Hyundai Verna Review & Test Drive
January 26, 2019
Hyundai Verna Overview
Hyundai Verna has always been a prominent player in the mid-sized sedan segment in the Indian market. It has churned decent moolah for Hyundai in this highly competitive segment, which comprises of heavyweights such as Maruti Ciaz, Honda City, Volkswagen Vento and others. The sales of the Verna sedan dipped concerningly over the past few months as the design was outdated and it missed out on some tempting features as compared to its arch rivals Honda City and Maruti Ciaz, both of whom received a facelifted version with fresh styling and modern features. Therefore, the South-Korean automaker has introduced the next-gen Verna sedan with new styling and sophisticated features to regain the lost ground. Hyundai Verna On road price starts from 7,98,211/-. Check for price details of Hyundai Verna in CarzPrice
Hyundai Verna Design
The new Verna is based Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, as a result of which the car features a sharp design with an array of curves and creases to mimic the flow of water. Does it look good? It certainly does and is a massive improvement over the older model. The cascade grille upfront gives the car a dynamic look and the sleek wraparound headlamps with LED DRLs and projector lights lend the Verna a modern and sporty appeal. The sharp creases in the lower part of the bumper along with tastefully done chrome surround for the fog lamp accentuate its sporty character.
The side profile is my personal favourite to view the car as it gets a coupe-like design, wherein the roofline tapers neatly til the boot lid. The alloy wheels look like propellers and add to the sportiness of the overall design. The rear continues to feature the same sleek design as on the front and side with sleek and angular LED tail lamps, which look pretty cool at night.Overall, the Verna undoubtedly looks like a baby Elantra and that’s a good thing. The car looks premium and exudes a lot of kinetic energy, which will appeal to many young buyers. So what do all of these changes do the new Verna? They clearly make it the best-looking car in its segment right now.
Hyundai Verna Cabin
Sit inside the Verna and you will instantly appreciate the material quality. The quality at touch points like switches on the steering wheel and other knobs feel well built. The dashboard design is, however, not as flamboyant as the exterior design. It’s similar to what we’ve seen from Hyundai cars before.You get a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the centre. It can be operated using conveniently placed buttons as well, which makes fiddling with the system easier.
The front seats of the Verna are ventilated, and they should be a boon for warm countries like ours. The seats also offer decent lumbar and lateral support. We would have liked more under-thigh support, but they should be adequate for most people with average height.Since the wheelbase is longer by 30mm, we were expecting some more space at the rear, especially since the Verna has always been a bit ‘tight’ at the rear. The longer wheelbase, however, hasn’t really translated into a roomier rear cabin. The legroom at the rear, therefore, is sufficient but not generous.
Hyundai Verna Performance
The 2017 Hyundai Verna comes in both petrol and diesel fuel trims with the same set of engines. The petrol variants are powered by a 1.6L Gamma Dual VTVT engine which generates maximum power of 121bhp at 6400rpm and peak torque of 151Nm at 4850rpm. It can be availed with either of the 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission. As for the diesel variants, they get their power from a 1.6L U2 CRDi engine which belts out 126bhp at 4000rpm and 260Nm between 1500-3000rpm. Identical to its petrol sibling, it, too, is available with any of the two 6-speed transmissions. Check for Hyundai Verna in painpeters.com
The engine has been tuned to produce more torque at lower revs, as a result of which driveability has improved significantly. Pulling away at lower revs is much more comfortable now and once past around 1,500 rpm, the engine is quite responsive. The Verna is the most powerful car in its segment but its power delivery is linear, which makes it good to drive and enjoy. The automatic gearbox too performs well and shifts reasonably quick in most conditions. It’s only under kick-downs that one feels a slight lag but for most practical reasons the unit does its job well.
Hyundai Verna petrol variants offer a decent mileage. The manual and automatic variants deliver an ARAI Certified fuel economy of 17.70kmpl and 15.92kmpl. On the other hand, the diesel manual and automatic variants return mileage of 24.75kmpl and 21.02kmpl (ARAI Certified), respectively.
Hyundai Verna Rideing
The old Verna faced quite a flak for its loose dynamics, and as a countermeasure, the new Verna is based on the K2 platform with a new front and rear suspension setup. The new underpinning makes the Verna behave well around corners as the chassis largely remains flat, with slight body roll when you push it hard. The braking is linear, but the brake pedal is slightly on the firmer side.Just like the brake pedal, the Verna’s suspension is also more on the firmer side, does a good job in absorbing road uncertainties. While the ride was never an issue with the Verna, it was high-speed stability. And the firmer suspension setup, together with the new platform, has managed to iron out the issue. Importantly, the steering is now quite direct and communicative.
Hyundai Verna Safety
The next-gen Hyundai Verna gets disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. In addition, it is laced with a plethora of exceedingly reliable braking systems such as Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) as standard features. The body structure of the new sedan is developed with 50 percent of Advanced High Strength Steel, which is an additional increase of 37 percent over the preceding model. As for the safety of the occupants, the 2017 Verna comes several avant-garde features in form of 6-airbags, front projector foglamps, ISOFIX (Child Restraint System), Impact sensing Auto Door Lock, Cornering Lamps, Reverse Parking Sensors, and Reverse Parking Camera.
Hyundai Verna Price
Hyundai Verna Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 7,98,211/- (Verna 1.6 VTVT E) to 12,86,671/- (Verna 1.6 CRDI SX Plus AT). Get best offers for Hyundai Verna from Hyundai Dealers in India. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop
Hyundai Verna Verdict
The new Hyundai Verna has undergone major changes, most of which are improvements and most crucially in the right places. The car scores well in areas such as design and it looks much more premium and dynamic than earlier. I would’ve scored a perfect 10 to the cabin if not for the rear legroom and headroom, which isn’t segment-best. However, the infotainment system deserves full marks and small yet smart things such as Auto Link and iBlue app add value to the overall proposition. The biggest change for me personally has been Verna’s transformation from a nervous handling car to a confidence-inspiring car even at high speed and that alone highlights how seriously Hyundai considered consumer feedback while developing this car.