Hyundai Venue Problems: 5 Common Issues (Explained)

A sub-compact crossover vehicle, the Hyundai Venue, is one of the most affordable of the small SUVs. Every model gets its power from a 121-horsepower 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The only drivetrain variable is the Snow Mode option on the Hyundai Venue Limited because an all-wheel-drive system is not an option on the Venue. Nevertheless, the Hyundai Venue has won a few awards.

However, not all owners have enjoyed the same level of reliability.

Here’s a rundown of the most common issues with the Hyundai Venue models.

1. Hyundai Venue seatbelt tensioners can be faulty

The incident of the seatbelt tensioners exploding has led to a recall of some 2020 to 2022 Venues. This very small Hyundai is relatively new to the market, and most complaints have been noted as unknown.

The seatbelt tensioners, however, have triggered a recall of some Venue models. The recall is the only one that Hyundai has conducted on the Venue.

The cause and solution to this problem


The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) determined that the seatbelt tensioners might explode in the event of a crash. The fragments of these parts are like shrapnel and can injure you if they have a catastrophic failure.


The recall for a seatbelt tensioner upgrade for the Venue is recent. However, Hyundai will not send letters notifying Venue owners until August 2022.

However, if you have a Hyundai Venue, call your dealer to see if they have parts, yet. If your dealer has the part, the solution is a cap fitted over the tensioner, which should be a relatively quick fix.

2. Complaints of electrical issues

Electronics on any car can be tricky, and the advent of all the electronics that cars are filled with today can lead to problems. For example, one Venue owner mentioned a smoky odor beneath the hood.

One owner complained of a burning smell coming from under the hood. However, a burning smell can be due to several things when you are in a car’s engine bay.

Electrical wires can get too hot and create smoke, a bad smell, and in the worst case, a fire. However, no such occurrences have been recorded happening to a Venue.


One of the only cars this has happened to relates to the horn not working. However, according to a report to the NHTSA, that issue was due to a failed part. At that time, they only had thirteen complaints about the Hyundai Venue.

Interestingly, almost half of the complaints made to this authority about the Venue are labeled as unknown and not attributable to a specific problem.


The most common way to find an electrical issue is for a component to fail. However, that may not be the safest move to make when your car has problems.

Intermittent problems with a vehicle are often challenging to find. In addition, just because one car of a particular model fails does not necessarily mean the one sitting next to it will.

3. Problems with the transmission

One Venue owner had to replace the transmission with less than 20,000 miles on the car. Another owner lost the transmission at less than a thousand miles.

Both instances covered the vehicle under warranty, and Hyundai replaced the transmissions on their Venues.

A few signs that your transmission has issues include:

  • Shifting is stiff
  • Gear changes become sluggish
  • Delayed shifting
  • Shuttering when driving at highway speeds

These issues have been sporadic, and there has been no recall for the transmission.

However, as with any other issue you find concerning your Venue, especially if it is still under warranty, if you have any suspicions of a problem, get to your dealership.

The transmission may not be faulty if it exhibits the above behavior. However, if you think you may have a transmission issue, have it documented as soon as possible. It will help you up the road if this costly part of your car fails.

Transmission solutions

The solution to transmission issues is a proper diagnosis, first. The findings may reveal that you need to have the transmission replaced. However, considering the Hyundai Venue has only been on the market for three years, you should be able to have your transmission repaired under warranty.

4. Lane departure system malfunction

Like the other problems with the Venue, the lane departure system on some models has failed or is not working correctly. There was one incident when the lane departure system appeared to direct the car to go the wrong way, which resulted in a head-on collision.

With all of their sophisticated electronics, today’s cars depend on many systems working in conjunction with each other. Often, when one part of the system fails, other parts do or do not work as they should.

The cause

In this incident, the NHTSA has not decided on the cause of the malfunction. It could have been the car, yet it could have been a driver error.

The solution

Get your car to a dealership immediately if you have had any problems with your lane-departure system or other electronic issues. They can diagnose your vehicle to determine if it needs repair.

Electrical systems are tricky, and it takes someone with knowledge to find the problem. Your dealership has the equipment they can plug into your car and diagnose what is wrong with it, often before the parts fail.

5. Exterior light problems with the Venue

Some owners have problems with the exterior lights on the Venues.

The complaint is that the headlights are not bright enough to illuminate the road just a short distance in front of the car.

The headlights of the Venue are so dim on some models that other cars may think you are running without your lights on.

The cause

The front light fixture has an upper and lower opening, but the upper section houses the blinker and parking lights.

