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First Impressions Of The Hyundai Venue N Line Review

First Impressions Of The Hyundai Venue N Line Review

First Impressions Of The Hyundai Venue N Line Review

First Impressions Of The Hyundai Venue N Line Review

We’ve always been interested in cars that can go faster. And while Ferraris and Lamborghinis will always get us excited, the cheaper end of the spectrum gets us just as excited because it means that performance is becoming more accessible to everyone.

Hyundai made the N-Line range, starting with the i20, to see if India is a good market for its full-fledged “N” series of cars. It got more than just stickers and a new coat of paint; its performance was changed in several ways to make it more interesting for car fans.

That, plus the price only went up a little, made it a big hit. Now, Hyundai has given one of our favorite C-SUVs, the Venue, the same N-Line treatment. The N8 version of the Venue comes standard with features like a dual-camera dashcam.

Design of the Hyundai Venue N Line

Like the Hyundai i20 N Line, the Venue N Line has a lot of cosmetic changes that make it look different from the standard version. It starts with the N Line badges spread all over the car. The car is predicated on the updated Venue and has all the same design changes but with an N Line twist.

The dark chrome finish gives the front grille a much more sporty look. You also have a new bumper design in front and back. The typical N Line style has red stripes on the front and back bumpers, door panels, wheel arches, and roof rails. This shows that the car is more sporty.

The new diamond-cut alloy wheels are 16 inches in diameter and have the N logo on the hubcaps. Several of you may have observed that the brake calipers on the front wheels are now red, while the back wheels also have disc brakes. As part of the N-Line treatment, this is standard for both the N6 and the N8. When you step to the back, the two exhaust pipes meet you.

The Venue N Line comes in two single-tone and three two-tone color schemes. The two-tone color schemes are made possible by a roof that is blacked out. The one I drove was a single-tone color called “Polar White,” which doesn’t look very exciting for a car that’s supposed to be sportier. So I would keep this same thunder blue paint job.

Interiors of the Hyundai Venue N Line

When you sit inside an N-Line car, it becomes more clear that you are in one. First of all, the interior is all black with red accents. Some places also have red ambient lighting, which adds to the sporty look. The blacked-out theme of the N Line makes the cabin feel much nicer than the grey and beige interiors of the standard Venue, even though the equipment is mostly the same.

The red accents and contrast stitching go very well with the black. Small things, like the red finish on the AC vent stalks, show how much care was put into making this car. Like the i20 N Line, you get black leatherette chairs with an N logo and a checkered flag design.

The flat bottom steering wheel has been replaced with an N-branded three-spoke wheel, and there is also a new gear shifter with the N logo on it. Both feel good when you touch them. The gauges haven’t changed, and the 8-inch navigation system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Hyundai’s Bluelink system is still there.

The 8-inch instrument cluster looks the same as it did before the facelift. I would have liked a different layout that matched the car’s sporty look. The lack of a real tachometer with a needle that moves up and down with the revs, if not a real needle, doesn’t work for me. The Venue N Line also has a dashcam system with two cameras.

This is standard on the top-of-the-line N8 model, and given how dangerous Indian roads are, it’s a nice thing to have. The module contains two cameras: one for the road and another for the cabin. This can be controlled by an app on your phone, storing up to 64GB of video. Overall, the interior of the Venue N Line seems to be better than that of the standard car.

Engine and performance of the Hyundai Venue N Line

The Hyundai Venue N Line has the same 1-liter, three-cylinder, turbo gasoline engine that powers the i20 N Line and, for that matter, the regular Venue. The only option for this engine in the Venue N Line, unlike the i20 N Line, is the seven-speed DCT.

This three-cylinder engine is tuned the same way as the other one. It creates 118bhp at 6000rpm and 172Nm of engine power from 1500rpm to 4000rpm. This turbo-petrol engine works best at higher RPMs, and when the turbo is “singing,” both performance and gas mileage are at their best.

The engine could have used a tune that gave it a little more power in the low and middle ranges of the rev range. This would have made it more fun to drive through the turns. Speaking of singing, the dual-tip exhaust on the Venue N Line makes the car sound far sportier and Fortier than before. Even inside the car, you can hear the new exhaust note. The sound isn’t being fed in artificially.

As was already said, the car only has the DCT option, which is fine for everyday driving. But when the road starts to curve, the DCT gearbox isn’t as quick and takes a little longer than I’d like to shift gears. The DCT is another part that could use a little tweaking, and if you’re a fan of old-school cars, you’ll miss having a manual gearbox.

Ride and handling of the Hyundai Venue N Line

This is where the Venue N Line gets the most improvements to how it drives. The suspension has dampers that are 34% stiffer, the steering wheel is heavier, and all four wheels have disc brakes. Those are the most important facts about this car. The Venue was already our favorite car to drive among its competitors.

The main reason was that it was the stiffest of all of them. Now, the Venue N Line goes even further. As soon as you start driving the car, this becomes clear. The standard Venue has been firm, but not so much that it was uncomfortable. You can’t say the same thing about the N Line.

The car isn’t as flexible, and bad roads will shake the cabin more than you’d expect from a car in this price range. But the story changes greatly when you put it on a good set of winding roads. Because the suspension is stiffer and the steering is heavier, the car feels much more stable, planted, and responsive.

You are more aware of what their front wheels are doing, and there isn’t as much body roll as before. The four-disc braking system is another feature that makes driving even more exciting. You have such a lot more bite, and you can use that bite in a good way.

Conclusion

The Hyundai Venue N Line comes in two styles: the N6 and the N8. The N6 variant starts at Rs 12.16, and the N8 variant with the most features will cost Rs 13.3 lakh ex-showroom. The top-of-the-line N8 costs about Rs 58,000 more than a similar turbo-petrol, dual-tone, DCT-equipped standard Venue.

For that price, you get a much sportier look inside and out, safer all-disc brakes, a stiffer suspension, heavier steering, and a standard dash cam. All these will cost a lot more if you add them after the fact.

The Venue N Line is still a stylish, well-equipped compact SUV, but driving it is now more fun. The extra sportiness costs a little bit of comfort, but to a fan, that’s not a big deal. So, if you want a sporty compact SUV, the Hyundai Venue N Line is your best bet, but do yourself a favor and get one in blue.

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