Can a Hyundai Venue Tow a Travel Trailer or Popup Camper?

The Venue has a braked towing capacity of 1760 lbs. This means that the Venue can tow loads that have a brake on both the left and right wheels on either axle. The Venue is therefore capable of towing small loads such as a teardrop trailer. However it is not designed for towing and that may cause damage.

Hyundai Venue Engines

The Hyundai Venue is powered by a 1.6 L Smartstream MPI I4 petrol engine. The Smartstream is a gasoline inline-four engine that has a Multi-Point fuel injection system. The engine is able to give a power output of 121 hp @ 6300 rpm and a torque of 111 lb-ft @ 4850 rpm.

The Hyundai Venue also has a powertrain, which runs on diesel. This diesel variant is powered by a 1.5 L U II CRD, which is an inline-four engine with common rail direct fuel injection. The U II can generate 99 hp @ 4000 rpm with a torque of 177 lb-ft @ 1500-2750 rpm.

From these two engines, the petrol engine would be better at towing due to its higher power and torque generation.

The Hyundai Venue is a subcompact 5-door crossover SUV manufactured by Hyundai, a South Korean automaker. The platform of the Venue is based on Hyundai’s Accent. It was revealed in 2019 at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. It is available exclusively as a front-wheel-drive (FWD) car.

Should you tow with Venue?

Purchasing and installing aftermarket towing aids such as a trailering hitch and harness allows the Venue to tow a sufficient amount of weight. Although it is feasible, it is not advised due to the vehicle’s inability to tow heavy loads. In the owner’s manual, the vehicle’s manufacturers warn against towing some kind of trailer with the Venue. This is as a result of the fact that the Venue’s transmission and frame were not designed with heavy towing in mind. The absence of a cooling system in the engine would leave it prone to overheating when towing heavy loads.

As a result, insisting on towing would result in damage to the powertrain of the Venue. Towing on the Venue could cause irreversible damage to the frame of the Venue. It is definitely not recommended to tow unbraked loads, as this would cause the brakes to wear out very easily. Towing would also mean more frequent servicing as towing takes quite a toll on the transmission and engine of the vehicle.

In Summary

So, the Venue is able to tow a maximum braked load of 1760 lbs with the installation of a hitch and harness. The Venue can be used to tow small loads such as a small boat. However just because it is possible to tow with the venue does not mean that it should be done frequently as the manufacturers of the vehicle did not have towing in mind when designing the car. Towing inflicts serious wear and tear on different parts of the vehicle, such as the transmission, the frame of the vehicle, and the brakes.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Generally, towing is not recommended on such small vehicles as it places great stress on the engine so whoever insists on towing with the Venue does so at their own risk.