Hyundai has given its Venue small SUV its first upgrade with a number of new and
improved features across all three models in the range.

Very much a city-focused SUV/hatchback crossover, Venue has been in Australia since
July, 2019 with steady sales keeping it around the middle of the highly competitive
compact SUV market segment.

Externally there are no changes to Venue’s conservative and functional styling, apart from
the previous shark fin external aerial that has been replaced by a pole-style aerial.

Leading the way in the upgrades is the Bluelink connected car system which is being
progressively rolled out across the entire Hyundai range.

Standard on the Venue Elite, Bluelink introduces features such as Automatic Collision
Notification, Natural Voice Control and segment-first remote vehicle control functionality
via the Bluelink smartphone App.

Bluelink and the accompanying connected car services are provided free of charge across
the five-year warranty period.

All Venue models also now come with a smartphone wireless charging for compatible Qi-
standard devices. The charging pad is located in a dedicated recess in the front centre
console and also has a cooling fan to help prevent the device from overheating while

A new 4.2-inch LCD instrument cluster display is now featured as standard across all 2023
Venue grades. It includes a standard digital speedometer and tachometer and is
customisable with three colour scheme selections through system settings.

In addition to the previous USB-A multimedia port the MY23 Venue range now also has a
USB-C type charging port in the front centre console. The Elite variant adds a pair of USB-
C type charging ports for the rear seat passengers including a small storage compartment
suitable for mobile phones.

Also new in all variants is Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) which detects the entry of occupants
via the rear doors opening and closing. When this happens, the system sends an audible
warning chime and prompts the driver with a visual warning message to ‘check rear seats’.

All models now come with Hyundai’s latest revised steering wheel remote control button
layout, improving ease-of-use. The new “Custom” button (denoted by a star) allows the
driver to program their desired function, ensuring that their most-used vehicle functions are
just at their fingertips.

Elite also gets a new auto-dimming rear-view mirror (ECM) as standard.

The MY23 Hyundai Venue is on-sale now although new orders could take between three
and six months to be delivered.

Venue: $21,900 (manual), $23,900 (automatic)
Venue Active: $26,000
Venue Elite: $28,500
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your
local Hyundai dealer for drive-away prices.

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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