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Here is Hyundai's web page for the Venue.

 

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Safety: The IIHS awarded the Venue a Top Safety Pick.

 

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Hyundai introduced the Venue in Australia and a number of US automotive journalists were invited to check it out. Car and Driver was among them. This car essentially competes against the Kia Soul and Nissan Kicks, so it is a bit smaller than the Kona. And the driving dynamics aren't very. But it does drive well and comfortably, and the interior cabin materials are very nice. In fact, so nice that Car and Driver says that the cabin materials are nicer than found in some $40,000 vehicles (about twice the pricwe of the Venue). Overall they were pleased with the vehicle. See all of ther comments here.

 

Car and Driver drove the Venue in Miami and Michigan when they drove it here. When they did their instrumented testing, they learned that it is quicker in every measurement than the Nissan Kicks and Toyota CH-R. The Venue also stopped better. Apparently that quicker acceleration does cost a few mpgs when compared to those competition, however. Still, the quicker acceleration and better stopping makes for a nicer experience and it still gets pretty darn good fuel economy.

 
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Automobile Magazine also drove the Venue in Australia and really likes it! They said that the ride is comfortable yet has minimal body lean in the corners. They praised the interior - with a nice level of amenities and Hyundai's always easy-to-use controls. And they said that the styling is great - fun to look at while also providing practical interior space. See all their comments here.
 
Then, just to be sure, they drove it again in Miami, this time with a US-spec version. Okay, it isn't made to go fast around corners for our market. But that's alright, because we have other vehicles that do that. But if you want a fun urban run-about, with a decent amount of interior space and an impressive level of equipment (and comfort and connectivity and fuel economy) for the price, then this might be the car for you. 
 
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MotorTrend says it might not win races but the engine and suspension are up to the task. Where it shines is in the interior, with lots of standard and available amenities. Also a stand-out is the interior and exterior design. Add all this to a safe body structure and a wide array of active safety features and MotorTrend predicts that it should be a volume seller.
 
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AutoWeek disagreed a little with Car And Driver and MotorTrend. They say that the Venue is fun to toss around, at least as the Austrlians get it's suspension tuned (ours will get a little softer shock valving to handle our less-than-stellar roads). AutoWeek also points out the great visibility out of the Venue, as well as how fun its styling is.
 
In this article, AutoWeek wanted to highlight 5 areas that the Venue deserves some attention. Among thme are its advanced powertrain, lots of safety tech and its unique look.
 
This article covers a lot of the ground already covered in the previous 2 AutoWeek artilces, but here they put a finer point on the target audience and purpose of the Venue: a perfect urban runabout.
 
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Edmunds.com enjoyed their time with the Venue. They praised the composed and numble ride and said the transmission avoided the "motorboating" feel that plagues many continuously variable transmissions. They sum up by saying as long as you don't mind not having a ton of power, the Venue is otherwise a "home run" for anyone interested in a small hatchback or crossover.
 
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Autoblog had some really nice things to say about the Venue and mentioned some plusses and minuses against its competitive set in this review. They praised the ride and handling saying Hyundai found a nice balance between the two. The interior is nicely presented and comfortable, and outward visibility is quite good.
 
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Cars.com says that the Venie has a composed and balanced ride and is more comfortable than one would expect from its short wheelbase. They call it a "pleasant place to be" and enjoy Hyundai's excellent infotainment system and 8" screen, as well as its wide and comfortable front seats.
 
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