Coming in at R58 000 less than the next model in the range, Hyundai’s entry-level Venue gives nothing away in terms of fit and finish.
The Venue 1.2 Motion (manual) has a launch price of R259 900 and, according to Stanley Anderson, sales and operations director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa: “We have sold 9 500 Venues since its launch in South Africa – that is an excellent average of more than 400 per month, and proof of the popularity of this model, especially if you consider the negative effect of the Covid 19 pandemic on the car market last year.
“We have identified an opportunity to add the Venue 1.2 Motion with its naturally aspirated engine and manual gearbox for young entry-level buyers, at a price that will make it a real value-for-money purchase.”
The power plant in the new Venue variant is a 1,2-litre naturally aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine, which is linked to a 5-speed manual transmission to drive the car through the front wheels.
The Venue 1.2 Motion (manual) is available with 15-inch steel wheels with styled covers as standard equipment.
Inside, the steering wheel has remote audio controls for the Bluetooth-enabled infotainment centre with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity with smartphones. The 8-inch infotainment centre display screen offers functions for intuitive operation of the most used smartphone functions, including app-based navigation, streaming audio and voice-controlled search capabilities.
Convenience features such as a rear-view camera and Rear Park Assist sensors, electrical adjustment for the side mirrors, a manual air-conditioner and front and rear power windows are standard.
The Venue 1.2 Motion (manual) features 2 crash bags – one each for the driver and front passenger, seatbelt pre-tensioners with force limiters, ISOFIX child seat attachments for the rear seats, and an anti-lock braking system.
The Venue 1.2 Motion’s 4-cylinder engine, with a displacement of 1 197 cc, delivers 61 kW at its peak performance around 6 000 r/min., and maximum torque of 114 Nm at 4 200 r/min.
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.
Included in the Venue 1.2 Motion’s suggested retail price are Hyundai Automotive South Africa’s 7-year / 200 000 km manufacturer’s warranty, a 3-year / 45 000 km service plan and roadside assistance for 7 years or 150 000 km.