The Hyundai Verna 2018 India Review - A Thorough Walkthrough
by IndianAuto Team
The Hyundai Verna probably had one of the most actions which packed entries into the longterm fleet, than any other vehicles in the garage.
With the advent of multiple refreshed cars of the same segment like Honda City and Maruti Ciaz, it is quite a matter of fact to expect some ground to be lost; but hey, actually this happens to be a chance to upgrade your car by integrating recently-developed features or updating the current ones. And it is exactly what Hyundai did. The carmaker doesn’t lounge around and waits for an opportunity to present itself, they turn competition into the spawning ground for their brainchild. That being the case, IndianAuto Team now introduce to you the facelifted Hyundai Verna which is now back in the game after a long while of absence.
1. The Hyundai Verna 2018 India Review - What To Expect From The Outside
The car’s appearance has changed quite a little compared to the outgoing model, actually, beholders may confuse it with the topnotch Elantra just based on the profile. The second impression would come from the cascading chrome-inserted front grille having the Hyundai badge at its upper part, being flanked by angular headlights integrated with projector and daytime running lights. Lower down under the headlight clusters is a pair of new fog lights with sharp-cornered housings which is also given chrome treatment.
People may end up mistaking the new Verna for its first-rate cousin owing to the mutual outline
Noticeably, the side profile does receive its fair share of chrome job which goes to door handles, beltline weatherstrip; and with a set of 16-inch diamond-cut wheels, sharkfin antenna and coupe-like roofline altogether lend quite a sporty look to the whole car. There is certainly a change in dimensions of the Verna and makes the vehicle itself larger basically, leading to curvier outline and a plump body as a whole. Specifically speaking, the Verna is 4405 mm long, stands at 1469 mm height, with its width measures at 1729 mm and the wheelbase at 2600 mm. Meanwhile, the car’s ride height of 165 mm is a tad shorter than the standard one of 170 mm which is considered the minimum for an automobile.
2. The Hyundai Verna 2018 India Review - On The Inside
We drove for a few hours with the car and treat ourselves to the first-hand experience of Verna’s interior. And our conclusion is it’s worth it, it here is your money. The dashboard gets retouched with the new design and new theme of double colours of beige and black, having a chrome insert surrounding the A/C vents and the touchscreen.
Infotainment 7-inch screen is compatible with Apple Carplay, MirrorLink and other convenient apps
Our attention was drawn to the spot-on brand new 7-inch infotainment touch-screen AVN system which incorporates variable apps like Apple Carplay, Android Auto, Voice Command and MirrorLink. Along with the mentioned features above, we also have here Autocruise, system, rearview camera, parking sensors and start/stop button. In addition to that, the higher-end models are exclusively equipped with boot lid auto-opener and impact sensing door unlock system, which is absent on Verna’s rivals. Another big thumbs-up is given to the fresh and advanced climate control system to help you combat with this summer of India. Other handy pieces to make the vehicle more appealing to buyers are power folding mirrors, rear A/C vent, and electronic sunroof. One more component of comfort which the Verna owe to the Elantra is the cooled seats. In layman’s terms, the seats which are ventilated play the role of air circulator, drawing in the air from by the A/C vents and release it back in the cabin to keep it always cool, though it is quite a shame since the system is only equipped with the front seats. And no sweat even if you happen to get sick from the A/C odours which are now taken care of by the Eco Coating, a new technology which helps to remove unpleasant smells in the cabin. Having that being said all about comfort improvements, the new design doesn’t take care of all the job when it comes to headroom. It turns out that this is actually an inevitable sacrifice for the slope of the coupe-like roof and the electronic sunroof to make the car look more flashy. But to their credit, there is enough leg room for everyone, and as long as there is no fifth person involved which means cramming, you are good to go. Cushioning and upholstery are of decent quality. Besides, the boot space is added 20 more litres of capacity and now amounts to 480 litres, meaning more baggage to carry about.
