Hyundai Verna Features ,Test Drive & Performance

Hyundai Verna Overview

With a combined market share of near 80 per cent it’s fairly clear that the Maruti Ciaz and the Honda City are the cars to beat in the C-segment, that is the mid-size sedan segment. The new Hyundai Verna is now longer, wider and wears a more sophisticated look than before.The story is not too different on the inside. Importantly, a completely new architecture under the skin of the 2017 Hyundai Verna also promises to solve one of our biggest critiques – loose dynamics. We headed to Kochi hoping to find out if this fifth generation of the Hyundai Verna has the ability to be crowned top of the segment.

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With a range from Rs 7.99 – 12.39 lakh the new Hyundai Verna has been priced very competitively, matching the diesel prices of the Maruti Ciaz and undercutting the Honda City entirely. Its feature set is likely to lure more people as it tops the electric sunroof with new segment-firsts like the hands-free boot lid and the air-cooled front seats. In this new avatar Hyundai has brought a refreshing maturity to the design of the 2017 Verna.

The new dynamics have now found a great balance between good handling and great ride quality, solving one of the major gripes we had with the old car. The three year/unlimited kilometre warranty also makes it a very sensible purchase. The new Verna’s one serious stumbling block, is the lack of room in the rear and will make it far from ideal for users who are looking at spending most of their time in the backseat. But even so, the 2017 Hyundai Verna seems perfectly poised to make mid-size sedan car-buyers head to Hyundai showrooms before signing on the dotted line.

Hyundai Verna Exterior & Look

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. For more details on Hyundai Verna  check isc2013

Hyundai Verna Interior & Space

Inside the design is a lot more subdued – again Ha Hak Soo (who heads Hyundai’s interior design by the way), told me that this was intentional. Since the outside was so bold and extroverted, the inside was kept simpler, subtler, and more understated. The cabin layout is premium though – with good use of plastic moulding on the dash, and a nice two-tone palette. The dash layout will remind you of the Elantra’s though the central console is more like the Tucson’s – with a carryover on the climate control system panel design too. The 7” touchscreen dominates this stack, and is only on offer on the two top variants. The mid trims get a 5” screen, and the base E variant gets nothing. But then that variant isn’t the one I expect mostly anyone to buy anyway. The screen is sharp with a nice display and is loaded with features. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto/Mirror Link, navigation, and an Arkamys sound system (standard from the 2nd {EX} variant and up) are all accessed through this screen. You can control the music through Hyundai’s iblue smartphone app, and the top variant also gets Auto Link which lets you check on your car’s status (health check), its stats (trip etc.), and also your driving habits (mileage information, etc.). It also connects you to roadside assistance. The top trim also gets the start stop button, keyless entry and two segment-firsts – a sunroof, and seat ventilation for the front two seats – that will be bliss for many owners in hot summer months! The top end also gets leatherette perforated seats for better cooling – all other variants have fabric seats. The higher variants also get a manual sun ‘curtain’ or screen for the rear windscreen.

The AC vents are housed in a dull metal finish – which looks nice and sleek. The climate control system is also well finished and the AC is effective. On the top auto variants (and soon on the manuals too) you will also get what Hyundai calls Eco Coating – which allows the AC system to further filter out pollutants and harmful gases from entering the cabin. The instrument cluster has a display screen with lots of functions including the trip computer, settings for displays, and again barring the base E variant there is also cruise control on offer. The car’s boot is equipped with the same Smart Trunk feature as big sister Elantra. If you have the key in your pocket and approach the car’s rear – wait a couple of seconds and the trunk lid pops open on its own. Helpful when your hands are full, and a nice feature – that’s only available on the top-end SX(O) though. I haven’t even listed some of the other features on offer, and so that easily tells you that Hyundai has gone for the kill, by packing the Verna with so many goodies, that the competition is going to now almost look meagre by comparison. Good material quality inside the cabin, with good plastics will only cement that case further.

Safety gets a bump up too, with dual airbags and ABS being standard. The SX(O) also gets side and curtain airbags. Impact sensing door unlick, immobiliser, clutch lock, seatbelt pretensioners, ISOFIX child seat mounts, and central locking are standard too. Hyundai says the shell is also stringer yet lighter, with high strength steel now used in 50% of the structure. The Achilles heel of the new Hyundai Verna is the lack of generous legroom at the rear – a problem its predecessor also had. This is especially surprising given the move to the K2 platform – which could’ve meant roomier cabin. The tapering roofline also reduces headroom at the rear. But the back seat bench is comfortable, has a drop down armrest, and now the new Hyundai Verna gets rear AC vents, and even a USB phone charger outlet. In fact even in the front, below the climate control, you will find a 12V outlet, a USB-in for connectivity, and another additional USB charge point too – nice touch.

