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Small 2020 Hyundai Venue Promises Big Value

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2020 Hyundai Venue
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Hyundai’s newest SUV combines safety, connectivity, and utility in a compact body that’s ideal for urban driving. As the automaker’s sedan sales continue to decline, the Venue could represent an attractive entry point for buyers who might have previously considered a subcompact car.

Recently unveiled for the media at a special event in Australia, the 2020 Hyundai Venue slots just below the Kona in size — and most likely in price. Drivers are unlikely to mix up the two, though. The Venue features a strong, upright silhouette designed to maximize visibility and interior space. It’ll be available in seven colors: Black Noir Pear, Intense Blue, Stellar Silver, Green Apple, Scarlet Red Pearl, Ceramic White, and Galactic Gray.

“The Venue is a feature-filled, comfortable, and convenient vehicle in a small but practical package,” said Mike O’Brien, Hyundai Motor America’s vice president of product, corporate, and digital planning. “For consumers seeking modern, forward-thinking, and iconic design, connectivity, maneuverability, and protection in various driving environments, Venue fits the bill perfectly.”

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2020 Hyundai Venue
Photo: Hyundai

The Venue’s cabin comes with a 60/40 split flat-folding rear seat, a cargo cover, and a dual-level cargo floor, allowing drivers to create versatile interior configurations. Up front, the standard infotainment system includes an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Bluetooth. Navigation and remote Blue Link services are available, as are amenities like automatic temperature control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, and push-button start.

The Venue is available with a wide range of safety technologies, including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Driver Attention Warning, and Rear Collision Cross-Traffic Warning.

Under the hood, the Venue is equipped with a 1.6-liter Smartstream four-cylinder engine and Hyundai’s new Intelligent Variable Transmission. This combo makes 121 horsepower and 113 lb-ft of torque and is expected to yield up to 32 combined mpg. The Venue also provides an advanced traction control mode for better handling in snow and torque vectoring technology for more confident cornering.

According to Hyundai, the 2020 Venue is expected to arrive at dealerships in late 2020.

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