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Hyundai Verna
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Customer Rating
: 4/5
Expert Rating
: 8/10
Warranty
: 3 Year Unlimited Kilometers Warranty (Whichever is earlier)
Ex-showroom price in 
Delhi
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8 Lakhs-12.62 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Stylish demeanour
  • Good Performance
  • Long equipment list
  • Quality cabin

Weak Areas

  • Pricey top variant
  • Low mileage
  • Average boot 
  • Poor handling 
Hyundai Verna
 
 

Hyundai Next Gen Verna Expert Review

With a set of modifications, the Next Gen Verna has stepped ahead of its previous model. Its ride and handling traits have improved. It also carries more equipment including cruise control, rear AC vents, and touchscreen based infotainment system.


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Hyundai Verna was launched in 2006 and could not carve out a niche for itself even up till 2010 when it received a facelift. The competitors particularly Honda City outperformed it in sales by a huge margin. It was the Fluidic Verna launched 5 years later that helped the car get a push in the C segment sedan market. But then came the Maruti Ciaz and the competition again hardened for Hyundai.
              Hyundai Verna
What we now get from the Korean carmaker is a thoroughly modified next gen model of Verna. It has been launched in August at a price ranging between Rs 7.99 lakh and 12.24 lakh for the petrol versions. The price for diesel starts at Rs 9.20 lakh and goes up to 12.62 lakh (prices ex-showroom, Delhi).

Based on the K2 platform, the 
Next Gen Verna has a greater proportion of high-strength steel and it looks like a trimmed down version of the Elantra. The two engine options under the hood of the car are: 
1.6 litre, 4 cylinder petrol generating 121 bhp and 151 Nm of torque 
1.6 litre, 4 cylinder diesel generating 126 bhp and 260 Nm of torque 
              Hyundai Verna New Cascade Design Front Grille
The engines are coupled with both 6 speed manual and 6 speed automatic gearboxes. So you have four combinations to choose from.

Let us now delve further into the looks, equipment package and the performance attributes of this new model.


The External Impression 

Styling of the car is quite different from the previous version even though it retains its coupe like silhouette when viewed in profile. In the front the grille has a new design. With five chrome slats in a hexagonal frame the grille is also wider than before. The swept back projector headlamps add more character to the car. The headlamp assembly includes boomerang shaped daytime running lights. Chrome bezel fog lamps have modified housings on the bumper.
            Verna Shark Fin Antenna
There are two subtle crease lines on the bonnet that underscore the increase in width over the outgoing model. This model is 29 mm wider than its predecessor. The revised length is 4440 mm and the wheelbase measures 2600 mm. For its ground clearance the Verna now is up from 165 mm to 170 mm.

The design looks more elegant from the sides. A chrome window line and door handles plated with chrome give the “premium” feel that the mass market in India approves of. Outside rear view mirrors (ORVMs) have turn blinkers. The 16 inch diamond cut alloy wheels are shod with 195/55 R16 tyres. The size looks rather small for the large wheel arches. For its lower-end variants – the E and EX - the sedan uses 15 inch steel wheels with 185/65 R15 rubber.  On the whole however the profile look is good thanks to the swooping roofline and proportionate dimensions. A shark fin radio antenna is located towards the back.


At the rear too the look has changed for the better. The new tail lamps are elongated and stretch more towards the tailgate than the sides of the sedan. These lights have LED features and their design is also inspired by the Elantra. A chrome belt sits below the number plate housing area. The visual bulk of the broad bumper has been smartly broken by a black plastic cover.
          Verna LED Tail Lamps
Along with its new dimensions, the boot volume of Next Gen Verna has been raised to 480 litres from 465 litres in the older spec. But the 510 litres of cargo space in Honda City and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz are still leading the segment. 


The Cabin Feel 
 
Ingress is not very easy especially for the elderly and that has been the problem in 
Verna ever since its first generation. As you get inside, you will see a familiar cabin and it does have cues from other recently launched Hyundai cars. The quality of materials and fit & finish are typically what the brand is known for. But there is no novelty here. Furthermore, the AC and the engine start-stop button feel a bit fiddly. We would expect them to be more tactile. 
            Verna Dashboard
The beige and dark grey coloured cabin has a nice dashboard layout and it has a generous load of features. In the middle of the dash sits the 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in addition to navigation and mirror link. Aux, USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity are provided. 

Mention should also be made of a new feature that will help you understand your driving skills. It is called the Hyundai Auto Link and comes with top-end Verna. It comprises a Bluetooth dongle that can be linked to an app you can download on your smartphone. Then there will be display of live information including engine rpm, car’s speed and also the load on the engine. It can help you to track the total distance travelled, the time consumed in each drive and, with the help of a map, even the driving route taken by you for the driving session. 
          Verna Supervision cluster
The Hyundai Auto Link goes on to record the number of times you suddenly used the brake or accelerator. All these driving skill parameters are then condensed into a score represented by 5 bars. The ones in green will reveal the efficiency level of your skills behind the wheel.

With the SX and SX (O) trims of the Next Gen Verna, you will also get a medium sized electric sunroof. A more important upgrade is in the form of cooled, ventilated front seats. There are perforations on the surface that exude cool air. This is a segment first feature but comes only with the top end SX (O) version. The seats themselves are comfortable and supportive. Seat height adjustment helps in getting into a comfortable driving position. 
 
Steering design has also been revised. It is actually the same as in Creta. In addition to the audio control buttons it now gets cruise control for the car. Voice recognition feature has also been added here. The blue coloured illumination on the centre console and steering buttons feels dramatic.
         Verna Front Ventilated Seats
For making the air conditioning process more effective Hyundai claims to have used the “Eco coating technology” in this model. It prevents foul odour to develop in the air con evaporator by discarding the bad bacteria in the coils.

