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Hyundai Verna Overview

Hyundai Verna has always been a prominent player in the mid-sized sedan segment in the Indian market. It has churned decent moolah for Hyundai in this highly competitive segment, which comprises of heavyweights such as Maruti Ciaz, Honda City, Volkswagen Vento and others. The sales of the Verna sedan dipped concerningly over the past few months as the design was outdated and it missed out on some tempting features as compared to its arch rivals Honda City and Maruti Ciaz, both of whom received a facelifted version with fresh styling and modern features. Therefore, the South-Korean automaker has introduced the next-gen Verna sedan with new styling and sophisticated features to regain the lost ground. Book a test dive for Verna in Hyderabad at Tryaldive

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Hyundai Verna Exterior & Style

The outgoing Verna was a tad too long in the tooth, but the fluidic design language did make an impact and even the competition was forced to respond with radical designs. I personally believe that the design didn’t age too well, and perhaps the designers at Hyundai resonate with my thoughts. The new Verna incorporates cleaner lines, has less creases and uses more angular cuts for a chiselled look. The face looks handsome and sharp. I prefer the older design of Hyundai’s hexagonal grille, and the new one draws attention away from the good-looking features like the sleek headlamps or the detailed fog lamp housings. There is no denying that the cascading grille with its chrome treatment looks more premium though. The headlamps have LED DRLs shaped similar to those on the Elantra. Ditto for the detailing of the tail lights and the rear bumper. Look at the side profile though and you will notice that the Verna has a tallboy stance compared to the sporty low-slung poise of the Elantra. The sharp shoulder line and detailing of the doors looks classy, while the headlights and tail lights extending sharply into the bodywork add a sense of motion to the design. The outgoing Verna started the buzz about the diamond-cut finish for the alloy wheels and the new ones get it too, albeit with a new design.

Hyundai Verna Interior & Space

The 2017 Hyundai Verna’s cabin in finished in a dual-tone black and beige upholstery, while it carries several first-in-segment features. The standout features of the new sedan include ventilated front seats which can be turned colder during hot summer days. The ‘Smart Trunk’ feature gets a special mention as the boot automatically gets unlocked and locked when the driver stays within 1-metre range for more than 3 seconds with Smartkey. As for infotainment, the next-gen Verna boasts of a 7.0-inch Audio/Video/Navigation (AVN) touchscreen system, which also serves as rear view camera and is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirrorlink. Speaking of first-in-segment stuff, we also have an Arkamys-developed Smart Surround System with 6-speakers for the first time in Verna sedan. Other premium features include FATC with Cluster Ionizer, Electric Sunroof, Rear AC Vents, Voice Recognition, 3.5-inch Mono TFT-LCD instrument cluster, Rear adjustable headrest, Sliding front centre console armrest, Cruise Control, Engine Start/Stop button, Hyundai Auto Link etc.

Hyundai Verna Engine & Performance

Hyundai has bid the smaller 1.4-litre engines goodbye for now. So you just have the 1.6-litre engines on offer now. These engines have been mildly updated in the interest of better drivability. These are paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Also, it’s got an all new chassis borrowed from its elder sibling – the Elantra. The K2 platform did help the Verna shed some weight. And, while the car is bigger and has gained quite a few features, it is said to weigh as much as the outgoing iteration. Exact figures aren’t available yet, but, for reference – the Verna 4S tipped the scales at approximately 1200kgs in its heaviest avatar. Let’s start off with the 128PS (@4000rpm)/260Nm diesel. On paper, the power and torque figures remain unchanged, but the torque has been made more accessible. New pistons and piston rings have helped reduce friction while an improved turbo has helped improve the boost at low rpms. So, the torque is delivered earlier and is spread wider across the rev range (1500-3000rpm vs 1900-2750rpm). In fact, at as low as 1250rpm, the diesel motor is already dishing out 245Nm, instead of the 176Nm the older tune offered.

Driving inside the city is a fuss-free affair. The diesel was easy to drive in its earlier guise and now the engine doesn’t require you to downshift frequently either to slow down for a speed breaker or pace up for a quick overtake. Steady pace is the name of the game with the diesel. It can build speed effortlessly and maintain them too, but it doesn’t feel eager to get there. Even on the highways, you can dance out of your lane, step on the gas and execute a clean overtake – as long as you aren’t in a hurry.

Hyundai Verna Driving Dynamics

Hyundai has been improving their driving dynamics lately and the Verna is testimony to the fact. Unlike the outgoing model, which had a floaty feel at highway speeds, the new one feels significantly more sure-footed on the highway as well as around the twisties. There is a some vertical movement around switchbacks, but it reduces by a fair bit with a full house. The ride quality is excellent and it again reminds me of the Elantra with how silent the suspension is over potholes, ruts and joints. Tyre noise creeps into the cabin at about 90kmph on tarmac and 70kmph on concrete, while wind noise is audible past 120kmph. The tyres have a decent grip for regular use and complement the progressive braking of the Verna quite well. The steering feel and feedback has been improved too, but the movement has an elastic feel to it at slower speeds as the wheel seems eager to return to its centre position.Overall, the Verna is easy to drive and feels convenient in the city and on the highway. It isn’t an enthusiast’s driver, but I personally wouldn’t mind living with a Verna anymore.

Hyundai Verna Braking & 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.

Hyundai Verna Cost in Chennai

Hyundai Verna Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 7,98,275/- (Verna 1.6 VTVT E) to 12,86,590/- (Verna 1.6 CRDI SX Plus AT). Get best offers for Hyundai Verna from Hyundai Dealers in Chennai. Check for Verna price in Chennai at Carzprice

Hyundai Verna Conclusion

The Verna reminds me of the new Elantra in more ways than one and that isn’t a bad thing. The elder sibling has won all the comparisons we put her through, and the Verna replicates almost all of the virtues that helped the Elantra win. Furthermore, Hyundai has managed to price and package the Verna rather well despite the absence of the entry-level 1.4l engines and the inclusion of new-generation safety features and creature comforts. As a package then, the Verna should be able to breathe fresh air into a segment that is fighting for existence in the wake of the compact crossovers and SUVs.

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