Hyundai Venue Denim is like a great pair of jeans

Who doesn’t love denim? And now, Hyundai gives you another reason to love denim with the Hyundai Venue Denim edition complete with the interior and exterior dressed in the brand’s denim blue color throughout the SUV. The seats are denim but with decorative geometric stitching worthy of jeans. It looks designer, which is rare, considering its price point of $23,380.
     This SUV ticks off a lot of boxes, again, at such a reasonable cost. It brings a lot to the table — sort of like a grandmother cooking all your favorite dishes. You get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an eight-inch color touchscreen with navigation touchscreen, keyless entry and starting, lane keeping assist, heated outside mirrors, power sunroof, heated front seats, LED headlights, automatic emergency braking and blind spot warnings.
   The interior was plenty roomy with a 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback and duo-stage cargo storage.
   The Denim is on the smaller size with a wheelbase of 99.2 inches and 159.1 inches in length. We loved the contrasting white roof and the power tilt-and-slide sunroof — again luxuries not usually found in the low $20,000s.
   The Venue Denim is a zippy type of car that, again, has the driving comfort feel worthy of a  pair of well-worn jeans. It hugs the road, goes smoothly over potholes and is easy to maneuver in the parking lot. We also got a lot of messages from the control center telling us we were too near a car or the back door wasn’t shut tightly. We appreciated the input but the voice was a bit jarring. However, we can certainly attest to its performance capabilities as we drove more than 60 miles through highways that were under construction and called for quickly crossing over to different lanes as the DOT mandated. The car and its trusty navigation made what was going to be a bit of a scary drive into one that was pleasant, trustworthy and — dare we say — fun?
    Another benefit is its fuel economy with a 31 miles per gallon combined and 33 on the highways. The 121-horsepower engine gets the job done with efficiency and, as we noted, plenty of power in its tank.
    Hyundai calls the Venue an “urban compact SUV,” which not only fits the bill but also fills a great need for people who need a car that can easily move around the city while providing the space (passenger and cargo) that an SUV provides. Like its namesake, it can go anywhere, fit right in and look and feel right.

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