2020 Hyundai Venue S Review: Venue with a View



The Hyundai Venue is loaded up with more active safety features to stay competitive


Photos: Lionel Kong

SINGAPORE

We just saw the Hyundai Venue launched here not too long ago, but it has very quickly been given a little makeover for Singapore to keep it competitive in the very crowded crossover vehicle segment.

So what’s new about this Hyundai Venue? The car comes in two specifications, the standard GLS and a GLS ‘S’. The ‘S’ in this case doesn’t stand for ‘Sport’. More likely it means ‘Safety’ because the car gets a big pile of advanced safety features piled in along with a new front intake grille. 

The nose looks different because of the Flux Edition grille, which you can get in black or chrome. It aims to bring the car more inline with the Hyundai family design style, as the larger Santa Fe and Tucson also sport similarly shiny front ends. 

The Venue is the smallest of the Hyundai crossovers, and measures just 4040mm in length. The next car up in the range is the Hyundai Kona, which is 125mm longer. Like all small cars, the Venue’s design is somewhat constrained by the fact that you need to fit up to five people into the vehicle, and this results in a boxy, upright cabin section. But as a little car with SUV aspirations the design comes off reasonably well, and provides excellent all-round visibility for the occupants. 

What buyers will get for their money this time round is a suite of Hyundai SmartSense features, including blind spot collision warning, lane keeping assist, forward collision avoidance warning, driver’s attention warning, and leading vehicle departure alert. 

Most of them are self-explanatory, but it’s all buried in the software so if you’re the type that likes to be able to feel and see what you’re getting, you’ll need to adjust your expectations a little. 



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Lionel Kong
An old hand from the bad old days of crazy COEs, the straight-shooting, ex-CarBuyer editor is back in the four-wheeled world. Rumours that he went to another country to start a Judas Priest tribute band are unfounded.