Verna 2015-2016 1.6 CRDi S Option Review
Hyundai is currently the second largest automobile company in India, where it has tasted the success with its sleek sedan Hyundai Verna. This car has the fluidic body structure, which makes it look like a lustrous vehicle. For increasing the sales in the market, the company has launched its updated version with some modifications in exteriors and interiors. It comes with a refreshing front fascia with large projector lamps, redesigned bumper, boomerang shaped fog lamps, dual slat chrome grille and a slightly bigger air dam. Its side profile gets the same diamond cut alloy wheels, while rear end gets a new LED tail lamp cluster. The company is selling this model in petrol and diesel engine options for the buyers to select from. Its Hyundai 4S Fluidic Verna 1.6 CRDi S Option is one of the mid range variant. The South Korean automobile company has fitted this particular variant with a 1582cc diesel mill, which can produce impressive power and torque outputs of 126.2bhp and 259.8Nm respectively. It is integrated with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system, which helps in producing about 22.3 Kmpl on the highways and 17 Kmpl approximately in the city traffic conditions. The braking and suspension mechanism are quite proficient. It is further augmented by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. It will compete against the likes of Fiat Linea, Chevrolet Sail, Toyota Etios, Tata Zest, Maruti Ciaz, Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid and others in this segment. The manufacturer is selling this sedan with a standard warranty of two years or unlimited kilometers.
Starting from the front fascia, the company has given this variant a redesigned radiator grille that is fitted with two chrome slats. There is a prominent company logo embedded in the center of this grille. It is surrounded by a trendy headlight cluster that comes in a swept back design and is incorporated with high intensity projector headlamps. Just below this, it has a slightly modified body colored bumper that houses a wide air dam for cooling the engine. It is flanked by a couple of boomerang fog lamps that adds to the visibility of its driver. It has a large windscreen, which is made of green tinted glass and is accompanied by a couple of rain sensing wipers. Coming to its side profile, it has body colored external rear view mirrors that are integrated with side turn blinkers. These outside rear view mirrors are electrically adjustable as well as retractable. The door handles are treated with chrome, which adds to the classiness. Its flared up wheel arches are fitted with a modish set of 16-inch alloy wheels, which gives the side profile a sporty look. All these rims are further covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 195/55 R16, which offers a superior grip on any roads conditions. At the same time, its rear end has an expressive boot lid that is embossed with variant badging and fitted with a chrome strip. It has a new tail light cluster, which is powered by LED based reverse light and turn indicators. Apart from these it also has body colored bumper with a protective cladding, tinted windshield with a defogger and wiper, a high mounted stop lamp and a roof mounted antenna for better reception of FM radio.
This Hyundai 4S Fluidic Verna 1.6 CRDi S Option trim has the best in class interior cabin with eye-catching design. One should step inside the vehicle to experience the plush environment of the cabin by availing lavish comforts. In the front cabin, the dashboard comes with an attractive design and a very stylish central console. Its dashboard is equipped with a few aspects like chrome accentuated AC vents, a large glove box with cooling effect, a multifunctional steering wheel and a wood grain finished instrument panel. Its seating arrangement is very snug and provides ample leg space for all its passengers. The seats are covered with premium fabric upholstery. The driver seat can electrically adjusted and comes with adjustable head restraints as well. This vehicle is bestowed with a number of utility based aspects including sun glass holder, front seat back pockets, door map pockets and a large boot compartment with a rear parcel shelf, sun visors with vanity mirror and several other features. The door handles, gear shift knob and steering wheel gets the chrome inserts, which adds to the elegance of interiors. It also has a 12V power socket for charging mobiles and other electronic devices. Its supervision cluster comes with light adjustment function. It houses a digital tachometer, low fuel warning light, door ajar warning, seat belt reminder, gear shift indicator and several other aspects.
Engine and Performance:
This variant is fitted with a 1.6-litre diesel power plant, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1582cc. It carries four cylinders and sixteen valves using double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. This common rail based engine can churn out a maximum power of 126.2bhp at 4000rpm in combination with a maximum torque of 259.8Nm between 1900 to 2750rpm. It is coupled with a six speed manual transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its front wheels. It enables the sedan to zoom towards a top speed in the range of 185 to 195 Kmph, which is rather remarkable for this segment. At the same time, it can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in close to 11-13 seconds.
Braking and Handling:
This trim is blessed with a highly efficient braking mechanism that ensures precise stopping. Its front wheels are fitted with a set of disc brakes, while rear gets a conventional set of drum brakes. It is further augmented by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. Its front axle is assembled with a McPherson strut with stabilizer bar, while its rear axle is fitted with coupled torsion beam axle type of system. The front and rear axles are further assisted by gas filled shock absorbers and coil springs, which improves its ability to absorb all the jerks caused on the road. On the other hand, the company has incorporated this sedan with a speed sensitive steering system, which is quite responsive. It reduces the efforts of driver when maneuvering this sedan even at a low speed. This tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 5.2 meters.
The car maker has bestowed this mid range trim with almost all those features, which are necessary for giving a pleasurable driving experience. However, its one of the most important feature is the automatic air conditioning system that comes with a cluster ionizer, which will keep the cabin pleasant and hygienic with clean air. It has an advanced music system, which is equipped with various input options along with four speakers that enhances the ambiance of its cabin. It supports Bluetooth connectivity along with CD, MP3 player, radio with AM/FM tuner, USB interface and Aux-in port. It has a rear view camera along with display on ECM (electro-chromic mirror), which helps parking the vehicle with ease. Apart from these, it is bestowed with a key less entry system, reverse parking sensor, an advanced driver information system, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, a front map lamp, theater dimming interior lights, height adjustable front seat belts, MT shift indicator, sun visors with passenger side vanity mirror and so on. The multifunctional steering wheel is mounted with audio and call control buttons.
The list of standard features available in this Hyundai 4S Fluidic Verna 1.6 CRDi S Option variant includes ABS along with EBD, a high mounted third brake light, front fog lamps, rear defogger with timer and an engine immobilizer for preventing it from unauthorized entry. In addition to these, it is also bestowed with dual front airbags, rear parking sensor along with a rear view camera, automatic headlight control, electro-chromic inside rear view mirror, central locking system, impact sensing auto door lock, projector headlamps with escort function and rear defogger, which also has a timer. Its rigid body structure has impact beams and crumple zones, which helps in reducing the impact of collision.
1. Luxurious interiors with lots of comfort aspects.
2. Power packed engine performance with decent acceleration and pick up.
1. Safety features still needs to improve.
2. Lack of navigation system is a big minus point.