Hyundai seems to have taken upon them to be the protagonist for testing new waters in car styling and design. Starting with i20 they have only upped the ante with The New Fluidic Verna. From exterior to interiors no stone has been left unturned to ensure a runaway success in a segment which till date has belonged to the City and Vento. We test drove The New Hyundai Fluidic Verna both the petrol and diesel power plants and to say the least returned quite impressed.
With hatchbacks accounting for 2/3rd of Indian car market, sedans even today command premium & luxury status. We believe that it’s only a matter of time that one sees mass upward mobility from the B plus segment to the sedans thanks to growing choice and indulging consumers.
No wonder the market is getting crowded with new launches like; Volkswagen Vento, Toyota Etios, Hyundai Fluidic Verna, New Ford Fiesta, New Revamped Dzire, soon to be launched Skoda Rapid adding to the growing list of Optra, City, Aveo, Cedia, Accent, SX4, Dzire, Fiesta Classic etc.
While Verna has been chugging along with 1800-2000 nos/mth all India, Hyundai wants to double its presence between 7-10 Lac segments with the New Fluidic Verna. The New Fluidic Verna from the heart to the exteriors is a new car in all sense of the word new.
STYLE & SUBSTANCE
With Fluidic Verna the painstaking effort to develop and sell a stylish car is quite obvious. Standing still the car mesmerizes one with its sheer fluidic design and coupe like appearance, Hyundai’s new design frontier.
Hyundai Fluidic Design concept translates itself tangibly in the front through the Hexagonal shape grille, Chrome slatted Hyundai Logo, Swept Back Headlamps & L - Shaped Fog Lamps,
Dominating rising shoulder line along with the creases completes the side perspective. Tapered roof enhances its Coupe like styling, blacked out B-Pillars, windows and steeply raked windscreens further add to the cars sporty appeal.
Chrome splashed pull type door handles, foldable mirrors with built-in Trendy LED turn indicators, tight skinning along with tapered roof design adds to the car’s elegance and is reminiscent of European styling.
Sleek wrap- around tail lamps, tow tone rear chrome garnish, spoiler like boot lip & dual chrome exhaust mufflers continues the cars fluidic design philosophy and also adds zings to the cars sportiness.
Close examination reveals that it is not high only on design quotient, even the fit & finish is also vastly improved. Zero panel gaps with almost even finishing. Its cutting edge styling along with well thought out proportions, makes it one of the best looking car in the 7-10 lacs segment today. We believe that Style for Hyundai Fluidic Verna can become its biggest differentiator.
INTERIOR, SPACE & ERGONOMICS
A well sculpted up-market Dash board welcomes you inside the Verna. Whilst leather upholstery adds to its tactile feel we wish that the grains used to make dashboard could be of better quality. Quality of center console is good & dark wood finish gives an elegant feeling. The steering wheel with tilt function is borrowed from i20 is just right in size.
Front seats are well bolstered & have good space. Enough head room as well as legroom along with good thigh support, however it falls short on side support. The rear seats however leaves some room for improvement. Rear seats have enough leg room but fall short on thigh support. Coupe like silhouette eats out the head room at the rear.
Instrument cluster is easy to read & well lay out without any fuss. Driver information system provides plethora of useful information. Clean air ionizer, rear parking sensor, Key with button start are some of the category first and convenience enhancers.
Boot space is huge and well designed too. The opening aperture is large & intrusions are minimum, however lower loading tip could have increased convenience. Nevertheless a stellar job.
POWER PANT, TRANSMISSION & PERFORMANCE
Hyundai launched Fluidic Verna comes with both petrol and Diesel fuel types with a 1.4 and 1.6 Litre power plants.
1.6 L VTVT: Just like the Diesel power plant petrol also comes in a 1.4 l and 1.6 l capacity engines, the petrol power plant belongs to the Gamma engine family of Hyundai cars and is more refined than its previous avatar. Double Overhead Cam (DOHC), 4 valves per cylinder & variable valve timing mechanism (VTVT) mechanism facilitates engine refinement. Press the clutch, start the ignition and the engine settles down in a smooth noiseless run. The low engine noise makes one wonder at times whether the engine is running at all.
With 123 PS@6500 rpm peak power and a torque of 15.8 Kg-m @ 4200 rpm is linear and builds up quite effortlessly. Sharp throttle response with a rev happy engine makes driving the Fluidic Verna petrol version a delight. Drivability is great & one can easily crawl in the city even in higher gears.
The car pulls well from the low rpm & won’t complaint pulling from as low as 1000 rpm in 5th gear though gear shift indicator tells something else. Enough power is reserved for top end though the sweet spot is to have rev counter below 5500 rpm.
Unlike diesel option, petrol engine is mated with 5 speed gear box with which its precise short throws is a welcome feature of the New Verna Fluidic. It boast of impressive ARAI figures of 17 + to a Km.
The MT gear shift indicator in the Fludic Verna displays the most optimum gear. Car comes with ARAI certified fuel figure of 22.32kmpl for 1.6 Diesel making it most fuel efficient car in C- Segment.
Verna Uses McPherson struts with coil spring in front & couple torsion beam axle at rear with gas filled shock absorbers. Ride quality is good and only over large potholes do the shocks get transmitted to cabin. Car lacks the finesse at the high speed and due to softly sprung settings it lacks stability.
Steering feel very light which is boon to use in the city but on highway, it doesn’t inspire confidence. The feedback at low speed is good but once you get going, especially at highway, it lacks any connection.
Handling is not as sharp as Japanese & European Siblings. Considerable body roll is present due to soft damping settings and handling doesn’t break any new grounds. One can’t be able to tell what each wheel is up to & it is not very inspiring. It is car which retains its composure in straight line & doesn’t like to be cornered hard.
Verna is giant leap forward from its previous model on almost every aspect. It is bold & sporty to look at, comes with comprehensive choice of engines with linear power delivery & dynamics are much more improved than ever.
With Prices between 7 -10.7 lakh, Verna is not a cheap option & not make very decent case for itself on price front though it comes loaded with all the bells & whistles. Actually Hyundai has launched it in competition against City & Vento rather than Etios, Dzire & Maanza. So from that point of view it emerges out to be formidable contender in C- segment.
Booking numbers are shooting for the company with figures 5000 in 5 days. It looks that all new Fluidic Verna has shaken up the whole C-Segment.
STYLE & SUBSTANCE 4/5 Power plant& Transmission 4/5
Interiors & Ergonomics 3.5/5 Dynamic Ability 3.5/5
Value for Money 3.5/5