HYundai Verna Facelift Review & Test Drive

Hyundai Verna Overview

Hyundai Verna has always been a prominent player in the mid-sized sedan segment in the Indian market. It has churned decent moolah for Hyundai in this highly competitive segment, which comprises of heavyweights such as Maruti Ciaz, Honda City, Volkswagen Vento and others. The sales of the Verna sedan dipped concerningly over the past few months as the design was outdated and it missed out on some tempting features as compared to its arch rivals Honda City and Maruti Ciaz, both of whom received a facelifted version with fresh styling and modern features. Therefore, the South-Korean automaker has introduced the next-gen Verna sedan with new styling and sophisticated features to regain the lost ground. The new sedan comes in both petrol and diesel fuel trims with manual as well as automatic transmission. It has been offered in four trim levels: E, EX, SX, and SX (O). The 2017 Hyundai Verna is based on a new architecture, while flaunting a new design and boasting of several first-in-segment features.  Hyundai Verna price range in India is between 7,98,023/- to 12,86,176/- , check for detail pricing of Verna in Carzprice

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Hyundai Verna Design;

The new Verna is bigger as well as more spacious than its predecessor and also gets a slightly lengthier wheelbase which automatically translates into more interior space. The new car also underpins a new reworked Hyundai i20 platform.

Now let’s talk about the styling, shall we? The old Verna was always one attractive looking sedan, and thus Hyundai decided not to mess too much wi9th the overall silhouette of the car and thus decided to make minimal changes to keep things fresh on the new car. As a result of all that the new generation Verna gets a redesigned headlamps and grille towards the front, the new ‘C’ shaped LED Daytime running lamps has also are integrated into the new headlight unit. The headlight assembly, in particular, gets projector units. The front profile now is dominated by a large cascading Hyundai grille. The front profile also gets new fog lamp cluster which is surrounded by a chrome embellishment. There are not many changes made to the side profile though however, the new sedan does feature a new set of alloy wheels for the top end trim. The swooping roofline towards the rear makes things more interesting. Talking about the rear profile, in particular, it gets this newly designed wrap around tail lamps which look quite similar to the ones found in the new facelift Xcent sedan only slightly bigger. The integrated boot spoiler too helps in adding a sporty appeal to the vehicle.

Hyundai Verna Cabin

The cabin layout isn’t very different from its stablemates, but that isn’t a bad thing. Interiors are well-appointed and the placement of controls is good. The new steering controls add to the upmarket feel while offering better usability. The quality of plastics is as good as it gets and plastics are nice to the touch with a smooth feel. The 7-inch touchscreen offers a good resolution but a slightly crisper resolution would have been more welcome, particularly for the navigation. The infotainment system offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink connectivity.

The ventilated seats deserve a mention as their cooling effect is a boon, and the seats are nicely cushioned and offer good bolstering. The rear bench is comfortable but leg and kneeroom aren’t as generous as some of the competition. The rear seat is a nice place to be in though with its plushness as the height of the arm rest is perfect and the rear air-conditioning vents ensure drafts of cold air reach you well. There’s an additional USB port for rear occupants, a thoughtful addition for the chaueffer driven lot. Storage spaces are abundant with several useful cubby holes, cup holders, a front central arm rest with storage and one-litre bottle holders in all doors.

Boot volume may not be best in class but there’s good amounts of space and I don’t think the average buyer will complain. Another highlight is the remote opening function for the boot, like the Elantra and Tucson – you simply need to stand behind the car for three seconds with the key in your pocket for it to open – which helps a lot when your hands are full.

Hyundai Verna Engine

Hyundai’s Verna will be offered with two engines, not four. The 1.4-litre engines have been shelved altogether. The 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines have been carried over, but not without tweaks. Though power figures are identical at 123PS (petrol) and 128PS (diesel), Hyundai says that the torque is a lot more accessible. For instance, at 1250rpm you’d have 245Nm of torque on tap, compared to 176Nm in the outgoing Verna 4S diesel. Similar case with the petrol, where it makes a full 7Nm more at 1500rpm compared to the outgoing car that developed 122Nm. There’s a 6-speed manual like before, but, the 4-speed automatic transmission has been ditched in favour of a 6-speed automatic, presumably borrowed from the Creta. We could only sample the diesel avatar of the Verna, but had a go with both the transmissions. Clutch in, thumb the start-stop button, and the engine comes to life with a faint clatter. The engine feels smooth and refined as you start driving. The highlight here is the drivability of the motor, courtesy the torque. You can lug it at 30kmph in third. Step on it, and expect it to build speed cleanly. Much like the little Xcent, power delivery remains linear, save for a small spike in power at around 1700rpm. The diesel should make for a good city car as the clutch is light (albeit springy), and the gearshifts are quick n’ slick.

If you don’t want that hassle altogether, the new automatic gearbox will save the day. It shifts through the gears quickly and just gets the job done. Don’t expect it to be a sporty gearbox that will give you split-second shifts. Think of it rather as convenience and it seems just right for the job. There’s a manual mode too, but it didn’t seem all that engaging to use. It’s best left to its own, really. What’s appreciable, is the fact that the Verna is no longer a skittish handler. Around the skidpad, it remained composed as we chucked it about. Yes, there’s a bit of body roll but it’s predictable. And, we’d say the same thing about the steering as well. It is light, sure – but not dead. It does a good job of telling you what the front wheels are up to. Impressive! We can’t comment on the ride just as yet, but Hyundai tells us the new suspension has been engineered to be more forgiving, more pliant and quieter. It should have no qualms munching highway miles, but we’ll reserve our word on it till we get enough time with the car.

Hyundai Verna Rideing

The new Verna is also a huge improvement in terms of ride and handling. The suspension setup is stiffer and logic dictates that the ride should thus be stiffer but that isn’t the case. The suspension isn’t crashy as before over bumps and potholes and is a lot quieter in that sense, while still soaking it all up. There are a few thuds when going fast over broken roads but on the whole the ride is a lot more settled which makes for a better in-cabin experience. Another huge improvement is stability at speeds. The older car’s softer setup caused the car to wobble at speeds, especially given the undulations on our roads but the new setup does a far better job of keeping the car planted.

Cruising at highway speeds is thus a far better experience. This should make the new car more likeable, be it for the driver or occupants. The firmer suspension helps around corners as the car feels more planted, also courtesy the grip from the 195/55 R16 Hankooks it comes shod with. Steering feel has improved with a more weighted feel at speeds and around corners but I would have liked the system to be slightly more communicative. Brakes have a progressive feel but more bite would certainly make for a more reassuring experience. On the whole the new car is a huge leap over its predecessor but still isn’t worthy of being called a driver’s car unlike some of its rivals.

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 Cost

Hyundai Verna Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 7,98,023/- (Verna 1.6 VTVT E) to 12,86,176/- (Verna 1.6 CRDI SX Plus AT). Get best offers for Hyundai Verna from Hyundai Dealers in India

Hyundai Verna Conclussion

To put it simply, the Verna’s package has only become stronger. The new design is mature and likeable, and like most Hyundais – it is loaded to the gills as well. Our short spin has us impressed with the drivability of the diesel, and the dynamics when you hustle it. Yes, the interior could’ve looked a lot less simpler and some more room at the back would’ve made it the perfect package. But, that doesn’t take away from the fact that Verna will catapult right to the top of the consideration list for the self-driven lot. It isn’t going to be easy, but Hyundai does look well-prepped to slug it out with the updated Honda City and the to-be updated Maruti Ciaz.

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