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2022 Hyundai Venue Review: City Slicker Crossover

The Hyundai Venue is the Korean marque's tiniest SUV, slotting into the subcompact segment and allowing younger shoppers, or those on a budget, an attractive alternative to pricier options. Its unique appearance will appeal in the showroom, but there is substance to this Ford EcoSport rival as well, such as peppy performance around town and a decent amount of cabin space considering its diminutive size. The 121-horsepower 1.6-liter engine battles a bit on the highway, but that's one of the sacrifices to be made considering the attractive starting price of just $18,900. Road noise is also prevalent at higher speeds, but if you are willing to live with these few foibles, the Venue has a lot going for it.

2022 Hyundai Venue Changes: πŸš™What’s the Difference vs the 2021 Hyundai Venue?

The 2021 Venue carries over to 2022 without any fundamental changes. However, the flagship Denim trim is renamed to Limited to bring it in line with other Hyundais, but the distinctive Denim exterior color with the white roof remains available, although is is now also joined by two more two-tone finishes - Galactic Gray and Ceramic White, both with a black roof. An immobilizer, previously unavailable on the bottom two trims, is now fitted as standard across the board. A power tilting/sliding sunroof - previously reserved for the top trim - becomes standard on the mid-tier SEL this year while the Limited trim strangely loses this feature. The Premium Package containing the sunroof that used to be available to the SEL falls away, meaning other features that used to be included in it, such as LED headlights, navigation, and heated front seats are no longer available on this trim.

Pros and Cons

  • Excels in urban settings
  • High-value price tag
  • Spacious cabin
  • Good spread of safety features
  • Logical ergonomics
  • Impressive warranty coverage
  • Battles when speeds rise
  • No manual gearbox
  • AWD still not on offer
  • Plenty of road noise

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2022 Hyundai Venue Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
SE
1.6L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$19,000
SEL
1.6L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$20,750
Limited
1.6L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$22,250

Hyundai Venue Exterior

Customers who crave the chunkier appearance of an SUV, but without the added bulk, will love the Venue. The design has a blocky, angular theme, which applies not only to the Venue's silhouette but details such as the rectangular-shaped daytime running lights in front and the taillight clusters. A 'floating roof' effect is a neat design trick that has been achieved by darkened A-pillars. The base SE comes with automatic projector headlights, a black front grille, and 15-inch alloy wheels, but upper trims have a chrome grille, 17-inch alloys, and roof side rails. The Limited comes with LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, and several paint options with a contrasting white or black roof. A power sunroof is standard on the SEL and not available on the Limited.

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Dimensions

The Hyundai Venue is one of the smallest crossovers on the market. It measures just 159.1 inches in length, making it nearly five inches shorter than the already compact Kona. Sneaking in at under 100 inches is a 99.2-inch wheelbase, while other dimensions include a width of 69.7 inches (excluding the mirrors) and a height of 61.6 inches. With such a small footprint, it comes as no surprise that the curb weight starts at just 2,612 pounds, going up to a maximum of 2,738 lbs.

  • Length 159.1 in
  • Wheelbase 99.2 in
  • Height 61.6 in
  • Max Width 69.7 in
  • Front Width 61.2 in
  • Rear Width 61.6 in
  • Curb Weight 2,612.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

Hyundai smartly recognizes that the Venue will appeal to a younger demographic and has supplied a color palette that includes vibrant, youthful shades like Green Apple, Intense Blue, and Scarlet Red Pearl. For less adventurous shoppers, there is Black Noir Pearl, Galactic Gray, Stellar Silver, and Ceramic White. None of these color choices cost anything extra and apply to both the SE and SEL. The Limited, however, gets its own exclusive Denim paint finish with a white contrast roof. Scarlet Red and Intense Blue are available too, but if you opt for Galactic Gray or Ceramic White, you get a contrasting black roof.

  • Black Noir Pearl
  • Stellar Silver
  • Scarlet Red Pearl
  • Intense Blue
  • Galactic Gray
  • Green Apple
  • Ceramic White
  • Galactic Gray w/Black Roof
  • Denim w/White Roof
  • Ceramic White w/Black Roof

Venue Performance

The Venue's small size makes it feel faster than it is around town, where zipping in and out of gaps in traffic is accomplished with little effort. However, the reality is that this isn't a fast crossover. Under the hood is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with just 121 horsepower and a mere 113 lb-ft of torque. It's only paired with a CVT transmission and power exclusively goes to the front wheels, whereas competitors like the Ford EcoSport offer 4WD capability. According to independent tests, the Venue will require a time in the mid-nine-second range to get from 0-60 mph, and much more than that to eventually reach its top speed. Some rivals offer turbocharged power, so racing from traffic lights vs the Kia Soul will quickly see the Venue being left behind. Hyundai has not indicated a towing capacity for the Venue.