To secure knick-knacks, you get cubby holes in forms of door pockets and two cup holders on the centre console. Small things can also be kept underneath the front centre armrest that is positioned well for support. 
          Verna 8_6-Airbags
With 6 airbags, ABS, EBD and impact sensing door unlocking the safety feature package is all good. 
For the backseat passengers once again ingress and egress continue to be far from satisfactory. Verna has been consistently criticised for its slung-down bench seat and sitting on it for longer journeys is a pain. But apparently Hyundai has not been taking the feedback. So the seat continues to fail on ergonomics even though it has good cushioning. The taller occupants will have to sit in a knees-up style. Due to the reclining roofline, the headroom at the rear is also restricted and to accommodate the new sunroof the headliner has become thicker. 

In a bid to make up for the loss of comfort on rear seat, the company has added some extra features to please the buyers of Next Gen Verna. It has AC vents, a manual sunblind for the rear windscreen, adjustable neck restraints and ISOFIX child safety seat mounts. 


Engine, Transmission and Performance 

The 1.4 litre engines that were used for base trims of outgoing models have been discontinued. The Next Gen Verna has 1.6 litre petrol and diesel engines. Both the engines have the option of manual and automatic gearboxes. The automatics have been carried over from the Creta.

Diesel 

The 1.6 litre CRDi engine has the same specs as in the previous model but after some tweaks this unit now generates its peak torque of 260 nm in a wider band between 1500 and 3000 rpm. In the outgoing Verna this was 1900 – 2750 rpm.

A good thing is that the engine is very silent when it is cranked up and at idling. But as you put the car in gear for the move there is a noticeable diesel clatter. It does disappear though when you go easy on the throttle inputs. On the whole the engine is not very noisy. 

The 1.6 litre engine has variable geometry turbo charger to keep lag under control. And now that it has been worked upon further, the torque under 1900 rpm mark is adequate to move in city traffic. You can upshift early. The power delivery is linear and at times this diesel engine works like a naturally aspirated petrol motor.

On the highways, beyond 2000 rpm the diesel performs even more enthusiastically. As the turbo spools up there is a good surge and the power delivery is punchier. Overtaking can be pretty smooth. While the engine is willing to rev freely, there is no point it pushing beyond 4200 rpm after which the progress gets slower. 

If you choose the 6-speed manual transmission variant, the experience with shifting will be smooth. The clutch too is light to use but it does have a push-back, aggressive action. 

In the AT version, commuting in the city is easy with light throttle inputs. Also, there is fair amount of crawling function in heavy traffic conditions. The wide range for torque availability makes the engine’s task simpler. But the sense of urgency that the MT version has is missed here. Verna’s AT is not as quick as the DSG in
Volkswagen Vento. This automatic gearbox is rather good for sedate driving.

Petrol – Manual 

The 1.6 litre Gamma petrol engine cranks up in a refined manner. You can barely hear it idling. While this naturally aspirated petrol motor has slightly less torque after the tweak, there is plenty of it available in the lower range of rpm. So there is not much to complain about. The punch is not as good as in the diesel engine and the fuel economy of this unit is also less but the performance is satisfying. At speed of as low as 30-35 km/ hour, the engine can be driven in fifth gear.

You can drive at 50 km/hour and still slot the manual gearbox into 6th – it can easily help the sedan amble away at around 1300 rpm. To build up speed the engine must be revved harder. It is not a very rev-friendly engine but with a rise in rpms, the dual variable valve timing system comes into action and the pull of the engine becomes higher past 4000 rpm. If you can work through the gears, you will enjoy a good highway drive in the New Gen Verna.


Ride and Handling 

In the city the ride feels fine. The Verna can dismiss potholes and bumps with aplomb. It can just breeze through poor tarmac. Only the sharper undulations filter through the cabin with silent thuds. But the soft suspension shows its ugly side at higher speeds on the open roads. There is some vertical movement even though it won’t now keep wobbling over the road. The new chassis is tighter and gives slightly more control over poor tarmac.

In addition to the rear seat discomfort, handling is the area in which Verna has lagged behind its competitors. Hyundai does not offer rear discs with the Verna now but the braking is still fine and it comes to a halt without any drama. The brake bite and pedal feel are reassuring.

After a well-revised steering geometry and slight stiffening of the chassis, the handling shows an improvement over the previous car. The New Gen Verna feels better to drive than its predecessor. There is hardly any feedback from the electrically assisted power steering and it has a weird dead zone about the centre position. The steering however feels better once you go off-centre and it also weighs up in a predictable way.

Even after the improvement in handling, this Hyundai sedan still feels like a light car and the way it goes around the corners is disappointing. For those who have driven the previous models and have an experience of the feel this will not be a concern.


Fuel Efficiency 

The fuel efficiency of the petrol engine is 15.92 km/litre and the diesel has a rating of 21.02 km/litre. This will be lesser in the AT variants.

Verdict 

The New Gen Verna has significantly improved over the previous model. The ride and handling is better. It also gets more of cabin equipment that brings it closer to its rivals. But the sedan is still not as competitive as we expect from the latest generation of Hyundai cars. The rear seat comfort continues to be a bummer for the chauffer driven. Also, it is a more expensive option than the Ciaz. But you can still consider this car if you are looking for a feature-loaded sedan in C segment and also wish to have a fuss-free after-sale experience. Hyundai’s service network is second only to Maruti Suzuki. 

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