We saw this coming. And just as expected the Hyundai Venue has not failed to impress at all. In the price-oriented Indian market, the car has already begun to garner a gargantuous positive response. It functions between Rs 6.50 lakh to Rs 11.10 lakh (Pan India ex-showroom) with two petrol engines and a diesel engine. However, it’s not just the engine options that make it favourable over its rivals. The Venue has cut the ribbon as the first connected SUV in the country. A whole lot of tech trickery that extends the benchmark for creature comfort by miles.

Yes, the Venue has sent out huge ripples in the compact SUV segment and for all the right reasons indeed. But are the rivals as far as they seem to be in the segment?

Hyundai Venue Vs Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

With a monthly average of 13000 units, the Vitara Brezza is still not Maruti Suzuki’s linchpin. This says a lot about the brand as well as the car. Since its inception, the Brezza has called out for unspoken success its friendly design with minimal sportiness and boxy styling has managed to win over a majority of compact -SUV buyers who prefer a low-key pocket-friendly car. But evidently, the Venue is set to change that, at least on paper it will. Starting with the engine options, the Venue benefits from two petrol engines that the Vitara Brezza misses out on. In addition to this, the Venue also benefits from the segment-first direct injection (T-GDI) engine mated to a DCT gearbox. This, along with a price tag that is a lakh cheaper than the Brezza, the Hyundai Venue is poised to eat into the latter’s sales.

Hyundai Venue Vs Ford EcoSport

The Ford EcoSport is to be credited for kicking off the segment in the Indian market. At the outset, it is to be accepted that the EcoSport has a lot to offer than the Brezza. The car also ships with a petrol engine that the Brezza missed out on. A while ago, the car also featured a DCT gearbox which the company decided to discontinue. Safety-wise, the EcoSport is the only compact SUV that offers six airbags. And while the SYNC3 system stands as one of the best in the segment, we are yet to see how the BlueLink in Venue fares against it.

Hyundai Venue Vs Tata Nexon

Tata’s foray into the small SUV segment garnered a lot of attention. It boasts a five-star in NCAP tests and has one of the most spacious interiors in terms of sub-4 meter SUV segment. It too comes with both petrol and diesel options with a choice of AMT automatic throughout the range. However, its price tag which is cheaper than the new Venue might put up an interesting fight.

Hyundai Venue Vs Mahindra XUV300

Calling out the new kid in town. But not all that new if you see the car as a rebadged Ssangyong Tivoli. But this calls for a lot more. The XUV 300 has the maximum wheelbase in the segment. Considering that the car entered the segment much after it gained momentum, Mahindra added a plethora of features to make it worthy, a similar strategy that we are seeing in the Venue by Hyundai.

Hyundai Venue Vs Honda WR-V

The name might not resonate much, but the car does thrive in the same segment as all the others mentioned above. It is offered in both petrol as well as diesel options and is primarily based on the Jazz. Speaking of aesthetics, the WR-V sports a body that bridges the gap between a potent mini MPV due to its length and an SUV due to its height. The WR-V, however, has to worry about the automatic transmission on the Venue that it misses out on.