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Engine and Transmission

As before, just one engine is on offer for the Venue: the 1.6-liter Smartstream four-cylinder power plant manages 121 hp and 113 lb-ft of torque. While a manual gearbox was available previously, Hyundai has discontinued it last year, so that leaves a continuously variable transmission (CVT) as the only choice. Hyundai calls its CVT an IVT (Intelligent Variable Transmission) and, although it can't do much to overcome the engine's lack of power, responsiveness is decent from a standing start. The IVT mimics the shifts of a conventional automatic, too. However, passing on the highway will require plenty of patience and a heavy right foot. So, although cross-country road trips can be a bit of a chore, the Venue is a car in its element within the confines of congested city streets.

  • Engine
    1.6L Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain
    FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

If the Hyundai Venue is on your shortlist, we advise that your test drive includes a mix of both town and highway driving, because the little crossover's performance varies widely depending on where you are. In the city, the news is mostly positive. The Venue's compact dimensions mean that taking gaps in traffic is easily done and narrow lanes don't provoke any nervous moments. The steering, too, is light but responsive around town. Out on the highway, things are rather different. Although the ride is reasonably composed, the steering requires regular corrections to keep the crossover traveling in a straight line, and that 1.6-liter really needs to work hard at higher speeds. Unfortunately, this is a regular occurrence as passing slower traffic requires every last bit of power from the engine. Road noise is also more intrusive than we'd like on a vehicle too, but the Venue shines in the purpose it was designed for: short inner-city commutes.

Venue Gas Mileage

The Venue is an impressive fuel-sipper, with especially commendable gas mileage in the city. According to the EPA, the little Hyundai will return 29/33/31 mpg across the city/highway/combined cycles, which is very similar to several competitors like the Mazda CX-3, which manages best figures of 29/34/31 mpg. The Nissan Kicks is even more efficient, though, returning 31/36/33 mpg. Although its 11.9-gallon gas tank is tiny, the Venue should be able to attain around 369 miles of range.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    11.9 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 29/33 mpg
* 2022 Hyundai Venue SE IVT

Venue Interior

Despite its diminutive size, Hyundai has successfully managed to design a cabin that can accommodate four six-foot adults quite comfortably, as we found in our review of the Venue. The design itself isn't especially striking, but we'd take a functional interior that works well over a flashy-but-complicated one any day. Although there are plenty of hard plastics - hardly a shock considering the Venue's budget-friendly price - build quality is sturdy. All versions come with a six-way manually-adjustable driver's seat, a touchscreen interface, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seatback. The top-spec Limited is kitted out with heated front seats and push-button ignition, while all variants come with safety technologies like driver attention warning and lane-keeping assist.

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Seating and Interior Space

The Hyundai Venue technically seats five occupants, but as is often the case with subcompact crossovers, you wouldn't often want to put three people at the back. However, four average-sized adults can be accommodated in a surprising amount of comfort, with good leg- and headroom. Of course, those over six feet tall won't feel as comfortable here as in a Hyundai Tucson, but it's far from intolerable. The seats themselves are supportive and comfortable. The door openings are sufficiently sized to make ingress and egress effortless, and while visibility is mostly good, the rear roof pillars obscure the view somewhat.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.3 in
  • Front Head Room 39.4 in
  • Rear Leg Room 34.3 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.6 in

Interior Colors and Materials

It's a pretty basic affair with the Hyundai Venue SE's interior, which has cloth-upholstered seats in black, relieved only by silver striping; there are also silver accents on the steering wheel, around the shift lever, and on the door handles/ventilation outlets. The SEL adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, along with the choice of a lighter Gray interior, with the lower panels also finished in Gray. The Limited is finished black inside; no other colors are offered for the Limited trim's interior.

New Venue SUV Trunk and Cargo Space

Behind the rear seats, the Hyundai Venue SUV offers 18.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Although this isn't a lot in SUV terms, it's not bad when viewed in the context of the Venue's size. The load area itself is quite tall although not especially deep; still, a few small-to-medium sized suitcases can fit. The cargo floor can be lowered and the stowable rear luggage shelf is a nice touch as well. By folding down the 60/40-split-folding rear seats, cargo space increases to 31.9 cubes. This is useful, but the larger Kona is much better here as it offers more trunk space behind the back seats, and over 45 cubes with its seats folded.

