As a carryover model, the only changes to Hyundai’s baby SUV for 2022 are trim-related. The Denim trim has been renamed Limited, a power sunroof comes as standard on SEL and the Premium Package it was previously bundled in with has been discontinued. An immobilizer is now standard on SE and SEL models, too.
Choosing Your Hyundai Venue
The 2022 Venue range is easy to navigate, with three trims but only one engine, transmission and drive configuration. The range starts at $20,125 including destination for the SE model, rising to $21,875 for SEL and $23,375 for flagship Limited models.
The Venue is powered by Hyundai’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder DPI gas engine, generating 121 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque. This is supplied to the front wheels through an intelligent variable transmission, returning an EPA-estimated 29 miles per gallon city, 33 MPG highway, and 31 combined.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Cargo capacity for the five-seater Venue stands at 18.7 cu ft with the rear seats in place, and 31.9 cu ft once they’re dropped.
Even base Venue models receive cruise control, traction control and a vehicle stability management system, automatic lights, and six airbags. Other across-the-range driver aids include high beam assist, forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, and an attention warning system.
SEL models benefit from rear disc brakes with rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot collision warnings, while selectable drive modes include a dedicated snow mode. Limited models sport LED headlights and forward collision avoidance incorporating pedestrian and cyclist detection.
You wouldn’t expect high-end infotainment on a budget SUV, but the Venue does provide an eight-inch interface for its HD radio system, allied to smartphone integration and four speakers.
There are USB and 12V outlets, plus Bluetooth and steering wheel audio controls, while SEL models up the ante with dual USB data/charging sockets and two more speakers. Limited is alone in receiving navigation, satellite radio, and Blue Link connected car technology.
Riding on modest 15-inch alloy wheels, SE models deliver the basics buyers of a budget SUV might expect. There’s cruise control, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, and power windows all around. The trunk contains a two-stage floor with hooks, safety extends to forward collision avoidance, and a driver attention warning system, and the lights are automatic.
There are no packs available on Venue models.
SEL stands out with larger 17-inch alloy wheels preceding rear disc brakes, while roof rails and a power sunroof are other notable external flourishes. Inside, you’ll find climate, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, additional storage compartments, and a more powerful stereo with extra USB sockets.
Limited models lose the sunroof from SEL, replacing it with an overhead console map lamp. The front seats and outside mirrors gain heating elements, navigation is fitted alongside satellite radio, and there’s keyless entry with push-button start.
It’s worth raiding the piggy bank to fund an SEL model, which feels less basic than SE while also providing greater safety.