The tiny, front-wheel drive Hyundai Venue is a subcompact hatchback in an SUV’s clothing. It boasts a low starting price, good forward visibility, standard advanced safety features, straightforward climate and audio controls, and a practical interior that feels roomier than the car’s diminutive exterior dimensions would suggest.
However, the Venue’s cheerful appearance can’t hide its budget underpinnings. The seats feel spongy and short on support, the bare bones interior and firm armrests are uncomfortable for long drives, and plenty of engine and wind noise make their way into the cabin. The stiff suspension lets bumps and jolts through even on roads that appear to be smooth. At least, handling is sort-of nimble and very secure when pushed.