The Hyundai Venue, which comes in with BlueLink Technology, is the first connect car in the country. It gets a Vodafone Idea eSIM with a 3 year connectivity package and a total of 33 features, out of which 10 are custom made for India.
New Hyundai venue has gained much popularity in the country and has already amassed over 25,000 bookings. Launched at a staggering price tag of Rs 6.5 lakhs, launch of Hyundai Venue has resulted in rival car brands announcing price cuts / discount offers.
Though launch on 21st May, demand of the Venue is such that the company has already dispatched over 7,000 units of Venue in May 2019. This means that the Venue is now the second best selling sub 4 meter SUV in India, just behind Maruti Brezza, which posted sales of just under 9,000 units.
The new Venue which enters a space which was ruled by the likes of Maruti Brezza, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon and the Ford EcoSport. Here we compare each of these competitors in terms of rear seat space and the comfort it offers to the passengers at the rear. It may be noted from the video that the same person is measuring these seats and hence the readings are consistent.
Being a sub 4 meter SUV, in most cases, it is the rear passenger legroom and thigh room which is compromised the most. In the Hyundai Venue the rear seat is checked with the front co-driver’s seat pushed completely to the front. It could not be comfortable for an adult to sit in this front seat in this position but is just pushed forward so as to compare space in the rear.
It was found that there was a total of 9 inches space between the back of the co-passengers seat and the rear passenger’s knee. Then the front seat was positioned in such a manner so as to make seating for an adult more comfortable. Here it was found that the rear leg room stood at 4.5 inches. When the front seat was pushed fully to the back, there was no space for the rear passenger’s knee. The seat width was at 44.5 inches. Watch the full video by Youtube channel Car News – By HotShotInfo.
Going on to the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, when the front seat was pushed forward, it offered 8 inches of room between the rear of the seat and the rear passenger’s knee. In comfortable position, there was 4.5 inches of space while with the seat pushed completely back, there was only 1 finger space between the rear of the seat and passenger’s knee. However, total seat width on the Vitara Brezza was at 50 inches.
The Ford EcoSport, another rival to the Hyundai Venue offered 8 inches of space with the co-passenger’s seat in a completely forward position going on to 4.5 inches space in a comfortable position and no space at all for the passenger’s knee when the seat was pushed back completely. The seat width stood at 47 inches.
Mahindra XUV300 scored among all the rivals in terms of rear seat space. With the co-passenger’s seat pushed to the front, knee space at the rear stood at 14 inches. When the seat was in comfortable position, the knee space at the rear was at 7 inches while when pushed completely back, space stood at 4 inches.
It can be seen from the above dimensions, that while the Hyundai Venue may lack in space in the rear seats as compared to the XUV300, but it is on par with the Brezza and EcoSport. Venue does gain in every other aspect, some of which have not been seen on cars in this segment before.