Hyundai Verna Overview
The crossover and hatchback segments may be booming with constant flow of new models but the same cannot be said for the C-segment sedan market. Currently you will only find the Honda City and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz maintaining steady sales in this space. Now however, things have heated up considerably with the new Hyundai Verna. Featuring a heavy dose of design update, segment-first features and a whole new platform (from the Elantra), the Verna you see here is all-new, indeed. However, will it turn into yet another success. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.
Hyundai Verna Style
The new Verna is bigger as well as more spacious than its predecessor and also gets a slightly lengthier wheelbase which automatically translates into more interior space. The new car also underpins a new reworked Hyundai i20 platform.
Now let’s talk about the styling, shall we? The old Verna was always one attractive looking sedan, and thus Hyundai decided not to mess too much wi9th the overall silhouette of the car and thus decided to make minimal changes to keep things fresh on the new car. As a result of all that the new generation Verna gets a redesigned headlamps and grille towards the front, the new ‘C’ shaped LED Daytime running lamps has also are integrated into the new headlight unit. The headlight assembly, in particular, gets projector units. The front profile now is dominated by a large cascading Hyundai grille. The front profile also gets new fog lamp cluster which is surrounded by a chrome embellishment. There are not many changes made to the side profile though however, the new sedan does feature a new set of alloy wheels for the top end trim. The swooping roofline towards the rear makes things more interesting. Talking about the rear profile, in particular, it gets this newly designed wrap around tail lamps which look quite similar to the ones found in the new facelift Xcent sedan only slightly bigger. The integrated boot spoiler too helps in adding a sporty appeal to the vehicle.
Regarding overall dimension, the new Verna is now 4.3-metres in length and has a wheelbase of 2.58 metres which is almost 15 mm longer and has an extended wheelbase of approximately 10 mm.
Hyundai Verna Space
Being a Hyundai, the Verna comes with very good quality materials used on the inside. The dashboard has a driver-focused layout and the dual-tone colour theme looks pleasant. Compared to the older Verna, a lot has changed and the new generation car definitely feels a much better place to be in. Fit and finish is definitely very good and the build quality isn’t bad either. The sedan comes with features like ventilated front seats, electric sunroof, hands-free smart trunk, voice recognition, cruise control, 7.0-inch audio system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Navigation, automatic climate control, rear parking camera and keyless-go. The audio system sounds pretty good while the cooling performance from the AC is brilliant.
Hyundai has also developed a Connected Car app for the Verna which is compatible with the top SX(O) variant of the car. The app is extremely good and shows details like RPM, current speed, fuel range, etc. It even shows the number of times you’ve done hard braking or hard acceleration in the car. The app is nifty but it should’ve been offered for all variants. The smart trunk feature on the car is worth a mention. You need to have the key fob in your pocket and if you stand near the boot for more than 3 seconds, the boot releases. However, the boot doesn’t really open up fully and you actually need to open it manually after the lock releases. For Hyundai Verna check origo2000.com
I found the front seats to be comfortable even over long drives and support for the lower back and under thighs is decent enough. The rear seat is also well-shaped but space is very limited. Kneeroom just cannot be compared to the Honda City and Maruti Ciaz while headroom is also just average. I am almost 6 feet tall and my head was almost touching the roof when I sat at the rear. However, the rear bench feels pretty comfortable in terms of support. The car also has a number of cubbyholes, bottle-holders and storage spaces inside the cabin. While the equipment list is very good, space is at an absolute compromise which can be a major deal-breaker especially for those people who are chauffeur-driven. The boot is well-shaped and can definitely hold quite a lot of luggage but at 480-litres, it is slightly smaller than the City and Ciaz.
Hyundai Verna Engine
A lot has changed under the skin of the new Verna. We will get on with the engines first – Hyundai has retained the 1.6-litre petrol and diesel motors and binned the 1.4-litre units from the range. The new bits come in the form of 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions. We, however, could only sample the diesel model equipped with a 6-speed manual. Nonetheless, this 1582cc four-cylinder motor is a sweet little unit, putting out 128bhp of power and 260Nm of torque. Although it doesn’t get any more power than before, the diesel makes peak torque across a wider range – 1,500-3,000rpm as against 1,900-2,750rpm in the earlier car. Naturally, the Verna now feels slightly stronger at the bottom end and driving it around the town is a doddle, thanks to the engine’s strong, linear power delivery and ample grunt to overtake slow moving traffic. Once coaxed up to highway speed, the Verna is happy to stay there.
The diesel Verna’s refinement has always been rather impressive and this new model is no different. The engine is really silent at slow speeds with hardly any vibrations to feel through the steering wheel or the floor. It’s only when you want to make quick progress by flooring the throttle that you will hear some diesel clatter. All in all, the Verna remains significantly more refined and quieter than the likes of Honda City and the VW Vento. Good things continue as we move onto the gearshift quality – the 6-speed manual is incredibly smooth and precise and even the clutch pedal is light and progressive, making light work of driving in traffic.
Hyundai Verna Driving
The front suspension uses an advanced McPherson strut with coil springs and gas shock absorbers along with a front stabilizer which helps in reducing the body roll when cornering. It even gets a standard Motor-Driven Power Steering System (MDPS) which has been tuned to provide better feedback while cornering the sedan at high speeds.
The suspension has been set-up nicely and it gets a mildly stiff setting. It absorbs bumps and potholes well and the car’s body remains fairly composed all the time. If you hit sharp undulations, the suspension does have a tendency to thud. Ground clearance isn’t much of an issue while braking performance is brilliant with the pedal having good bite and generating much better feedback too. The Verna comes with Hankook tyres and grip is satisfactory for regular usage. While the older car used to feel like a boat, this one is completely different.
Hyundai Verna Safety
We don’t need to mention that Hyundai has a stellar after-sales network in India with sales and service outlets present almost everywhere in the country. On the safety aspect, the new Verna gets 6 airbags on the top variant while all the other variants come with dual front airbags as standard. ABS with EBD is also offered as standard on all variants. This time, Hyundai has used high tensile steel to the tune of 50% on the car which is again said to improve the strength of the body structure.
Hyundai Verna On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 9,25,350 to 15,25,893 for variants Verna 1.6 VTVT E and Verna 1.6 CRDI SX Plus AT respectively. Hyundai Verna is available in 12 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Verna variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Verna price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.
Hyundai Verna Conclusion
The new Verna looks like a scaled down variant of the Elantra sedan which was unveiled last year. The new generation sedan comes with some modern elements on the inside like a new touchscreen infotainment system, but the biggest change that it has received come has to be the new automatic transmission which is much more responsive and smoother compared to the previous unit. Lastly the competitive pricing definitely will also help this sedan to compete with its rival quite comfortably.