Car Review: Hyundai’s Venue crossover might be small, but packs major value on a budget

If you have looked at prices of new a ride lately, then you know that it is going to cost some serious money. Hyundai has a tiny crossover that looks to break those big dollar crossover blues.

The 2021 Hyundai Venue Denim edition is blue, but its sub $24,000 price tag will help keep some green in your pocket.

The interior comes nicely equipped with an 8” NAV touch screen and the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The front heated seats have six way adjustments and provide decent comfort for most.

The back seat riders have good headroom, even if not the most legroom in its class of tiny crossovers. The cargo capacity swallows items with ease, which is a surprise for this Hyundai Venue. However, this Venue is on the smaller side of the tiny crossover market.

Hitting the road in the Venue with 121 hp means this is not a speedy crossover, but it gets the job done. It keeps up with traffic without much of a hassle.

The engine sounds a bit coarse when you plant the throttle to the floor. But I found the ride nicely balanced with good ability to soak up smaller bumps as only the large bumps upsetting the tiny crossover.

The Hyundai Venue is a stylish crossover and the top-of-the-line Denim edition uses a fun blue and white paint scheme to stand out. Funky looking 17” wheels are on full display inside the flared out fenders.

This is one small ride especially when you park it next to other crossovers in a parking lot.

Cost: $22,050; as tested $23,390

MPG: 30 mpg city and 33 mpg highway; I managed 31.9 mpg in 196 miles of mixed driving.

Safety: Forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection; safe exit assist; blind-spot collision warning; lane keeping assist; high beam assist; blind view monitor; driver attention warning.

Options: $155 Carpeted floor

Things to know: The Venue is the smallest crossover from Hyundai. Still, it packs lots of content and comfort in this pint size ride.

Pros:

  • Good looks help this tiny crossover make a big statement
  • Comes packed with safety equipment and technology
  • Small size helps it fit nicely in the city

Cons:

  • Engine sounds rough at higher RPMs
  • Small size even for the tiny crossover market
  • No AWD offered in the Venue

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