With the onset of BS6 emission norms, our market is currently seeing a shift back to petrol engines. Many car companies are bringing out some models in petrol-only variants. Some companies are even going to the extent of completely removing diesel engines from their line-ups such as Volkswagen and Maruti Suzuki. On the other hand, the sub-compact SUV segment is also seeing a big rise in our market. Many people are preferring these vehicles over hatchbacks, due to their road presence and higher ground clearance. Therefore, we put the two most popular cars in this segment, the Tata Nexon and the Hyundai Venue in their petrol avatar against each other. Find out which one is better below.
Engine and transmission
The Nexon’s turbo was recently upgraded and now the 1.2-litre petrol turbo produces 118 bhp and 170 nm of torque. The Venue meanwhile gets a 1.0-litre three-cylinder that produces 119 bhp and 172 nm of torque. Therefore, both engines produce almost the same power and it is difficult to differentiate them. However, the Venue comes with a dual-clutch gearbox while the Nexon comes with an AMT. While the latter is great for fuel-efficiency and pricing it simply cannot match the DCT when it comes to smoothness or performance. Therefore the Venue DCT gets the better out its engine than the Nexon. Both cars also come with a six-speed manual as standard.
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Both cars get a sunroof and connected car tech. The Nexon gets a cool feature called express cooling which gives you faster cooling by up to 70% faster. The Venue gets an air purifier that is not seen on the Nexon. Both cars get climate control, rear AC vents. The cars get cruise control along with automatic headlamps but the Nexon gets rain-sensing wipers. But overall the interiors of the Venue gives you a richer feel than the ones on the Nexon. The touch and feel is a bit more premium
Safety and features
You get 6 airbags on the Venue instead of the two found on the Nexon. Although the Venue will get 2 airbags on the DCT variant. In terms of build quality, the Nexon is far superior and the Nexon is also the first car that is made in India to get a five-star rating. On the interior front, the Nexon is more spacious than the Venue and can seat three comfortably for a longer period of time. The Nexon takes on potholes and the bad roads with a much better stride rather than the Venue.
The Tata Nexon has been recently refreshed and it gets different looking LEDs with aggressive styling and a black chrome finish grille. Although, the Venue has a greater road presence than the Nexon. The Venue has more of a boxy design along with a unique headlamp and combination. The grille is much bigger than Nexon, but the Nexon looks taller and it does get more ground clearance.
The verdict is simple for this comparison. If budget is your priority and you are looking for a car with lesser running costs then the Nexon manual should be your choice. But if you are an enthusiast and want a better automatic gearbox even at the cost of fuel efficiency then the Venue turbo is the choice to go for.