Hyundai released a new teaser image of the new generation Verna sedan hinting its arrival a few months ago. The South Korean Auto manufacturer introduced their popular c-segment sedan back in 2009, and it even went onto become the best-selling vehicle in its segment.

Hyundai revealed the 2018 Verna as a concept at the 2016 Beijing Auto show, while later it was launched in Russia with a different name. The new Verna sedan is called Solaris locally in Russia while the same car is sold under the Accent nameplate in Canada. Thankfully Hyundai still retains the Verna nameplate for their vehicle in India. Do not forget the fact that the Verna is important to Hyundai like the City is to Honda or the Ciaz is to Maruti. The bookings for the fifth generation sedan have already commenced in our Country about a month ago, and finally, the car is launched here.

The sedan not only underpins a new platform but is also longer wider and has an increased wheelbase which automatically results in more interior space. What is even more interesting is also the fact that the sedan not only received cosmetic updates but mechanical updates as well.

Update 22.08.2017:- Hyundai launched the new generation Verna sedan in India. The prices and other details have been updated in this review.

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HYUNDAI TEASED THE NEW VERNA FOR INDIA

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Hyundai dropped a teaser image of a new car with a caption, “Buckle up for a new experience! #NewGenHyundai”.

The car is now built on a new K2 platform which is more agile and rigid at the same time. Now compared to the older sedan the new-gen Verna is actually longer and wider while the new wheelbase has actually helped in also generating slightly more room towards the rear. Now if we talk about styling the new-gen Verna is actually more of a evolution of its predecessor. Although the profile looks sleeker and sharper than before but you won’t miss its predecessor at all, towards the front the sedan gets newly designed headlamps while the front bumper section too has received minor changes. There are not much change towards the side profile though except a new pair of alloy wheels. Towards the rear the Verna gets an updated taillamps and bumpers.

The next generation Verna also uses Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) body structure which promises unmatched safety. Hyundai also promises that the sedan has the best in class body rigidity structural Changes and Crash Performance.

EXTERIOR

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The new Verna is bigger as well as more spacious than its predecessor and also gets a slightly lengthier wheelbase which automatically translates into more interior space. The new car also underpins a new reworked Hyundai i20 platform.

Now let’s talk about the styling, shall we? The old Verna was always one attractive looking sedan, and thus Hyundai decided not to mess too much wi9th the overall silhouette of the car and thus decided to make minimal changes to keep things fresh on the new car. As a result of all that the new generation Verna gets a redesigned headlamps and grille towards the front, the new ‘C’ shaped LED Daytime running lamps has also are integrated into the new headlight unit. The headlight assembly, in particular, gets projector units. The front profile now is dominated by a large cascading Hyundai grille. The front profile also gets new fog lamp cluster which is surrounded by a chrome embellishment. There are not many changes made to the side profile though however, the new sedan does feature a new set of alloy wheels for the top end trim. The swooping roofline towards the rear makes things more interesting. Talking about the rear profile, in particular, it gets this newly designed wrap around tail lamps which look quite similar to the ones found in the new facelift Xcent sedan only slightly bigger. The integrated boot spoiler too helps in adding a sporty appeal to the vehicle.

Regarding overall dimension, the new Verna is now 4.3-metres in length and has a wheelbase of 2.58 metres which is almost 15 mm longer and has an extended wheelbase of approximately 10 mm.

OVERALL DIMENSION

Overall length (mm)4,440
Overall width (mm)1,729
Overall height (mm)1,475
Wheelbase (mm)2,600

INTERIOR

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If we talk about the cabin then surely the new sedan brings a sea of change inside. The front dashboard gets a dual tone colour scheme finished in beige and black while you also expect improved plastic quality as well. The dash houses a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system which come integrated with AppleCarplay, Android-auto and mirror link connectivity. The top spec variant also gets a new leather upholstery along with a sunroof and rear curtains. The rear passengers will also enjoy extra leg room because of the increased wheelbase. It even gets outstanding NVH characteristics which use advanced sound absorption materials to keep the cabin quiet.

The new Verna also gets plenty of new features which include ventilated front seat which is the first in its segment, rear AC vents, dual USB charging points, power windows, electrically adjustable ORVMs and climate control. The Verna even gets rear sunshade which not only protects the occupants from the sun but also helps in maintaining their privacy. Some other features in the new Verna include Eco coating technology which helps by preventing unpleasant smell to develop in the AC vents. There is a secure small storage space inside the centre console. The next generation Verna even gets a seat height adjuster as well.

