 speakers. Also on offer is cruise control, auto headlamps, rain sensing wipers, rear view camera, automatic climate control, temperature sensor, follow me home headlamps etc.
Ford Ecosport has fully automatic AC, auto headlamps, electrically adjustable ORVM with indicators, front armrest with storage, rain sensing wipers, rear view camera, and electric sunroof. The infotainment unit is an 8-inch touchscreen unit with SYNC 3 along with 4 speakers and 2 tweeters. Another useful feature is the tire pressure monitoring system.
Engine and Performance
Hyundai Venue comes with a 1.0 Litre petrol engine and produces about 120 PS at 6000 RPM. The engine is paired to a 6-Speed MT or a 7-Speed DCT. The second engine option is a 1.2 Litre motor producing 83 PS, mated to a 5-Speed MT. It also gets a 1.4 Litre unit which produces 90 PS, mated to a 6-Speed MT.
The XUV300 draws the power from 1.2L turbo petrol (110 BHP/200 Nm) and a 1.5L Turbo Diesel(115 BHP/300 Nm). The power is transmitted to the front wheels via a 6-Speed Manual transmission. The XUV300 will soon get an AMT and an Auto box at a later date.
The Nexon draws its power from a 1.2L, 3 cylinder Turbo Petrol (108 BHP/ 170Nm) and a 1.5L, 4 Cylinder Turbo Diesel (108 BHP/ 260 Nm). Transmission options include a 6-Speed MT and a 6 Speed AMT (on XMA and XZA+).
The Brezza is the only car to get a Diesel-only engine option here. It is powered by a 1.2L, 4 Cylinder Diesel engine that develops 88 BHP and 200 Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a 5-Speed MT.
With the Ecosport, you can choose three engines. A 1.5L, 3 Cylinder petrol (121 BHP/ 150Nm) mated to a 5-Speed MT or a 6-Speed AT, A 1.0L GTDI Ecoboost engine (123 BHP/170 Nm) mated to a 6 speed MT and 1.5L. It also gets a 4 Cylinder Diesel engine (98 BHP/205 Nm) mated to a 5-Speed MT.
The Safety pack includes 6 airbags, ESC with Vehicle Stability Management, Cornering fog lamps, Hill assist control and Brake assist system. Standard safety pack includes dual airbags with ABS and EBD, front and rear parking sensor, seatbelt reminder, ISOFIX child seat anchor. Speed sensing door lock and Crash sensing door unlock are also on offer.
On the safety front, the XUV300 has first in class 7 airbags, disc brake on all 4 sides. Dual airbags, ABS with EBD is standard on all trims. It also gets ESP with rollover mitigation, Hill Hold assist, Front parking sensors, Corner braking control, ISOFIX child seat anchors, speed sensing door lock, impact sensing door unlock.
The Tata Nexon recently scored the 5 star NCAP rating, becoming the first Indian car to do so. It gets dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, front cornering fog lamps. Other safety features are park assist with a camera and ISOFIX child seat anchors, day and night IRVM, Seat belt with pre-tensioners & load limiters.
On the Vitara Brezza, there are front dual airbags, ABS with EBD, Reverse Parking Sensors and ISOFIX. The Maruti has also scored a 4-star rating in the Global NCAP crash testing.
The Ecosport has 6 airbags, ABS, traction control system, electronic stability control system speed sensing door lock and impact sensing door unlock. It also gets dual airbags with ABS across all variants.