Hyundai Vernais one of the hottest-selling C-segment sedans in the market. However, its Korean car manufacturer has been working to introduce an upgraded version of this sedan in India by next year, which is already being sold in the Chinese markets at an introductory price of 72,800 Chinese Yuan (Rs 7.3 lakh). The launch of the China-spec Verna gives us an idea of the upcoming India-spec model. The current-gen Hyundai Verna looks quite ravishing and comes loaded with some decent features. So, here, in our New Hyundai Verna vs Old Model comparison, we are comparing the current-gen model with the upcoming version.
The Korean car manufacturer is also working to introduce the upgraded version of the sedan in India by next year
Talking about the dimensions of the current-gen model, the ongoing Hyundai Verna is 4,440 mm long, 1,729 mm wide, 1,475 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,600 mm. On the other hand, the Hyundai Verna has 4,405mm of length, 1,720 mm of width, 1,455 mm of height and 2,600 mm of wheelbase. So, the new Hyundai Verna is marginally smaller as compared to the current-gen model.
Current-gen Hyundai Verna
2) New Hyundai Verna vs Old Model - Design and Looks
The design language of the current-gen Verna employs a coupe-like roofline, which looks unique and gives it an advantage over the competitors. At the front, the sedan features a cascading grill. The illumination duties are done by an extended projector headlamps and fog lamps. Moreover, the new-gen Hyundai Verna has also employed some premium chrome elements around the car to attract Indian buyers. This includes chrome garnish covers, fog-lamps, chrome door handles, and a chrome boot lip. Moreover, the car looks quite sporty because of the faux skid plate on both the ends. The current-gen Hyundai Verna rolls on stylish looking 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. At the back, the sedan gets an pair of LED taillight, which look sharp. The top-spec version of the car features a shark-fin antenna. In our markets, the sedan is offered in seven smart-looking colour shades, namely- Titan Grey, Fiery Red, Typhoon Silver, Alpha Blue, Polar White, Starry Night and Thunder Black.
The current-gen Hyundai Verna looks quite ravishing and it comes loaded with some decent amount features
The China-Spec Hyundai Verna gets an unconventional design on both the ends.
If we consider the China-spec Hyundai Verna, the sedan gets an unconventional design at the front and rear. As compared to the current-gen car, the most significant change has been made at the front. The sedan now employs an all-new larger grille up front, along with an elegant looking bumper, and stylish LED headlights. The front fascia of the car will surely remind of the recently launched D-segment sedan by Hyundai, the Elantra. The rear-end of the car looks stylish too, as it gets extended taillight to meet the Hyundai logo in the middle of the boot. It also gets a new rear diffuser bordered with a chrome inlay along with fake exhaust pipes on both the sides. Moreover, the back reflector has been positioned in the middle of the diffuser. The smart-looking dual-tone alloy wheels enhance the premium quotient of the car. The new model is clearly the winner of this part of our new Hyundai Verna vs Old Model comparison.
3) New Hyundai Verna vs Old Model - Convenience and Features
a) Safety Features
The current-gen Verna offers safety features like front dual airbags, ABS with EBD, speed-sensing door lock, front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and much more. The upcoming Hyundai Verna will get ABS with EBD, six airbags, speed-sensing door locks, high-speed warning and seatbelt reminder.
b) Security features
The ongoing Hyundai Verna gets security features like central locking, keyless entry, anti-theft alarm and engine immobilizer. We expect the same features to be offered with the new Hyundai Verna.
The current Hyundai Verna has a premium looking two-tone interior colour-scheme
The upcoming Hyundai Verna will feature ventilated seats, wireless charging, electric sunroof, smart trunk, and cruise control
c) Comfort features
The current-gen Hyundai Verna comes loaded with features like sunroof, automatic climate control, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto, ventilated front seats, cruise control, smart trunk and rear parking camera with sensors. On the other hand, the upcoming Hyundai Verna will feature ventilated seats, wireless charging, electric sunroof, smart trunk, and cruise control.
4) New Hyundai Verna vs Old Model - Engine and performance
Talking about the powertrains, the current-gen Hyundai Verna gets propelled by two petrol and two diesel motors. Both the engines are provided in a 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre configuration.The 1.4-litre petrol engine develops max power and peak torque outputs of 99 bhp and 132 Nm respectively, the 1.4-litre oil burner churns out 89 bhp and 220 Nm of twisting force. The 1.6-litre petrol mill produces 121 bhp and 151 Nm, while the top-of-the-line 1.6-litre, diesel engine puts out power and torque outputs of 126 bhp and 260 Nm. Transmission duties are done by a 6-speed gearbox.
Current-gen Hyundai Verna
New Hyundai Verna
1.6-litre Diesel Engine
1.5-litre Diesel Engine
6-speed MT/ AT
6-speed MT/ AT
The upcoming Hyundai Verna will borrow engines from the Kia Seltos, which include BSVI-compliant 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 116 bhp and 144 Nm of torque, and a 1.5-litre oil-burner which churns out 116 bhp of peak power and 250 Nm of peak torque. Moreover, the Korean carmaker will discontinue the existing engine options before 1st April 2020.
The current Hyundai Verna is powered by BSIV-compliant engine
The upcoming Hyundai Verna will be powered by BSVI-compliant engine from the Kia Seltos
The ongoing Hyundai Verna features BSIV-compliant engines, rated to offer a mileage of 17 kmpl (1.6-litre petrol AT) and 15 kmpl (1.4-litre diesel MT). While the 1.4-litre diesel motor offers 24 kmpl of mileage and the 1.6-litre the diesel engine gives 21 kmpl (AT) and 24 kmpl (MT) of fuel-efficiency. As we know that the 2020 Hyundai Verna will get BSVI compliant engines. The fuel-efficiency will be slightly less, but only by around 5-10%.
New Hyundai Verna vs Old Model - Price
Talking about the prices of both cars, the 1.4-litre petrol, base variant of the current-gen Hyundai Verna is priced at Rs 8.18 lakh (ex-showroom) and it goes all the way up to Rs 14.09 lakh (ex-showroom) for the top-spec 1.6-litre diesel automatic variant. Hyundai has not yet revealed the prices of the new Verna, but we expect the car to be slightly more expensive than the ongoing model because it’ll feature a BS6-compliant engine along with some added features.
The rear-end of the upcoming 2020 Verna car looks edgy with its extended taillights
The rear-end of the current-gen Verna is more conservative yet good-looking
The current-gen model rivals with the likes of C-segment sedans like Honda City, Toyota Yaris, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid. The new-gen Verna will compete with the same rivals. Moreover, Honda is also planning to reveal the new-gen City in the market by 25th November, to make it a more anticipating package.
The ongoing Hyundai Verna is a value for money car, and it is one of the best-selling sedans in its segment. On the other hand, the new-gen India-spec model is expected to reveal soon, and we expect the sedan to carry forward the Verna legacy. If you're looking to buy a C-segment sedan right now, the BSIV-compliant model would suit you. Also, there are a lot of discounts available on BSIV Hyundai cars, which you can check out at your nearest Hyundai dealership. From all this, it's clear that the new model is the clear winner of our New Hyundai Verna vs Old Model comparison.