The 2023 Hyundai Venue has been unveiled for the Australian market. The car has more features and is therefore a little more expensive than its predecessor.
Fortunately, the new Venue is really worth the price as the upgrades it brings actually makes it deserves a larger price increase.
Inside the Venue, you’ll find a new 4.2-inch instrument cluster LCD display that sports a digital speedometer and tachometer. It’s customizable in three colors and standard on all trims. Another nice addition is a wireless charging pad with cooling fan that can be used by supported smartphones.
The 2023 Venue has USB-A ports, in addition to a USB-C socket in the front center console and two more for the passengers behind on the Elite grade.
Hyundai has redesigned the steering wheel control and planted a new ‘Custom’ button on it. This star button enables the driver to easily configure their preferred function.
There’s also an electro-chromatic rearview mirror, although it’s only available on the Elite variant. All trim levels get rear occupant alert, as well as a pole-type antenna instead of the shark fin unit. The Venue packs transferable Bluelink services with a 5-year subscription.
The Active manual variant is no more for 2023, leaving the car with four trim levels, including the manual and automatic entry-level models, as well as the Active and Elite variants which limit their options to a dual-pedal only.
Price-wise, the Venue starts at AU$21,900 (US$15,138) and AU$23,900 (US$16,520) for the six-speed manual and automatic base models respectively. As for the Active and Elite, they cost AU$26,000 (US$17,972) and AU$28,500 (US$19,700) respectively.
If you go with the entry-level Venue, you’ll get 15-inch alloy wheels, rearview camera, automatic headlamps, 4-speaker sound system, 8-inch infotainment system, bluetooth, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cruise control, lane keeping assist, forward collision avoidance assist, and driver attention warning, among others.
What makes the Active better is it rides on 17-inch alloy wheels, LED DRLs, 6-speaker sound system, rear parking sensors, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear lever, premium cloth seat upholstery, and power-folding side mirrors with LED indicators.
The Elite is the best with choice here, featuring LED taillights, extra safety gear, satellite navigation, automatic climate control, tinted rear windows, and sunroof.
Under the hood, the 2023 Hyundai Venue is powered by a 1.6-liter inline-four gasoline engine that delivers 121 hp and 111 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.