Editor’s word on interior: Hyundai has loaded the Verna with goodies that can make it compete with the cars that are a segment above. The quality of the materials used is also decent, hence there isn’t anything wrong that can be spoken about the interiors.
Step on the inside and you shall be pleased. The black and beige interior scheme works out well on the aesthetically designed instrument panel. The fit and finish of the plastics is good and feels premium. The centre console is ergonomically designed and doesn’t feel overboard.
Front row passengers get ample headroom and legroom; and the large comfy seats provide good back and thigh support. Crawl into the rear seats and there is sufficient head and knee room. The rear seats are flat and do not provide adequate thigh support.
Base Model: The base model of the Hyundai Verna comes only with the 1.4-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engine. Major features in this trim level are immobilizer, central lock, full wheel cover, LED turn indicators or ORVMs, chrome grille, blue interior illumination, power windows with driver side auto down, keyless entry, AC, Driver Information Display and power & tilt steering.
EX: The EX variant of the Verna comes with 1.6-litre petrol and both the diesel engine variants. It comes with comes with driver side airbag, ABS with EBD, rear disc brakes, impact sensing door unlock, rear defogger with timer, two tone chrome rear garnish & chrome interior package, high gloss black and wood grain interiors, power windows with auto down, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth connectivity with steering mounted call and audio controls, climate control, clean air cluster ionizer, sunglass holder, front seat sliding armrest with storage box, tilt adjustable driver seat and iPod cable.
SX: This variant is available only on the 1.6-litre petrol dn diesel engine options and it offers few more features that are dual airbags, 16 inch alloy wheels, supervision cluster, rear view camera with display on auto dimming rear view mirror, electric folding ORVMs, cooled glove box, luggage net and hook and adjustable rear headrest.
SX (O): Even this version is available only on the 1.6-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engines and it comes loaded with frills like side and curtain airbags along with front dual airbags, speed sensing door lock, chrome outside door handles, smart key with illuminated start button and leather upholstery.
Verna comes with four engine options— of which two are petrol and other are diesels. Both the higher engines comes with manual and automatic transmission. All the engines are good and we recommend using the lower powered engine as this sufficient.
The 1.4-litre petrol engine produces 106bhp of power at 6300rpm and a maximum torque of 138Nm at 5000rpm. This is the same engine block that also propels the automatic version of the i20. Like any of the modern petrol engines, the refinement levels are high and there is no clatter drama. The power delivery is fairly linear, however one has to downshift to overtake. But the drivability is good and it can potter in city traffic even when lugged into a higher cog. The 5-speed manual transmission is slick and the throws are short. As per the ARAI test, the 1.4-litre petrol has a fuel efficiency of 17.43kmpl.
The second petrol engine on the Verna is the 1.6-litre mill that comes with an option to be paired with a 5-speed manual box or a 4-speed automatic. This engine produces 122bhp of power and a torque of 158Nm at 4200rpm. This is one of the most refined engine blocks from the Hyundai spectrum. The mid-range of this engine is strong and there isn’t much of low range grunt. Hence, one has to shift into a lower gear to make the overtaking move. Like all the Hyundai’s, the manual box is slick with positive shifts. The Verna manual’s mileage is 17.01kmpl and 15.74kmpl as per the ARAI report.
The 1.4-litre engine is very torquey at 220 Nm and you realize this especially when the turbocharger spools, and you feel the power getting unleashed. this is the same engine that powers the i20 diesel and here, it comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The gear ratios have been revised and the lower gears are shorter to reduce the turbo lag. However, this hasn’t worked too well and there is still noticeable turbo lag which is typical of the new diesels. The turbo kick is something you need to get used to, since the car is quite a rocket once you get the turbo spooled. To overtake, one needs to downshift. As per ARAI testing cycle, the 1.4-litre has a mileage of 23.5kmpl.
Automatic and manual versions both are offered on the 1.6-litre diesel version. This oil burner churns out 126bhp of power and 260Nm of peak torque. This engine is highly refined with low NVH levels. Crank the engine and it will spring to life and settle quickly without much of the clatter drama. The engine has enough torque throughout the rev band and at any time, has sufficient power to overtake. There is a slight turbo lag, which could be a problem in heavy city traffic, but the engine is back in business once it crosses 1800rpm.
Hyundai has definitely introduced new generation engines on the Verna, but the automatic transmission that comes mated to these motors are old-school four-speed boxes. The shifts on the box are slow and lethargic— being no match to the present day auto boxes. Being a four-speeder the fuel economy isn’t very high, and the efficiency as per the Automotive Research Authority India’s (ARAI) cycle is 19.08kmpl, while the manual Verna returns 22.32kmpl. The manual one is a 6-speed box, with slick and positive throws.
Hyundai always had a plush ride quality and the Verna is no different. The soft suspension makes the ride good, however the handling is decent.
Engineers in Hyundai have focused to provide the best ride quality for passengers and they have succeeded in this endeavour. The ride suppleness of the Verna is excellent as it irons out most of the jolts on bad and patchy surfaces. The suspension soaks up all the road vibrations keeping the occupants intact.
