Hyundai Verna First Drive Review

Hyundai Verna On Road Price In Hyderabad

Hyundai Verna Overview

The Hyundai Verna 2018 is the new generation model, which was launched last year. The demand for this sedan has been good and it has been selling well since launch. Most of the variants of the new Verna have a waiting period of 4 to 5 weeks. It is the diesel version of the car which has a higher demand. This is surprise, as the mid-size sedan segment has been shifting toward petrol power cars. An example of this is that the Honda City, which is Verna’s closest rival has 70 per cent of its sales coming form the petrol version. Quite in the opposite fashion, the Verna sees almost 60 per cent of it sales driven by the diesel version. This includes both manual and automatic variants. The Verna comes with a 1.6-litre diesel and is mated to a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission.

This new generation Verna is built on the Elantra platform. It follows the Fluidic 2.0 design language of Hyundai. Hyundai has priced this vehicle aggressively in comparison to competition. The lighter K2 platform has been used to develop this car. The car feels premium and is aimed at evolved buyers.The new Verna has about 50 per cent ultra high strength steel used, which adds to the light weight. The build quality of this car is also better than ever before.

The car is dimensionally different and has good space overall. There a lot of features on offer. As per Hyundai the next-generation Verna has undergone testing in different parts of the country for high speed stability, uphill drivability, cruise control and other aspects. The Hyundai Verna 2017 is a fuel efficient car too. ARAI figures suggest 17.7km/l on the petrol engine, while the diesel engine is around 24.5km/l.

Hyundai Verna Design

See the new Verna in passing and chances are you’ll mistake it for the Elantra. Yes, the details are different and there is a visible difference in size too, but the Verna’s basic silhouette and design do make it appear very Elantra-like. And like the Elantra, the new Verna’s styling conforms to Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, so the look isn’t as flamboyant as the last-gen Verna’s, but this is a handsome car nonetheless. As on all new Hyundais, the centrepiece up front is the ‘cascading grille’ that does appear a bit large on the Verna but it helps add visual width to the car. Upswept headlamps and the shapely bumper, with chrome surrounds for the fog lamps, add distinction and definition to the front. The familiar glasshouse and neatly arced roof do link the new Verna to the last one but you won’t find any glitzy cuts or creases on the sides of this one. Rather, embellishments come in the form of chrome door handles and chrome piping at the window line. Sadly, the new Verna looks a bit ungainly when viewed from the rear three-quarter angle. The rear bumper that is shaped to aid air flow is bulky and even makes the top-spec Verna’s smart 16-inch wheels appear smaller than they are. However, the sleek tail-lamps add elegance to the look and are majestic with their LED elements lit.

Last gen to current gen, the Verna has grown 65mm in length and also sits on a 30mm longer wheelbase. Interestingly, the new Verna is identical in length and wheelbase to the Honda City. And note that the similarities to the Elantra are not just skin deep. The Elantra’s sophisticated K2 platform also forms the basis for the new Verna. Structural rigidity is significantly up on the old Verna, with 50 percent (up from 13 percent) of the body shell made from light and stiff advanced high-strength steels. The cross members have also been strengthened to increase energy absorption in the event of a side impact. Hyundai has also worked to keep outside noise where it belongs and the engine mounts have been optimised to this end – there’s an insulator in the transmission tunnel and more noise absorbing materials have been employed in the region of the doors. And while the new Verna continues with an electric power steering and the familiar independent MacPherson struts up front and a non-independent, torsion beam rear suspension layout, Hyundai has revamped the entire setup for better comfort and driving dynamics.

Hyundai Verna Cabin

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.

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. For more info on Hyundai Verna  visit Changeonslapac

Hyundai Verna Engine

Hyundai has introduced the 1.4-litre petrol engine as well, on the base variants. This has helped them to price the car well. The 1.6-litre petrol comes in higher variants, also with an automatic. The 1.6-litre diesel engine is also on offer. It offers similar torque with certain tweaks. Both the engines have been tuned for better performance, be it in city or even on the highway. This makes the Hyundai Verna a very good buy.

The petrol and diesel engines have good performance. The diesel is the one which feels the best. The clutch is quite light and gear shifts are smooth. There is more than sufficient torque in this engine and the Verna its a smile on the face. The automatic is for sure more comfortable option, especially for city driving. But for spirited driving its the manual you should opt for.

The petrol has 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic. The petrol 1.4 offers 99bhp of power, whereas the 1.6 has 121bhp. The diesel churns out 126bhp of power. The steering geometry is also revised and now feels much better to drive. The steering is very responsive. There isn’t a major increase in the mileage of this new car. Hyundai is now offering distance to empty and mileage indicator on the driver information system. This is a welcome addition. Check for car loam interest calculator.

Hyundai Verna Riding

You need to first have a go in the last-gen Verna to understand just how big a leap forward the new model has taken in terms of ride and handling. For starters, gone is the old car’s borderline scary, disconnected feel at highway speeds. What the stiff new Verna offers instead is a far more settled experience. It doesn’t move around half as much as the old car did and drives with a confidence and poise that was altogether missing then. There’s less vertical movement and even the odd bump taken at speed doesn’t ruffle the car as much. Further, the excellent road and wind noise insulation helps camouflage speeds; so on open roads you’ll have to keep an eye on the speedo to make sure you aren’t driving faster than you intended to.

That said, not all Vernas are alike. The heavier diesel models offer better body control than the lighter petrols. Our petrol manual test car felt the least sure-footed of the lot but was still a country mile better than its floppy predecessor. The new Verna also brakes better. The pedal feel is good, stability under braking is impressive and braking performance is among the best in the class. However, should you find yourself in a panic-braking scenario, don’t be alarmed by judders at the pedal, as it’s the ABS at work and it’s tuned to kick in very early.

On twisty roads, you’ll like the grip the Verna has to offer and the fact that it changes direction without much fuss. It’s just that the steering isn’t rich in feel and, on changing radius turns, the inconsistent way it weights up leaves you unsure of exactly how much lock to give. Sure, there’s less of that looseness in the steering and body even, but a Ford Fiesta (RIP) this is not. The lightness at the Verna’s steering does equate to less effort at parking speeds though. If not for its handling, you’ll like the Verna for the way it tackles our pockmarked roads at typical city speeds. Nothing comes jarring through to the cabin and the suspension always does its work quietly. The Verna can’t completely arrest small ripples on the road surface but it doesn’t unduly bob or pitch either.Request Hyundai Verna Test Drive

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 Price in Hyderabad

Hyundai Verna On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 13,94,556 to 15,69,321 for variants Verna 1.6 VTVT SX O and Verna 1.6 CRDI SX Plus AT respectively. Hyundai Verna is available in 5 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Verna variants price in Hyderabad. View offers on Hyundai Verna at Autozhop.

Hyundai Verna Verdict

Judged against the old Verna, the new model comes across as a far superior product. It’s better built, even more refined and comes packed with the latest of goodies, and then some. Hyundai has also done well to (largely) address the old Verna’s wayward handling, making the new car better to drive and, by extension, a more wholesome package. Also, petrol or diesel, manual or automatic, you won’t be left wanting for the way the Verna performs.

There isn’t much to complain about really, but if there’s an area where the Verna underwhelms, it’s the rear-seat experience. It is significantly down on space when compared to rivals like the City and the Ciaz, to the extent that it could be a deal-breaker for many, particularly chauffeur-driven buyers. Had Hyundai managed to eke out more room in the back, the Verna, seen as a whole, would have simply been hard to fault. As is, the new Verna makes for a great mid-size sedan but not a perfect one.

 

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