Hyundai Verna Overview
Hyundai Verna is now available in over 10 different trim levels with two engine and two transmission options. The most popular one is going to be the top-end diesel manual transmission Hyundai Verna and that’s what we drove for this review. The 6-speed automatic transmission is reliable and the great throw is a delightful affair with the Verna. The 1.6 litre U2 CRDi VGT diesel engine offers 128PS power that’s more than enough for city and highway driving. You’ll also get 260 nm of torque that’s more than its rivals and is delivered very linearly across both lower and higher spectrum of the rpm. To drive the car is agile through the corners and on open roads, but it can also be a nimble glider in the city if you want it to be. The suspension is also tuned on the new Verna as compared to the outgoing one. It’s balanced and you don’t feel the potholes and bad roads that much. In fact, the ride quality on offer on the new Verna is something that you get in D-segment cars. View offers & discounts on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in India/Hyderabad View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop
Hyundai Verna Exterior
The new Verna is already on sale in Russia where it’s known as the Solaris. It’s a new car altogether, but you do get a glimpse of the old generation from certain angles, especially the front. The Verna is now equipped with LED DRLs, projector headlamps and fog lamps and the new cascading grille.From the side and the rear, its looks are more in line with the Elantra now. The new platform is the reason for the increase in length, which also makes it look more mature than the outgoing model. At 1729mm, the new Verna is wider than the previous generation by 29mm. Its wheelbase is also longer by 30mm. The height remains the same at 1475mm, but the new Verna appears to have a more raked roof than before. The tail lamp that’s similar to the Elantra and features LED elements is the design highlight of the package.
The centre console, as is the case with most modern and premium cars, is driver-oriented. All controls are within easy reach. The AVN is a capacitive touchscreen, not resistive, so it’s very responsive, just like the screen of your smartphone. The car’s multimedia system is equipped with Apple Carplay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The front seating area has very good space; the top-end variant we drove gets cooled seats, which is an amazing feature for Indian summers. The rear seating area, however, is not the best in segment, and tall people won’t be able to lounge around and relax. The rear has an AC though, and the seats provide decent support.
It’s loaded with technology. A feature we love is the Smart Trunk – just stand behind the trunk with the key in your pocket for three seconds, and the trunk will automatically open. It’s a feature usually found in very expensive cars. Then there is the Eco Coating technology that, the company says, prevents unpleasant odours to develop in the AC evaporator. Hyundai has introduced a connected car app with the new Verna, called Auto Link. It displays vehicle health, driving information, roadside assistance, driving history, eco driving behaviour and more on your smartphone screen. It’s a welcome new app and must be introduced for all Hyundai cars.
Hyundai Verna Performance
The new Verna draws power from the existing 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines. On paper, both the engines lead the segment in terms of outright power. The petrol engine makes 123PS while the diesel churns out 128PS. Both the engines are available with a manual and automatic transmission.
The diesel engine now puts out more torque at a lower rpm, which makes it linger around city speeds with relative ease. While acceleration is noticeably quicker when the engine revs touch 1700-1800rpm, the engine isn’t really dead below that as well.
The petrol engine is undeniably quieter than the two and Hyundai says that almost 130Nm of the torque comes in at around 1500rpm. The max torque that this engine generates is 151Nm. The engine appears to be tuned for making steady progress as a lot of torque is available lower in the rev range. In our short drive, we even managed to pull (slowly) from 25kmph in sixth gear!
Hyundai Verna Driving
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 top-end Verna gets everything from navigation support to smartphone connectivity functions like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. Hyundai has also added a sunroof to the package, which apparently is one of the most sought after features. Segment-first features include cooled front seats and hands-free boot lid, which opens if you stand within three feet from it for over three seconds with the key in your pocket. Dual front airbags and ABS come standard, but for those who don’t want to compromise on safety, the top variant also gets six airbags.
Hyundai Verna Ex-Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 7,98,799/- (Verna 1.6 VTVT E) to 12,86,725/- (Verna 1.6 CRDI SX Plus AT). Get best offers for Hyundai Verna from Hyundai Dealers in New Delhi. Check for Verna price in New Delhi at Carzprice
Hyundai Verna Verdict
The petrol is priced Rs 7.99 lakh to Rs 12.23 lakh, while the diesel is priced Rs 9.19 lakh to Rs 12.61 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), and these prices are only for the first 20,000 customers. Variant to variant, therefore, the Verna provides more value compared to rivals. It doesn’t have the best rear seats, but has the most powerful engines and its ride & handling is now at par with that of the City and Ciaz. If you love driving, the Verna should be your natural choice.