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Hyundai Venue: Review, Specs & Pricing for South Africa.

In December 2019, the Hyundai Venue came on sale in South Africa. This is the first-ever compact SUV produced by Hyundai. They hope to leverage off the success of the Creta and compete in the ever-growing market of small SUVs, with models such as the VW T-Cross & Ford EcoSport

Hyundai Venue in Fiery Red

From the outset, the Hyundai Venue’s fun appeal is evident in the design. Sleek curves and bulky wheel arches give the Venue a very cute, but adventurous feel. The color of our test model was Fiery Red, it suited the car well and contrasted nicely with the greenery of the Durban landscape and the 16″ alloy wheels.

Hyundai Venue Price in South Africa

The pricing for the Hyundai Venue range in SA is as follows:

  • Venue 1.0 Motion (manual)      R 274 900
  • Venue 1.0 Motion (DCT)     R 304 900
  • Venue 1.0 Fluid (manual)   R 309 900
  • Venue 1.0 Fluid (DCT)             R 339 900
  • Venue 1.0 Glide (DCT)             R369 900

Included in the prices are Hyundai’s 7-year / 200 000 km warranty, 7-year / 150 000 km roadside assistance, and a 3-year / 45 000 km service plan.

Hyundai Venue Interior

The interior of the Venue isn’t anything partially special. The layout is clean, simple, and focused around the 8 inch LCD screen which features Apple Carplay & Android Auto. From a personal perspective, I really enjoyed this, connectivity is more important than ever and a simple interior with a great infotainment system is a great way to go. Unlike other brands, the infotainment system is designed very well, it’s easy to understand and navigate. Less is more, except when it comes to USB ports, we all need more of those. The Venue features dual USB ports. Thank you Hyundai. 

Hyundai Venue Specifications

The Venue has three specification options, the entry-level model Motion, the middle of the range Fluid and top of the range Glide. 

The Venue Motion comes Standard with Two airbags – front passenger and driver, whilst the Fluid and Glide models have 6 airbags. Seatbelt pre-tensioners, Isofix child seat attachments, Electronic stability control, ABS, and Hill Start Assist are standard across the range.

The body colors available are Phantom Black, Star Dust, Denim Blue, Typhoon Silver and Fiery Red.  For a more sporty and quirky look, A contrasting roof is also offered with two colors – polar white with phantom black, and lava orange with phantom black.

Hyundai Venue Front

The Venue models pack a host of tech and convenience features as mentioned further down in this article, where we compare the Hyundai Venue with the VW T-Cross. 

To get a good relation for size, the Hyundai Venue is just short of 4 meters with a length of 3.95m, a width of 1.77 and a height of 1.59m. 

Hyundai Venue Boot Space

As the Venue is a compact vehicle, space won’t be as generous as a typical SUV.  The Venue offers a solid 350l of boot space, which should be good to fit most essentials, a pram or even a couple of suitcases. The Venue’s boot space is on par with the Ford EcoSport, but slightly lacking the 380l offered by the VW T-Cross – which features a sliding rear bench seat to increase boot space to over 450l.

Hyundai Venue Side Profile

VW T-Cross v Hyundai Venue

A close competitor to the Venue in this segment is the well-received Volkswagen T-Cross. The T-Cross comes in at a higher pricing bracket, with the starting price of the base model, the 1.0 TSI 85kW Comfortline DSG®,  coming in at R334 600 compared to R 274 900 for the base Hyundai Venue. As we go through the model range, pricing becomes closer, with the T-Cross Highline starting at R365 000, and Hyundai Venue 1.0 Glide with DCT gearbox coming in at R 369 900. 

Both the T-Cross Highline & Venue Glide offer a decent range of standard options. Comfort Sports Seats, Inductive Wireless Mobile Charging, Driving Profile Selection, Climatronic Aircon, LED Headlights, Composition Media with App-Connect and 18-inch ‘Cologne‘ alloy wheels are the included features on the T-Cross Highline, above and beyond other standard features such as leather multi-function steering wheel with multi-function display, Park Distance Control (front and rear), cruise control, LED daytime running lights and Rest Assist. 

Hyundai Venue Headlights

 The Venue offers comforts such as glovebox cooling, rear air condition ventilation ducts, automatic cruise control with buttons on the leather-wrapped steering wheel,  16-inch alloy wheels, 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen system, and rearview camera, with options such as premium LED headlights.

There is a strong argument that the VW T-Cross is the more premium vehicle of the two, one way this is proven by the wider range of options available such as the Active Info Display – a digital cockpit that replaces the analog dials and is unique to this type of vehicle. 

