Drive.com.au have conducted a comparative review on the two models the 2020 Hyundai Venue Elite and the Volkswagen Polo Style 85TSI. Although the cars are in completely different segments of the industry. The reason for this back to back comparison was to inform the consumer on the best buy for the same or similar spend of around $25,000. Apart from the extra height of the Hyundai Venue, the two hatchbacks are of similar size, practicality and price.
Both models are third in their range, and are only $500 apart. The Polo GTO is priced from $24,990 and the Venue from $25,490.
Standard features in the Venue include cruise control, blind-spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic collision warning, two-tone roof, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, single-zone climate control, 8.0-inch infotainment screen, and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay.
It also has Hyundai’s SmartSense driver-assistance pack as standard, which throws in autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, driver-attention warning, and tyre-pressure monitor.
Over in the Polo, coming standard are 16-inch alloy wheels, Android Auto/CarPlay, dual-zone climate control, 8.0-inch infotainment screen, with an optional driver-assistance pack worth $1500 that includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, automated park assist, power-folding side mirrors, and a proactive occupant protection system.
The interiors of these cars are polar opposites. The Venue is bright, cheerful and colourful, and the Polo is dark, sophisticated, and, well, a bit plain when compared to its rival here.
In terms of seat comfort, the Hyundai had better support, hugging the back, and felt more comfortable over a long drive. There is also a handy phone shelf above the glovebox in the Venue that the front passenger will find useful.
The Venue in this comparison had a nice mixture of green stitching, cream piping, and grey seats, which can make the interior pop, whereas the Polo’s ’comfort sport cloth’ seats aren’t as flashy but still have a sporty design to them.
The comfort continues in the rear with the Venue, with elbow padding on the door trim, and door storage, of which the Polo has none. And with the former being 19mm wider and with a smaller transmission tunnel, there is more room to fit three passengers.
Boot space goes to the Venue with its 355L, 50L more than the Polo, thanks to its adjustable boot floor height.
More stringent 2019 testing for the Venue awarded it a four-star rating due to its lack of cyclist detection in autonomous emergency braking (which the Polo also lacks). Both cars have the same amount of airbags with five scattered throughout the cabin.
The Venue comes equipped standard with AEB, forward collision avoidance assist, blind-spot collision warning, lane-keeping assist and lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic collision warning, driver-attention warning, forward collision mitigation both at low and high speed, and pedestrian avoidance with braking.
Cost to maintain:
Hyundai pre-paid servicing is available for the Venue, with the choice of three years (up to 45,000km) at $857, four years (up to 60,000km) for $1316, and five years (up to 75,000km) totalling $1575. Meanwhile, Volkswagen offers its Care Plan for $950 over three years and $1800 over five years. Both cars require servicing every 15,000km or 12 months.
The Hyundai wins under the most powerful engine as it has a 1.6 Naturally aspirated petrol engine pushing out 90kW and a 6 speed automatic, whilst the Polo has a 1 Litre Turbo petrol engine developing 85kW of power.
Which is the best car to drive:
Drive.com.au found the Venue to be the most comfortable and fun to drive, with six driving modes (eco, sport, normal, snow, mud, sand), along with the opportunity to shift into manual mode. It is also noted that the Venue’s throttle response is far better than the Polo. With the exciting colour combinations, it’s fair to say the Venue gets more looks than the Polo on the road, too.
The stop/start system in the Polo shudders when the engine fires back up again after being stationary, and there is a delay in getting the car moving along. It can be frustrating to use, so more than likely it’ll be turned off as soon as you’re in the car. Luckily, the Venue doesn’t have stop/start.
The Polo is the sophisticated choice; conversely, the Venue is the fun choice, with its cheery interior, practicality, and ease of city driving.
With only $500 separating them, it’s down to what most people are prioritising these days, and that is ride height, which goes to the Venue.
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