Hyundai Venue on sale in Australia from $19,990

September 3, 2019

Hyundai Australia has announced pricing and specifications for the all-new Hyundai Venue compact SUV, ahead of its local market arrival later this month.

The Hyundai Venue was revealed earlier this year as an SUV entrant to sit below the Kona. It’s a similar size, measuring 129mm shorter in length, 30mm narrower, yet stands at the same 1565mm height. In that sense, it is more of an upright SUV in traditional proportions, as opposed to the Kona which is a sleeker and almost coupe-like proposition.

Three main variants will be available here, spanning from the Go, Active, to the flagship Elite. All are powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine that produces 90kW and 151Nm. This can be matched to either a six-speed manual or six-speed auto, except for the Elite which is auto only. All versions are front-wheel drive.

As with almost every Hyundai, the local-spec Venue’s suspension and chassis have been tuned in Australia for Australian conditions. This will be a big point of difference against the competitors, which are not tuned in Australia.

Despite its small size and friendly price range, all models come impressively equipped with things such as an 8.0-inch touch-screen media interface, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a rear-view camera, auto headlights, tyre pressure monitoring, and Hyundai’s SmartSense safety suite with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection.

Moving up to the Active brings in rear cross-traffic alert, 15-inch alloy wheels (up from 15in steel wheels), power-folding side mirrors, a six-speaker stereo (up from four), and LED daytime running lights. At the top, the Elite adds sat-nav, climate control, and a two-tone roof and side mirrors, among other highlights.

The Venue enters the market at a perfect time, as small SUV sales are among the fastest-growing in the industry. It will rival the likes of the Kona, according to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, but more directly in terms of size and price with models such as the Ford EcoSport and Suzuki Ignis. Speaking about the Venue’s arrival, Hyundai Australia CEO JW Lee said:

“The new Venue is ahead of the curve, offering customers a high level of value in a practical and well-equipped compact SUV. As our new range-entry model, the Venue combines the rugged looks and practical benefits of an SUV and a light car, with advanced safety technology at an attractive price point.”

Market entry takes place a bit later this month, with prices starting from the following (excluding on-road costs):

Hyundai Venue Go manual: $19,990
Hyundai Venue Go auto: $21,990

Hyundai Venue Active manual: $21,490
Hyundai Venue Active auto: $23,490

Hyundai Venue Elite auto: $25,490

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.