Although Hyundai is late to enter the sub-4 meter SUV segment in India, the all-new Venue has grabbed headlines all around. The prices for Venue starts at Rs. 6.53 lakhs, a price that also undercuts some of its major rivals in the market. Hyundai Venue locks horns with Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon, and Ford Ecosport in the Indian market. Therefore, it is only natural that we bring a comparison of the following cars and the Hyundai Venue. Let’s take a look as to how the Hyundai Venue fares against Tata Nexon and the Ford EcoSport in the Indian market.
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.
Tata Nexon had a polarizing design when it was launched in the market and it has not changed since then. However, the design has also won some fans in the market and the sales of the SUV are an indicator of the same. As far as the dimensions of the Tata Nexon the SUV is 3994x1811x1607 mm long, wide, and high and has a wheelbase of 2498 mm. The ground clearance is 209 mm and is unbeatable in the segment.
Ford Ecosport’s design is fairly butch and this is one of the SUVs that got the segment going in India. The chrome work at the front and the height of the SUV sure wins it many fans in the market. The spare wheel position at the rear is also something that adds to the appeal of the SUV. The dimensions of the SUV stand at 3998x1765x1647 mm long, wide, and high. The ground clearance is 200 mm and wheelbase spans 2519 mm.
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.
Tata Nexon has good space on the rea seats and the features list of the car is also pretty loaded. There is a floating type touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, 8-speaker music system from Harman with volume sync with speed, multi-drive modes, automatic climate control, electric adjustable and retractable ORVMs, rear wiper with defogger, and reverse camera among others. Safety features on the car include ABS, EBD, airbags, voice warnings, reminders for seat belts and low fuel, child safety locks, along with many others.
The Ford Ecosport is also a spacious SUV but not as spacious as the Tata Nexon. There is an 8-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support and the steering is telescopically adjustable. What irks one though is the absence of grab handles above windows in some variants. As for safety features, the car comes with ABS and EBD, ESP, 6 airbags, tire pressure monitoring systems, seat belt warning and parking sensors among others. The feature list includes reverse parking camera, auto climate control, sunroof, cruise control, rain sensing wipers and rain-sensing wipers with defogger.
Engines and Gearbox
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.
Tata Nexon comes with single petrol and diesel engine options and both of them are turbocharged/ The petrol is a 1.2L unit rated for 108 Bhp and 170 Nm, while the diesel is a 1.5L unit rated for 108 Bhp and 260 Nm. The two engines come paired with 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6 speed AMT unit.
Ford Ecosport comes with a 1.5L diesel rated for 99 Bhp and 205 Nm, 1.5L petrol rated for 120 Bhp and 150 Nm, and finally a 1L EcoBoost petrol rated for 123 Bhp and 170 Nm. The 1.5L petrol comes with manual and optional DCT automatic, while the diesel and 1L petrol engine comes with a 5-speed manual.
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.
Tata Nexon’s petrol engine is rated for 17 kmpl while the diesel model is rated for 21.5 kmpl. Ford Ecosport’s 1.5L petrol model’s manual variant is rated for 17 kmpl and the automatic comes with a mileage of 14.8 kmpl. The diesel version of Ecosport comes with a mileage of 23 kmpl.
Hyundai Venue’s base model and top model comes within the price range of Rs. 6.5 lakhs to Rs. 11.10 lakhs. Tata Nexon’s range starts from Rs. 6.48 lakhs and tops out at Rs. 10.90 lakhs. Ford EcoSport’s range starts at Rs. 7.83 lakhs and maxes out at Rs. 11.90 lakhs. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi