The Hyundai Venue is a small SUV that is big on design. It's a funky little thing on the outside and that continues to the interior too, where on the Elite model I tested there were two-tone denim style seats.
There's piping on the seats and contrast panelling on the dash, including a storage shelf above the glove box. These are features we're used to seeing in much more expensive vehicles. If you thought the Kona was funky, the Venue steps up another notch or two!
The media system in the Venue is easy to use and navigate and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well.
I was impressed with the alert you get when the traffic in front of you pulls away at traffic lights, which only comes on if you don't notice the car in front has moved off and was a welcome surprise as it is easy to get distracted with kids in the car!
From its looks, I thought the Hyundai Venue would be a nippy little car to drive but it actually seemed to have a little lag when accelerating from a standstill. I did get used to this during my week of testing and I was impressed with the turning circle, which made it nimble around town and easy to manoeuvre in a tight car park. The acceleration was lacking when going up hills and you could definitely hear the engine working away very hard!
I found the Hyundai Venue fits two child seats in the back and there wasn't room between them for me to sit. There are ISOFix in the two outer rear seats and top tether anchorages for all three rear seats.
Legroom is a consideration in the Hyundai Venue and there was only room for a 162cm driver in front of a rear-facing child seat. With forward-facing child seats, we did fit a 182cm passenger in front.
Boot space is good in the Hyundai Venue. From empty it holds eight shopping bags, which is the same as the Mazda CX3 and VW Polo but one less than the Hyundai Kona that holds nine bags and the Haval H2 that can hold ten and the similar shaped but bigger Kia Seltos that holds eleven shopping bags. Or you could fit a small dog in the boot!
All sizes of stroller and pram fit in the boot with some shopping bags too. If you remove the parcel shelf, the twin stroller fits with three shopping bags which is practical for family use.
Interior storage is limited in the Hyundai Venue. With cup holders only in the front row of seats and front door bins that will not hold a large refillable water bottle, I think the interior was definitely designed with fashion over function.
The Hyundai Venue is a great car for a small family and has some great design features and practical boot space for a small and affordable family car.
The Venue SUV has a four-star ANCAP safety rating and six airbags as standard.