March 19, 2019

Hyundai Verna Facelift Performance & First Drive

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. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

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 Exteriors

For me the first generation of Hyundai’s fluidic design cars left little room for its successors to improve upon. That said, the designers have still managed to come up with an attractive package that looks familiar and still fresh. This face isn’t new to the public eye and it first saw the light of day when the design was first revealed in China. In fact, it’s already on sale in Russia under the ‘Solaris’ badge. For India, the Verna features projector headlamps with daytime running LEDs and projector fog lamps that bracket that new larger front grill.

The shoulder accent runs just under the window line and reminds us of the Hyundai Elantra. And it should – the Verna and Elantra now ride on the same K2 platform. This means in addition to looking a little more mature it’s also a little larger than the outgoing model. The length has increased to 4440mm, that’s 65mm longer than before. Width has increased to 1729mm, which is an increase of 29mm, and the wheelbase has increased by 30mm, to 2600mm. But, despite the sharper rake of the roof, height remains identical at 1475mm.

That roof gently slopes down to the rear of the car and from a lower vantage point it’s almost like a notchback. The tail lights are similar to the Elantra in that they are also a three-unit design, but where the Elantra features circular LED elements, the Verna sports semi-circular units. The new bumper finishes off the rather mature new look with a chunky dose of flair.

Hyundai Verna Interiors

That the new Verna is stiffer and better built than its predecessor becomes obvious the moment you shut the doors. The old Verna’s hollow sound on door shut has made way for a reassuring, and even, European car-like thunk. Those behind the wheel will also find the cabin a neat and user-friendly place to be in. The dash’s low sill allows a good view out, the centre console is usefully angled, if ever-so-slightly, towards the driver, the infotainment system is placed high up and within easy reach and all buttons and controls are logically positioned too. The whole look and feel of the dual-tone cabin is properly Hyundai. It’s just that, while the dash is smart and quality is consistently good, at some level it all feels a bit too familiar and not ‘new’ enough so to speak. Perhaps the use of soft-touch plastics on the dash would have helped elevate the Verna’s cabin to the next level.

You sit reasonably low in the Verna but, thankfully, the driver’s seat-height adjust moves the entire seat rather than merely change the angle of the seat base as in the last Verna. The front seats are shapely and well-finished but aren’t the largest around, and some may also find cushioning a bit soft in the lower back region. The rear seat is an improvement over the old Verna’s, with extra cushioning and more support, but the low seating position is far from ideal and also makes ingress-egress that little bit harder. Rear legroom is better, again when compared to the old Verna, but isn’t particularly generous by modern-day class standards. This is not the widest of cabins either, so fitting in three passengers will be a squeeze and anyone taller than average will also find headroom at the back limited. Frankly speaking, there are compact sedans that offer a comfier back-seat experience, let alone the far roomier City and Ciaz.

Irrespective of where you may be seated, the Verna offers plenty of space for smaller items. Each door gets a 1-litre bottle holder, the centre armrest flips open to reveal a storage bay, there are cupholders near the gear lever and on the fold-down centre rear armrest, and the cooled glovebox is also usefully large. Oddly though, the recess at the base of the centre console – in the vicinity of the 12V charging socket, USB charging port, and the USB and aux-in inputs – isn’t large enough for smartphones over 5.5 inches. What is nice, though, is that rear-seat occupants get a dedicated USB charging port. Check for Hyundai Verna in

Hyundai Verna Performance

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.

Hyundai Verna Driving

The one serious shortcoming in the old Verna was that it wasn’t a confident high speed machine. With the new K2 platform and changes to both the front and rear suspension setup, Hyundai has completely transformed the driving experience. The steering is still fairly light in town, making negotiating the tight traffic-filled street of Kochi a breeze, and when speeds increased out on the highway a nice reassuring weight enters the equation. The steering also feels quite direct and this really helps with letting you know what’s happening at the front wheels. It’s very well behaved around corners too. The chassis stays fairly flat and though there is some roll when really pushed it’s always predictable and controlled. The brake pedal is quite firm and though it is very linear and has more than enough braking force we do wish it was a little lighter action.

Comfort hasn’t been compromised as the ride quality is still pliant. It’s on the firm side but yet manages to absorb bumps and imperfections in the road. This is down to Hyundai doing a lot of work on the suspension. It’s changed the setup of the McPherson linkages up front to limit the horizontal displacement that occurs when the front wheels go over sharp bumps and in the rear, the angle of the shocks have been changed to a more vertical design to better improve the backseat ride. It has worked.

Hyundai Verna Safety

The manual Vernas are offered in four variants, while the automatic versions are available in two. It’s worth highlighting, however, that the diesel automatic is the only version of the Verna that isn’t sold in full-spec SX (O) trim. Rather, the diesel auto range tops off in unique SX+ trim that misses some features.As standard, the Verna gets dual front airbags, Isofix child seat mounts on the rear seats and anti-lock brakes, while the SX (O) variants see the addition of side and curtain airbags too. While reach adjust for the steering, LED headlights and auto wipers are not on the equipment list, fully loaded Vernas come with most of what you’d expect – leatherette seats, a touchscreen infotainment system, a rear-view camera with dynamic guidelines, cruise control, keyless entry and go, auto climate control, rear air con vents and a comprehensive multi-info display, to name a few. And then there’s more.

The Verna gets class-first ventilated front seats that work really well to keep you cool on hot days, while a manually retractable sunscreen for the rear windscreen also comes handy when the sun is out in full force. An electric sunroof is also onboard and Hyundai has also given the Verna a hands-free boot release. Stand by the boot for 3sec, with the key in your pocket, and the trunk will open on its own; handy when both of you have packets in both hands. Also unique is Hyundai’s Auto Link that relays your car’s health and more straight to your smartphone.

Hyundai Verna Price in Mumbai

Hyundai Verna On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 9,24,574 to 15,35,884 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 Mumbai Check for Verna price in Mumbai at Cazrprice.

Hyundai Verna Final Word

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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