Venue, the latest subcompact SUV from the Korean carmaker, has made a sensation in the Indian UV market ever since its launch. Ever since its launch in May this year, Venue has been in the news for one reason or the other – mostly for shaking up the top 5 compact SUV chart. Up until the end of October 2019, the compact SUV has sold 51,257 units – a commendable figure taking into account the slowdown in the automobile sector.
Barring May and September 2019, the SUV has managed to sell more than 8500 units every month, the highest being 9585 units in July 2019 – when it took the crown from the best-seller, the Vitara Brezza. These strong sales numbers have given Hyundai a breath of fresh air amongst the general slowdown. Very recently, Hyundai has begun exporting the Venue SUV to South Africa, where it will be launched on December 2. Until now, about 1400 Made-in-India Venue units have been exported to South Africa.
Top of the order trims that have bluelink connectivity feature has been the most sought after variant of the Venue SUV. Hyundai also said that they have about 75,000 orders for the Venue and that they will be closing 2019 with about 100,000 orders. That is a very huge number for a new car and speaks volumes about the affinity and trust towards the Korean carmaker.
The Venue is offered with 3 engine options. A 1.0 Litre, 3 Cylinder turb0-petrol that makes 18 bhp and 172 Nm. This engine is offered with either a 6-speed manual or an optional DCT. The second engine is a 1.2 Litre naturally-aspirated petrol, developing 82 bhp and 114 Nm. This engine is offered with a 5-speed manual transmission. The last is a 1.4 liter turbo diesel that develops 89 bhp and 220 Nm, which comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
The Venue is the first compact SUV to offer over 33 connectivity features via the BlueLink connectivity technology. Read more about it here.