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The Sportage offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Venue doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
Both the Sportage and the Venue have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.
The Kia Sportage weighs 567 to 1208 pounds more than the Hyundai Venue. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sportage the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 105 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Venue has not been tested, yet.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage first among small suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Venue isn’t in the top three in its category.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked third.
The Sportage’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 60 more horsepower (181 vs. 121) and 62 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 113) than the Venue’s 1.6 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Sportage SX Turbo’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 116 more horsepower (237 vs. 121) and 147 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 113) than the Venue’s 1.6 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Sportage SX Turbo’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 119 more horsepower (240 vs. 121) and 147 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 113) than the Venue’s 1.6 DOHC 4-cylinder.
The Sportage has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Venue (16.4 vs. 11.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The Kia Sportage comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Venue.
For better stopping power the Sportage’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Venue:
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The Kia Sportage has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Venue. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.
For better traction, the Sportage has larger standard tires than the Venue (225/60R17 vs. 185/65R15). The Sportage SX Turbo’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Venue (245/45R19 vs. 205/55R17).
The Sportage LX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Venue’s standard 65 series tires. The Sportage SX Turbo’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Venue’s optional 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Sportage LX has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Venue. The Sportage SX Turbo’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels optional on the Venue.
For superior ride and handling, the Kia Sportage has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Hyundai Venue has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sportage’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the Venue (105.1 inches vs. 99.2 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sportage is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Venue.
The Sportage has 6.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Venue (98.6 vs. 91.9).
The Sportage has .2 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front hip room, 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 3.9 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Venue.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Sportage’s rear seats recline. The Venue’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Sportage has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Venue with its rear seat up (30.7 vs. 18.7 cubic feet). The Sportage has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Venue with its rear seat folded (60.1 vs. 31.9 cubic feet).
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Sportage’s liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Venue doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The Sportage’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Venue’s fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Sportage to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Venue doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
The Sportage’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Venue doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the Sportage (except S/LX) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Venue doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
On extremely cold winter days, the Sportage’s optional (except S/LX) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Venue doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The Sportage has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Venue doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.
The Sportage’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Venue doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Sportage (except LX) offers an optional Smart Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Venue doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Kia Sportage (except LX) offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The Venue doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Kia Sportage, based on reliability, safety and performance.
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