THERE’S a fresh entry point into the small car range, with the pint sized Hyundai Accent making way for the Korean car maker’s bold new super-compact SUV, the Venue, which hit show rooms last week.
Slightly larger than the Ford EcoBoost and Suzuki’s pocket sized Ignis micro-SUV, the Venue will replace the Accent, and hit the road from $19,990, offering the road presence and interior space of an SUV, combined with the parking ease and economy of a light car.
Headlining an array of standard equipment in the new Venue, which made its debut in New York earlier this year, is an 8-inch touchscreen multimedia unit featuring Bluetooth streaming, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a reversing camera.
While Hyundai’s SmartSense safety suite is also standard in every Venue, incorporating forward collision avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, driver attention warning, high beam assist and tyre pressure monitoring.
A three grade line up (Go, Active and Elite) features an economical 90kW 1.6-litre engine, front wheel drive and a choice of six speed manual or six speed automatic (D-CCVT) transmissions, depending on the model grade.
In addition to standard connectivity and safety equipment the range opening Venue Go also features dusk sensing headlights, hill assist control system, cruise control and six airbags.
The Active adds rear parking distance warning system, LED daytime running lights, powered folding exterior mirrors with LED side repeaters, alloy wheels, and leather appointed steering wheel and gear knob.
Venue Elite variants add a contrasting two tone roof as standard, with matching mirror caps. In addition, every Venue Elite comes with contrasting painted inserts in the lower front and rear bumpers, wheel arch mouldings, and side sill mouldings.
In addition, the flagship variant adds a range of styling touches including a bold cross hatch grille with dark chrome elements, and LED taillights. The Go rides on 15-inch steel wheels with attractive covers, and Venue Active features 15-inch alloy wheels.
The Elite features striking 17-inch alloy wheels. All variants feature a stacked headlight design to convey a bold road presence within a compact package, exaggerated wheel arches, and a squat and athletic stance.
You’ll also find roof rails as standard, and a high level of space and practicality, with clever solutions such as a smartphone cubby, rear parcel shelf storage slot, and a generous 355 litres for luggage.
The vehicle benefits from a comprehensive Australian-specific chassis tune that delivers playful dynamics, together with ride sophistication that is more commonly associated with larger vehicles.
A drive mode system in automatic variants allows customers to choose a power train setting that best suits their driving style. In addition,, automatic variants score an all new traction mode system, offering traction control for snow, mud or sand driving.