I must confess, I’m quite enjoying my time with the Venue as the brutal cold has already descended on North India. With its effective air conditioning and the quick-warming engine, it feels good to set the climate control system to a cosy 24-degrees Celsius while the temperature is in the single digits outside. I’ve always thought heated seats and steering wheel were something not suited to India, but I would like to take that back now.
The one thing I think that I might have missed upon is choosing the 1.0-litre turbo petrol with the automatic. You see, while the Venue, with its 1.4-litre diesel engine, is great to drive too, but with traffic being what it is due to major road closures in Delhi, the constant first-second-first gearshift tango does begin to get to you. And with the traffic problems not showing any signs of abating, I might have to figure out what to do.
The Venue is supposed to go in for a service soon – the Great India Drive livery also has to be removed, it gets too much attention on my daily route – and maybe I’ll nicely ask Hyundai officials if they will be willing to change my car for a petrol auto model. I mean, it is the festival season, so maybe this won’t be too much of an ask!
When it came: October 2019
Current Odo reading: 9,780kms
Mileage this month: 1,680kms
Fuel efficiency: 17km/l
What’s good: Excellent size for everyday driving
What’s not: Should have chosen the automatic
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