VW T-Cross

Both the T-Cross and the Venue are powered by 1.0 turbo-charged, 3 cylinder petrol engines, a setup becoming very common to smaller vehicles.  The T-Cross produces 85kW and 200Nm of torque, while the Venue produces 88kW and 172 Nm of Torque. In smaller cars like this, Torque is probably the more important figure as this is the cars “ pulling power” and makes a big difference when overtaking and pulling off from a standstill.

From a driving perspective, both cars drive very well and are pretty nippy. The engines put out good all-round performance and it’s pretty hard to tear them apart from a performance point of view. The Venue was a pleasure on my usual pre-lockdown routine which normally compromised of both town and highway driving, tight parking at the coffee shop and a good amount of music while sitting at a standstill.

I was always comfortable and would be happy to run the Venue for my morning commute every day.

The T-Cross comes standard with a 3 year/120 000km warranty, a 3 year/ 45 000km Volkswagen Service Plan and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. This is sub-par when compared with the  7-year / 200 000 km warranty, 7-year / 150 000 km roadside assistance that Hyundai offers with the Venue. 

Hyundai Venue Ground Clearance

We know many of you are interested in the ground clearance of small SUV’s such as the Venue, as it gives a good idea of how much exploring the vehicle can handle. The ground clearance of the Hyundai Venue is 195mm, which is plenty enough to handle dirt roads and mild off-road tracks with ease. The ground clearance of the Venue is more than the Hyundai Creta, which offers 190mm and the VW T-Cross which offers 180mm. 

DCT & Manual Gearbox

The Venue can be specced with either a manual gearbox, which our test vehicle featured, or a double-clutch automatic gearbox. The automatic gearbox is inherently more expensive, but if you’re planning on spending longer trips and commutes in the Venue, it may be worth the additional cost to improve driving comfort.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Hyundai Venue offers a great all-round package for those looking for a compact SUV in South Africa. The Venue looks really cool, has a good amount of tech and comes in at a good price point – with a fantastic warranty and service plan. If you’re not too worried about the premium feel, the Hyundai Venue may be much better suited to you than competitor models.

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The Return of the Hyundai Atos

A short trip back to February of 2005 revealed the launch of the then-New Hyundai Atos in South Africa. A supermini that served as the little brother to the tasteful Getz and thankfully shared in the beginnings to the Korean wave of brilliance in the early 2000s, that transformed their brand. The range has expanded somewhat at present-day, meaning the new age return of the appellation has a rather different market to contend with and a tricky role to fill. Consumers demand far more from cars than basic wheels yet the contrasted conundrum and greatest hindrance in the South African vehicle market is pricing and at R159 900 Atos becomes a promising perspective.

The New 2019 Atos 1.1 Motion. Atos returns as a 1.1 4-cylinder with a total output of 50kw and 99Nm, which when matched with a low kerb weight of 870kg and snappy responsiveness to the way the car moves about at city speeds makes progress brisk enough. There’s a bit of character with the looks clear Hyundai design language at the front end. The list of standard features is rather impressive and despite the entry-level market contention, the build quality transforms into so much more than numbers can translate. A 7-inch touch screen display with Apple car play and Android Auto with screen mirroring for Google maps navigation, USB and Smart Bluetooth connectivity that reads Whatsapp messages. Front electric windows, steering mounted stereo controls which when streaming Audio and allow for full integration even when streaming via apps like Youtube music. In practice, it feels best in class and the experience replicates a far more expensive user interface interaction.

Dynamically the Atos shines brighter than its main A-segment rivals Renault Kwid and Datsun Go which is the largest division of the class. The Atos feels planted and stable and even a touch cheeky; the additional cylinder removes some of the noise, vibrations and overall harshness to the car. This smoothness transforms the car intensely and the feel that true thought was put into the overall driving experience blares through. Fuel consumption at a real-world 6.2L/100 enough to offer real promise with respects to economy, and not far off the claimed 5.9L/100. Atos extra sense of refinement translates to stability at freeway speed and very little of the drive is affected by the wind or passing trucks, a statement not true all A-segment vehicles even to this day. Atos is not without shortcomings cabin space is limited in the rear with legroom being an issue of taller folk but it offers enough comfort for most. The meagre 235litre boot will prove a challenge with a large suitcase filling the space entirely. The lack of steering adjustment (rake or reach) means the seating position needs some time to get used to.