DRIVETRAIN

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The Indian spec Hyundai Verna continues with the 1.6 Litre Petrol and 1.6 Litre diesel engines under the hood. The drivetrains has been retuned for better performance and fuel efficiency. The petrol variant is capable of producing about 123 ps of peak power and 15.4 kgm of torque. The diesel variant on the other hand like we already said is powered by a 1.6 Litre unit which is capable of producing about 128 Ps of peak power and 26.5 kgm of torque. Now coming to the transmission option, the current Verna gets both manual as well as an automatic transmission, however the four-speed automatic unit has now been replaced by a new six-speed automatic unit which features six-speed torque converter. This electronic unit also powers the Elantra sedan as well. You can expect the new automatic gearbox also to respond quicker than the old unit.

The petrol variant promises to retrun around 17.70 km/l on the manual transmission while the automatic transmission promises 15.92 km/l. The diesel variant on the other hand promises 24.75 km/l with the Manual transmission while the diesel variant promises to return around 21.02 km/l.

DRIVETRAIN

Hyundai Verna 2017 PetrolHyundai Verna 2017 Diesel
Engine1,591 cc Gamma Dual VTVT1,582 cc U2 CRDi
Power123 PS128 PS
Torque15.4 kgm26.5 kgm
Transmission6-speed MT/6-speed AT6-speed MT/6-speed AT

RIDE AND HANDLING

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The front suspension uses an advanced McPherson strut with coil springs and gas shock absorbers along with a front stabilizer which helps in reducing the body roll when cornering. It even gets a standard Motor-Driven Power Steering System (MDPS) which has been tuned to provide better feedback while cornering the sedan at high speeds.

SAFETY FEATURES

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For the safety of the passengers the new Verna features ISOFIX child seat anchorage points, ABS, and dual front airbags as standard while the top of the line SX(O) trim gets six airbags.

PRICES

The prices of the new Verna sedan has been provided below:-

PETROL VARIANTPRICES
Hyundai Verna 1.6 Petrol E ManualINR 799,900
Hyundai Verna 1.6 Petrol EX ManualINR 906,900
Hyundai Verna 1.6 Petrol EX AutomaticINR 1,022,900
Hyundai Verna 1.6 Petrol SX ManualINR 949,900
Hyundai Verna 1.6 Petrol SX(O) ManualINR 1,108,900
Hyundai Verna 1.6 Petrol SX(O) AutomaticINR 1,223,900
DIESEL VARIANTPRICES
Hyundai Verna 1.6 Diesel E ManualINR 919,900
Hyundai Verna 1.6 Diesel EX ManualINR 999,900
Hyundai Verna 1.6 Diesel EX AutomaticINR 1,139,900
Hyundai Verna 1.6 Diesel SX ManualINR 1,111,900
Hyundai Verna 1.6 Diesel SX+ AutomaticINR 1,261,900
Hyundai Verna 1.6 Diesel SX(O) ManualINR 1,239,900

COMPETITION

MARUTI CIAZ

1. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

The Ciaz is one of the biggest rivals of the Verna sedan. Offered with the choice of 1.4 Litre petrol and the 1.3 Litre diesel. The car also gets plenty of modern technology installed in it like SHVS which is a mild hybrid technology from Maruti Suzuki. Maruti will soon be also introducing the facelift Ciaz sedan as well which will come with the pretty full interior as well.

HONDA CITY

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Honda presented the new City facelift in India recently. It gets some modern features like an all-LED headlamp unit, LED brake and tail lamps. Inside the cabin, the sedan gets new 7.7-inch Digital touchscreen infotainment system and a new instrument cluster. Under the hood, the City sedan continues with the same 1.5 Litre petrol and diesel engines.

CONCLUSION

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The new Verna looks like a scaled down variant of the Elantra sedan which was unveiled last year. The new generation sedan comes with some modern elements on the inside like a new touchscreen infotainment system, but the biggest change that it has received come has to be the new automatic transmission which is much more responsive and smoother compared to the previous unit. Lastly the competitive pricing definitely will also help this sedan to compete with its rival quite comfortably.