The Korean manufacturer has always been famous for offering cars that are great value for money. This especially refers to smaller, entry-level models. Among them, there is also a small crossover called Venue, which was designed as a small city SUV that’s affordable, maneuverable and equipped with lots of features. This SUV has been around for a while and logically, it’s time for updates. According to the latest reports, the company is already working on the mid-cycle refresh and the test mule has already been spotted on the road.
The updated model will come as the 2023 Hyundai Venue and it should offer all kinds of updates. Of course, most of the refresh will be about the styling, but we also count on slight updates on the inside, as well as on most features. The overall design, on the other hand, should remain pretty much the same. This means that you may still count on a crossover that’s easy to drive and very maneuverable. Furthermore, this crossover offers great fuel economy and comes with a pretty intuitive infotainment system.
Although the officials are still quiet, we presume that the 2023 Hyundai Venue release date will be scheduled for the second half of 2022.
2023 Hyundai Venue Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 Hyundai Venue is about to get a mid-cycle update. This should be a typical mid-cycle update and we expect a lot of new things in terms of the styling. The test model has been spotted on the road. However, it still wears a complete camouflage, so it’s hard to talk about details. One of the rare things we can see are new wheels, which look pretty similar to the ones found in the new Santa Cruz pickup.
The rest of the styling is still a mystery. Still, we presume that the company will offer a new front-end design. Some inspiration will certainly be taken from bigger models, particularly from the new Tucson. Does this mean the same grille and headlight as in the compact SUV? It’s hard to say at this point.
The 2023 Hyundai Venue interior should also get some updates. If you look at the current cabin, there are no major issues, especially if we consider the price tag. The materials are mostly hard plastics, which is typical for the segment, though the build quality is at a pretty high level. So, the best we could see are some smaller tweaks regarding materials and color schemes, while a bigger infotainment screen also sounds likely. Also, we would like to see some improvements regarding sound insulation.
When it comes to the interior space, things won’t change, logically. Considering the model’s size, the amount of passenger room seems fair. The front seats are comfortable and supportive. On the other hand, the second row is typically tight for the segment and taller passengers will certainly have trouble sitting comfortably. The cargo area offers around 18.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 31.9 cubic feet with these seats folded flat. That’s low even by the standards of a subcompact SUV.
We have no doubt that the next year’s model will come with some additions to the list of standard equipment. We’ve already mentioned the possibility to see a bigger infotainment screen. Also, things like automatic climate control and more USB ports could be added to the list of standard equipment. The rest of the standard equipment should remain the same, which means that you may count on goodies like an 8-inch touch screen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, HD Radio, a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and a USB port.
When it comes to safety features, all models will come standard with a rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, automatic high beams etc. Things like blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert could be added too.
2023 Hyundai Venue Engine
Things under the hood probably won’t change and the 2023 Hyundai Venue will most likely continue with the 1.6-liter naturally-aspirated inline-four, which puts out 121 horsepower. That’s not much by today’s standards, so driving dynamics are pretty modest. Still, the engine feels decently refined and may serve well for daily commuting.
The engine comes in pair with a CVT and such a combination doesn’t feel impressive on the highway at all. Still, the reward comes in the form of fuel economy. This crossover returns around 29 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, which is great for the class.
2023 Hyundai Venue Release Date and Price
The 2023 Hyundai Venue should hit the market sometime in the second half of 2022, with a starting price of around 19.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Nissan Kicks, Jeep Renegade, VW Taos etc.