Hyundai Venue: Most Value For Money Variant

It’s been just weeks to the launch of the Hyundai Venue and the subcompact SUV is already proving to be a blockbuster for the Korean carmaker. Car buyers are excited about the new offering and it has bagged over 20,000 bookings so far. Despite being little late to the party, the Venue ticks many right boxes. In fact, its growing popularity in such a short span substantiates that. Over being India’s first connected car, it also packs-in a bundle of segment-first features. Then Hyundai is also offering the Venue in four trim levels [(E, S, SX, SX(O)] and with four dirvetrains, giving buyers a range of options to choose from. Among all variants, we tell you which all offer the most value for your money.

Hyundai Venue E S SX SX (O)
1.2 Kappa Petrol ₹ 6.50 lakh ₹ 7.20 lakh
1.0 Turbo Petrol ₹ 8.21 lakh ₹ 9.54lakh ₹ 10.60 lakh
1.0 Turbo Petrol Auto ₹ 9.35 lakh ₹ 11.10 lakh
1.4 U2 Diesel ₹ 7.75 lakh ₹ 8.45 lakh ₹ 9.78 lakh ₹ 10.84 lakh


Hyundai Venue Petrol 1.0-Litre Turbo Petrol 1.2-Litre
Displacement 1.0-Litre, Three-Cylinder Turbo 1.2-Litre, Four Cylinder
Max Power 118 bhp 82 bhp
Peak Torque 172 Nm 114 Nm
Transmission 6 Speed MT / 7-Speed DCT 5-Speed MT

Hyundai is offering the Venue in two petrol iterations. The base two variants (E and S) are equipped with the i20 sourced 1.2-litre, four-cylinder engine which puts out 82 bhp and 114 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Then there is the much talked about 1.0-litre, three-cylinder Turbo GDI engine which puts out an impressive 118 bhp and 172 Nm of peak torque. Now this engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission in the S, SX and SX (O) variant and gets a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) in the S and SX variant.

8bucatm8The Hyundai Venue petrol is offered with two engine options.
The 1.2-litre E and S variants are priced at ₹ 6.50 lakh and ₹ 7.20 lakh respectively but are bare basic. Along with the bluelink connected car feature, both variants also lack some must-have features like USB charging ports and Smartphone Connectivity Options (Android Auto And Apple CarPlay). The base E variant is offered even without an audio system, powered ORVMs, rear AC vents and luggage lamp among others.

mdj9ggigThe DCT SX variant of the Hyundai Venue is offered with some specific features seen on the SX(O) trim.

The SX and SX (O) trim is offered with the 1.0-litre Turbo engine, however, the DCT gearbox is only available in the S and SX trim. That said, priced at ₹ 11.11 lakh the SX with the DCT is the most expensive variant but also packs-in tons of features along with the bluelink connected car tech. For instance, the 8.4-inch touchscreen is an HD unit and comes with Arkamys sound system in the SX DCT variant as well along with the SX (O) petrol.

je9gunc8The SX (DCT Only) and SX(O) variants only get the Bluelink connected car tech.

Other Features in the SX DCT and SX(O) variant include USB charging, voice recognition, 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, Front projector fog lamps, Auto headlamps, Projector headlamps with cornering function, LED daytime running lamps, Wing mirrors with turn indicators, LED tail-lamps, ESC, Wireless charging, Audio-video navigation, OE Telematics, Day/night auto internal mirror, Smart key with push-button start, Air purifier, Security System, Supervision cluster, Adjustable rear-seat headrests, Leather-wrapped gear knob & steering wheel, Leather Seats (Only in SX dual-tone), Height-adjustable driver’s seat, Power folding wing mirrors, Rear-camera display on Audio player, Cruise control, Powered Sunroof, Map lights, Automatic climate control with digital display, 8.0-inch display with Arkamys system, Shark-fin antenna.

o9rvogp4The SX DCT variant is ₹ 50,000 more expensive than the top-notch SX(O) 1.0-Litre MT variant.

In our opinion, the SX DCT petrol variant is a better choice over the top-notch SX (O) petrol variant for some reasons. At ₹ 10.60 lakh, the SX (O) variant is just ₹ 50,000 cheaper than the SX DCT variant. In terms of features you just get Rear-seat armrest with cup holders, Sliding centre armrest, 60:40-split rear seats and side and curtain airbags as extra over the SX DCT variant and to remind you, the SX (O) lacks the automatic transmission which is a relief in today’s city traffic conditions. The DCT also supports spirited driving to an extent, save for the bottom end lag which is typical of a 1.0-litre turbocharged motor.


Hyundai Venue Diesel 1.4
Displacement 1.4-litre, Four Cylinder
Max Power 89 bhp
Peak Torque 220 Nm
Transmission 6 Speed MT

q9t3a9j8The Hyundai Venue E and S variants are identical to the 1.2 Petrol E and S variants in terms of features.

