Hyundai Verna is a big step up from the earlier generations. We have driven this car for a few months and clocked around 4000 kms in it. This association with the Verna has brought out some interesting facts about the car. We share the long term report of the Verna, with its positives and negatives, to help you decide whether it is the perfect car for you. Keep reading further.
The Hyundai Verna is based on the Fluidic 2.0 design language and thus resembles other cars from the family, especially the Elantra. The shape of this sedan is sporty. The front has an imposing grill with projector headlamps and LED DRLs. The side gives it a fastback kind of look, which is unique in its segment. The Verna also feels pretty and the doors are well weighted. There is a pronounced thud while shutting, which is reminiscent of some European makes.The Verna uses high tensile steel.
Pros – Attractive design, Sporty styling
Cons – None
The interior is a pleasant place. The dashboard has a neat layout and most things fall in place. It has a large touchscreen with good features and a clear reverse camera. The steering wheel is leather wrapped which is of good quality and feels comfortable to hold. This is specially useful on long drives. The seats keep one comfortable for long hours and thats a good thing. Storage spaces are plenty and this makes a big difference in everyday usage and weekend trips with the family.
The only issue here is the rear seat space. There is limited knee room and headroom. Tall passengers may find it to be a problem. However, the seat comfort is fine. Rear AC vents are also available. There is also a retractable rear blind.
Pros – Neat layout, feature loaded, comfortable
Cons – short on rear legroom and headroom
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.
Pros: Powerful engine, excellent during overtaking
Cons: Braking, engine gets noisy at high revs
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.
Ride and Handling
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.
Pros: Good mix of pliant ride and sharp handling, light steering
Cons: Heavy clutch, power steering response could be better
- Rattle from internal rear view mirror
- Noise from the fuse box.
Due to the fastback styling, the boot is short and the rear windshield has a leaner angle of incline. This poses some problem during rains, as the rear visiblilty gets hampered. A rear wiper would be helpful.