Pivotally in this class is the element of safety and standard ABS, EBD and 2 airbags are contrasted with the ultimate problem that exists cars of this class. Sadly the 2-Star Global NCAP Crash test rating means it does not shake this image. Despite the safety concerns the verdict concludes the Atos as a rival for the best car in the segment, brilliant driving dynamics, build quality that carries the strength of the Hyundai brand, through unrivalled aftersales support. The 7year/200 000km warranty with roadside assistance adds real value at such a budget-constrained price point, happily dropping the “free insurance gimmick” and making this a properly sorted car. Such a tightly contested segment will be glad to receive more offerings like Atos combining the genuine cheap car thrills that make cars of this class really clever, in tough car markets and make so much financial sense to limited budgets. Offering a genuinely well-executed package, toughly enjoyable and possibly the best brand-new entry-level car.

Pricing in South Africa
Atos 1.1 Motion R159 900
Standard with a 1-year service plan with 15 000Km intervals, 7 year/200 000Km Warranty, and 7 year/150 000Km roadside assistance.

Hyundai’s latest SUV: The Hyundai Santa Fe.

Hyundai Santa Fe Front

4th Generation Hyundai Santa Fe

Meet the new Hyundai Santa Fe. This fourth generation model, features more tech and Hyundai’s new design language. Here’s what you need to know:


We can safely say that the Koreans outdid themselves with this model. It’s not only worlds apart from the previous one, but it can also stand its ground against other premium rivals, when it comes to looks alone. Slim headlights and a large front grille emphasize its sporty nature, whilst there’s nothing to complain about at the rear either. It may look a bit “Soccer mumish” at the back, but at least it looks good.

Hyundai Santa Fe Front


From the images I’ve seen, interior quality looks decent. However, in the world of bigger screen sizes, I feel Hyundai could of added a few more inches to the 7-inch LCD display.

More space for rear passengers is also something to take note of, with a 38mm increase in legroom for the second row, and a 22mm increase in headroom for the third row. I look forward to a visit to my local Hyundai dealer to experience it in the flesh.

Engine and Gearbox

The Hyundai Santa Fe is powered by a 2,2-litre CRDi engine that produces 142kW and a tidy 440Nm of torque.  A newly developed 8-speed auto box transfers this power to all four wheels, using technology that controls and adjusts torque distribution between front and rear wheels. In sport mode, up to 50% will be sent to the rear wheels for ” better acceleration”, with 35% in comfort mode.


I’ve been impressed which some of the safety tech on recent Hyundai vehicles including the I30 N.

Being a family car, safety is a priority for the Santa Fe. 6 air-bags are installed, along with a 15% increase in high-strength steel over any other Hyundai vehicle (57%)

Contributing to the Hyundai Santa Fe’s best-in-class safety, includes systems such as, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist and Rear Occupant Alert – which notifies the driver when rear passengers leave the vehicle. Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, which will monitor and also apply braking if a vehicle approaches from the rear side when reversing. Safety Exit Assist is one of the coolest features, which prevents the rear doors from being opened when a vehicle approaches from behind. Best demonstrated here:


Standard in all models is a 7-inch LCD touchscreen display which is Apple Carplay and Andriod Auto enabled. From looking at the specs of the infotainment system, it doesn’t seem as state-of-the-art as Hyundai suggests it is. It does however, seem to do everything you need and a USB port and Aux jack are included.  If you opt for the Elite model, a 7-inch TFT display is also featured in the centre of the instrument cluster.

Elite models also include a panoramic sunroof, electronic rear hatch, heating and cooling front seats, keyless-start and Rear-door retractable side curtains.

Hyundai Santa Fe Pricing in South Africa

  • Premium automatic – R599 900
  • Executive automatic – R659 900
  • Elite automatic – R749 900.

All prices include Hyundai Automotive SA’s 7-year/200 000 km manufacturer’s warranty (consisting of the standard 5-year/150 000 km warranty plus the additional 2-year/50 000 km drivetrain warranty extension).

An additional part of the package is a 5-year/90 000 km service plan, and roadside assistance for 5 years or 150 000 km.

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A True Hot Hatch – Hyundai i30 N

We Drive the Hyundai i30 N

Rewind your mind to a little over a year ago. If someone told you that Hyundai are planning to release a hot hatch, but not just any hot hatch, a hot hatch that would bring the fight to every one of the great hatches we know and love, would you have believed them? Probably not. Welcome the Hyundai i30 N.

Hyundai i30 N South Africa

Hyundai i30 N on a abend

You see, performance hatches and Hyundai have never really belonged in the same sentence together, it’s kind of like Ben and Jerrys offering a zero-sugar ice-cream, one would think it’s going to be a bit “pap”.

