2020 Hyundai Venue Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Powertrain & steering issues are among the top complaints from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

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The 2020 Hyundai Venue was meant as a smaller model, with the automaker claiming it would bring “big city hustle.” However, the average customer can’t find anything nice to say about the model, claiming it has dangerous exterior lighting, a malfunctioning powertrain and defective steering.

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Problems with the Exterior Lighting

When it comes to seeing clearly at night, the vehicle must have vibrant lighting, which is something the Venue seems to forget.

Here’s an important Edmunds review worth reading, “It’s very unsafe driving at night as the headlights cut your visibility on anything other than straight roads. I can’t see more than a few feet in front of me. Not safe and no one at Hyundai will respond.”

For now, Hyundai doesn’t have a lot to offer about lighting problems. The only communication is Service Bulletin #20-BD-014H, which talks about condensation in the headlamps. Yet, the automaker claims this isn’t a problem and tells customers to run the engine with the lights on to get rid of it. Soon, customers will have to jump through hoops and turn upside down just to make the car work as intended. How ridiculous.

2020 Hyundai Venue Complaint Summary

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Unknown Or Other
Seat Belts
Power Train
Electrical System
Vehicle Speed Control
Exterior Lighting
Lane Departure: Assist
Air Bags

Powertrain Problems

The transmission is just as unreliable as the exterior lighting.

That’s shown in this Edmunds review. “I’ve owned this car since January of 2020, I’m extremely disappointed with this car. The car is not designed for people over 6ft tall. The transmission had to be replaced at 19k miles. I had heard good things about newer Hyundai’s after hearing terrible things about older ones. The newer ones are just as bad as the older ones in my book. No reliability. Other car of the same price ($23k) will last you longer.”

Again, there isn’t a lot to talk about from Hyundai. The company has chosen to keep everything hush-hush. Instead, Service Bulletin #20-AT-016H only discusses how the transmission warranty repair works, probably because the company is trying to get out of fixing defects. With so many waiting for repairs, it only makes sense that the automaker is trying to make excuses.

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Problems with the Steering

Controlling the vehicle should be paramount, but there are some serious issues with the 2020 Hyundai Venue.

Here’s one NHTSA complaint. “I believe that the Lane Assist Feature malfunctioning and cause the vehicle to collide head on with oncoming traffic. The car took over control of the steering and instead of nudging the car to the right during a curve on the road it overpowered the driver and pulled the car left into traffic at 40 mph.”

Sadly, Hyundai hasn’t released any information about steering or the advanced safety systems that could be causing troubles. Instead, the automaker is leaving people in the dark. For now, the only hope that Hyundai owners have is that they could jump ship to another brand and leave this automaker in the dust. Let someone else deal with this level of “big city hustle” failure.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Donna

    Purchased Venue 2020 in 2020 and since and almost immediately I’ve had problems with Driving assistance. I don’t use because it almost caused a crash. I have had problems with gas, key, emissions, repeated failing Back up camera screen. Lost steering control on certain bridges and roads. There has been 3 unexplained breakdowns, 2 required towing, Inaccurate gas/mileage reading. Horn fuse, Headlight fuse blown. After maintenance service software fails to updates, or possible service incomplete, Which caused seatbelt and TPS malfunction. Multiple failure to duplicate reported from Hyundai service center. I don’t dare go far in this car….

  • Kevin

    I love my venue. They will work the kinks out

  • larry h

    i Have a 2021 Venue and Last winter drove for texas to Ohio. I love this car. Have had no problems. Headlights are very bright. I turn off steering assit. No problems. Very very good gas mileage.

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