Interior storage space is decent, with cupholders situated alongside the handbrake, an open storage area above the glovebox, useful door bins, and a passenger-side seatback pocket. However, only the top two trims have a sliding center armrest/storage box.

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Venue Infotainment and Features

Features

Starting at below $20,000, the Hyundai Venue puts the emphasis on the essentials. The SE comes with manual air conditioning, a six-way manual driver's seat, an immobilizer, power front/rear windows, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. It's got a decent array of safety gear, though, with forward-collision avoidance, lane-keeping assist, driver-attention warning, and a rearview camera all being standard. The mid-range SEL adds automatic temperature control, an auto-up driver's window, a power sunroof, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. On the top-spec Limited, there are heated exterior mirrors and front seats, along with a proximity key including push-button ignition, but no sunroof.

Infotainment

Hyundai's infotainment system is simple to master and comes with a physical volume knob that makes it easy to turn down the radio when you're trying to find a new destination, catering to that bizarre phenomenon of being able to read traffic signs more clearly without your favorite tune blasting loudly. The SE and SEL come with an eight-inch touchscreen display with wireless Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, and HD Radio. The top Limited trim has the same setup but with SiriusXM satellite radio and navigation added. However, the Limited trim doesn't have wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, so you'd better remember to bring along your cable. All trims offer Bluetooth connectivity and auxiliary input jacks, but only the top two trims have dual USB charging ports. A four-speaker sound system on the SE is replaced by a six-speaker unit on the top two trims.

Venue Problems and Reliability

J.D. Power gives the 2022 version of the Venue an overall rating of 79 out of 100 and a 78/100 rating for quality and reliability, which are acceptable but falls short of competitors like the Kia Soul, which attains scores of 83 and 87, respectively. Promisingly, the Venue has yet to be recalled for any problems for either the 2022 model year, but the 2021 was recalled once for a seat-belt pretentioner that may explode and injure passengers.

If anything does go awry, it's satisfying to know that the Venue comes with one of the best warranties in the industry. The five-year/60,000-mile new vehicle warranty is complemented by a ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. A seven-year anti-perforation warranty applies regardless of mileage covered, while 24-hour roadside assistance runs for five years.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    10 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    7 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

Venue Safety

The 2022 Hyundai Venue achieved a four-out-of-five star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, with four stars for the frontal and rollover tests and five stars for the side crash test. Over at the IIHS, the 2021 Venue was rated as a Top Safety Pick, one of the highest recognitions from the authority.

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Key Safety Features

It may be short on luxuries - a consequence of the Venue's positioning in the market rather than stinginess on Hyundai's part - but a quick review of the spec sheet reveals that the Korean brand has done a good job of equipping even the cheapest Venue with the safety technologies expected of any new vehicle. Every version comes with tire-pressure monitoring, a rearview camera, vehicle stability management, electronic stability control, traction control, and ABS brakes. The airbag count totals six, with dual-front, front-side, and curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions.

Driver-assist technologies encompass forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist, and driver attention warning. The top two trims add blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2022 Hyundai Venue a Good SUV?

Within the context of its sub-$20,000 price, the Hyundai Venue hits the nail on the head. It is trendily styled, has a spacious cabin considering its size, is in its element around town, and comes with one of the best warranties in the industry. In a world where bigger is perceived as better, the Venue makes a strong case for downsizing. Of course, the wallet-friendly price comes with a couple of disadvantages, such as the noisy interior at highway speeds, and an engine that struggles when more is asked of it. We also lament the discontinuation of the manual gearbox, but this is an industry-wide trend that shows no signs of disappearing. If you need a starter crossover that won't break the bank, the Hyundai Venue answers that brief admirably.

🚘What's the Price of the 2022 Hyundai Venue?

The Hyundai Venue may cost less than the bigger Kona, but it's not quite the cheapest crossover in its segment. In the USA, the 2021 Hyundai Venue begins at an MSRP of just $18,900 for the SE, increasing to $20,650 for the mid-range SEL and $22,150 for the Limited. Considering the SEL's extra equipment this year - notably the sunroof - the increase of $850 is reasonable when compared to the equivalent price of the Hyundai Venue in 2021. These prices exclude any options - although there are few of these - and a destination freight charge of $1,225. It is well-priced in its segment, considering rivals such as the Kia Soul starts at $19,190.

