Hyundai Verna Diesel Review: Five reasons to buy best in class sedan as it offers everything you would ever need in every regard
- Good/Funky looking sedan
- Efficient, powerful and low on NVH engines
- Automatic petrol and diesel options to choose
- Feature loaded
- Space still not segment best
- Engines could be more Efficient
It’s no surprise that the Hyundai Verna is one of the best mid segment saloons in India. The monthly sales figure of this car is proof of that. The older generation of the Verna was a little long in the tooth and the competition was already on the roll. Honda’s facelifted City, Suzuki’s Ciaz and Fiat’s updated Linea were already eyeing on the Verna and Hyundai knew that an update was needed. The 2017 version was an instant hit. Updated design, new features and improved dynamic capabilities were just some of the attributes that the new Verna was blessed with.
We give you five reasons why the 2017 Hyundai Verna could be the car you want to see parked in your garage.
1- The Looks. It looks sharp and the Fluidic 2.0 design gives it an edge over the competition. The coupe-like rear is still there and now it has wraparound taillights along with an aggressive looking rear bumper. The front too is changed and now is in line with its Elantra sibling.
2- The Interiors. The interiors are updated too. The two-tone scheme is carried on to this generation as well, but now the layout is different. The steering wheel, the centre console, the seats are also different. The previous version had the problem of cramped rear seats which is rectified in this iteration of the car.
3- The Features. The list is big. Hyundai has added all the creature comforts in this avatar of the Verna. It gets LED projector headlamps along with LED DRLs, LED taillights and fog lamps. A 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and navigation and reverse parking sensors. Ventilated seats and automatic climate control is also included along with dual airbags for all variants. Top spec versions sport 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, sunroof and there is ABS and EBD on offer. There is no telescopic steering adjustment and the lack of adjustable headrest at the back are cost-cutting measure in a car of this size and price.
4- The Drive: Hyundai was kind enough to send a car for a test drive for this story and we can tell you that the diesel motor was very smooth and refined. Gearing remains on the taller side as before. Diesel 1.6 turbo spools much faster ending the slight driveability concerns seen in the past car. The brakes were wooden in feel, the steering felt numb and is barely precise or has feedback. Body roll is less than before. Space in the back continues to be lacking by segment standards despite it is better than before.
5- The Price. With base versions starting from as low as INR 8 lacs (ex-showroom), the Verna has a strong case for itself. It has more features than its rivals and it is more appealing too. The pricing is on par with its rivals that don’t offer the same value so buying the Verna is a no-brainer.