Maruti Suzuki Fronx vs Hyundai Venue Comparison: Price, Performance, Features & More

The Maruti Suzuki Fronx has a starting price of Rs 7.47 lakh (ex-showroom), which puts it on par with its competitor - the best-selling Hyundai Venue. Find out how does the Hyundai Venue stand up against the Fronx in terms of design, performance, features, and more.

By Kanika Sachdeva | on May 6, 2023 Follow us on Autox Google News

The Maruti Suzuki Fronx is the latest entrant in the sub-4 metre SUV segment of the Indian car market. The new SUV from the house of Maruti Suzuki is fresh, sporty, and packed with modern technology. The Fronx's competitive pricing, appealing design, and a host of new features bring it on a level playing field with its rivals such as the Renault Kiger, the Nissan Magnite, the Tata Punch, the Kia Sonet, and the Hyundai Venue. So, this time for comparison, we have decided to pit the Maruti Suzuki Fronx against the Hyundai Venue, which is considered as one of the best-selling vehicles in its segment. The Venue is a premium compact SUV that follows Hyundai's global design language and offers premium features. As of now, it retails between Rs 7.72 lakh and Rs 13.14 lakh. Prices are ex-showroom. Now, let's get started with their comparison:

Maruti Suzuki Fronx vs Hyundai Venue: Powertrain & Performance

Let's compare their engines first. The Hyundai Venue is offered with 3 engine options: a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol, a 1.0-litre turbo petrol, and a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder U2 CRDi diesel. The 1.2-litre NA petrol engine is only on sale in the country with a manual transmission option, whereas the 1.0-litre turbo petrol unit comes with a 6-speed iMT (clutchless automatic) and a 7-speed DCT. Notably, Hyundai also offers drive modes and paddle shifters on the DCT variant. And, the 1.5-litre diesel engine in the Venue delivers 114bhp and 250Nm with a 6-speed manual transmission. The new diesel engine is now equipped with VGT (variable-geometry) technology, not a fixed geometry turbocharger.

The Maruti Suzuki Fronx, on the other hand, is available with only two petrol engine options - there is no diesel option. The Maruti Suzuki's all-new 1.0-litre Turbo Boosterjet petrol engine is paired with an option of a 5-speed manual transmission as well as a 6-speed automatic. Here, the Maruti Suzuki Fronx falls short in terms of power and torque figures, in comparison to the Hyundai Venue (as shown in the table below). The Fronx's second engine option is a 1.2-litre Dual-Jet Dual-VVT petrol that comes mated to two transmission options - a 5-speed MT and a 5-speed AMT.

Engine Type Hyundai Venue Maruti Suzuki Fronx
Normal Petrol Engine 1.2-litre NA outputs 82bhp and 114Nm 1.2-litre Dual-Jet Dual-VVT makes 89bhp at 6,000rpm and 113Nm at 4,400rpm

Turbo  Petrol Engine

1.0-litre Turbo churns out 118bhp of power and 172Nm of torque 1.0-litre Turbo Boosterjet delivers 99bhp at 5,500rpm and 147.6Nm between 2,000 and 4,500rpm
Diesel Engine 1.5-litre Diesel engine with VGT produces 114bhp and 250Nm                     ---

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Maruti Suzuki Fronx vs Hyundai Venue: Dimensions

Hyundai Venue 1

Photo: Hyundai Venue

When it comes to dimensions, the new Maruti Suzuki Fronx is smaller when compared to the Hyundai Venue. Not as tall as its competitor, the Fronx measures 1,550mm in height. Maruti Suzuki's new product has a length of 3,995mm that is identical to the Venue, but rides on a longer wheelbase of 2,520mm, which offers more room for the passengers at the rear.

