Hyundai Verna Overview
Hyundai had been struggling for a while in the sedan segment with the older Verna as it lacked features compared to its main rivals such as the Honda City and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. Now though, the company has launched the 5th generation Verna in order to counter the competition and grab a bigger slice of the large sedan segment in India. The all-new Verna now features a host of improvements in almost all areas and one would expect Hyundai has adopted its usual strategy of loading the car with many features from a segment above. In addition, the new Hyundai Verna has also been priced competitively and all variants too have been packaged intelligently, which is bound to attract a lot of attention. Within four days of its launch, the company has already received more than 4,500 bookings but that could be a case of hype around the new car as well. In order to find out if the new Verna can sustain this momentum and become a cause of worry for the competition, we drove the car around the beautiful city of Kochi in different conditions and have a clear verdict on the car’s capabilities and potential. Hyundai Verna On road price starts from 7,98,780/-. Check for price details of Hyundai Verna in CarzPrice
Hyundai Verna Design
Underpinning the all new K2 platform as its elder sibling Elantra, the new 2017 Verna comes with sweptback Projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights (DRLs) and Hyundai’s traditional Chrome Cascade front grille with horizontal chrome slats. The sedan also gets projector foglamps, while the side profile reflects the perfect amalgamation of sportiness and elegance.
The coupe like silhouette and the sloping window chrome beltline is a decent sample of exorbitant South-Korean styling. The high-end variants rides on 5-spoke 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, while the lower variants come with 15-inch silver wheels. As for the rear end, it gets two-piece LED tail lamp cluster, Shark fin antenna and dual-tone bumper with black inserts. In fact, the drag coefficient is as low as 0.308 which makes it way more aerodynamic than before. The sedan comes with a boot space of 480 litres, which is nearly 30 litres more than the preceding model.
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 new Hyundai Verna is offered with two engines, a 1.6 litre petrol unit and a 1.6 litre diesel mill. The smart thing Hyundai has done is it is offering an automatic transmission with petrol as well as diesel versions and variants below the top one too can be ordered with an automatic gearbox. The car we drove was a diesel one with an automatic transmission. The 1.6 litre CRDi diesel mill produces about 125 hp and 250 Nm of torque and the torque-convertor gearbox has six ratios. Owing to multiple measures to lower the NVH ratings, the cabin is much more refined than the older Verna. The only place when we could hear the engine was in the forest around Chapara waterfalls as it was a quiet place. In regular traffic the noise from the engine is well-contained and the wind noise too is appreciably low at high speeds.Check for Hyundai Verna in iftr2015hyd.in
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 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 7,98,780/- (Verna 1.6 VTVT E) to 12,86,515/- (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.