When Hyundai India introduced the Verna, it went on to become a great sales success. But over the period its success subsided. Multiple updates failed to work, until recently when the latest Hyundai Verna was launched. Because now not only is it feature-rich, it drives well and has a bit of premium feel to it as well. Continuing Hyundai’s traditions, it looks marvellous, and it’s proven to be a formidable rival to the more expensive Honda City and the VFM pick of the segment, the Maruti Ciaz.
Like most new Hyundai products, the Hyundai Verna has the distinction of making prospective customers fall in love with its looks. And with enough individuality, it’s certainly more than just a mini Hyundai Elantra. It’s as if the front and rear designs ask you to notice, while the side has the right mix of sportiness and a nice luxurious profile of a sedan. The alloy is no less a looker and sits right in line with the aesthetically pleasing styling of the Verna.
If we were to pick two things that made Verna’s cabin a special place, then those would be the feel and the features list. Let’s delve into the former first. In terms of feel, the Hyundai Verna’s cabin is a clear indication of how well the segment has progressed. The dual-tone interior scheme adds to the airy cabin, while silver accents further break the monotony. In terms of features, things like climate control, a large touchscreen navigation system, and even a cooled glovebox are considered normal for the segment. But the Hyundai Verna takes it to another level with the optional sunroof, ventilated seats, smart trunk, and even a rear curtain. It also offers up to six airbags and cruise control. The anniversary edition can be specced with an all-black interior as well.
The Hyundai Verna is currently offered with three engine choices: a 1.4-litre petrol (100 PS/13.5 km), a 1.6-litre petrol (123 PS/15.4 km), and a 1.6-litre diesel (128 PS/26.5 km). While the base petrol comes only with a 6-speed manual gearbox, the other two can also be specced with a 6-speed automatic. The diesel is the most powerful of the lot and is also the most fun-to-drive owing to the large amount of torque it produces. The petrol aren’t too far off, but considering both are naturally aspirated, these aren’t going to win a lot of races. The wider engine range and more power give the Verna an upper hand with respect to its rivals.
The Hyundai Verna (or the Hyundai Accent in other markets) is a competitively priced product. For instance, the price of a base-spec petrol (1.4) starts at Rs 7.9 lakh, whereas the 1.6-litre petrol MT starts at Rs 9.8 lakh. The diesel-engined Verna has priced at Rs 9.59 lakh and goes all the way up to Rs 12.99 lakh. The Anniversary Edition with a longer list of features is priced at Rs 11.69 lakh onwards for the Verna Petrol and Rs 13.03 lakh for the Hyundai Verna Diesel.
The main competition comes from the Honda City and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. With fewer features and an image that still needs to be perfected, the Ciaz doesn’t make its case as strong. Whereas the City is still considered more expensive than usual. But the Hyundai Verna sits in the middle and enjoys the best of both worlds. Which clearly shows how good a product the Verna is.