Hyundai Verna Hatchback First Drive & Performance

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Hyundai Verna Overview

Hyundai has updated their C-segment sedan with a new generation Verna. The fifth generation Verna was revealed at the Chengdu Motor Show earlier this year. It now competes against the likes of the Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento and the Skoda Rapid in the C-segment. The 2017 Verna is available in 14 variants, with two engine and two gearbox options. It gets four new body colours as well. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Hyundai Verna Exterior & Style

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 Interior & Space

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.

Hyundai Verna Engine & Performance

Hyundai’s Verna will be offered with two engines, not four. The 1.4-litre engines have been shelved altogether. The 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines have been carried over, but not without tweaks. Though power figures are identical at 123PS (petrol) and 128PS (diesel), Hyundai says that the torque is a lot more accessible. For instance, at 1250rpm you’d have 245Nm of torque on tap, compared to 176Nm in the outgoing Verna 4S diesel. Similar case with the petrol, where it makes a full 7Nm more at 1500rpm compared to the outgoing car that developed 122Nm. There’s a 6-speed manual like before, but, the 4-speed automatic transmission has been ditched in favour of a 6-speed automatic, presumably borrowed from the Creta. We could only sample the diesel avatar of the Verna, but had a go with both the transmissions. Clutch in, thumb the start-stop button, and the engine comes to life with a faint clatter. The engine feels smooth and refined as you start driving. The highlight here is the drivability of the motor, courtesy the torque. You can lug it at 30kmph in third. Step on it, and expect it to build speed cleanly. Much like the little Xcent, power delivery remains linear, save for a small spike in power at around 1700rpm. The diesel should make for a good city car as the clutch is light (albeit springy), and the gearshifts are quick n’ slick.

If you don’t want that hassle altogether, the new automatic gearbox will save the day. It shifts through the gears quickly and just gets the job done. Don’t expect it to be a sporty gearbox that will give you split-second shifts. Think of it rather as convenience and it seems just right for the job. There’s a manual mode too, but it didn’t seem all that engaging to use. It’s best left to its own, really. What’s appreciable, is the fact that the Verna is no longer a skittish handler. Around the skidpad, it remained composed as we chucked it about. Yes, there’s a bit of body roll but it’s predictable. And, we’d say the same thing about the steering as well. It is light, sure – but not dead. It does a good job of telling you what the front wheels are up to. Impressive! We can’t comment on the ride just as yet, but Hyundai tells us the new suspension has been engineered to be more forgiving, more pliant and quieter. It should have no qualms munching highway miles, but we’ll reserve our word on it till we get enough time with the car.

Hyundai Verna Ride & Handling

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. Book a Test Drive for Hyundai Verna

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.

Hyundai Verna Braking & Safety

Dual front airbags, ABS and ISOFIX come as standard across all variants of the 2017 Hyundai Verna. The EX variant adds reverse parking sensors, a rear parking camera, projector fog lights and auto-headlamps, along with impact/speed sensing auto door locks and a rear defogger with timer. The SX variant of the new Verna adds an auto-dimming interior rearview mirror and height-adjustable front seatbelts, while the range-topping SX (O) gets side and curtain airbags, for a total of 6 airbags.

Hyundai Verna Price in Chennai

Hyundai Verna Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 7,98,235/- (Verna 1.6 VTVT E) to 12,86,781/- (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 Bottomline

To put it simply, the Verna’s package has only become stronger. The new design is mature and likeable, and like most Hyundais – it is loaded to the gills as well. Our short spin has us impressed with the drivability of the diesel, and the dynamics when you hustle it. Yes, the interior could’ve looked a lot less simpler and some more room at the back would’ve made it the perfect package. But, that doesn’t take away from the fact that Verna will catapult right to the top of the consideration list for the self-driven lot. It isn’t going to be easy, but Hyundai does look well-prepped to slug it out with the updated Honda City and the to-be updated Maruti Ciaz.

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