Hyundai Verna Review & First Drive

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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. Check for Hyundai Verna price in Hyderabad.

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 Exterior & Style

On the design front, it’s possible for the passersby to mistake new Verna for Elantra, thanks to silhouette and the design that makes it resemble the sibling. So, one can understand the level of details the car has been given. And just like the Elantra, the new Verna conforms to the company’s new Fluidic Design 2.0 design language. The center of attraction at the front is definitely the cascading style grille that adds nice width to the car. The curved headlamps with projector lights and the chrome surround on the fog lamps add distinct character to the vehicle.

The car retains the coupe-like stance and with bigger dimension (longer by 65mm and wheelbase increased by 30mm) it now looks all more special. The wheels are packed nicely with the support of 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels. The electrically operated sunroof lends an upmarket touch to the car. The LED taillamps look good particularly when you took the car at night. The carmaker has gone minimalistic when it comes to using chrome at the rear and that works in favour of the car.

Hyundai Verna Interior & Space

Being a Hyundai, the Verna comes with very good quality materials used on the inside. The dashboard has a driver-focused layout and the dual-tone colour theme looks pleasant. Compared to the older Verna, a lot has changed and the new generation car definitely feels a much better place to be in. Fit and finish is definitely very good and the build quality isn’t bad either. The sedan comes with features like ventilated front seats, electric sunroof, hands-free smart trunk, voice recognition, cruise control, 7.0-inch audio system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Navigation, automatic climate control, rear parking camera and keyless-go. The audio system sounds pretty good while the cooling performance from the AC is brilliant.

Hyundai has also developed a Connected Car app for the Verna which is compatible with the top SX(O) variant of the car. The app is extremely good and shows details like RPM, current speed, fuel range, etc. It even shows the number of times you’ve done hard braking or hard acceleration in the car. The app is nifty but it should’ve been offered for all variants. The smart trunk feature on the car is worth a mention. You need to have the key fob in your pocket and if you stand near the boot for more than 3 seconds, the boot releases. However, the boot doesn’t really open up fully and you actually need to open it manually after the lock releases.

Found the front seats to be comfortable even over long drives and support for the lower back and under thighs is decent enough. The rear seat is also well-shaped but space is very limited. Kneeroom just cannot be compared to the Honda City and Maruti Ciaz while headroom is also just average. I am almost 6 feet tall and my head was almost touching the roof when I sat at the rear. However, the rear bench feels pretty comfortable in terms of support. The car also has a number of cubbyholes, bottle-holders and storage spaces inside the cabin. While the equipment list is very good, space is at an absolute compromise which can be a major deal-breaker especially for those people who are chauffeur-driven. The boot is well-shaped and can definitely hold quite a lot of luggage but at 480-litres, it is slightly smaller than the City and Ciaz.

Hyundai Verna Engine & Gearbox

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. To know more details on Hyundai Verna visit Ubvvn

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 Dynamics

Dynamics on the 2018 Hyundai Verna are leagues ahead of the older car. The steering is so much better now. It feels direct but still lacks feedback. At low speeds, it is light enough while it weighs up slightly on the highways. However, it still feels dead and lacks a proper connect. The vehicle remains stable on straights as well as twisty roads alike but doesn’t feel as eager or sure-footed as cars like the Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid. The Verna is a very good cruiser but I wouldn’t call it a fun-to-drive car.

The suspension has been set-up nicely and it gets a mildly stiff setting. It absorbs bumps and potholes well and the car’s body remains fairly composed all the time. If you hit sharp undulations, the suspension does have a tendency to thud. Ground clearance isn’t much of an issue while braking performance is brilliant with the pedal having good bite and generating much better feedback too. The Verna comes with Hankook tyres and grip is satisfactory for regular usage. While the older car used to feel like a boat, this one is completely different.

Hyundai Verna Braking & 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 Cost in Hyderabad

Hyundai Verna On Road Price is 13,94,556/- and Ex-showroom Price is 11,54,290/- in Hyderabad. Hyundai Verna comes in 7 colours, namely Fiery Red,Phantom Black,Flame Orange,Star Dust,Polar White,Siena Brown,Sleek Silver. Hyundai Verna comes with FWD with 1591 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 121 bhp@6400 rpm and Peak Torque 151 Nm@4850 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Hyundai Verna comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Hyundai Verna Conclusion

The 2018 Hyundai Verna ticks most of the boxes right and it is indeed a very good product. The car has been priced attractively but these prices are only for the first 20,000 customers, post which there will be a marginal hike in price. The vehicle impresses with its performance, comfort, unending equipment list and of course the styling and except the lack of space at the rear, the Verna doesn’t really have any major downside and we think the Honda City and Maruti Ciaz definitely have a reason to worry. But people who really want a spacious cabin, they might have to look elsewhere.

The C-segment sedan is available in four different variants such as E, EX, SX and SX (O). Checking on the pricing details its base trim E is available at the price tag of Rs. 7.90 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 9.60 lakh for the diesel model. Its top variant SX (O) is priced at Rs. 12.66 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 12.86 lakh for the diesel. The top-selling VTVT 1.6 SX is tagged at Rs. 9.81 lakh. The new Hyundai Verna is a certainly a lot sophisticated and evolved. And this makes it a more worthy competitor against the likes of Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Volkswagen Vento in the segment.

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