If the light fixtures where the headlamp is mounted were higher, the car would offer better lighting and night visibility.

The Solution

Since this may be a design flaw, Hyundai has not addressed it yet.

However, if I owned a Venue and night visibility was an issue, I would mount fog and driving lights to the front of my car.

Pros and cons of the Hyundai Venue

As the lowest-priced crossover utility sold in the United States and elsewhere, the little Hyundai Venue offers a lot of bang for the buck for any entry-level vehicle.

Pros of the Hyundai Venue

  • Although it is a small Ute, it has space for five passengers with plentiful space for passengers.
  • Hyundai does not skimp on safety features with the Venue.
  • The connectivity of the Venues infotainment system is impressive for a car at the low end of the price range.
  • Included on all trim levels are Bluetooth connectivity with Android Auto® or Apple Car Play®, with a touchscreen interface that makes finding your favorite tunes stress-free.
  • Ample seating for five passengers even in such a small package, and both front and rear cushions are comfortable.

The Hyundai Venue is available in the following three trim levels:

#1 Venue SE is the base trim model; however, it has more features than SUVs that cost much more.

#2 Venue SEL– this model adds a blind-spot warning system, rear cross-traffic collision warning, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a power tilt-and-slide sunroof.

#3 Venue Limited– buyers who opt for Venue Limited will appreciate the heated seats, LED headlights, and an optional two-tone paint scheme.

Cons of the Hyundai Venue

  • Although it works as an urban runabout, the Hyundai Venue takes forever to get up to highway speeds, and it takes patience and timing to pass safely.
  • Although it is the best-priced crossover vehicle on the market, its gas mileage is 29 city/33 highway/ 31 combined mpg. These numbers are slightly lower than the Nissan Kicks’ mileage, which is very similar in size and features to the Hyundai Venue.
  • Hyundai does not have an all-wheel-drive option for the Venue.
  • The Venue is underpowered for highway driving. However, it is great for around-town errands. Its compact size makes parking a breeze.

What reviewers have to say about the Hyundai Venue

“The Venue thrives in urban settings thanks to lots of interior space, sprightly handling, and an unbeatable price.”

Car & Driver

“While its base price may undercut competitors such as the Nissan Kicks, a well-equipped Venue goes up against much more polished vehicles like the Volkswagen Golf and Kia Soul.”

Motor Trend

Resale Value of the Hyundai Venue

The number of miles you put on your Venue annually will affect its resale value.

How well you maintain your car is also a factor in its value.

Not as much, though, as the performance of scheduled maintenance, having recall work done as soon as you know you need it, and keeping your mileage low, if possible.

Years Old Residual Value Resale Value Mileage Resale Year
1 95.15% $22,328 12,000 2022
2 85.52% $20,068 24,000 2023
3 80.58% $18,909 36,000 2024
4 78.62% $18,449 48,000 2025
5 66.82% $15,680 60,000 2026
6 60.88% $14,286 72,000 2027
7 56.01% $13,143 84,000 2028
8 50.80% $11,921 96,000 2029
9 50.53% $11,857 108,000 2030
10 44.10% $10,349 120,000 2031

As you can see, the Hyundai Venue loses almost 67 percent of its value in the first five years.

However, after the initial drop in worth, the loss of value over the next five years comes to 22 percent.

So, if you hold on to your Venue for the long run, it will reach a point where it will lose very little value.

Final Thoughts about the Hyundai Venue

Even though there have been a few complaints about the Hyundai Venue, the NHTSA has only received 13.

Moreover, half of those complaints about the Venue are categorized as ‘unknown.’ One of these unknowns concerns the adaptive cruise control and lane departure system.

Both of which are identified in other complaints.

Hyundai has sold almost 58,000 of these little crossovers in the US since 2020. So, 13 complaints mean that the Venue has very few problems.

Or perhaps the dealerships are taking care of their customers.

Fortunately, the standard warranty on the Hyundai Venue covers the entire car for 5yr/60,000 miles, and the powertrain warranty covers ten years and 100,000 miles.

There are many small crossover vehicles on the market.

Choosing the one that is best for you is a challenge. Low fuel mileage is an issue on everyone’s mind lately, and the Venue.

However, it could be more fuel-efficient; the Hyundai Venue has a lot to offer at a very reasonable entry price.

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ⓘ  The information in this article is based on data from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall reports, consumer complaints submitted to the NHTSA, reliability ratings from J.D. Power, auto review and rating sites such as Edmunds, specialist forums, etc. We analyzed this data to provide insights into the best and worst years for these vehicle models.