Hyundai launches Limited Edition Venue
The Venue Limited Edition – available in three variants with a choice between the Fluid and Glide specification levels – joins the rest of the range that was launched at the end of 2019 as Hyundai’s new small sports utility vehicle (SUV).
Only 500 units of the Limited Edition, which has a white roof paired with a blue body colour for its exterior looks, are being imported. The interior, sporting a beige colour theme paired with denim cloth and leather, also sets it apart from the other variants in the Venue range.
The Venue Limited Edition is also powered by the three-cylinder turbocharged Kappa 1.0 T-GDI engine which delivers 88 kW and 172 Nm maximum torque. In the Fluid specification level, it is paired with either a manual 6-speed transmission or a 7-speed automatic dual clutch transmission (DCT). The flagship Glide variant only comes with the DCT.
As Hyundai’s most affordable SUV to date, the Venue is aimed at urban adventurers with a taste for savvy, trendy design that stands apart, as well as offering a remarkable driving experience.
“The Venue was very well received in South Africa since its launch, and the Limited Edition adds a little more pizazz to the range for customers who are shopping for a small SUV with a stylish exterior, outstanding comfort and convenience levels and a powerful and very efficient turbocharged engine,” says Stanley Anderson, sales and operations director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa.
Bold, attractive exterior
The Venue exhibits a compact but confident body form with a new interpretation of Hyundai’s signature design language. From the side it shows full-volume wheel arches and strong character lines, while the bold and beautiful cascading grille incorporates Hyundai’s signature forward-looking visage.
The Limited Edition’s two-tone exterior with its white roof and dark blue body panels adds an extra dimension, complemented by the striking 16-inch alloy wheels as standard equipment.
Its impressive aerodynamics visualized by the rear shark-fin spoiler and rear fascia asymmetric block help improve efficiency while maintaining its unique style.
Interior and convenience features
The Venue’s inviting interior offers intuitive controls and forward-thinking design, excellent use of dimensions to create ample space for driver and both front and rear passengers, and decent sized luggage area. The Limited Edition’s interior light beige colour theme, complemented by denim and leather cloth seats, also distinguishes it from the other variants in the range.
The interior space and a comfortable cabin provide adequate space for both urban commuters and travelers on a long road trip. The Venue comes with a 60/40 split, flat-folding rear seatback for the Glide version to maximize utility for various trips. The cargo space features a cover for added security and can be conveniently stowed when not in use.
The Limited Edition’s infotainment system n features an 8-inch display audio touchscreen system, which also serves as a rearview monitor when backing up the car. The 8-inch display includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the most commonly used smartphone functions, including app-based navigation, streaming audio and voice-controlled search capabilities.
Consumers will appreciate convenience features such as Dual USB ports, a 3,5-inch TFT driver’s instrument cluster display to illustrate useful information, a rearview camera and Bluetooth hands-free phone operation.
The leather-wrapped steering wheel feels comfortable and luxurious and is fitted with audio controls and cruise control buttons. Glovebox cooling and rear air condition ventilation ducts count among the Limited Edition’s standard luxury features.
Engine and drivetrain
Fuel economy is an important consideration for customers who purchase an entry-level vehicle. The Venue Limited Edition’s three-cylinder turbocharged Kappa 1.0 T-GDI engine delivers a mixture of impressive fuel economy and perky power which peaks at 88 kW around 6 000 r/min., and reaches maximum torque of 172 Nm in a range from 1 500 to 4 000 r/min.
The Fluid variant’s 6-speed manual transmission features smooth, secure gear changes, but the 7-speed automatic dual clutch transmission (DCT) is also an option in this variant. The top-of-range Limited Edition Glide variant only uses the DCT transmission.
Fuel consumption was measured at a frugal and realistic 6,5 litres per 100 km for the manual transmission variants, and 6,9 litres per 100 km for the DCT.
The Venue’s suspension tuning provides a good compromise between passenger comfort and confident vehicle control. The suspension and steering deliver a combination of control, balance, optimization and ground clearance to achieve utility and maneuverability in a small vehicle footprint.
McPherson type struts with a stabilizer bar and coil springs are used for the front suspension, while a coupled torsion beam axle with coil springs ensure comfort and secure road handling at the rear.
The Venue is fitted with several passive and active safety systems, including six airbags – front (2), side-impact (2) and side air curtain (2), seatbelt pre-tensioners with force limiters, Isofix child seat attachments and an Advanced Braking System (ABS) to deliver safe car control in difficult road conditions.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is also a standard feature, as well as Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) which balances braking forces at each wheel when the car is dynamically loaded, and Brake Assist which provides maximum ABS-level braking force to the driver when an emergency stop is necessary. Hill Start Assist Control is part of the standard package.
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