Hyundai Verna Hatchback Performance & Test Drive
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. Request a test drive for Verna in Tryaldrive
Hyundai Verna Design & 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 Cabin & Comfort
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 & Gearbox
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 Bangalore
Hyundai Verna Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 7,98,799/- (Verna 1.6 VTVT E) to 12,86,725/- (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 Verdict
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.Tags: Hyundai