After a long period of time, and almost a month after the unveil, Hyundai has marked its entry in the sub-4 meter compact SUV segment with the launch of their Venue. The price of the base petrol variant of Venue starts from Rs. 6.53 lakhs, ex-showroom all-India and undercuts major players in the segment. Hyundai Venue locks horns with Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon and the Ford Ecosport in its segment. These are already well established models in the market, but Hyundai has loaded the Venue with enough features. Hence the latest entrant in the segment will make sure that these existing players face the heat as far as sales go. Therefore, we have decided to pit the Hyundai Venue against Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Mahindra XUV300 to see how the new SUV in the segment stacks up against the top two sellers of the segment as of now.
Exterior Design and Dimensions
Starting with Venue, the waterfall grille at the front with chrome work on the grille lends a distinct identity to the South Korean maker’s SUV. The headlamps are placed below the turn indicators here, a design trend that is growing increasingly common in the industry. Sides reveal a different story as the design here looks Creta inspired but the lines on the body give the Venue a distinct identity for sure. Talking of the dimensions of the SUV, the Venue measures in at 3,995 mm long, 1,770 mm wide and 1,590 mm high. The wheelbase, on the other hand, is 2,500 mm.
Coming to Maruti Vitara Brezza, the design of the car looks dated and the SUV is long due for a facelift. The overall boxy appearance of Vitara Brezza sure does makes it look long in the tooth, and hopefully the brand will update the SUV soon. The dimensions of Vitara Brezza stand at 3995x1790x1640 mm respectively and the wheelbase of the SUV is 2500 mm whereas the ground clearance is 198 mm.
The Mahindra XUV300 was launched only a couple of months ago and hence looks very fresh in the segment. Not to mention that the front grille of the SUV also lends it a very premium character. Talking dimensions, XUV300 stands 3995x1821x1627 mm long, wide, and tall respectively. The wheelbase here though is the best in the segment and stands at 2600 mm.
As far as the mechanicals of the upcoming Venue are concerned, the South Korean maker is offering a new 1 liter 3 cylinder turbo petrol engine rated to deliver 120 PS and 175 Nm, this engine has been developed by the company in-house. This new engine comes with a 7-speed twin clutch gearbox and a 6 speed manual. As far as the other engines are concerned, there are two more options with the first one being a 1.2L petrol rated for 82 PS and 114 Nm and mated to 5 speed manual gearbox. The second one is a 1.4L turbo diesel engine rated for 90 PS and 220 Nm and mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox. The SUV will be sold as a front wheel drive car and there will be no all-wheel drive on offer, even as an option.
Vitara Brezza as of now is only offered with a 1.3L diesel engine rated to deliver 89 Bhp and 200 Nm. The transmission duties here are handled by a 5-speed manual box or a 5-speed AMT unit.
Whereas, Mahindra XUV300 comes with a 1.2L petrol or a 1.5L diesel engine. The petrol unit is rated for 110 Bhp and 200 Nm while the diesel mill is rated for 115 Bhp and 300 Nm of torque. However, both the engines only come with a 6-speed manual gearbox as of now.
The South Korean maker has stated that Venue’s 1.2L petrol engine with a 5-speed manual gearbox is rated for a mileage figure of 17.52 kmpl. The turbo petrol option with a 3-pot configuration comes in manual as well as automatic gearbox option and while the manual version is rated for 18.27 kmpl the 7-speed Dual-Clutch automatic transmission is rated for 18.15 km/l. Finally the 1.4L diesel engine comes with a 6-speed manual transmission and is rated to deliver a mileage of 23.7 km/l.
Coming to Vitara Brezza the mileage here is 24.29 kmpl in both automatic and manual variant and Mahindra XUV300 clocks in 20 kmpl for diesel mill and the petrol mill of the SUV is rated for 17 kmpl.
Interiors and Features
The interiors of Venue are loaded with features and give an upmarket feel while an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system sits at the center of the dash. The front and rear headrests in the Hyundai Venue are adjustable while the middle one at the rear is fixed. Interiors can be had in three colors in the SUV. With the options of a red themed interior with red accent on the seats and highlights on the infotainment system or is a dual-tone dashboard with a white interior. Safety features are also a aplenty on the SUV with the Venue coming with push button start, keyless entry, LED DRLs, cruise control, 6 airbags on the top-end variant, ABS, EBD, ESP, hill hold, rear parking sensors, rear parking camera and traction control.
The Venue’s ‘Smart Connect SUV’ tag will arm it with 33 features and among these, 10 have been developed especially for India and it will feature the brand’s ‘BlueLink Connected Technology’. The BlueLink technology in the Venue will work via an e-SIM that will come pre-installed with the car and it offers car tracking, geo-fencing, overspeeding updates, tow-away, time fencing, the vehicle remote on a smartphone, SOS calls, customer support, real-time traffic information, remotely check the car status, find the car and India-specific voice assistance. Other segment leading features on the Venue are 3 year/unlimited Kms warranty, 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox and air purifier function for the air conditioning.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza does not offer an interior that one writes home about. A touchscreen infotainment system is present and the rest of the interior can be summed up as adequate. As far as the safety kit goes, the Brezza offers ABS, front dual airbags and reverse parking sensors as standard on all variants. The aforementioned infotainment system also offers SmartPlay and Apple CarPlay connectivity, and Mapcare navigation. Other features include keyless entry with push-button start, cruise control, cooled upper glove box, sliding front armrest and reverse parking camera.
Mahindra XUV300 is one feature loaded SUV and comes with several segment firsts which include multi-mode steering, heated ORVMs, 7 airbags, disc brakes on all four wheels and dual-zone auto AC. Other features include a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support and oodles of space in the cabin as a result of larger wheelbase of the SUV.
Hyundai Venue’s base model and top model comes within the price range of Rs. 6.5 lakhs to Rs. 11.10 lakhs. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza’s range starts at Rs. 7.67 lakh and goes all the way up to Rs. 10.64 lakhs. While the Mahindra XUV300’s range begins from Rs. 7.90 lakh and tops out at Rs. 11.99 lakhs.