2022 Hyundai Venue Models

The 2022 Hyundai Venue range is made up of three trims, namely SE, SEL, and Limted. They all share the same 1.6-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine with 121 hp and 113 lb-ft of torque, driving the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission, with no AWD option available.

The SE comes as standard with projector headlights, 15-inch alloy wheels, color-coded and powered exterior mirrors, and a black grille. Inside, it gets cloth upholstery, a six-way manually adjustable driver's seat, an immobilizer, manual air-conditioning, and power windows. The infotainment system comes with an eight-inch touchscreen display and supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an aux input, Bluetooth, and a four-speaker audio system. Safety is covered by six airbags, stability control, a backup camera, tire-pressure monitoring, forward-collision warning, and driver-attention warning.

The mid-tier SEL adds to these features a chrome grille, roof rails, a power sunroof, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside, it gains automatic temperature control, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, a driver's auto-up window, a driver's sliding armrest / storage box, dual USB ports, a six-speaker audio system, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

The flagship is renamed Limited this year and is available with several two-tone finishes with a contrasting roof, as well as the exclusive Denim exterior paint color. It gets LEDs for its headlights, tail lights, and daytime running lights, as well as heated exterior mirrors, sportier cloth upholstery, navigation, keyless entry with push-button start, and heated front seats. However, its Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are wired, not wireless, and it loses the SEL's sunroof.

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Additional Packages

Entry-level models are typically the least customizable and that's the case with the Venue SE. Only a handful of accessories such as a cargo tray ($115), rear cupholder with console armrest ($65), and roof rack cross rails ($250) are on offer. The only package is the Cargo Package that contains the afore-mentioned cargo tray, as well as a cargo net and cargo blocks for $200.

The SEL can be more comprehensively upgraded but now that its has a standard sunroof, it loses last year's optional Premium Package, which also means you can no longer get heated front seats, LED headlights, and navigation on this trim. A few additional accessories not available to the SE include wheel locks ($65) and roof-rack cross rails ($250). The Limited gets access to all the same options as the SEL.

πŸš—What Hyundai Venue Model Should I Buy?

Our pick of the range is the mid-range Hyundai Venue SEL. Its starting price has crept over $20,000, but this is due to more equipment being fitted and this model adds niceties such as a power sunroof, dual USB charging ports, a better sound system, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. It's also fairly customizable variant in the range, with a few accessories available. It has a few advantages over the Limited - its infotainment system supports wireless smartphone integration and it has a sunroof. The Limited, on the other hand, has navigation, LED headlights, and heated front seats. We'd go for the SEL because of the sunroof and we won't miss the navigation because of the smartphone integration giving access to phone-based navigation.

2022 Hyundai Venue Comparisons

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CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Hyundai Venue121 hp29/33 mpg$19,000
Hyundai Kona 147 hp27/33 mpg$20,500
Kia Seltos 146 hp27/31 mpg$22,490

2022 Hyundai Venue vs Hyundai Kona

It can become a challenge for buyers when one manufacturer offers two models that overlap in price. That's exactly the case in the USA with the Hyundai Venue and Kona, with the latter starting at $21,150, less than the price of the Venue Limited. Both SUVs have plenty of visual appeal and look different enough from each other to be distinctive. The Kona offers quite a bit more power, though, with a 147 hp 2.0L and an available 1.6L turbo with 195 hp. Only the Kona offers the option of four-wheel drive. At almost five inches shorter vs the Kona, it figures that the Venue offers less passenger space and far less cargo space with the rear seats folded. Going for the Kona also avails more features like a head-up display, smart cruise control, and wireless device charging. If value trumps all, we can understand opting for the Venue, but overall, we'd side with the slightly larger and more practical Kona.

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2022 Hyundai Venue vs Kia Seltos

The all-new Kia Seltos is one of the best small SUVs for sale and provides a nice idea of what to expect for just a few grand more than the base Venue. Firstly, this is one seriously handsome crossover that is both youthful and aggressive. At 172 inches in length, it's over 10 inches longer than the Venue, which explains why the Kia has 3.7 inches of additional rear legroom and a much larger cargo area. With the rear seats folded, the Seltos has double the utility space. The base Seltos has a 146 hp 2.0L and all-wheel drive, which isn't offered on the FWD-only Venue. The turbocharged Seltos delivers 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The Venue is more efficient, but the difference isn't massive. Finally, the Kia has a much more premium-feeling cabin. Although the Seltos is more expensive, you do get quite a bit more car for the money.

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