There will be approximately 500 vehicles on display at the upcoming Montreal International Auto Show and one of the main attractions will undoubtedly be the all-new 2020 Hyundai Venue, which will make its Canadian debut right here.
The world premiere of this sub-compact SUV took place in New York back in April.
Even though young people show decreasing interest in automobiles and driving in general, Hyundai openly admits that the Venue is aimed at city-dwelling millennials with a fondness for the latest and hottest trends and technologies.
A similar strategy is being used by Toyota with the C-HR and Nissan with the Kicks. The idea is to give young cosmopolitan drivers a hip new alternative to go from one venue to another, with generous interior space and a sense of safety.
Just like the aforementioned competitors, the Hyundai Venue focuses on fuel economy over performance and does not offer an AWD option. Based on the same platform as the Accent, it uses the company’s next-generation 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, which is rated at 121 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission and a CVT can be specified, resulting in a combined rating in the mid-7.0 L/100 km range.
In terms of styling, the Venue is all kinds of cute, while its boxy shape, tall profile and gorgeous LED headlights show how capable and versatile it can be. A two-tone exterior is also available, naturally. Inside, we bet the amount of space will surprise you and details like contrast stitching and trim will amuse you.
Of course, the main draw for technophiles will be the large touchscreen in the middle. It’s powered by Hyundai’s next-generation infotainment system, though Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both supported. Moreover, BlueLink services on select trim levels will allow you to stay connected and control the vehicle remotely through a mobile app (lock the doors, start the engine, etc.).
Another convenient feature is the height-adjustable trunk that makes it possible to expand cargo capacity or create a flat loading surface once the seatbacks are down. The Venue can haul as much as 1,148 litres of gear.
Ultimately, this little new SUV is cute, practical, efficient and easy to park, with just enough gadgets and a super-low entry price of $17,099. It’s a star in the making!