Verna is Hyundai’s C segment car which offers bits of sporty appeal to the family saloon. The all new Verna is available in 6 trims E, S, S+, SX, SX(O) and SX(O) Turbo, with both petrol and diesel choices making total of 12 variants to choose from. Competing against the famous Honda City and Maruti Ciaz, the Verna has always managed to make some space in the market, but is the new offering better than the previous generation? Let us find out.
Available in 3 engine choices and 4 gearbox options, making every car buyer get what one desires. 1.5L Kappa petrol, producing 113.5bhp and 144nm of torque and 1.5L Diesel producing 113.5bhp and 250nm of torque, both engine options come with 6 speed manual, automatic and CVT. The Turbo offers 1L Kappa Turbo petrol producing 118.5bhp and 171nm of torque with 7 speed DCT making it the best choice to pick. Hyundai claims Turbo variant goes 0-100km/h in 13.09s. The engine of the all new Verna is quite promising, but limits the performance due to bad corner handling.
The basic exterior design of the all new Verna is that of a sporty sedan just like its previous generation cousins, but the increased ground clearance eats up the sportiness. One big frameless grille in the front, touching tips of both head lamps completely covering the front profile. Elevated boot edge acts as a spoiler and Hyundai also introduced a mini spoiler at the lower side of front bumper. Fiery Red and Starry Night are the new color options available with new design for the 16inch alloy wheels. Cornering LED head lamps and tail lamps that
complements the exterior. The rear bumper has chrome finish exhaust tips and a scaly finished dummy grille at the lower side which is a new addition to the Verna.
Hyundai went a step forward to remaster the interior of Turbo variant, complete black interior with red stitching on the steering wheel and seats as well as red metallic brackets on the air vents. This red contrast interior looks sporty but also exposes black colored hard plastics on the dashboard which overall diminishes the ambience. Paddle shifters and digital instrument panel to make the car at par with its rivals. The backseat lacks in legroom and headroom for tall passengers, thigh support is good, seats are comfortable but less room makes it very compact. Verna has manual blinds for the rear passengers.
The Verna is famous for its list of features that make the car high tech. Adding to the standard features offered in this segment, the Hyundai Verna comes with front ventilated seats and Bluelink connect feature through which one can access the car through smartphone. 8inch infotainment screen combined with Android Auto/Apple Carplay and Arkayms speakers makes a premium sound system. Few handy features like Hands free boot and wireless phone charging makes life simple. The safety features include 6 airbags, ESC and traction control. The turbo variant gets front and rear parking sensors whereas the other
variants only get the front sensors.
Overall the Verna is a complete package of tech and features, the engine is promising but if someone has to choose one variant among the 12 then it should be the 1L Turbo petrol which comes with best performing DCT automatic engine. The rear passengers would not have much room but a comfortable seat leads to good journeys.