The sub-compact SUV segment is slated just above the premium hatchback segment. This gives people the choice of having to choose between the two. The pricing of both these segments also intercross but in different variants. We compare the two best sellers of their respective segments, the Polo and the Hyundai Venue to see which car could be a better option. The Venue we choose is the 1.0-litre turbo S variant and the Polo is the top of the line variant. One is an SUV and the other is a hatchback still when you go to buy a vehicle with a budget in mind these cars will confuse you.
Engine and transmission
Both cars get 1.0-litre turbo petrol engines. The Venue gets 118 bhp and 173 of torque while the Polo gets 109 bhp and 175 nm of torque. This might seem like a win for the Venue but the Polo weighs 100 kgs lighter than the Venue. Therefore performance the Polo has an edge over the Venue. The Polo loses the famous DSG gearbox for a six-speed conventional torque converter while the Venue gets a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Therefore the transmission of the Venue is better. The Polo does not get the option of a diesel engine while the Venue gets one.
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The Polo Highline plus gets a lot more features as compared to the Hyundai Venue in its S variant. Both cars get ESC and vehicle stability management, steering mounted controls, turn indicators integrated in the ORVMs, keyless entry, rear AC vents. The Polo gets 16-inch alloy wheels while the Venue gets 15-inch steel wheels. The Venue only gets rear parking sensors while the Polo gets a rear camera. In addition, the Polo gets cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, height-adjustable driver’s seat, cornering lamps, auto-up passenger windows, Android Auto Apple Car Play. All these are not seen on this variant of the Venue. Therefore, features are one is where the Polo gets a much bigger advantage as compared to the Venue.
The Venue makes up for the missed features here. What it gives is a much bigger body than the Polo. The Venue also has a much more commanding stance on the road wherein it looks like a proper SUV, which is becoming popular in India. The Venue also gets a ground clearance of 190 mm whereas the Polo only gets 165mm. The boot space of the Polo is 295 litres while the Venue gets 350 litres. The Venue is also wider and therefore seating for five at the back is more comfortable in the Venue. Both cars get similar mileage of 18.2 km/l.
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The Polo gets a lot more features as compared to the Venue at an even lesser price point. The Venue costs Rs 9.6 lakh (ex-showroom) while the Polo costs Rs 9.12 lakh (ex-showroom). But if your requirements are that of an SUV and you are willing to sacrifice features for more space then the Venue is the choice for you.