However, Hyundai have been clever and found themselves a person who knows the in’s and out’s of this performancy kind of stuff. His name is Albert Biermann and he once headed up the BMW M Performance division. This is quite a statement from Hyundai, so how does the i3o N fair?

It Means Business

Glare at the Hyundai i30 N and you will get a deathly stare back, it looks mean from every angle. Sitting low, the artic blue paint reminds me that this colour has been discontinued, which means we needed to stay far away from bushes, curbs and anything untoward that could cause damage. My favourite angle? The rear. Its small wing and diffuser complement the wide stance, dual tailpipes and bright rear lights nicely. Hyundai are not playing around.

Hyundai i30 N South Africa

Rear light of the Hyundai i30 N

For those who don’t know, you may think it’s all show and no go, however, if you are even just so slightly interested in cars you will know that this is not the case.  285bhp (202kW)  and 400Nm on tap means theHyundai i30 N already shows the Golf GTI it’s mother on paper, but what about on the road?

What is it like to drive?

For me, a great hot hatch is one that makes you smile. After all, they are built to be fun right? A mixture of performance, response, chassis and sound are all major components they make up the perfect hatch. Quite frankly, the Hyundai i30 N delivers in all departments.

The wave of boost that hits in the lower RPM range Is addictive. I love the surge of power and boost that kicks in and doesn’t ever seem to fade out. Coupled with the heavy clutch and clunky, solid gearbox, the feeling can only be described as real. No other hot hatch sounds like this, the crackle and pops produced literally makes people walking on the side of the road to stop, turn around and put their hands in the air – sorry love, this is straight from the manufacturer.

Hyundai i30 N South Africa

Hyundai i30 N on a racetrack

The i30N also lives up to its nickname “Corner Rascal” . I was going to say the front end is to die for, but that’s probably an overstatement. It is wonderfully sharp and grippy and when partnered with the balanced chassis and limited slip diff, you’d have to be doing something wild to find understeer.  Hyundai didn’t lie when they told us this car is measured in BPM and not RPM – it really does get the blood pumping. Did I mention the noise?

A choice of 5 driving modes are available, you know, the usual Eco, Comfort, Sport that seem to come on most new vehicles nowadays, but, If you want to get straight to the main action then a simple press of the blue N button on the steering wheel will do the trick – I wonder what this is similar too, it’s at the back of my mind and I just can’t remember…

Steering Wheel of the Hyundai i30 N South Africa

Steering Wheel of the Hyundai i30 N

I digress,  The N will activate everything and anything that brings out the dark side of the Hyundai i30 N’s personality. Hit it again, and the system activates your custom N settings which are programmed through the main interface.  You will probably use this if you’re fussy like Richard, as he likes everything in sport apart from steering feel which MUST stay in comfort – lame.

Technology in the i30 N

I was quite taken aback when I found technology such as wireless charging, autonomous emergency braking, collision warning and a lane keep assist technology which works much more like semi-autonomous driving.  Rev matching is also a treat, making downshifts much more pleasant as well as sounding fantastic. If you’ve been driving long enough though, you can turn this off from the steering wheel and work your magic with the old heel and toe situation. Of course, Apple Carplay and Android Auto are also thrown into the mix to end of a great bunch of tech.

Hyundai i30 N Interior South Africa

Hyundai i30 N Interior

Does it lack anything?

Dampers. It lacks dampers. Yes, the ride is particularly firm but in all seriousness, it doesn’t really lack anything. You have everything you need and more in terms of tech and performance. If you are going to compare this against a Golf or other German hatchbacks, then it won’t give you the same premium feel and trims. It’s more plastically, and obviously not as comfortable. If your looking for a fast hatch which isn’t going to break your back then this probably isn’t the hatch for you. It’s not going to be great if you undertake a long commute on a daily basis either, but if you are looking for true hot hatch experience then you won’t go wrong with the Hyundai i30 N.

Hyundai i30 N South Africa

Sam Ayres with the Hyundai i30 N

How does it compare to other hatches?

I’ve not driven every hot hatch ever made, and there are a few new models that I still need to get behind the wheel of, such as the Megane R.S. However, from what I have driven, it definitely provides one of the rawest, fun and visceral driving experiences. I have spent many hours and corners behind the wheel of a GTI Clubsport, they both feature very positive front ends and similar driving traits, however, the Clubsport is DSG – which leads me onto think that a Clubsport S with a manual box, reduction in weight and increase in more power might just result in a driving experience that pips the i30N.  Either way,  I’m just going to have to wait to find out.

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