Scheduled to be launched on May 21, the Hyundai Venue will rival the Mahindra XUV300 and Ford EcoSpor
After a long wait, the much-anticipated Hyundai Venue compact SUV made its global debut on April 19, 2019. With Venue, Hyundai will finally make its entry into the fast growing sub-4 meter compact SUV space. Hyundai is also selling the Creta SUV as its mass market product, which is hugely popular among Indians. In fact, it is currently the best-selling model in its category with average monthly sale of over 10,000 units. The Venue looks quite similar to the Creta, which might lead to cannibalization.
Hyundai Venue is a 5-seater compact SUV, which measures under 4 meter in length. The company will position the small SUV as a premium model in its category, which is dominated by Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. It will directly rival the Mahindra XUV300, Ford EcoSport and the higher variants of the Maruti Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon. On the other hand, the Hyundai Creta sits above 4 meter in length. This model rivals the Renault Duster, Renault Captur, Nissan Kicks and the lower and mid-variants of Tata Harrier and Jeep Compass. Also See – Hyundai Venue – top 9 features on offer
The length is the major difference between the two Hyundai SUVs. The Creta is 275mm longer than the Venue compact SUV, which is specifically developed to sit under 4 meter length. This helps Hyundai Venue to avail tax benefits on car under 4 meter category. The Creta is also 75mm taller and 10mm wider than the compact sibling. Adding to it, the Hyundai Creta comes with 90mm longer wheelbase which results into more cabin space.
We mentioned above that the Creta has 90mm longer wheelbase and is 275mm longer than the Venue. The Creta’s rear space is significantly more than the Venue. While the former offers enough space to accommodate 3 adults comfortably, the Venue’s rear cabin seems compact and is good for 2 full-grown adults with a kid in between them. Hyundai hasn’t revealed the boot space of the Venue, but it is likely to be significantly lesser than the Creta’s 405-litres boot. Also See – Next-gen Hyundai Creta revealed
The Hyundai Venue compact SUV looks like a squeezed Creta. Though, the former comes with Hyundai’s new signature styling specifically at the front. It gets the squarish front face with new hexagonal cascading grille with dual headlight setup. The front design of these two is completely different, but the overall profile and from side the two SUVs looks quite similar.
Under the bonnet
To avail tax benefits, the Hyundai Venue gets lower-capacity petrol and diesel engines. The sub-4 meter SUV is available with 3 engine options – a 118bhp, 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol, a 83bhp, 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol and a 89bhp, 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel. The Venue also comes with segment-first 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
On the flip side, the Hyundai Creta is available with a choice of 2 diesel engines and a petrol motor. The diesel engines include a 89bhp, 1.4-litre CRDi and 126bhp, 1.6-litre U2 CRDi. The 1.6L diesel engine comes with a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic gearbox options. The 1.6L gasoline motor is available in manual as well as automatic gearbox options.
Being a sub-4 meter SUV, the Hyundai Venue will be benefited with tax benefits. However, it will be one of the most feature-loaded SUVs in its category and will be positioned as a premium model. It is likely to be priced in the range of Rs 8 lakh – Rs 12 lakh. On the flip side, the Hyundai Creta is available in the price range of Rs 10 lakh – Rs 15.65 lakh. The top-spec Venue variants could impact the sales of the entry-level or mid-level variants of the Creta.
Video – Hyundai Venue first look