Buyer's Guide

2021 Hyundai Venue
Select a Different Model (3 Available): Denim
Fuel Economy $ 30 / 34 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 19/32 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
Horsepower 121@6,300
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2021 Hyundai Venue MODEL OVERVIEW


  • Excellent value
  • Standard tech and safety features
  • Efficient four-cylinder


  • Cheap-feeling interior
  • Noisy cabin at speed
  • Tight rear seat and cargo area

The Venue is Hyundai's newest and smallest crossover, introduced last year as the little sibling to the subcompact Hyundai Kona. Unlike the Kona, the Venue is only offered with FWD. It moves forward this year with additional content on mid-level SEL trims and a now-standard CVT automatic. The Venue competes with other FWD crossovers like the Kia Soul, Nissan Kicks, and Toyota C-HR.

What's New

  • Manual transmission no longer available
  • SE now includes 15-inch alloy wheels
  • SEL Convenience package (17-inch wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert) is now standard on SEL and Denim models

What We Think

The Venue offers impressive value above all else; even with its modest base price, this little Hyundai includes a large standard touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone mirroring, plus strong safety scores and standard driver-assist features. Its four-cylinder engine is plenty efficient, too.

Despite the exceptional value though, the Venue feels cheap. The interior is full of hard plastic, and the second row and cargo area are on the smaller end of the segment. Efficiency aside, the powertrain is low on grunt and contributes to a noisy cabin at speed.

The Venue is a solid alternative to a used SUV at a similar price point with generous modern tech, but you'll never forget it's a small, inexpensive vehicle. There's a reason it finished third out of four cars in our recent subcompact crossover comparison test.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Every Venue is equipped with the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The powerplant's 121 hp and 113 lb-ft of torque are routed exclusively via a CVT automatic to the front wheels. AWD is not available. When we tested a Venue SEL with the CVT, it managed the run up to 60 mph in a relatively slow 8.8 seconds. Fuel economy measures 30/34 mpg city/highway.


The Venue is a strong performer in IIHS safety testing. It earns the highest possible ratings in all six crashworthiness tests plus Superior and Advanced ratings for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention. Although the halogen headlights equipped on SE and SEL trims without the Premium package receive a Marginal rating, the LEDs included in the Premium package and standard on Denim trims are rated as Acceptable, making LED-equipped Venues a 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick.

The little Hyundai's performance isn't as impressive with the NHTSA. It receives a four-star (out of five) overall safety rating, with four-star frontal crash and rollover scores and a five-star side crash rating.

Hyundai includes a collection of driver-assist features as standard on its smallest crossover. Automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and driver attention warning are all included. SEL models and above add blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

The Venue offers seating for five with a respectable 41.3 inches of legroom up front but with 34.3 inches in the back seat, it provides less rear seat space than the Kia Soul but more than the Nissan Kicks or Toyota C-HR. At 18.7 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the rear seat (or 31.9 with the seats folded down), the Venue's cargo area trails those of the Soul (24.2 cubic feet), C-HR (19.1 cubic feet), and Kicks (25.3 cubic feet.)


Regardless of trim, every Venue includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. Top-spec Denim models add integrated navigation. Four-speaker audio is standard on the Venue SE whereas higher trims provide a six-speaker system.

Key Competitors:

  • Nissan Kicks
  • Kia Soul
  • Mazda CX-30

Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl 1.6 Liter Gamma
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Transmission, SHIFTRONIC® Continuously Variable Automatic
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Amount Description Expiry Date
$500 Hyundai announces a Bonus Cash offer available to all service branches of the military including National Guard and Reserve branches, veterans and retirees. 12-31-2021
$400 Hyundai announces a Bonus Cash offer for College Graduates who finance through HMF. 12-31-2021
$0 0.9% Financing for a maximum term of 60 Months - Hyundai announces APR rates on select models. 07-06-2021
$0 0% Financing available for varying term lengths : 24, 36, 48 Months - Hyundai announces APR rates on select models. 07-06-2021
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Hyundai announces APR rates on select models. 07-06-2021
$1500 Hyundai announces a Bonus Cash offer for standard rate retail sales only. 07-06-2021