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Date: 10 Feb 2020 Author Type: Press Release
Author: Julian Lurie edited by Liam Mothilall
Source: Julian Lurie
Hyundai Automotive South Africa has just launched the new Venue to its sports utility range. Hyundai's naming theme for SUV’s has typically been a city or place. "Venue" refers to a "place" people want to be seen in.

The all-new Hyundai Venue SUV, with its bold and unique character, might be small in size, but it is big on practicality and personality. It offers a unique, entry-level vehicle for consumers seeking savvy design with an abundance of safety, convenience and connectivity features. As Hyundai's most affordable SUV to date, Venue is aimed at urban adventurers with a taste for savvy, trendy design that stands apart, as well as offering a remarkable driving experience.

The new Venue has been launched with three specification levels; the Motion as an entry-level derivative, followed by the Fluid version which has more design and convenience features and topped by the Glide with its impressive and comprehensive list of features. All three versions are equipped with Electronic Stability Control.

The design of the new Venue exhibits compact but confident body forms, delivering a new interpretation of Hyundai's signature design language. The side profile exhibits full-volume wheel arches and strong character lines, while the bold and beautiful cascading grille incorporates Hyundai's signature forward-looking visage found on both the Kona and Santa Fe SUVs. The unique front lamp layout separates the turn lamps and headlamps and features optional premium LED headlights with LED daylight running lights for the Glide version, as well as fog lamps. The unique Venue body character line carries through the profile to the tail lamps. The Venue is available with striking 16-inch alloy wheels as standard equipment on the Fluid and Glide versions, and 15-inch steel wheels for the Motion. Its impressive aerodynamics visualized by the rear shark-fin spoiler and rear fascia asymmetric block help improve efficiency while maintaining its unique sense of style.

Moving inside, the Venue's inviting interior offers intuitive controls and forward-thinking design, excellent use of dimensions to create ample space for driver and both front and rear passengers, and a decent-sized luggage area. The comfortable cabin provides adequate room for both an urban commuter, and on long road trips. The Venue comes with a 60/40 split, a flat-folding rear seatback for the Glide version to maximize utility for various trips. The Venue's SUV styling cues and utility make it an ideal alternative to many subcompact cars. The cargo space features a cover for added security and can be conveniently stowed when not in use. The leather-wrapped steering wheel has audio controls and, in the Fluid, and Glide derivatives, cruise control buttons to make a long road trip much easier for the driver. The infotainment system features either a 3.8-inch mono LCD display in the Motion derivative, or an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen system and rearview monitor for the Venue Fluid and Glide versions. The 8-inch display in the Fluid and Glide includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions for intuitive operation of the most commonly used smartphone functions, including app-based navigation, streaming audio and voice-controlled search capabilities.

Buyers will appreciate available convenience features such as Dual USB ports, a 3.5-inch TFT instrument cluster display to illustrate useful information, a rearview camera and Bluetooth hands-free phone operation. The leather-wrapped steering wheel feels comfortable and luxurious. Glovebox cooling, rear air conditioner ventilation ducts and automatic cruise control with buttons on the steering wheel form part of the convenience features in the Fluid and Glide derivatives.

In terms of safety, the new Venue comes standard with six airbags; front (2), side-impact (2) and side air curtain (2) for the Fluid and Glide models. Seatbelt pre-tensioners with force limiters, Isofix child seat attachments, and an Advanced Braking System (ABS). The Motion derivative comes with two airbags; one each for the driver and front passenger. Standard features include Electronic Stability Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, and Hill Start Assist Control.

The Hyundai’s Venue’s three-cylinder turbocharged Kappa 1.0 T-GDI is an excellent engine. It delivers 88 kW at its peak performance around 6 000 r/min, and maximum torque of 172 NM in a range from 1 500 to 4 000 r/min. Hyundai claim a fuel consumption figure of just 6.5 litres per 100 km’s for the manual transmission versions, and 6.9 litres per 100 km’s for the DCT. The Venue’s three-cylinder engine can be paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission (DCT) in the Motion and Fluid versions. The top-of-range Glide derivative comes only with a DCT transmission. The Venue's suspension tuning provides a very good compromise between passenger comfort and confident vehicle control. The suspension and steering deliver a combination of control, balance, optimization and ground clearance to achieve utility and manoeuvrability in a small vehicle footprint.

The Venue colour palette is fresh and youthful and covers a wide spectrum that allows buyers to express a sense of their own personal style. A two-tone colour scheme complements the dramatic design: A contrasting roof is offered with two exterior colours; polar white with phantom black, and lava orange with phantom black. The one-tone body will be available in Phantom Black, Star Dust, Denim Blue, Typhoon Silver and Fiery Red.

The recommended retail selling prices for the Hyundai Venue range are listed below.
The prices (VAT inclusive) of:
  • Venue 1.0 Motion (manual)                  
  • R 274 900
  • Venue 1.0 Motion (DCT)
  • R 304 900
  • Venue 1.0 Fluid (manual)
  • R 309 900
  • Venue 1.0 Fluid (DCT)
  • R 339 900
  • Venue 1.0 Glide (DCT)
  • R 369 900

    Prices include Hyundai's groundbreaking 7-year / 200 000 km warranty, 7-year / 150 000 km roadside assistance, and a 3-year / 45 000 km service plan. Service intervals are at 15 000 km, or annually when applicable.
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