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Hyundai Verna Facelift Review & First 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. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Hyundai Verna Look

For us, the first generation of Hyundai’s fluidic design cars left little room for its successors to improve upon. That said, the designers of the new Hyundai Verna have still managed to come up with an attractive package that looks familiar and still fresh.This face isn’t new to the public eye and it first saw the light of day when the design was first revealed in China. In fact, it’s already on sale in Russia under the ‘Solaris’ badge. For India, the 2017 Verna features projector headlamps with daytime running LEDs and projector fog lamps that bracket that new larger front grill.

The shoulder accent runs just under the window line and reminds us of the Hyundai Elantra. And it should – the Hyundai Verna and Elantra now ride on the same K2 platform. This means in addition to looking a little more mature it’s also a little larger than the outgoing model. The length has increased to 4440mm, that’s 65mm longer than before. Width has increased to 1729mm, which is an increase of 29mm, and the wheelbase has increased by 30mm, to 2600mm. But, despite the sharper rake of the roof, height remains identical at 1475mm.

That roof gently slopes down to the rear of the car and from a lower vantage point it’s almost like a notchback. The tail lights are similar to the Elantra in that they are also a three-unit design, but where the Elantra features circular LED elements, the new Verna sports semi-circular units. The new bumper finishes off the rather mature new look with a chunky dose of flair.

Hyundai Verna Comfort

Being a Hyundai, the Verna comes with very good quality materials used on the inside. The dashboard has a driver-focused layout and the dual-tone colour theme looks pleasant. Compared to the older Verna, a lot has changed and the new generation car definitely feels a much better place to be in. Fit and finish is definitely very good and the build quality isn’t bad either. The sedan comes with features like ventilated front seats, electric sunroof, hands-free smart trunk, voice recognition, cruise control, 7.0-inch audio system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Navigation, automatic climate control, rear parking camera and keyless-go. The audio system sounds pretty good while the cooling performance from the AC is brilliant.

Hyundai has also developed a Connected Car app for the Verna which is compatible with the top SX(O) variant of the car. The app is extremely good and shows details like RPM, current speed, fuel range, etc. It even shows the number of times you’ve done hard braking or hard acceleration in the car. The app is nifty but it should’ve been offered for all variants. The smart trunk feature on the car is worth a mention. You need to have the key fob in your pocket and if you stand near the boot for more than 3 seconds, the boot releases. However, the boot doesn’t really open up fully and you actually need to open it manually after the lock releases.

We found the front seats to be comfortable even over long drives and support for the lower back and under thighs is decent enough. The rear seat is also well-shaped but space is very limited. Kneeroom just cannot be compared to the Honda City and Maruti Ciaz while headroom is also just average. I am almost 6 feet tall and my head was almost touching the roof when I sat at the rear. However, the rear bench feels pretty comfortable in terms of support. The car also has a number of cubbyholes, bottle-holders and storage spaces inside the cabin. While the equipment list is very good, space is at an absolute compromise which can be a major deal-breaker especially for those people who are chauffeur-driven. The boot is well-shaped and can definitely hold quite a lot of luggage but at 480-litres, it is slightly smaller than the City and Ciaz.

Hyundai Verna Gearbox

The Verna diesel gets a 1.6-litre engine with 126 bhp of power. This is a powerful machine and performs brilliantly, easily a USP of this car. It provides a good combination of city and highway driving. The 6 speed manual box is a breeze to shift and provides good highway performance.Overtaking on highways is made easier and driving it feels confidence inspiring. It is one of those cars which you would always find an excuse to drive and have some fun. The punchy nature of this CRDi engine has been legendary now. The drawback here is the brakes, which do not feel up to the mark in terms of feel. Progressive braking could have been better and it lacks that bite required.

The mileage we could derive in our 4000 kms run was indeed good. In the city the car returned around 14 km/l and out on the highways, it returned upto 22km/l. The AC was always on and the car was pushed hard most of the times.

Hyundai Verna Driving

The new Verna is a much improved car over its predecessors and this fact is most evident in the handling department. The new suspension system is well balanced and not only provides a decent ride, but keeps the car stable at high speeds and cornering. During our runs we drove the Verna extensively in ghat sections and twisty roads and it impressed a big deal. The steering also feels better weighted now than it’s earlier generations. It also has a good feel to it. However, it could have been better. I also noticed a little lag in the power steering response, when suddenly starting from standstill.The tyres are fine but good do with some more grip. The clutch does feel heavy in the Verna diesel and this can be a deterrent if you drive mostly in city traffic conditions.

Hyundai Verna 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 Hyderabad

Hyundai Verna Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 7,98,023/- (Verna 1.6 VTVT E) to 12,86,176/- (Verna 1.6 CRDI SX Plus AT). Get best offers for Hyundai Verna from Hyundai Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Verna price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Hyundai Verna Bottomline

The 2018 Hyundai Verna ticks most of the boxes right and it is indeed a very good product. The car has been priced attractively but these prices are only for the first 20,000 customers, post which there will be a marginal hike in price. The vehicle impresses with its performance, comfort, unending equipment list and of course the styling and except the lack of space at the rear, the Verna doesn’t really have any major downside and we think the Honda City and Maruti Ciaz definitely have a reason to worry. But people who really want a spacious cabin, they might have to look elsewhere.

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