Hyundai Verna comes with four different engine options; 1.4-litre petrol and diesel engines do duty on the base variants, while 1.6-litre diesel and petrol engines do duty on other variants.
The 1.4-litre VTVT petrol engine is refined and develops a maximum power output of 106.5bhp, which is quite impressive for a 1396cc engine. The engine performs well in mid-ranges but loose confidence at higher revs.
The 1.4-litre CRDi diesel engine also does duty on the i20, it performs well in low and mid ranges, which proves it a perfect car for urban commuting but its high-end performance is not that impressive. The engine develops a healthy 90bhp. The 1.6-litre Gamma petrol engine is one of the most refined petrol engines today, it churns out the maximum power output of 122bhp making it the most powerful petrol car in the segment.
On the other hand the 1.6-litre CRDi engine cranks out the maximum power output of 126bhp. Both the U2 and Gamma engines are highly refined and best suited both the city and highway road conditions, the power comes in a linear manner and you never feels lack power even at the dead end rpms. Refinement is good but it is the power, where these engines really lacks, the on paper power is good but somehow these engines failed to deliver the same onroad probably due to large sixth gear to avoid frequent gearshift to achieve better fuel economy.
The Verna comes loaded with wide R15 tyres and disc brakes thus the handling and braking of the car is good. The steering wheel of the car is light and precise but you will feel that there should be some more weight on the steering so the car can be easily controlled when passing over a series of potholes, which is common in India. The suspension of the car is pretty effective, car turns with confidence but it is no where around Dzire’s or Fiesta’s. Overall ride and handling of the vehicle is satisfactory.
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