Hyundai launched its first compact SUV – the Venue – in our market on May 21, 2019, which is exactly a month ago. In this short span of time, the Venue has already received over 33,000 bookings, with more than two lakh people showing interest in the vehicle, according to Hyundai. Priced from Rs 6.50 lakh to Rs 10.84 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Venue is offered in four engine-gearbox combinations, which includes an 83hp, 1.2-litre petrol MT; a 120hp, 1.0-litre petrol MT/AT; and a 90hp, 1.4-litre diesel MT. The compact SUV is available in six trim levels – the E, S, SX, SX+, SX dual-tone and SX(O).
According to dealer sources, the Venue compact SUV has a waiting period of around six to eight weeks, depending on variants and engine- gearbox combination. In terms of engines, the most popular option appears to be the 1.0-litre petrol engine paired to the 7-speed DCT automatic gearbox. The 1.4-litre diesel is the second-most popular engine choice, while the 1.2 petrol is the least popular, owing to its rather basic equipment list. In terms of variants, both variants of the Venue AT, the S and SX+, seem to be in high demand. Among the MTs, it is the 1.0-litre petrol MT, which is demanded most in the SX trim.
The Hyundai Venue comes with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, diamond-cut alloy wheels, push-button start/stop, keyless entry, wireless charging and the company’s Blue Link connectivity technology, to name a few.
In related news, Hyundai is also going to launch the all-electric Kona EV on July 9, 2019. The all-electric Kona will be the carmaker’s first EV in our market and is expected to be locally assembled.