The 5th generation Hyundai Verna is all set to take on the mid-size sedan war. Can the new Korean take on its heavyweight rivals? Let’s find out!
How does it look?
Starting from the front, one can make out the new gen Hyundai family face characteristics from the chrome cascade front grille which reminds you of the Xcent and the Elantra. The headlamps look really sharp especially with the DRL’s turned on which are damn bright as well. The overall silhouette of the car is much more coupe-like with a sloping roof line which almost distinguishes the new Verna from the conventional three-box sedan design. The 16-inch 5 spoke alloys look sporty in the gunmetal grey finish and are aptly sized as well. Move over to the back and you will find new LED tail lamps which along with the lip diffuser look really premium. Since the 5th generation Verna is now based on Hyundai’s new K2 platform, the car is slightly longer and wider than the outgoing model which gives it more aggressive and mean stance. Design has always been Hyundai’s USP and even the new Verna is a job done well.
How’s it on the inside?
Step on the inside and you’ll find plenty of similarities with its elder sibling Elantra. The 7-inch touch-screen AVN which comes with Apple Carplay, Android Auto and Mirror Link for seamless integration of app based navigation, streaming audio, voice controlled search capabilities and smart phone applications. It also gets 6 speakers along with Smart Surround System by Arkamys which sounds at par with most systems in this segment.The front seats get a cooling function which is a segment first feature and is highly appreciated in a hot country like India! The seats in themselves are quite comfortable and doing long distances in the new Verna will not be a problem at all. It now even gets a sunroof which adds a bit of airy feeling to the cabin. However, the rear seats are really cramped on legroom and things can get really uncomfortable for you at the back especially if you are more than 6 feet.
What’s under the hood?
It’s the same set of 1.6-litre engines under the hood of the 5th generation Verna i.e a 1.6-litre turbo diesel and a 1.6-litre petrol. The diesel mill is good enough for 126 bhp of power along with 245 NM of torque whereas the petrol variant can make 121 bhp of power and 151 NM of torque. Hyundai has shelved the 1.4-litre variants which is a great thing as they always felt underpowered. Both the engines get the option of a 6-speed manual as well as a 6-speed automatic transmission option. The diesel motor builds up speed quite effortlessly right from 1500 rpm and cruising long distances on highways in the new Verna will be a boon. The diesel engine especially feels quite refined and NVH levels have been kept well under control.
How does it drive?
As mentioned in the design part, the 5th gen Verna is based on the all new K2 platform which has been borrowed from the Elantra. Hyundai says that new Verna has a ’super body structure’ which is built on an advanced high strength steel structure that ensures extremely good rigidity and crash performance. Now the earlier Verna had a very bubbly and jumpy ride and even the steering felt very lifeless and vague and Hyundai has addressed these issues perfectly in this update. The suspension now feels much more agile and sharp than before and you can actually throw the car around in corners at decent speeds and feel at home like you do with most Germans. The steering offers great feedback and weighs up nicely as the car builds up speed. Overall, Hyundai has found the right mix of dynamics and ride comfort by addressing all the earlier issues!
Shall I buy one?
The new Verna is all set to face stiff competition from the likes of Honda City, Skoda Rapid, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and it has come all guns blazing for this battle. Yes, the legroom at the back could have been a better but with an array of features and great driving dynamics, the new Verna does make a really strong case for itself. Also, Hyundai has priced the new Verna very aggressively, undercutting the Honda City by almost a lakh which makes it an even more exciting proposition!
|Engine||1.6-litre diesel/ 1.6-litre petrol|
|Transmission||6-speed MT or 6-speed AT , FWD|
Price – Rs. 7.99 lakh to Rs. 12.61 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
Reviewed by – Konark Tyagi