Dimensions Hyundai Venue Maruti Suzuki Fronx
Length 3,995mm 3,995mm
Width 1,770mm 1,765mm
Height 1,617mm 1,550mm
Wheelbase 2,500mm 2,520mm
Ground Clearance 195mm 190mm

Maruti Suzuki Fronx vs Hyundai Venue: Exterior

Maruti Suzuki has given its Fronx a modern and sporty design language, targeting the youth. The changes to the exterior are in line with those of the Grand Vitara and the Baleno. The front section of the Fronx is dominated by a big hexagonal grille divided by a chrome bar, sleeker-looking LED headlights, and DRLS. Its front bumper sports faux skid plates in a grey shade. With a coupe-like roofline, 16-inch precision-cut dual-tone alloy wheels, chiselled wheel arches, muscular fenders, and side body cladding, the new Fronx looks sporty and youthful. At the rear, the car comes with LED block taillights, an LED strip running across the width, and a roof spoiler.

While the Hyundai Venue is based on the 'Sensuous Sportiness' design language, featuring a large cascading grille with chunky chrome embellishments and re-profiled bumpers. The Venue's styling with sharp headlights, bold lines, new turn indicators in a 3-piece horizontal graphic, and new connected split-LED taillights is sure to grab attention. In addition, the compact SUV from Hyundai has a flat roofline, silver roof rails, body cladding on the doors, and silver faux plates. This SUV sits on stylish 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels.

Maruti Suzuki Fronx vs Hyundai Venue: Interior 

Inside the Maruti Suzuki Fronx, there is a dual-tone Bordeaux and Black Nappa leather upholstery. The car's dashboard gets high gloss silver inserts and a special forged metal-like matte finish that helps bring out its rugged character. On the feature front, the SUV has a 9.0-inch HD Smart Play Pro+ infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto, a flat-bottom steering wheel, an ARKAMYS sound system, an HUD unit, Suzuki Connect with 40+ connected car features, cruise control, a 360-degree camera, among other things. 

Maruti Suzuki Fronx Touchscreen

Maruti Suzuki Fronx Touchscreen

In contrast, the cabin of the Hyundai Venue gets a dual-tone black and beige colour scheme, lifting up the premiumness of the compact SUV. The cabin has been designed in accordance with buyers' tastes. In addition, the Hyundai Venue is available with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that now comes with Alexa and Google voice assistant support, a fully digital instrument cluster, a digitised driver’s display, and Hyundai's BlueLink connected car tech with new features. Other features that have made their way into the Venue include scooped-out front seats for more knee room, long seat squab, reclining rear seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic climate control, a single-pane sunroof, cruise control, wireless phone charger, Type-C charging ports, and keyless entry with push-button start.

Venue Digital Cluster

Hyundai Venue Digital Cluster

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Maruti Suzuki Fronx vs Hyundai Venue: Safety Features

In terms of safety, the Maruti Suzuki Fronx features ABS with EBD, ESP with hill-hold assist and rollover mitigation, ISOFIX child seat anchorages, 6 airbags, 3-point ELR seatbelts, and others.

While the Hyundai Venue now gets 3-point seatbelts, 6 airbags, and safety reminders as standard features. This is aligned with the Indian government's directive that requires all SUVs and cars to come equipped with 6 airbags and 3-point seatbelts as standard. It is important to note that currently only the top-spec SX(O) variant of the Venue gets 6 airbags. The Venue's standard safety equipment includes electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, hill assist control, and more. All this helps maintain stability on the road and mitigate accidents. Also, each variant of the Venue is equipped with a reclining function for rear seats and adjustable headrests for the passengers in the second row.

Hyundai Venue

Hyundai Venue Airbags

Maruti Suzuki Fronx vs Hyundai Venue: Variants, Prices

The recently launched SUV by Maruti Suzuki is offered in five variants - Sigma, Delta, Delta+, Zeta, and Alpha. Prices of the model vary depending on the variant. The entry-level Sigma model is priced at Rs 7.47 lakh, whereas the higher-spec Alpha turbo version costs Rs 13.14 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom. 

As for the Hyundai Venue, it is available in E, S, S+, S(O), SX, and SX(O) variants. The premium compact SUV ranges between Rs 7.72 lakh for the base petrol version and Rs 13.14 lakh for the top-spec diesel variant. Prices are ex-showroom.

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