The segment of small city crossovers is becoming more and more popular these days and logically, the competition is getting tougher as well. That’s why the Korean manufacturer is already working on an update, which should be a typical mid-cycle refresh and which should come with the 2023 Hyundai Venue. At this point, the test mule has been spotter, but not many details are known.
We presume that this update will be mostly about visual updates. We expect to see refreshed styling, probably with the new front end and a few more details. On the other hand, the interior probably won’t change much, though we count on more standard equipment. The engine power remains one of the main issues of this crossover but we doubt there will be any changes under the hood.
Considering all the expected updates, it’s pretty much for sure that the 2023 Hyundai Venue will arrive a little bit earlier than usual. Still, we don’t expect to see it before the second half of 2022.
2023 Hyundai Venue Design
This entry-level SUV has been around for just a couple of years but the Korean carmaker wants to update it and make it more competitive. Considering that we are talking about a pretty fresh model, it’s pretty much for sure that the upcoming update will be mostly about visual changes. We expect to see a typical facelift.
The test mule has already been on the road but it’s hard to say anything more specific, as it still wears a complete camouflage. Still, we presume that the focus of this update will be the front end, which will get a new look, probably inspired by the new Tucson or something like that. Novelties in other areas are possible too, including a few tweaks on the rear end. Of course, we count on typical mid-cycle updates, such as new wheels, color options etc.
On the other hand, we don’t expect that the 2023 Hyundai Venue interior could change much. Simply, the current cabin looks good, especially when considering the Venue’s price tag. The dashboard is attractive and even though most of the cabin features hard plastics, everything feels solid and we could say that the build quality is pretty decent. So, the best we could see from the next year’s model are minor updates. We expect to see things like new color schemes, and maybe some new materials in a couple of areas.
Considering the model’s size, it’s hard to expect some spectacular amount of passenger space. Still, the front seats and spacious and even offer decent side support. The second-row seats are typically tight for the class. When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on about 18.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 31.9 cubic feet of the total cargo volume, which is subpar even by the standards of this segment.
There’s no doubt that the upcoming update will also bring some novelties regarding new standard equipment. Still, keep in mind that the current model already looks pretty good from this aspect, so we probably won’t see much. The current model comes standard with a keyless entry 8-inch touch screen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, HD Radio, a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and a USB port.
Potential additions to the list of standard equipment are those features that are current options. Those would be goodies like automatic climate control, sunroof, proximity keyless entry, navigation, satellite radio, a six-speaker stereo, additional USB port etc.
The same thing goes for safety features. The current model comes standard with a rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, automatic high beams etc. Among options, you can currently find things like blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
2023 Hyundai Venue Engine
Currently, the Venue comes with just one engine option on the offer. That would be a 1.6-liter inline-four, naturally-aspirated gasoline engine, which puts out around 121 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes in pair with CVT, which sends power to the front wheels. As you may presume, performances aren’t great. This crossover may serve well as a city commuter but really struggles on the open road.
Still, the reward comes in the form of fuel economy, which is great. You may count on about 29 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.
2023 Hyundai Venue Release Date and Price
We believe that the 2023 Hyundai Venue will arrive sometime in the second half of 2022. We also believe that the price won’t change much. The current model starts at around 19.000 dollars. Models like Nissan Kicks, Chevrolet Trax and Kia Seltos should be some of the key competitors.