With soft suspension, the handling cannot be phenomenal. Hence on being chucked into a corner, the car doesn’t respond with the same alacrity as its competitors. To make matters worse, the light steering wheel feels slack and doesn’t weigh up as the car gathers speed. This further reduces the morale of the driver.
Maruti Suzuki has cut the length of the new DZire and also introduced new features in it like the new Swift. To differentiate it form the Swift, it has black and beige interiors instead of the black that come with the hatchback. The Swift Dzire is the sedan to buy, if you want it just for the heck of a three-box, else the Swift does the job.
Just like the new Swift, the interiors of the new DZire have also been redone. The DZire’s interiors are based on that of the new Swift. Swift gets all black interiors, while the DZire has black and beige colour combination. The plastic quality of the materials doesn’t just look good, but it also feels good. It has a lot more features than the previous generation Swift DZire, and it looks more premium also.
The space in both the rows is decent and the knee room even in the second row is good, which was a problem in the outgoing version. Though to our dismay, the boot of the Swift DZire is small for a sedan. The cut length of the DZire doesn’t have a large boot.
LXI/LDI:Talking about the LXI/LDI, Maruti Suzuki hasn’t scaled down the base versionas it has loaded the new Swift DZire LXI with body color bumpers and tubeless tyres. Other exterior features are 2 intermittent wipers in front, steel wheels with centre cap, remote fuel lid and back-door opener.
VXI/VDI/VXI automatic:Unlike the LXI/LDI model, VXI/VDI has body color door handles in addition to body color bumpers, electrically powered ORVMs with turn indicators, front and rear fog lamps for enhanced visibility during unfavorable weather conditions, black out film on A and B pillars and 165/80 R14 steel wheel cap. The instrument cluster includes tachometer along with standard equipments like seat belt, key-off, and door close and light-off reminder for driver, low fuel warning, multi information display etc.
ZXI/ZDI:ZXI/ZDI is loaded with comfort factors like power and tilt steering, power windows with auto down function on driver side window, driver seat adjuster, automatic climate control, lane change indicator, high-end stereo with radio and CD Player, intelligent speed based auto volume, Aux-in and USB socket, 2 front and 2 rear speakers, 2 integrated front tweeters, steering wheel mounted audio controls with illumination. Not the luxury, but practical options are available in the model like accessory socket, retractable cup holder for passengers and in centre console, rear seat back folding centre locking, keyless entry, front seat back pocket and remote fuel lid opener.
The petrol and the diesel versions of the Swift DZire are both reliable and highly frugal. With highly refined mills, Maruti Suzuki has played well with its cards on the new Swift DZire. The new petrol engine now gets an addition of variable valve timing and also the DZire is the only sedan in the C segment to get an automatic transmission.
1.2-litre PetrolThe new Swift DZire’s petrol engine received the variable valve treatment. This augments performance and fuel efficiency, though on paper, power ratings for this engine are 86bhp – a mere increase by a couple of horses. Like any modern petrol, the engine is quiet and low on NVH (noise, vibration and harshness).
When off the gas, the low engine whining sound— as experienced on the old 800s— is audible. Mid- range is good, but it does make you work-hard a bit to extort performance. Overtaking in city might require a downshift, despite the engine’s gradual power deliverance.
The DZire comes with a 5-speed manual and it is also available with a 4-speed automatic transmission also. The gear shifts on the Swift are short and effortless. The previous-generation Swift DZire had good shifts; these are a further improvement over those.
Talking of the 4-speed automatic, the shifts are slow and there is some latency in it. But it is good enough for city driving. We wish, it had a 5-speed box atleast.
1.3-litre Diesel:Previous generation Swift DZire had earned notoriety with its diesel engine. The engine was highly refined with low NVH levels and sufficient torque. The engine however had a noticeable amount of turbo lag. The R&D team of Maruti Suzuki has rectified now this issue in the current-generation Swift and the DZire.
The low-end pull is cleaner making the engine more drivable than the outgoing version. The NVH levels and refinement is far more superior as well. Crank the engine and it springs to live without the slightest of hesitation or melodrama. Driving in bumper-to-bumper city traffic and overtaking isn’t a tough ask in the Swift DZire. The gear shifts are also positive and the engagement process is smooth.
The ride of the Swift DZire is well composed as the rear springs are softened, as compared to the Swift hatch. The handling is decent, but the soft rear doesn’t mean a lot of fun driving can happen.
The ride on the DZire is softer at the rear when compared to the Swift. This gives it better riding characteristics than the Swift. The bumps are soaked in much better and even the ride is more plush than the Swift, atleast for the back row occupants.
The handling isn’t that bad alright. Apart from the rear being soft, there isn’t so much to worry. Minor corrections can be made through the steering that weighs well, giving an accurate feedback. The flexibility of the chassis adds to the enjoyment. Being engineered for city and highway, the steering wheel is light for easy manoeuvrability.
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