Hyundai Verna Engine & Performance

The 2017 Verna now come with just two engine options, petrol and diesel, and both are the more powerful 1.6-litre engines. The VTVT petrol makes 123PS of power and 151Nm of torque while the CRDi diesel makes 128PS and 260NM of torque. Manual and automatic transmissions are available with both engines and in the interest of better driveability and efficiency, they are both 6-speed units.

Diesel

The 1.6 CRDi engine of the 2017 Hyundai Verna is as powerful as the outgoing model but now puts out more torque at lower rpm. This means that even at low city speeds around 30kmph you can leave the transmission in say 3rd and it will pull away cleanly when you press the gas pedal. There’s just a gentle step up in acceleration when the turbo comes into its own at around 1700-1800rpm. And the great thing is that the engine doesn’t feel breathless below that point either.

It is a little clattery, though, and at just above idle and between 1100-1800 rpm at medium throttle inputs, it’s quite audible inside the cabin. In all other rev ranges the engine does quieten down to a much more bearable note. Hyundai is claiming that the diesel Verna should return 24.75kmpl for the manual transmission and 21.02kmpl from the auto box. The previous generation Hyundai Verna was rated at 23.9 kmpl for the manual, and 19.08 kmpl for the auto.

Petrol

The 123PS petrol Verna is undoubtedly the quieter of the two and considering that it has been tuned for better driveability in town it doesn’t like being rushed either. If calm and collected is your mood then it will reward you with smooth progress with as much as 130.5Nm of its 151Nm total available from as low as 1500rpm. In fact, with the 6-speed manual transmission we were even able to pull away (very slowly) from as low as 25kmph in sixth gear without so much as a complaint from either the engine or the transmission.

If you need to make rapid progress, for example when we had to make it back to the hotel before they shut the buffet, then you need to keep the petrol spinning over 3500-5000rpm which is this engine’s sweet spot. Hyundai is claiming 17.7kmpl for the manual and 15.92 kmpl for the automatic petrol. This is marginally higher than the Verna 4S’s 17.01 kmpl for the manual and 15.74 kmpl for the previous 4-speed auto.

Automatic Gearboxes

We didn’t get a chance to drive the diesel manual 2017 Verna but the 6-speed conventional torque converter automatic transmission was a pleasant surprise. Torque converter transmissions were called ‘slush boxes’ on account of their slow responsiveness and disconnected feeling at the throttle pedal. But I really liked this Hyundai iteration. It’s responsive and quick and when driving around town and light or medium throttle inputs feel very direct and connected.

Only when you floor the pedal do you start to feel some slip and you can hear the transmission struggling to keep up with the engine revs. You can also switch the transmission into manual mode if you are in the mood for some spirited driving, where it will hold a selected gear, but we preferred to leave it in auto mode, which seems to make the most of the torque from the diesel engine and still gives you the buttery smooth gear changes that torque converter gear boxes are known for. A claimed mileage of over 21kmpl (diesel) makes it sound almost too good to be true.

Hyundai Verna Driving Dynamics

The one serious shortcoming in the old Hyundai Verna was that it wasn’t a confident high-speed machine. With the new K2 platform and changes to both the front and rear suspension setup, Hyundai has completely transformed the driving experience in the 2017 Verna. The steering is still fairly light in town, making negotiating the tight traffic-filled street of Kochi a breeze, and when speeds increased out on the highway a nice reassuring weight enters the equation. The steering also feels quite direct and this really helps with letting you know what’s happening at the front wheels.

It’s very well behaved around corners too. The chassis stays fairly flat and though there is some roll when really pushed it’s always predictable and controlled. The brake pedal is quite firm and though it is very linear and has more than enough braking force we do wish it was a little lighter action.Comfort hasn’t been compromised as the ride quality is still pliant in the new Verna. It’s on the firm side but yet manages to absorb bumps and imperfections in the road. This is down to Hyundai doing a lot of work on the suspension. It’s changed the setup of the McPherson linkages up front to limit the horizontal displacement that occurs when the front wheels go over sharp bumps and in the rear, the angle of the shocks have been changed to a more vertical design to better improve the backseat ride. It has worked.Calculate EMI On Hyundai Verna at Fincarz.

Hyundai Verna Safety & Security

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 Price in Ahmedabad

Hyundai Verna On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 8,78,550 to 14,19,763 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 Ahmedabad. Check for Verna price in Ahmedabad at Autozhop.

Hyundai Verna Final Thought

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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