New Hyundai Venue 2021 pricing and specs detailed: Mazda CX-3, Volkswagen T-Cross rival gets update

Hyundai Australia has released the MY21 update for the Venue light SUV, which ushers in increased pricing and standard specification for two of its three grades.

While the entry-level Go hasn’t changed, still priced from $20,190 plus on-road costs with a six-speed manual and $22,210 with a six-speed torque-converter automatic, the mid-range Active has jumped $420 and the flagship Elite is up $250.

As a result, the manual and automatic variants of the Active now start from $22,120 and $24,140 respectively, while the automatic-only Elite checks in at $25,990.

To help compensate buyers for their latest price rises, the Active now comes with 17-inch alloy wheels (two inches larger than MY20), while the Elite has stepped with keyless entry and start, which was previously unavailable in the Australian-market Venue.

For reference, standard equipment in the Go includes 15-inch steel wheels with a space-saver spare, dusk-sensing projector headlights, halogen daytime running lights (DRLs), roof rails and a grey rear skid plate.

Inside, an 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, Bluetooth connectivity, a four-speaker sound system, a 3.5-inch multifunction display, a 12V power outlet, black cloth upholstery and silver trim feature.

Advanced driver-assist systems extend to camera-based autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, cruise control, a manual speed limiter, driver attention alert, high-beam assist, tyre pressure monitoring, hill-start assist and a reversing camera plus six airbags.

The Active adds LED DRLs, power-folding side mirrors with heating and LED repeaters, a six-speaker sound system, a front centre armrest with a storage bin, a leather-accented steering wheel and gear selector with contrast stitching and piping, and rear parking sensors.

The Elite also picks up LED tail-lights, a dark-chrome grille insert, rear privacy glass, a two-tone roof and side mirrors, satellite navigation with live traffic, a front USB port, single-zone climate control, cloth-trimmed seats with premium-finish bolsters (black, grey or Denim), blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Variants fitted with the automatic transmission also feature three drive modes (Normal, Eco and Sport) that tweak the powertrain’s settings, while a Traction Mode system allows the driver to adjust the calibration of the traction control system to maximise grip in snow, mud or sand.

Premium paintwork options include Phantom Black, Intense Blue, The Denim, Cosmic Grey, Fiery Red and Typhoon Silver, all of which cost $495 extra alongside Elite-only Acid Yellow. Polar White is the only no-cost colour on offer.

All variants are motivated by a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 90kW of power at 6300rpm and 151Nm of torque at 4850rpm. Drive is exclusively sent to the front wheels.

Fuel consumption on the combined cycle test (ADR 81/02) is 7.0 and 7.2 litres per 100 kilometres for manual and automatic versions respectively, while claimed carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are 160 and 165 grams per kilometre.

Measuring 4040mm long, 1770mm wide and 1592mm tall with a 2520mm wheelbase, the Mazda CX-3 and Volkswagen T-Cross rival provides 355L of cargo capacity, but it can be increased to 903L with the 60/40 split-fold rear bench stowed.

2021 Hyundai Venue pricing before on-road costs

Variant Transmission Cost
Go manual $20,190 (N/A)
Go automatic $22,210 (N/A)
Active manual $22,120 (+$420)
Active automatic $24,140 (+$420)
Elite automatic $25,990 (+$250)