Hyundai Verna’s first generation was launched in 2006 in India and from that time onwards Verna has attracted a lot of customers over time. With its advanced features and exterior & interior looks it is one of the most value for money sedans in the price bracket. Before continuing further, welcome to this next blog of the Review Series.
On the Point
Hyundai Verna is currently powered by 3 engine options namely:
- 1.0L Kappa Turbo GDi Petrol engine which can produce a maximum power of 118.35bhp@6000rpm along with a torque output of 171.61Nm@1500-4000rpm.
- The 1.5L MPi Petrol engine produces a maximum power of 113.42bhp@6300rpm with a torque output of 144.15Nm@4500rpm.
- The 1.5L U2 CRDI Diesel engine produces a maximum power of 113.42bhp@4000rpm with a torque of 250.06Nm@1500-2750rpm.
The engine options might remind you of the Hyundai Creta or the Elantra as they share kinda same engine specs.
In terms of transmission Hyundai Verna’s engines are mated are different transmission options which are listed as under:
- The 1.0L Kappa Turbo GDi supports only a 7-speed DCT transmission system.
- The 1.5L MPi Petrol engine is mated with a 6-speed manual and IVT (Intelligent Variable Transmission) system.
- The 1.5L CRDI Diesel engine is integrated with a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission system.
For more specs, refer to the Quick spec’s sheet as mentioned below:
On to the front in the facelifted version the Verna features a sharper, wider, and black chrome-finished front grille. The headlamps are also all LED units including the LED DRL’s. However, the indicators and the fog lamps are still the halogen units. The bumper kinda looks classic but adds to the design language.
On the sides, the main highlight is the dual-tone alloy wheel which is finished in gloss black as well as in chrome finish. The chrome lining also runs across the lower window border and also on the door handles too. The door handles also feature request sensors as of course.
The rear profile also looks very elegant, sharper, and overall enhanced from the previous generations of the Verna, the taillights are all LED units except the indicators and the reverse parking lights. The bumper is again cleaner like the front but certainly, it features fake diffusers which kinda lower the respect of the overall vehicle.
On to the interiors, the dashboard is finished in dual-tone color option and also only black dashboard option along with red accents and is nice though compared to the competition. The dashboard contains a 20.32cm or 8-inch infotainment system which Hyundai calls ‘Touchscreen AVNT with HD Display’. The infotainment features basic connectives such as the Android Auto and Apple Car play along with this the system also contains Blue-Link technology integrated within it which enables it to make 45+ features overall.
The front seats feature a ventilation system and the central console also contains the wireless charging pad along with a standard 12V charging socket, a USB port, and a full-size USB type A charging port. The central console also features buttons for the ventilation system along with twin cup holders.
On to the rear compartment, the seats are decent enough with a decent amount of headroom and above-average legroom. The rear compartment also features twin AC vents with USB charging sockets along with an armrest with twin cup holders. It also gets a manually adjustable sun-visor for the rear glass. The boot is decent enough with a storage space of 480L which is practical enough even for long journeys. Verna also gets a panoramic sunroof which is quite responsive as well.
Well, Verna is a budget segment sedan not from now but for years especially in the Indian market but still, it features many limitations as compared to what the market is offering in the same price bracket, the limitations are:
- Rear compartment: There’s a lot to talk about the rear compartment and it doesn’t get a middle headrest, under-thigh support is lacking, moreover no rear side window sun visors are on offer.
- Space on rear compartment: Well, this is an issue that is not acceptable at all from a sedan at this price point. The compartment space on offer in the rear is quite compact as compared to what the market is offering, making it quite difficult to sit three passengers at the rear.
- Cost cuttings: Hyundai has provided a kinda overall package with its Verna but at the same time it has also done some major cost cuttings including the use of hard plastics all over the dashboard and also on the door area, by not providing vanity lights functioning along with the vanity mirror both for driver and co-driver side passengers.
- Non-Turbo variants: The lower or the non-turbo variants don’t get anything at all in terms of design language especially considering the front profile the non-Turbo variant of Hyundai Verna doesn’t get a black chrome treatment on the grille, no front parking sensors etc. Moreover, some features from the inside are also not there in a non-turbo Verna.
Well, to be honest, Verna is a great package, and not from now it had successfully made many fans of it from the past years. Now by adding new-age features to this genuine budget piece of art will surely make many more of its fans.
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Credits: All the images have been taken from Hyundai’s official website.