Car Comparison : Hyundai Venue vs Tata Nexon Review
The latest launch from Hyundai, a sub 4m SUV, the Venue has been well received by the buyers. It has already crossed 33,000 bookings in just 10 days after its launch.
As the Creta didn’t compete with the Vitara Brezza directly, Hyundai had to bring a model to compete with the best-seller. The product has been designed well and equipped with powerful engines to take over its rivals.
The Venue is truly a modern looking compact SUV. The huge dark chrome front grille and the aggressive sleeker DRLs gives it the rugged look.
The dual headlamp design features a projector headlamp with LED DRLs. It’s becoming common for new cars, especially SUVs to have their headlamps mounted on the bumper.
The fog lamps look quite tiny when the front face is viewed. At the rear, the LED Tail lamps with Crystal Effect sets the Venue apart from other compact SUVs.
The rear profile looks similar to that of a hatchback. The rear is slightly boxy but has been integrated extremely well with the overall design.
The creases on the rear and tapering windscreen give it a decent look. A strong shoulder line runs across the length and the wheel arches have been flared to give the Venue, a robust look. The 17-inch dual tone alloys appear to be the best fit.
Tata ventured late into the compact SUV segment but did enter the segment with a bang. A well-engineered and unique product, aimed at young buyers, the Nexon is surely a head turner.
The Nexon is based on the now-defunct Bolt and follows the Impact design philosophy. Some might feel the car to be over styled, especially due to some elements, which are not found on other compact SUVs.
The front design is quite bold and suits that of an SUV with aggressive projector headlamps and feline-eye shaped DRLs. The chrome humanity line sits well between the headlamps.
The Nexon has its aerodynamic shape inspired from that of a sports coupe. Sharp lines run across the sides. The rear split LED tail lamps to match the front-end design.
The rear windscreen view is quite restricted due to the roof that slopes down. A lot of detailing has been provided at the rear, which is usually not the case with most of the cars.
It has the best in segment ground clearance of 209 mm and the 16-inch stylish alloys give it the SUV stance.
The Venue is quite rich on technology, the reason why it's being touted as India’s first truly connected subcompact SUV.
Unlike the dual-tone cabin on most cars, the Venue gets an all-black colour theme with off-white treatment on pillars and roof.
Talking of features, it gets a long list of features including an 8-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system, equipped with Android Auto, Apple Car Play, Navigation, etc, remote engine start-stop, electric sunroof, cooled glovebox, rear AC vents, cornering lamps, wireless phone charger, air purifier, driver rear view monitor and voice recognition.
There are controls on steering wheel, making it multi-functional. The touchscreen acts as an interface for using the Blue Link technology, which has 33 connected features.
It’s not wrong to say that Nexon has the most premium interiors among its rivals by using premium surface textures and fabric.
The Nexon uses a layered three-tone dashboard. The floating dashtop touchscreen infotainment is placed at the centre and is convenient to use.
The seats are sculpted, making the longer journeys very comfortable. There is sufficient legroom and knee room while the headroom is slightly lower than the competition due to its lower dimensions.
Other features include a grand central console with sliding tambour door, rear armrest, rear camera and sensors, 8 speaker music system, umbrella holder, keyless entry and rear AC vents. The wearable key (smart band) is an optional accessory.
Performance & Driveability Comparison:
The Hyundai Venue is available with 3 engine options: a 1.2 MPI Kappa petrol engine producing 83 PS of peak power and 11.7 kgm of maximum torque, 1.0 Turbo GDI Kappa petrol producing 120 PS of peak power and 17.5 kgm of maximum torque.
On the other hand, there is only 1 diesel option: a 1.4 CRDi diesel engine producing 90 PS of peak power and 22 kgm of maximum torque.
The transmission option includes a 5 – Speed, 6 – Speed manual and 7 Speed DCT. The turbocharged engine is the one that will interest most buyers due to its whopping torque.
Both the engines are well refined. The Venue has very good high-speed stability and body control. The steering accuracy is a bit low. While the 16-inch tyres and 195 mm ground clearance absorbs most of the potholes and the speed breaker.
The Tata Nexon is powered by two engine options- a 1.2L turbocharged Revotron engine (petrol) producing 110 PS of peak power and 17.34 kgm maximum torque and a 1.5L turbocharged Revotorq engine (diesel) producing 110 PS of peak power and 26.5 kgm of maximum torque.
The Nexon is available with both manual and automatic variants. The NVH levels on both the engines are very well controlled. It has the best suspension system among the competition and the ride is extremely comfortable. It soaks the shocks and bumps extremely well. The body roll is very low and the car feels well planted at high speeds.
As this is a new product in India, it hasn’t been crashing tested yet. The standard safety features offered are a driver and passenger airbags, ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensor, day and night IRVM, impact sensing auto door unlock, speed sensing auto door lock and ISOFIX. The top of the line variant gets as many as 6 airbags.
The Tata Nexon achieved a commendable feat when it secured a 5-star global NCAP adult safety rating and 3 stars for child protection. The safety features include reverse parking assist, dual frontal airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX etc.
Hyundai Venue: ₹ 6.50 – 11.11 Lakh
Tata Nexon: ₹ 6.58 – 11.00 Lakh
Note: All prices are ex-showroom Delhi
Which One Should You Buy?
The Hyundai Venue is a brand-new car and garnered a tremendous amount of enquiries and bookings within the first month of its launch.
It has a very long waiting period and it will be a good purchase after the initial ownership reviews.
The Nexon is an amazing product from Tata Motors. It ticks almost all the boxes and is the safest car in this segment. It offers the best ride quality and the most premium interiors in the given segment.
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