One brief look at Hyundai India’s monthly sales figures and you would realize why the Venue commands such a stronghold in the Korean carmaker’s portfolio. Developed to please the Indian masses, the Venue has constantly set the sales charts on fire. It is quite understandable that Hyundai was vigilant enough to give it a mid-life upgrade. The recently launched 2022 Venue starts with a price tag of INR 7.53 Lakh and goes all the way up to INR 12.57 lakh for the top-spec turbo-petrol variant with DCT.

Exterior updates

The Venue in its iteration looks more in line with the other global cars in Hyundai’s portfolio like the Palisade. Take the wider ‘Parametric Jewel Grille’  for instance, which now incorporates generous use of chrome to uplift its premium quotient.

While the main headlamp cluster remains largely the same, the LED DRLs are slightly revised to mark the facelift. The side profile remains largely the same, save for the redesigned alloys. The Venue now also benefits from a tweaked rear profile as it gets more angular lights accompanied by a light bar that dominates the Venue’s derriere.

Interior changes

Step inside and it becomes even more evident that this is the new Venue as it now features a dual-tone finish but this is not all. In a typical Hyundai fashion, the Venue facelift has received a myriad of updates in the features and tech department.

The instrument cluster is now an all-digital affair with customizable themes as we have already seen in the Kia Carens. Hyundai has also made the rear bench a better place to be as the seats can now be reclined, a first for its segment! The 8-inch infotainment unit has also been thoroughly overhauled and is now on the verge of becoming a freaking smartphone because the updated Hyundai’s BlueLink now brings 60-plus connected car features. Google Voice assistant and Alexa now come complimentary with the infotainment system.

Powertrain Options

Mechanically speaking, there is nothing spectacular to talk about as the Venue soldiers on with the same engine-gearbox combinations as before. Powertrain options include a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, a more powerful 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine and a 1.5-litre unit diesel unit. It now also has three drive modes to choose from: Normal, Eco, and Sport.