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Hyundai Verna Performance & Test Drive

Hyundai Verna Overview

Hyundai Verna is one of the world’s most lovable sedans and with the all-new next generation model, it’s going to touch new heights. Verna has been an important player for the Korean auto giant as far as the Indian market is concerned. The new Verna is incredibly refined with expressive designing and impressive dynamics. It is the perfect balance of irresistible power, sleek profile and sporty grace.Hyundai Verna is based on the Fluidic sculpture 2.0 philosophy and underpinned by the new K2 platform. Hyundai Verna On road price starts from 7,98,235/-. Check for price details of Hyundai Verna in CarzPrice

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Hyundai Verna Design

While the transformation of the Accent to the Verna was quite remarkable, and the shift to the fluidic Verna was a design transformation, the 5th generation Verna is a mixture of sorts. While it is based on an all new platform that Hyundai claims is similar to the one used for the new Elantra, its design borrows cues both from the new Elantra as well as the existing Verna.The front end is more like that of the Elantra though with a more curvy front grille chrome surround ( a variation of Hyundai’s signature chrome cascade grille) while in profile and from some angles, one can see hints of the earlier Verna. On the exterior there are projector headlamps with LED DRLs as well as projector fog lamps with chrome surrounds, new LED tail-lights with a dual-tone rear bumper as well as a shark fin antenna and new diamond cut 16in alloy wheels.The wheelbase of the car has gone up by 30mm to 2600mm while the overall length is also up by 70mm over the fluidic Verna. The height is the same despite the car seeming to have a higher ground clearance while the width is also slightly more.

Hyundai Verna Cabin

The interiors too are completely new and share the basic layout with other Hyundai products. So, you get the familiar layout with the center console tilted slightly towards the driver. It features a standard fit 7-inch touchscreen that works really well and is quite sensitive to inputs, as well as featuring decent resolution. Also, the typography and the whole interface is well thought out and is very easy to use. It also features Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink as standard, as well as navigation. With the Arkamys sound system, the audio quality on the Verna is also quite good. However, of more interest, for me at least, and it should be for most of us, are the ventilated front seats, which are a segment first. The air blowing through the seats gives driving in our hot and sultry conditions a much-needed comfort feeling. Another stand out quality of the interiors are the quality levels and the fit-and-finish. In this area, the Verna clearly trumps both the City and the Ciaz by a clear margin.

However, if there is a shortcoming to the Verna, it is the space inside the car. While the front seats are nice and comfortable – albeit the passenger seat is mounted a bit high which might limit the headroom for really tall people – the rear seats will be a certain compromise for anyone above six-feet tall. It’s not that its uncomfortable for average size adults – its actually quite pleasing a place to be in – however, if you’re above six-feet, the Verna is a tight fit. And this is where the Verna lags behind its direct competition.

Hyundai Verna Performance

The new Verna comes with two engines, a 1592cc petrol and a 1582cc diesel. These engines are essentially the same as before with only slight changes. The petrol engine now features dual VTVT ie variable timing valve train on both the camshafts, thereby increasing low end torque while the diesel engine has also been worked on to improve driveability. While the max power and torque figures on the diesel engine remain the same despite a change in the torque curve, the ones on the petrol engine are slightly lower but one can see an improvement in low end torque. For example, torque at 1500rpm has gone up by 8Nm to 130Nm, thereby offering better driveability. The 1.4-litre diesel engine available on the fluidic Verna will no longer be an option anymore though.

Both the petrol and diesel engines are available with 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions and that is a big step up for the from the auto option earlier being a 4-speed one.As on the Elantra, the use of advanced high strength steel (AHSS) has gone up considerably on the Verna (50 per cent from 13 per cent) thereby increasing body rigidity and structural strength. The suspension remains essentially the same with McPhereson struts up-front and a torsion beam axle at the rear but there have been changes made to the setup to reduce front wheel displacement and improve damping at the rear by adopting more vertical shock absorber and also newer mounts.

Hyundai Verna Rideing

Driving the Verna in both urban and highway conditions over some twist roads as we headed to Athiraplly from Kochi meant that we also got to experience its dynamics to quite an extent. And here the Verna stands clearly well above the last-generation car. The suspension handles both broken roads and high speeds quite well and feels very well tied down. The damping is spot on, and the car is capable of handling broken roads quite well. In fact, the suspension is almost on the verge of being a bit too stiff for Indian conditions and handles the ride and handling compromise very well. And, the new steering is a revelation from Hyundai too. It now has feel and gives you a good idea of what’s happening on the road and how the car is reacting to. It’s not yet perfect and could use a bit finer tuning, but it’s a massive step up from the steering feel of Hyundai’s of old. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Hyundai Verna Safety

While the braking performance of the new Verna is adequate for a regular driving experience, the energetic drivers will find it missing due to lack of rear disc brake. However, the jerkiness of the brakes in the previous version has now been sorted out.In terms of equipment, the sedan is loaded with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, central locking and ISOFIX mounts as standard. Further, choosing the top spec model will get you 6 airbags, keyless entry, headlamp escort function, and speed sensing auto-door lock.

Hyundai Verna Price

Hyundai Verna Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 7,98,235/- (Verna 1.6 VTVT E) to 12,86,781/- (Verna 1.6 CRDI SX Plus AT). Get best offers for Hyundai Verna from Hyundai Dealers in India

Hyundai Verna Verdict

Change then, obviously, has been great for the Verna. It now features excellent vehicle dynamics, hugely improved steering feel and excellent quality and equipment levels. Pair this with the ease and comfort of owning a Hyundai and the option of manual and automatic gearboxes in both diesel and petrol engines and the new Verna makes for a very enticing package. The only thorn in its side is probably the room available in the rear seat as compared to the competition. So, if that is not a problem for you, the Verna then is currently the best overall competitor in its segment with its combination of quality and equipment levels paired with excellent pricing and good driving dynamics making it a difficult car to defeat.

Author Since: Aug 04, 2018

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