The Verna has been a proper success story for Hyundai, not just in India but across the globe. The C-segment in India has seen the arrival of newer products and thus the older Verna started feeling outdated. With the launch of the new car, we are eager to find out how it fares and whether it has what it takes to shake up the Japanese dominated segment. Check for review & price of Hyundai Cars
Underpinning the all new K2 platform as its elder sibling Elantra, the new 2017 Verna comes with sweptback Projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights (DRLs) and Hyundai’s traditional Chrome Cascade front grille with horizontal chrome slats. The sedan also gets projector foglamps, while the side profile reflects the perfect amalgamation of sportiness and elegance. The coupe like silhouette and the sloping window chrome beltline is a decent sample of exorbitant South-Korean styling. The high-end variants rides on 5-spoke 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, while the lower variants come with 15-inch silver wheels. As for the rear end, it gets two-piece LED tail lamp cluster, Shark fin antenna and dual-tone bumper with black inserts. In fact, the drag coefficient is as low as 0.308 which makes it way more aerodynamic than before. The sedan comes with a boot space of 480 litres, which is nearly 30 litres more than the preceding model. Hyundai Verna price in Mumbai
The cabin feels premium and rich. Dual tone theme with beige and black makes the car feel quite airy. The top-of-the-lineSX (O) variant has leather wrapped steering wheel which is of good quality. Dashboard of the car is pretty neat. There are similarities to the Elantra here also. A large touchscreen is in the centre and has oblong AC vents on both sides. The AC controls sit below. The quality on the materials is quite impressive and has good touch and feel quotient. The steering wheel is leather wrapped and it has controls too. The instrument cluster has two dials and a driver information system. This time it offers distance to empty for the first time, which is welcome.
The higher variants come with a 7-inch touchscreen system which looks good and the lower models have a 5-inch touchscreen. The 7-inch touchscreen come equipped with MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, reverse camera and a navigation system. The car also gets front and rear USB charging. The top model has 6 airbags on offer. The boot also has hands-free opening option. There are rear AC vents and 12V charging charging socket also. There is a rear manual blind on offer too.There is more than enough space for front passengers in the Verna 2017. The side and back support is also good enough. Tall passengers will not have any problems. Moving into the rear seat, the cabin offers decent space. It isn’t very tight, but just sufficient for tall people. At the same time, there is sufficient knee room and just enough head room. However, three people will find it a bit of squeeze. The width is slightly lesser than what we would have liked. The boot on the Verna 2017 though is huge and can take n a lot of luggage.
The Indian spec Hyundai Verna continues with the 1.6 Litre Petrol and 1.6 Litre diesel engines under the hood. The drivetrains has been retuned for better performance and fuel efficiency. The petrol variant is capable of producing about 123 ps of peak power and 15.4 kgm of torque. The diesel variant on the other hand like we already said is powered by a 1.6 Litre unit which is capable of producing about 128 Ps of peak power and 26.5 kgm of torque. Now coming to the transmission option, the current Verna gets both manual as well as an automatic transmission, however the four-speed automatic unit has now been replaced by a new six-speed automatic unit which features six-speed torque converter. This electronic unit also powers the Elantra sedan as well. You can expect the new automatic gearbox also to respond quicker than the old unit.
The petrol variant promises to retrun around 17.70 km/l on the manual transmission while the automatic transmission promises 15.92 km/l. The diesel variant on the other hand promises 24.75 km/l with the Manual transmission while the diesel variant promises to return around 21.02 km/l.
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.
SAFETY FEATURES ;
Here’s where things get really interesting. The Verna gets what’s among our favourite in-cabin features – ventilated seats! It’s the only car in its segment to get it; the next being its elder sibling – the Hyundai Elantra. More hand-me-downs from the bigger Hyundai sedan comes in the form of an electric sunroof, and hands-free boot release that pops open the trunk if you wave your foot underneath the rear bumper. The Verna continues to feature leather upholstery, and the front seats score high in terms of cushioning and comfort. The rear is a compromise in comparison – the legroom isn’t generous and anyone over six feet will be a bit too close to the roof. Seating three, although possible, will be a squeeze. That said, rear occupants are treated to their own air-conditioning vents, a central armrest and a single USB socket to juice up the phone.As far as safety is concerned, the top-spec variant we drove around, featured six airbags. We’re expecting dual airbags and ABS to be standard across the range, as is the case with the refreshed Honda City.
The new Verna is offered in seven colour options, two engine options, two transmission options, slightly improved fuel economy, has 21 new features, has a bigger and bolder stance and is now more stately in its design. All of these together help the car overshadow what is perhaps its biggest flaw – lack of space and comfort at the rear. In this regard alone, the City remains more dominant but in the larger scheme of things, the Verna eclipses the Honda offering by a mile. Bringing down the Ciaz may not be all that simple though because of how Maruti connects with its customers – and because Ciaz pricing still mostly undercuts this new Verna.Nonetheless, Hyundai has managed to mount a very formidable challenge to the Ciaz and the new Verna definitely has the potential to rattle its rivals and create a bigger space for itself in the Indian car market.