The Venue may be Hyundai's smallest and most affordable SUV, but it holds plenty of appeal for shoppers on a tight budget. All versions are powered by an efficient 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 121 horsepower and 113 lb-ft of torque, paired with a CVT transmission and sending power to the front wheels.
Starting off the range is the SE with 15-inch alloy wheels, an immobilizer, automatic headlights, an eight-inch touchscreen display, wireless smartphone integration, air-conditioning, and safety gear like forward-collision warning and lane-keeping assist. The mid-range SEL enjoys a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power sunroof, a six-speaker sound system, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. The lineup is highlighted by the Limited, which gets access to its own Denim color with a white contrast roof, as well as other two-tone finishes. It also has sportier interior treatment with unique cloth seats, plus both front seats are heated on this version, but it loses the SEL's sunroof.
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.
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.
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.