Hyundai Verna Review & Performance

Hyundai Verna Overview

The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the Honda City form the bulk of sales in their segment that comprises of cars like the Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid and the Hyundai Verna. The new Verna, therefore, has a clear goal – to beat the bestsellers. The 2017 Verna has grown up in terms of dimensions and looks more elegant now. It’s based on a new platform as well which is aimed at improving dynamics. Let’s find out if the new Verna has the mettle to make a comeback in the segment. Hyundai Verna On road price starts from 7,98,624/-. Check for price details of Hyundai Verna in CarzPrice.

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Hyundai Verna Design

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 Cabin

The centre console, as is the case with most modern and premium cars, is driver-oriented. All controls are within easy reach. The AVN is a capacitive touchscreen, not resistive, so it’s very responsive, just like the screen of your smartphone. The car’s multimedia system is equipped with Apple Carplay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The front seating area has very good space; the top-end variant we drove gets cooled seats, which is an amazing feature for Indian summers. The rear seating area, however, is not the best in segment, and tall people won’t be able to lounge around and relax. The rear has an AC though, and the seats provide decent support.

Technology

It’s loaded with technology. A feature we love is the Smart Trunk – just stand behind the trunk with the key in your pocket for three seconds, and the trunk will automatically open. It’s a feature usually found in very expensive cars. Then there is the Eco Coating technology that, the company says, prevents unpleasant odours to develop in the AC evaporator. Hyundai has introduced a connected car app with the new Verna, called Auto Link. It displays vehicle health, driving information, roadside assistance, driving history, eco driving behaviour and more on your smartphone screen. It’s a welcome new app and must be introduced for all Hyundai cars.

Hyundai Verna Performance

The new Verna draws power from the existing 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines. On paper, both the engines lead the segment in terms of outright power. The petrol engine makes 123PS while the diesel churns out 128PS. Both the engines are available with a manual and automatic transmission.

The diesel engine now puts out more torque at a lower rpm, which makes it linger around city speeds with relative ease. While acceleration is noticeably quicker when the engine revs touch 1700-1800rpm, the engine isn’t really dead below that as well.

The petrol engine is undeniably quieter than the two and Hyundai says that almost 130Nm of the torque comes in at around 1500rpm. The max torque that this engine generates is 151Nm. The engine appears to be tuned for making steady progress as a lot of torque is available lower in the rev range. In our short drive, we even managed to pull (slowly) from 25kmph in sixth gear!

Hyundai Verna Rideing

The old Verna faced quite a flak for its loose dynamics, and as a countermeasure, the new Verna is based on the K2 platform with a new front and rear suspension setup. The new underpinning makes the Verna behave well around corners as the chassis largely remains flat, with slight body roll when you push it hard. The braking is linear, but the brake pedal is slightly on the firmer side.

Just like the brake pedal, the Verna’s suspension is also more on the firmer side, does a good job in absorbing road uncertainties. While the ride was never an issue with the Verna, it was high-speed stability. And the firmer suspension setup, together with the new platform, has managed to iron out the issue. Importantly, the steering is now quite direct and communicative.

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.View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Hyundai Verna Price

Hyundai Verna Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 7,98,624/- (Verna 1.6 VTVT E) to 12,86,312/- (Verna 1.6 CRDI SX Plus AT). Get best offers for Hyundai Verna from Hyundai Dealers in India

Hyundai Verna Verdict

2017 Hyundai Verna scores heavily on paper against the Honda City and Maruti Ciaz in mostly all the aspects, but it would be quite intriguing to see if it has got the panache to take on the aforementioned duo in real worldThe petrol is priced Rs 7.99 lakh to Rs 12.23 lakh, while the diesel is priced Rs 9.19 lakh to Rs 12.61 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), and these prices are only for the first 20,000 customers. Variant to variant, therefore, the Verna provides more value compared to rivals. It doesn’t have the best rear seats, but has the most powerful engines and its ride & handling is now at par with that of the City and Ciaz. If you love driving, the Verna should be your natural choice.