Rear seat row’ headroom capacity is cut down to make wave for the sunroof and partially due to the design
Speaking of the safety package, the entry trim models receive standard dual airbags and anti-lock brake; meanwhile, the top-spec come with six airbags, cornering lights, and ISOFIX, to name but a few.
3. The Hyundai Verna 2018 India Review - Engine and Performance
Moving on to under the hood, the 1.4-litre motors are replaced by the 1.6-litre units which are both petrol and diesel available, tuned to either the 6-speed manual transmission or the automatic gearbox.
1.6-litre engine in combo with either 6-speed automatic or manual transmission
The 1,582cc four-cylinder diesel engine yields 128hp of power and 260Nm of torque. The impressive detail lies with its refinement, which means the NVH level of the motor has been hugely improved, you can hardly hear any noise in the cabin or feel any vibration from the floor while driving at normal speed. Another option is the 1,591cc 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol motor which offers 123hp of power and 151Nm of peak torque, though it can’t compare to the diesel unit when it comes to punching. And thanks to the revised platform borrowed from the snazzy Elantra, the vehicle is greatly spared the pain of dealing with rough terrains; in fact, receiving the boost from the new shock absorber, the sedan works wonderfully on some bumpy and potholed roads we drove through to test the car.
4. The Hyundai Verna 2018 Color Options
The Hyundai Verna 2018 is available with seven different colors, including:
All of the colors of Ford Ecosport 2018
5. The Hyundai Verna 2018 Prices and Variants
CRDi 1.6 E
Rs. 9.6 Lakh
CRDi 1.6 EX
Rs. 10.42 Lakh
CRDi 1.6 SX
Rs. 11.5 Lakh
CRDi 1.6 AT EX
Rs. 11.85 Lakh
CRDi 1.6 SX Option
CRDi 1.6 AT SX Plus
VTVT 1.4 E
Rs. 7.9 Lakh
VTVT 1.4 EX
Rs. 9.2 Lakh
VTVT 1.6 SX
Rs. 11.52 Lakh
VTVT 1.6 AT SX Option
Rs. 12.66 Lakh
6. The Hyundai Verna 2018 Detail Specs
Hyundai Verna 2018 Specs India
Engine and Transmission
1.6-litre 126.2bhp 16V U2 VGT Diesel Engine
1.4-litre 98.6bhp 16V Kappa Dual VTVT Petrol Engine
Suspension and Brake
Front: McPherson Strut with Coil Spring
Rear: Coupled Torsion Beam Axle Type
Dimensions and Capacity
Overall Dimension (W x L x H)
1729mm x 4440mm x 1475mm
Steering Wheel and Tyres
Alloy Wheel Size
Anti-Lock Braking System
Parking Sensors (Rear)
Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock
Child Safety Locks
Passenger/ Driver Airbag
Passenger Side Rear View Mirror
Power Windows- (Front/ Rear)
Remote Fuel Lid Opener
Accessory Power Outlet
Automatic Climate Control
Low Fuel Warning Light
Air Quality Control
Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts
Rear A/C Vents
Multi-function Steering Wheel
Parking Sensors (Rear)
Lane Change Indicator
Lane Change Indicator
USB Charger (Front/ Rear)
7. The Hyundai Verna 2018 - Sign Off
The centre console of the Hyundai Verna 2018
Hyundai Verna 2018 seats
Hyundai Verna 2018 from front-rear and body view
8. Ford EcoSport 2018 - Other images
With all the updates to the equipment list, the next-gen Verna sees a slight increase in starting price (from Rs 7.99 lakh to Rs 12.39 lakh), but still it is a fair deal if not to say that the price comes as quite a reasonable offer and very competitive in comparison with that of the Toyota Yaris, the Honda City, the Maruti Ciaz and the Volkswagen Vento.
Honda City and Hyundai Verna are the two close rivals in the segment of midsize sedans. Let’s consider every single aspect of the two premium cars to find out which one will make a better purchasing choice.
Hyundai has recently added a new base variant to the range of the Hyundai Verna. The prices of other variants are also revised. The new prices are higher than the previous prices by Rs 9,000 to Rs 18,000.