Hyundai Verna Hatchback First Drive

Hyundai Verna Overview

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 The C-segment in India has seen the arrival of newer products and thus the older Verna started feeling outdated.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.The Hyundai Verna now enters its fifth generation. The first generation model wasn’t sold in India while the second generation was launched here as the Accent. The third and fourth generation cars were sold with the Verna name itself. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Hyundai Verna Exterior & Look

The new Verna is bigger as well as more spacious than its predecessor and also gets a slightly lengthier wheelbase which automatically translates into more interior space. The new car also underpins a new reworked Hyundai i20 platform.

Now let’s talk about the styling, shall we? The old Verna was always one attractive looking sedan, and thus Hyundai decided not to mess too much wi9th the overall silhouette of the car and thus decided to make minimal changes to keep things fresh on the new car. As a result of all that the new generation Verna gets a redesigned headlamps and grille towards the front, the new ‘C’ shaped LED Daytime running lamps has also are integrated into the new headlight unit. The headlight assembly, in particular, gets projector units. The front profile now is dominated by a large cascading Hyundai grille. The front profile also gets new fog lamp cluster which is surrounded by a chrome embellishment. There are not many changes made to the side profile though however, the new sedan does feature a new set of alloy wheels for the top end trim. The swooping roofline towards the rear makes things more interesting. Talking about the rear profile, in particular, it gets this newly designed wrap around tail lamps which look quite similar to the ones found in the new facelift Xcent sedan only slightly bigger. The integrated boot spoiler too helps in adding a sporty appeal to the vehicle.

Regarding overall dimension, the new Verna is now 4.3-metres in length and has a wheelbase of 2.58 metres which is almost 15 mm longer and has an extended wheelbase of approximately 10 mm.

Hyundai Verna Interior & Space

After spending a few hours behind the wheel, we can assure that the new Verna’s cabin is a nice place to spend time in. The dual-tone dashboard isn’t the most striking looking thing in the universe but in typical Hyundai fashion, it’s superbly put together and well laid out. Most of the interior is lined in quality fabrics and soft-touch plastics which help create a soothing ambience that cars like the Honda City and the Volkswagen Vento cannot match.

Featuring quite a few segment first features, equipment is one area where the new Verna impresses big time. On the top-spec trim you get ventilated front seats, automatic opening for the boot-lid and impact sensing auto door unlock – features that are unheard of in this segment. Additionally, the car also gets climate control, electrically foldable mirrors, adjustable rear headrests, electric sunroof, a nice sounding infotainment system with smartphone mirroring, rear ac vents and start/stop button. As for safety features, there’s dual airbags and ABS standard on all variants (top-end variants get six airbags), ISOFIX child mounts, cornering lamps, reverse parking camera with guidelines and sensors.

The ventilated seats add a lot to the overall comfort especially under the sun, as we found out during the drive. Even otherwise, the front seats are appropriately sized when it comes to width and under thigh support. Covered in leather-like trim, they are comfortable and supple enough without being too soft. The rear seat experience, however, isn’t as alluring despite the slightly longer wheelbase than before. Sure, there’s more than enough legroom for two occupants but because of the sloping roofline, Hyundai has had to set the rear bench quite low to liberate as much headroom as possible. Despite the efforts, the headroom isn’t the best in class and neither is under thigh support. Ultimately, the Ciaz and the City make for a more convincing chauffeur-driven option.

Hyundai Verna Engine & Transmission

The petrol engine on the Hyundai Verna is the same 1.6-litre unit as before, while the smaller 1.4-litre unit is no more available. The VTVT motor is very refined and smooth and is pretty silent on idle too. Power delivery is linear and performance feels punchy. The drivetrain doesn’t really go out of breath even at speeds above the ton and revs freely all the way to 6500 RPM. After 4000 RPM, the motor tends to get quite noisy and the noise filters inside the cabin too, this is more prominent on the automatic variant. Fuel efficiency for the manual version will range between 11-13 km/l under real-world conditions while the automatic model will churn out anywhere between 9-11 km/l. \for Hyundai Verna visit 

The 1.6-litre CRDI diesel engine is also the same as before. Again, refinement levels are very good and hardly any clatter filters inside the cabin. Turbo lag is very less and power delivery from the mid RPM spectrum is very good. This is also the most powerful oil burner in its segment and this is evident from the performance that it churns out. The powerplant feels punchy right up to 4500 RPM. Fuel efficiency will hover around 15-17 km/l for the manual option and 12-14 km/l for the automatic version. Both the mills on the Verna have been tuned nicely and performance isn’t an issue with any of the versions.

Hyundai has finally ditched the old 4-speed automatic gearbox. The new Verna gets 6-speed manual and automatic gearbox options with both the engines. The manual gearbox is very easy to use with its light and slick throws while the clutch is also pretty light. The automatic gearbox is a single-clutch unit. It doesn’t get a Sport mode but you do get a manual mode. Talking about this gearbox, the shifts are smooth but not as quick as something like a DSG. It you mash the throttle, there is a slight delay before it downshifts. However, I didn’t really find any jerkiness in the transmission. This gearbox is well-suited for regular driving with an occasional aggressive burst.

Hyundai Verna Driving Dynamics

The Verna may have been a slick city runabout but it has always struggled at high speeds, what with its alarmingly bouncy rear-end and light steering. Hyundai has worked on eliminating the fidgety high speed ride with the previous Verna 4S, however, it’s this all-new model that shows some noticeable improvement. Built on an all-new platform similar to the Elantra, the Verna benefits from improved shock absorption and revised orientation for the rear springs to minimise shock rebound. Firm but compliant is what we have come to expect from newer Hyundais and the Verna is no different – the high speed ride is no longer springy and unlike its predecessor, the car settles down easily when going over lumps and potholes. The low speed ride, on the other hand, seems to have gotten a little stiffer than before. While we didn’t encounter much of bad roads on our drive out of Kochi, the Verna responded harshly to road joints and sharp-edge bumps.

Hyundai Verna Braking & Safety

For the safety of the passengers the new Verna features ISOFIX child seat anchorage points, ABS, and dual front airbags as standard while the top of the line SX(O) trim gets six airbags.We don’t need to mention that Hyundai has a stellar after-sales network in India with sales and service outlets present almost everywhere in the country. On the safety aspect, the new Verna gets 6 airbags on the top variant while all the other variants come with dual front airbags as standard. ABS with EBD is also offered as standard on all variants. This time, Hyundai has used high tensile steel to the tune of 50% on the car which is again said to improve the strength of the body structure.

Hyundai Verna Cost in Gurgaon

Hyundai Verna On-Road Price in Gurgaon ranges from 8,99,155 to 14,53,226 for variants Verna 1.6 VTVT E and Verna 1.6 CRDI SX Plus AT respectively. Hyundai Verna is available in 12 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Verna variants price in Gurgaon. Check for Verna price in Gurgaon at Carzprice.

Hyundai Verna Conclusion

The new Verna looks like a scaled down variant of the Elantra sedan which was unveiled last year. The new generation sedan comes with some modern elements on the inside like a new touchscreen infotainment system, but the biggest change that it has received come has to be the new automatic transmission which is much more responsive and smoother compared to the previous unit. Lastly the competitive pricing definitely will also help this sedan to compete with its rival quite comfortably.