Review: 2021 Hyundai Venue Denim
Denim exterior, Denim interior, Denim in the name. Denim, Denim, Denim.
I recently had the keys to the new 2021 Hyundai Venue Denim. I want to tell you what you get when you purchase this little crossover and what I thought.
What you get
The 2021 Hyundai Venue Denim is powered by a 1.6 liter 4-cylinder engine giving you 121 horsepower and 113 lb-ft of torque. The vehicles powerplant is controlled by what Hyundai calls an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT), but simply put it is some fancy new continually variable transmission (CVT) aka an automatic. The power that the IVT controls makes its way down to the vehicles front-wheel-drive system.
The vehicles trim level gets its name from the color featured throughout. The exterior color is denim, the interior color scheme is denim, the seats are denim. Denim is the name.
Speaking of interior, the Venue Denim features an 8 inch navigation touchscreen which has the now industry standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. It also features a drive mode selector giving you the option to switch between Normal, Sport, and Snow. For a full look at the interior of the Venue Denim, check out my detailed interior walkthrough below:
I am going to be honest, after spending time in a Veloster recently, the Denim is much of a lifted Veloster much like the Crosstrek is a lifted Impreza. The problem is the Veloster I drove is the best Hyundai you can buy - the Hyundai Veloster N. Driving that you can instantly pick up on where cost was saved and where you are getting some subpar and our of place things.
That being said, lets start with the good. The car rides great around town and for being over 6 feet tall the seating situation isn't a place you want to run away screaming from. I am a big fan of the simplistic infotainment system their are more fancy ones out there sure, but sometimes the fancier the worse it gets. This works so don't break it.
I mentioned above this thing gets some drive modes. Normal, Sport, and Snow to be specific. This car needs to ditch the sport mode. There isn't anything sporty about it. Car car should drive in Normal like it does in Sport, ditch the Sport mode name then for a more Eco mode. An Eco mode would be much more usable in this car than a true Sport mode will ever be.
Another nit picky gripe is I must be out of style as I didn't think denim was a thing to be showcased unless you were Jay Leno? The styling of the seats is cool enough, but I don't think the theme denim is worthy of a trim level let a lone being the theme of the vehicle? Who knows, prove me wrong with your wallet.
I will say one good thing going for it is the package of what you get is pretty great for a vehicle that is barely $20k. Hyundai is going a lot of great things with their vehicles and a lot of the other ones are definitely on my radar and should be on yours. Sadly the Venue just doesn't do it for me.