The 1.4-litre diesel engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and is the only diesel drivetrain available. The engine develops 89 bhp and 220 Nm of peak torque across variants. So the pick here mainly depends on the features. The E and S variants are identical to the 1.2 petrol variants in terms of features and are priced at ₹ 7.75 and ₹ 8.45 lakh, respectively. Therefore, let’s straightaway move to the SX and SX(O) variants where the feature difference is quite some.


The Hyundai Venue Diesel gets the Bluelink Connected Car tech only in the top-end SX(O) Variant.

Yes! As we have already mentioned that the DCT unit is offered with some specific features which it borrows from the SX(O) variant, however, that’s not the case with diesel variants. For instance, the SX diesel lacks the HD display for the touchscreen and the bluelink connected car tech the Venue is known for. That means only the top-end Venue diesel is a connected car which itself is a very big reason to go for it. Other features which the 1.4 SX variant misses are chrome finish on door handles, air purifier, wireless phone charger, push-button start, Security System, Keyless Entry, Telematics on the inner rearview mirror, Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Management Control and Hill Assist Control.

nmc00438The SX Variant of the Hyundai Venue is also offered in dual-tone colour option.

The 1.4 SX variant is priced at ₹ 9.78 lakh for the single tone roof variant whereas the 1.4 SX (O) variant is priced at ₹ 10.84 lakh and is ₹ 1.06 lakh more expensive. Agreed that the difference in prices is steep but considering the number of bells and whistles you get in the 1.4 SX (O) over the SX makes it worth the asking. Moreover, the added features are mechanical and not aftermarket accessories which can be installed later.

Also Read: Hyundai Venue Vs Rivals: Specification Comparison

881khvmgThe Hyundai Venue is the most feature loaded subcompact SUV on sale in India.

To put things better into perspective, if you are in the market for a subcompact SUV, the top end variant of no other model offers as many features as the Venue. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon at ₹ 9.99 lakh are just ₹ 85,000 cheaper while the Ford Ecosport at ₹ 11.90 lakh for the top-end 1.5 L Diesel S MT is ₹ 1.04 lakh expensive. Mahindra’s latest offering, the XUV300 W8(O) diesel on the other hand at Rs 11.99 lakh is ₹ 1.14 lakh more expensive over the diesel Venue top-end.


EA and Activision Blizzard CEOs featured in ‘The 100 Most Overpaid CEOs’ report

EA and Activision Blizzard CEOs featured in 'The 100 Most Overpaid CEOs' report

The chief executive officers of two major video game companies have found their way onto As You Sow’s 2019 report on “The 100 Most Overpaid CEOs”, a report that uses pay data to call out pay disparities in publicly traded American companies.

Both Electronic Arts’ Andrew Wilson and Activision Blizzard’s Bobby Kotick have earned spots on this year’s list along with the likes of Walt Disney’s Bob Iger, Netflix’s Reed Hastings, and 96 other high-earning execs. This all comes just a week after Activision Blizzard announced that it would lay off an estimated 800 employees following the close of a record year.

As You Sow takes more than a CEO’s yearly earnings into account when ranking its list, something detailed in full in the full report. In short, the organization looks at factors like total shareholder return and votes against CEO pay packages to calculate the chief execs earning in excess. The methods for calculating that exact excess can be found in Appendix C in the full report as well.

Following that methodology, the group clocked Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick as number 45 on that ranked list of the most overpaid CEOs. By As You Sow’s data, Kotick is paid $28,698,375 (an excess of $12,835,277 by the organization’s estimates). The ratio of Kotick’s pay compared to median worker pay at Activision Blizzard is 301:1.

The median pay ratio for S&P 500 companies is 142.1, while the median pay ratio for the 100 members of As You Sow’s list is 300:1.

Electronic Arts’ Andrew Wilson, meanwhile, is ranked a bit lower on the list as number 98. His yearly take is $35,728,764 (an estimated excess of $19,673,861 as determined by the report), a paycheck that was supported by 97 percent of shareholders’ votes. Though median pay ratio wasn’t used as a metric for ranking those high-earning CEOs, the difference between Wilson’s own pay and that of the median Electronic Arts employer is greater than Kotick’s. As You Sow records that ratio as 371:1.

The gap between median worker pay and CEO pay has ballooned in just the past several decades, as explained in the following quote captured by Axios.

“If you look at the pay of top CEOs relative to workers, that ratio in the 1950s was 20 to 1, was about 30 to 1 by the late ’70s, and by the mid-1990s it was 120 to 1,” said Robert Reich, former Labor Secretary for President Bill Clinton, during a recent call with Axios and other reporters. ”When I was working in the White House that was a cause of real concern. That ratio seemed appalling to most people. Now it’s 300 to 1.”