Imagine biting into a juicy burger loaded
with tenderly roasted meat, layers of melted cheese, fried egg sunny side up, a
few strips of bacon, a slice of ham and oodles of mayo. I’m sure your mouth is
probably watering by now. Well so was mine when I got behind the wheel of the
new 5th generation Hyundai Verna and set off in the misty hills
The new Verna has been built on Hyundai’s
K2 platform. This 5th generation model bares a stark contrast from
the previous generation model. In terms of design language the new Verna gets
sophisticated looks. The front fascia is bold and looks well dressed with
supple use of chrome on the grille and bumper. Hyundai’s cascade grille design
and stretched projector headlamps add a modish and bold touch to the sedan’s
front. The projector headlamps feature LED DRLs and cornering lamps. Hyundai is
also offering projector fog lamps on the new Verna with a smart looking chrome
1582, 4 Cylinder,
CRDi Turbocharged, Diesel
McPherson dual Strut
with coil springs
Coupled Torsion Beam
Fuel Tank Capacity
Rs. 12.40 Lakh
The side profile of the sedan is butch and
features a solid shoulder line which runs out seamlessly before the A pillar
and straight into the boot. Adding a touch of bling, the Korean car
manufacturer has also included a chrome belt line. The Verna rides on smart
looking 16-inch 5 spoke diamond cut alloys.
The new Verna gets a sloping C pillar which
lends this sedan a very coupe like design. In my eyes this small change has
redefined the way the Verna would be perceived. This design of the C pillar has
added a subtle sense of elegance to an otherwise very bold and sophisticated
silhouette. The rear section features split LED tail lamps, chrome garnish on
the boot lid and a muscular bumper with ample of plastic cladding.
Despite being immensely functional, I felt
the interiors could have done with more colour. Hyundai has carried forward a
beige and black dual tone theme inside the cabin with Leatherette upholstery
being offered on the top spec SX (O) variant. The dash is partially biased
towards the driver and has been designed in an extremely ergonomical manner.
The seats as well are rather comfortable and provide adequate cushioning.
Speaking of seats, on offer are ventilated
front seats, a segment first! Hyundai has always aimed at leading the pack with
its trend setting offerings and the new Verna is no exception to this. The top
spec variant of the Verna comes loaded to the hilt with class leading features
such as an electric sunroof, hands free smart trunk, manually operated rear
curtain, rear AC vents, a total of 3 USB charging slots, 7 inch infotainment
setup with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link, sliding front armrest,
cooled glovebox, automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, voice commands
and cruise control.
The overall space in the cabin as well has
been improved. The 5th generation Verna sees an increase in length,
height and wheelbase. The rear seat headroom has been improved by 3mm while
legroom in the rear has been increased by 44mm. Seating in the rear is
adequately comfy, however I felt a bit more leg room would have made things
much better. Another factor which really appealed to me was the roomy feeling I
got inside the cabin, the addition of the sunroof does more than add to this.
The overall comfort in this cabin is exceptional.
The 1.6L, 4 cylinder, CRDi, turbocharged
diesel mill belts out 126bhp and 260Nm of torque. The engine may be the same as
the previous generation Verna but the tuning has been tweaked. The sedan now
feels more linear in its progression.
The engineers at Hyundai have done a
fabulous job in tuning this engine which now delivers a better low end torque
than before. This is almost immediately evident the moment you floor it! Even
while I was driving in the hills, the low end torque was quite delightful when
taking on inclines. The Verna is able to pull cleanly up inclines. This 1.6L
diesel mill on the Verna has been tuned to deliver peak torque low in the range
starting from 1500rpm and ranging up to 3000rpm.
The engine revs freely till 5000rpm post
which not much is on offer on the band. The 1.6L diesel has been mated to a
6-speed manual gearbox, also on offer is a 6-speed automatic. I had at my
disposal the manual variant. The gear box is quite crisp and the engine goes
through the first three gears quickly. The 4th, 5th and 6th
come with longer legs which can be really stretched out on highways.
Hyundai has also improved the ride and
handling of the new Verna. The sedan now gets a hydraulic recoil absorber in
the rear. While driving fast or cornering hard, the new Verna feels more
confident and sure footed than before. The suspension is mildly stiffer and
thus rendering more control to the driver. The brakes have also been tweaked
for a better grip. Hyundai has also weighted the steering really well and that
has made the drive of this new sedan immensely pleasurable.
The 5th generation Hyundai Verna
gets a touch of everything in the right quantities, be it technology, comfort,
convenience, luxury, space or performance. Taking on the likes of the Maruti
Suzuki Ciaz and the Honda City, Hyundai has ensured the new Verna gets some
segment first features.
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