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Hey! I'm an about to me new owner of a 2022 Hyundai Venue SE. I love everything about the car except that it doesn't have a damn armrest in the center and a center console to store stuff in. Does anyone know of any after market inserts that would work in the SE? I know the SEL has it but because of how hard it is to find these cars right now, I decided to stick with the SE. Plus I'm on a budget and don't want to spend much more than what I'm paying for the SE.
 

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Hey! I'm an about to me new owner of a 2022 Hyundai Venue SE. I love everything about the car except that it doesn't have a damn armrest in the center and a center console to store stuff in. Does anyone know of any after market inserts that would work in the SE? I know the SEL has it but because of how hard it is to find these cars right now, I decided to stick with the SE. Plus I'm on a budget and don't want to spend much more than what I'm paying for the SE.
If you want to put the OEM console in your SE, you can do it. But there are like 5 different parts that you need (6 if you count the little piece of cardboard that goes at the bottom of the storage compartment to cover the bolts). I did it, but then ended up switching back because I have a manual transmission and I kept hitting my elbow on it when I shifted gears. I sold the whole console on this board and you can see the parts involved in the thread here:

There are a few available for sale on eBay right now, but those salvage yard auctions are not very specific about what they include, so I would send them a message first to make sure the price is reasonable for what they're including.

Aside from the OEM arm rest, I did see this thread about a guy who bolted an aftermarket armrest on to his SE console. But personally, I think it looks kind of bad.
 

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If you want to put the OEM console in your SE, you can do it. But there are like 5 different parts that you need (6 if you count the little piece of cardboard that goes at the bottom of the storage compartment to cover the bolts). I did it, but then ended up switching back because I have a manual transmission and I kept hitting my elbow on it when I shifted gears. I sold the whole console on this board and you can see the parts involved in the thread here:

There are a few available for sale on eBay right now, but those salvage yard auctions are not very specific about what they include, so I would send them a message first to make sure the price is reasonable for what they're including.

Aside from the OEM arm rest, I did see this thread about a guy who bolted an aftermarket armrest on to his SE console. But personally, I think it looks kind of bad.
Thank you! This definitely reassures my nerves. I was just worried about buying an after market one with the amount of limited (quality) options. I'll look into this more. Did you have to replace most of the center around the cupholders and e-brake?
 

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Thank you! This definitely reassures my nerves. I was just worried about buying an after market one with the amount of limited (quality) options. I'll look into this more. Did you have to replace most of the center around the cupholders and e-brake?
Yes, it's all one piece, up until you get to the gearshift area.

Look at the photo in step 6 here. It shows the armrest version, but it should give you an idea of how much would be swapped out.
 

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I don't really find the armrest that useful. It seems kinda too short (and far back) to put your arm on. I store my Garmin GPS in it (I break it out when my phone's GPS is wonky or on a road trip). So basically only once every 3 months, lol. If you do buy the armrest, I'd get the tray insert for it. Sold on eBay by someone who makes them on his 3D printer or was it Amazon? It sits atop for smaller items, so they're not lost below in the large crevice. I could just put my GPS in the glove compartment.

I keep my digital tire gauge, fingernail clippers, multi-tool, etc. in that tray. It was only like $12 I think.

I am glad I have the arm rest rather than not, but it doesn't seem too useful. I just went with the SEL due to the additional safety features -- rear back up warning and blind spot detection and for the roof rack. But other than that, I prefer the black grille and the hub caps of the base SE model.

If I had an SE, I'd put the arm rest money instead into getting a factory roof rack for it. But that's just me. My Venue is my only useful vehicle (GF has a useless sedan), so I need the Venue for cargo carrying/hauling. I've already hauled 3 mattresses on top of it. Daughter needed a mattress for her new apartment. Can buy a roof rack aftermarket, but the factory one looks nicer.

But my situation is different. You may not need a roof rack.
 

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I don't really find the armrest that useful. It seems kinda too short (and far back) to put your arm on. I store my Garmin GPS in it (I break it out when my phone's GPS is wonky or on a road trip). So basically only once every 3 months, lol. If you do buy the armrest, I'd get the tray insert for it. Sold on eBay by someone who makes them on his 3D printer or was it Amazon? It sits atop for smaller items, so they're not lost below in the large crevice. I could just put my GPS in the glove compartment.

I keep my digital tire gauge, fingernail clippers, multi-tool, etc. in that tray. It was only like $12 I think.

I am glad I have the arm rest rather than not, but it doesn't seem too useful. I just went with the SEL due to the additional safety features -- rear back up warning and blind spot detection and for the roof rack. But other than that, I prefer the black grille and the hub caps of the base SE model.

