2021 Kia Sportage vs. 2021 Hyundai Venue

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Kia Sportage are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Hyundai Venue doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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, plastic fuel tanks, 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 1153 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 and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sportage the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 35 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Venue has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Sportage has a standard 140-amp alternator (150-amp - Sportage SX Turbo AWD). The Venue’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Sportage has a standard 600-amp battery. The Venue’s 410-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage second among compact suvs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Venue isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 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 first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 10th.

Engine

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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.

As tested in Motor Trend the Kia Sportage 4 cyl. is faster than the Hyundai Venue:

Sportage

Venue

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.4 MPH

82.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Sportage has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Venue (16.4 vs. 11.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Sportage’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Venue:

Sportage LX/S/EX

Sportage SX Turbo

Venue

Front Rotors

12 inches

12.6 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.9 inches

8” drums

Opt Rear Rotors

10.3 inches

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.

The Sportage stops shorter than the Venue:

Sportage

Venue

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

131 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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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 SEL/Denim’s 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 on the Venue SEL/Denim.

Suspension and Handling

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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.

The Sportage has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Sportage flat and controlled during cornering. The Venue’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Sportage has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Venue doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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 SX Turbo AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Venue SEL pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Sportage SX Turbo AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Venue SEL (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Sportage has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Venue (6.8 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the Sportage to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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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, 2.2 inches more front hip room, 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 3.9 inches more rear legroom, 7.7 inches more rear hip room 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.

Cargo Capacity

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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).

The Sportage’s cargo area is larger than the Venue’s in almost every dimension:

Sportage

Venue

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.4”/68.2”

25.4”/57”

Max Width

52.3”

47.5”

Min Width

41”

42.5”

Height

29.5”

28”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Sportage EX/SX Turbo’s power liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Sportage’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Venue doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Towing

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The Sportage has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The Venue has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Sportage’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Venue’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

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.

Consumer Reports rated the Sportage’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Venue’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

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 and it can provide a boundary between children. 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.

Both the Sportage and the Venue offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Sportage has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Venue doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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) in the center console. The Venue doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

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The Kia Sportage has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Sportage

Venue

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

n/a

The Kia Sportage outsold the Hyundai Venue by almost 83 to one during 2019.

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