Hyundai Venue

“Only 11 lakh ru­pees!” is every­body’s first re­tort

Evo India - - EVO FLEET - Selina Chan­dran (@seli­nachan­dran)

RAVE RE­VIEWS, THAT’S WHAT THE Venue has re­ceived in our tests and com­par­isons and I can see why — it re­ally is very good. I’ve been us­ing the small Hyundai for the city com­mute for the past three weeks and first im­pres­sions are it doesn’t feel built to a price, un­like other sub-4 me­tre cars. The all-black in­te­ri­ors for in­stance, they re­ally feel pre­mium and there isn’t any­thing to com­plain about in the cabin. Wire­less charg­ing, Ap­ple CarPlay, a good enough sound sys­tem, nice meaty steer­ing wheel, even an air pu­ri­fier — and of course the sun­roof that buy­ers seem to in­sist upon on top-end vari­ants.

Our long ter­mer is the 1-litre turbo with the DCT gear­box and it de­liv­ers re­ally spirited per­for­mance in the city, what the boys call sporty. It is fun to drive! The engine is also re­fined though there is an ir­reg­u­lar vi­bra­tion at idle that gives away the fact that it is a 3-cylin­der mo­tor. The gear­box shifts quickly enough though I do miss the fact that it

doesn’t have pad­dle shifters. I’d swap out the sun­roof for the pad­dles any day. Fuel ef­fi­ciency is around 10.5kmpl in the city, thanks to the stop-go na­ture of Pune city traf­fic, climb­ing up to 12.5kmpl on a longer drive on the high­way. The brakes are good but the ride qual­ity is on the stiffer side, es­pe­cially since the heavy rains have ru­ined the roads. But then again the firm­ness is what makes it feel en­er­getic and fun.

The driv­ing po­si­tion is rather high-set and for the first few days I kept try­ing to lower the seat. But on the plus side the high seat is very kind on my mum’s knees. And of course the vis­i­bil­ity is great for ma­noeu­vring through city traf­fic. Back seat space isn’t great, the Nexon and XUV300 are more spa­cious, but that said, it is not too tight by the stan­dards of this class ei­ther.

Ul­ti­mately though, for `11 lakh you get fan­tas­tic value — great styling, fun to drive, loaded with fea­tures and without the com­pro­mises you would as­so­ciate with this seg­ment. No won­der there are long wait­ing lists for the Hyundai Venue even in the cur­rent times. ⌧

The gear­box shifts quickly enough though I do miss the fact that it doesn’t have pad­dles

Date ac­quired Au­gust 2019 To­tal mileage 2,038km Mileage this month 575km Costs this month `0 Over­all kmpl 10.9kmpl

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