If I had an SE, I'd put the arm rest money instead into getting a factory roof rack for it. But that's just me. My Venue is my only useful vehicle (GF has a useless sedan), so I need the Venue for cargo carrying/hauling. I've already hauled 3 mattresses on top of it. Daughter needed a mattress for her new apartment. Can buy a roof rack aftermarket, but the factory one looks nicer.

But my situation is different. You may not need a roof rack.
I felt somewhat the same way at the start. I tried convincing myself I could do away with it. But then I realized how much I use it even when its not an arm rest. The extra storage is nice even if its nothing substantial. I had a realization that I can't sacrifice too much on the features I want just to save a little bit of money. I thought "Oh, I'll just add in the roof rack to the SE after I buy it". But then i realized whats the point of that? I should just upgrade to the SEL and get the extra features. If I'm buying a brand new car I should get most of the things I want, knowing I'll have the car for 5+ years. Plus its my first new car I'm buying so I want to make sure I'm satisfied with my purchase.
 

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I felt somewhat the same way at the start. I tried convincing myself I could do away with it. But then I realized how much I use it even when its not an arm rest. The extra storage is nice even if its nothing substantial. I had a realization that I can't sacrifice too much on the features I want just to save a little bit of money. I thought "Oh, I'll just add in the roof rack to the SE after I buy it". But then i realized whats the point of that? I should just upgrade to the SEL and get the extra features. If I'm buying a brand new car I should get most of the things I want, knowing I'll have the car for 5+ years. Plus its my first new car I'm buying so I want to make sure I'm satisfied with my purchase.
Congrats on your new car! What color did you get? It's my first new car too. Yep, that's what's cool about cars. You can make 'em your own with accessories. If you never need a roof rack, then no need for it.

Yeah stock is low, but my dealer always has a couple Venues on their site and it says "in transit", so I guess whoever puts a deposit on it will get it when it comes off the truck. And there's no upcharge over retail. Carvana is charging $2,000-$3,000 more than new for a USED Venue. lol. Sure all those people falling for the Carvana shiny happy ads demonizing dealerships are going to be in a for a rude awakening when the base warranty is up after 5 years/60k and something needs repaired. Then they will be at the dealer (or a local shop) looking at a $1,500 repair bill or way more. Meanwhile we people who bought new get a 100,000 warranty.

We paid less for a NEW car with a superior warranty.

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Congrats on your new car! What color did you get? It's my first new car too. Yep, that's what's cool about cars. You can make 'em your own with accessories. If you never need a roof rack, then no need for it.

Yeah stock is low, but my dealer always has a couple Venues on their site and it says "in transit", so I guess whoever puts a deposit on it will get it when it comes off the truck. And there's no upcharge over retail. Carvana is charging $2,000-$3,000 more than new for a USED Venue. lol. Sure all those people falling for the Carvana shiny happy ads demonizing dealerships are going to be in a for a rude awakening when the base warranty is up after 5 years/60k and something needs repaired. Then they will be at the dealer (or a local shop) looking at a $1,500 repair bill or way more. Meanwhile we people who bought new get a 100,000 warranty.

We paid less for a NEW car with a superior warranty.

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Thanks! I haven't secured on yet but am hoping to get the SEL in galactic gray. I was about to buy an SE in the Galactic Gray but realized I really needed the center console lol. I know it sounds crazy, but something was telling me to go for the higher trim to get the things you want in it. I figured, if I'm able to swing the price difference, go for it?
 

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Thanks! I haven't secured on yet but am hoping to get the SEL in galactic gray. I was about to buy an SE in the Galactic Gray but realized I really needed the center console lol. I know it sounds crazy, but something was telling me to go for the higher trim to get the things you want in it. I figured, if I'm able to swing the price difference, go for it?
Amen, it's not that much more $$$. You get a crapton of extra features for only 1,700 more. Besides the armrest, you get 4 wheel disc brakes (SE has rear drums), rear collision warning, blind spot monitor great for highway driving, 6 speakers instead of 4, power sunroof, alloy wheels on larger tires, roof rack (can add aftermarket cross rails for 70 bucks), chrome grille, and three driving modes (normal, sport and snow). If you live in an area with snow, the snow mode is awesome.

So you're getting a lot for only like 40 more per month in your car payment. My SEL is a 2021 so I don't have the sunroof. ;(

I love the galactic grey. It's beautiful. I have the intense blue which I like, but the GG is off the hook in coolness.

The first time you need to haul a mattress for yourself or a kid, you'll be happy you don't have to rent a truck for 75 or pay the furniture store an extra 100 to deliver it. I keep rope and a small tarp in the spare tire compartment.
 
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