Hyundai Verna Facelift Review & Performance

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. For information on contact details of Hyundai car dealers in Kolkata

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Hyundai Verna Design & Style

The k2 platform underpins the new Hyundai Verna 2017. This platform is light and does not compromise on safety. Ultra high strength steel used in almost 50% of the car. There are many useful features in the car. This platform is longer and wider. The design is based on the Fluidic 2.0 architecture.This architecture is present on Elantra, XCent 2017, Grand 2017 and even the Creta. Now the Verna follows the same and looks part of the family.

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A new grille looks more mature and engulfs most of the front part. It looks more evolved. The headlamps are sleek and the grille gets chrome slate, though only on higher variants. Projector headlamps are now seen in the car and it and also gets LED DRLs. This is what makes the Hyundai Verna 2017 a lot more stylish and attractive. The fog lamps get chrome surrounds and the bumpers are stylish.

Side /

The Hyundai Verna 2017 is sporty looking especially from the side. The design is inspired from a coupe and hence it looks suave as well. The silhouette has clean lines flowing across. The mid models have 15-inch steel/alloy wheels and the higher ones have 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. The top variant also gets chrome door handles.

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The Verna 2017 looks very similar to the Elantra. The LEDs on the taillamps remind one of the Elantra. The rear bumper gets a dual tone colour.

Hyundai Verna Cabin & Comfort

The cabin layout isn’t very different from its stablemates, but that isn’t a bad thing. Interiors are well-appointed and the placement of controls is good. The new steering controls add to the upmarket feel while offering better usability. The quality of plastics is as good as it gets and plastics are nice to the touch with a smooth feel. The 7-inch touchscreen offers a good resolution but a slightly crisper resolution would have been more welcome, particularly for the navigation. The infotainment system offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink connectivity.

The ventilated seats deserve a mention as their cooling effect is a boon, and the seats are nicely cushioned and offer good bolstering. The rear bench is comfortable but leg and kneeroom aren’t as generous as some of the competition. The rear seat is a nice place to be in though with its plushness as the height of the arm rest is perfect and the rear air-conditioning vents ensure drafts of cold air reach you well. There’s an additional USB port for rear occupants, a thoughtful addition for the chaueffer driven lot. Storage spaces are abundant with several useful cubby holes, cup holders, a front central arm rest with storage and one-litre bottle holders in all doors.

Boot volume may not be best in class but there’s good amounts of space and I don’t think the average buyer will complain. Another highlight is the remote opening function for the boot, like the Elantra and Tucson – you simply need to stand behind the car for three seconds with the key in your pocket for it to open – which helps a lot when your hands are full.

Hyundai Verna Engine & Gearbox

The 1.4-litre petrol engine is gone. Hyundai won’t be offering it any more for the Indian car market on the Verna. In petrol there is only the 1.6-litre, which produces the same amount of power. The 1.6-litre diesel engine is also on offer. Whats more, it will be churning out similar torque with changes in tweaking. Both the engines have been tuned for better performance, be it in city or even on the highway. This is what makes it stand out in the crowd.In terms of performance, the petrol and diesel engines have very good power. We haven’t driven the petrol yet, the diesel is for sure and a good choice when it comes to driveability. The clutch is quite light and gear shifts are quick. There is more than sufficient torque in this engine and the Verna is stress-free to drive as well. The automatic is for sure more comfortable option, especially for city driving.

The torque of the 1.6-litre petrol sets in at a lower rpm. The 1.6-litre diesel has a much higher torque at 25kg-m at 1250rpm. The petrol has 6-speed manual and automatics have 6-speed AT. 126bhp is the power that the Diesel has and 121bhp of power is what the petrol engine gets. Hyundai is looking at making the Verna a premium offering and this it wants to achieve by making only 1.6-litre petrol engine available and taking out the 1.4-litre petrol and diesel. The steering geometry is also improved as per the company and it now offers better feedback. The gearbox location is also changed for optimisation, the company states. The engines have good enough power and improved torque for better drivability. One doesn’t have to shift gears that oftenThere isn’t a major increase in the mileage of this new car. The company hasn’t revealed the figures, but most certainly it will be similar. For the first time we see Hyundai offering distance to empty and mileage indicator on the driver information system.

Hyundai Verna Driving Dynamics

The new Verna is also a huge improvement in terms of ride and handling. The suspension setup is stiffer and logic dictates that the ride should thus be stiffer but that isn’t the case. The suspension isn’t crashy as before over bumps and potholes and is a lot quieter in that sense, while still soaking it all up. There are a few thuds when going fast over broken roads but on the whole the ride is a lot more settled which makes for a better in-cabin experience. Another huge improvement is stability at speeds. The older car’s softer setup caused the car to wobble at speeds, especially given the undulations on our roads but the new setup does a far better job of keeping the car planted.

Cruising at highway speeds is thus a far better experience. This should make the new car more likeable, be it for the driver or occupants. The firmer suspension helps around corners as the car feels more planted, also courtesy the grip from the 195/55 R16 Hankooks it comes shod with. Steering feel has improved with a more weighted feel at speeds and around corners but I would have liked the system to be slightly more communicative. Brakes have a progressive feel but more bite would certainly make for a more reassuring experience. On the whole the new car is a huge leap over its predecessor but still isn’t worthy of being called a driver’s car unlike some of its rivals.

Hyundai Verna Safety & Security

Here’s where things get really interesting. The Verna gets what’s among our favourite in-cabin features – ventilated seats! It’s the only car in its segment to get it; the next being its elder sibling – the Hyundai Elantra. More hand-me-downs from the bigger Hyundai sedan comes in the form of an electric sunroof, and hands-free boot release that pops open the trunk if you wave your foot underneath the rear bumper. The Verna continues to feature leather upholstery, and the front seats score high in terms of cushioning and comfort. The rear is a compromise in comparison – the legroom isn’t generous and anyone over six feet will be a bit too close to the roof. Seating three, although possible, will be a squeeze. That said, rear occupants are treated to their own air-conditioning vents, a central armrest and a single USB socket to juice up the phone.As far as safety is concerned, the top-spec variant we drove around, featured six airbags. We’re expecting dual airbags and ABS to be standard across the range, as is the case with the refreshed Honda City.

Hyundai Verna Price in Bangalore

Hyundai Verna Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 7,98,166/- (Verna 1.6 VTVT E) to 12,86,205/- (Verna 1.6 CRDI SX Plus AT). Get best offers for Hyundai Verna from Hyundai Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Verna price in Bangalore at Carzprice

Hyundai Verna Bottomline

The new Verna is offered in seven colour options, two engine options, two transmission options, slightly improved fuel economy, has 21 new features, has a bigger and bolder stance and is now more stately in its design. All of these together help the car overshadow what is perhaps its biggest flaw – lack of space and comfort at the rear. In this regard alone, the City remains more dominant but in the larger scheme of things, the Verna eclipses the Honda offering by a mile. Bringing down the Ciaz may not be all that simple though because of how Maruti connects with its customers – and because Ciaz pricing still mostly undercuts this new Verna.Nonetheless, Hyundai has managed to mount a very formidable challenge to the Ciaz and the new Verna definitely has the potential to rattle its rivals and create a bigger space for itself in the Indian car market.

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