Hyundai has unveiled the Venue, its smallest model which will replace the ageing Accent in Australia.
The Venue slots in at the bottom of the Korean brand’s burgeoning SUV range, below the already-compact Kona. In comparison to the Hawaii-named crossover, the Venue is 130mm shorter and 31mm narrower, though it’s 15mm taller for a tougher look.
Speaking of looks, the Venue sports a bold and chunky design that borrows a number of cues from other Hyundai models. Up front, the company’s trademark cascading grille features, flanked by a split light setup (similar to the Kona) with a funky rectangular daytime-running light design.
Around the side the little crossover looks muscular, with its black wheel-arch cladding, body creases and optional contrasting roof. At the rear, there’s a pair of detailed halogen taillights, which are placed on either side of a large ‘VENUE’ badge.
Inside, it’s pretty standard Hyundai fare. In the centre of the dashboard is an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – it sits above three climate control dials and the shift lever. The driver gets access to a leather-wrapped steering wheel, along with an analogue instrument cluster with a 3.5-inch drivers display. The seats are trimmed in a mixture of leatherette and denim cloth.
Powering the Venue is a 1.6-litre four-cylinder, which is paired to a choice of six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions. Outputs haven’t been quoted, however it’s likely that it’s the 103kW/167Nm naturally aspirated unit in the current Accent hatch.
Technology wise, the range-topper will get features such as autonomous emrgency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist and driver attention warning.
The 2020 Hyundai Venue is set to arrive in Australia in the second half of 2019, following its public debut at this week’s New York auto show.