New Hyundai Verna First Drive
The car we are driving today hails from the Korean car maker Hyundai and is known as the Solaris in a few countries, Hyundai Accent at some places and is known as the Hyundai Verna in a few other countries including India. Launched way back in 2006 the Verna did sell in big numbers in India till the new Honda City came along and damaged its graph. Hyundai tried to reinvent it by giving it a facelift and re-badging it as the Hyundai Verna Transform but this change didn’t go down very well with buyers. Well everything has changed now and Hyundaperforatedi has got the latest generation Verna codenamed the RB and here is the first drive that I drove along some beautiful twists and turns of Kodaikanal.
Exteriors – Design
The new Hyundai Verna at the first glance reminds you instantly of a sports car, looks are very futuristic from any angle you see it. The overall design element is `Fluidic Sculpture` as Hyundai terms it and truly it is. The front end is dominated by large swept back two tone bezel headlamps, a very sleek and trendy bonnet that has bend lines making it and large bumper that has a sporty hexagonal grill and a chrome strip with the Hyundai logo and a low big sized and wide air dam and integrated L-shaped front fog lamps that are very eye catchy. The front grill looks very similar to the current generation Hyundai i20 grill, as mentioned in previous reviews many auto companies are taking to this and the front grill on their cars do look similar to other models from their lineup.
The sides are attractive with a high waist line that flows along the length of the Verna and is very visible. Trendy turn mirrors with integrated turn lights and the coupe like roof line and windows make the new Verna look very handsome. Chrome door handles with keyless entry like we have seen on the Chevrolet Cruze are a first for the segment, another sporty touch to the new Verna`s sides. The flowing lines on the sides mate with the large wrap-around tail lamps which are housed on the large rear bumper. The boot lid also gets an integrated lip-spoiler that adds to the sportiness to the rear profile of the new Verna. The bumper has reflectors flushed in them, a chrome strip runs across the number plate and the twin exhausts enhance the rear. The rear to me reminds very much of the Mercedes C Class. Large profile 16 inched alloys on Bridgestone tyres give a very sporty and wide stance to the new Verna.
The new Verna has a very sporty and dynamic design to it, it has everything that will make heads turn. Aggressive design styling is implemented to its highest levels and it shows in a big way.
Interiors – Cabin
Hop inside the new Hyundai Verna and you realize that you are surrounded with gadgets and the equipment level on the new Verna is more or less equal to few D segment cars. A dual tone dashboard in black and beige is very neat looking and has the perforated feel to it that holds things when kept on the rounded dash. Fresh looking instrument cluster with easy to read digits in white and blue backlit are very inspiring. The instrumentation has all the needed vital tell tale display and much more. The steering is similar to the i20`s and has mounted audio control and Bluetooth control buttons on it. The steering is adjustable for height but adjust for reach is missing. The central console has a `V` design to it with a integrate MP3/FM player and a single zone climate control under it which has an unique air purifier in-built in it. The music system comes with 2 remotes and has unique features like speed dependent auto volume. A USB and AUX ports are also on here to connect your i-pods and other audio devices. The 4 speaker + 2 tweeters audio system is capable of playing crisp quality of audio quality.
Seats are in perforated leather upholstery and the quality is fine, similar to which seen in Hyundai Sonata Transform. The Driver seat has height adjust. Front seats are comfortable and offer adequate under thigh and back support. The cushioning is good enough and offered comfortable seating to us during the long drive. The glove box has cooling in it so that you can stack up the chocolates or other stuff which you feared would melt if kept outside.
The rear seats offer well back and under thigh support and adequate in size and shape. Three adjustable headrests are mounted on the rear seats. A centre armrest is also a good inclusion. Leg room at the front and back is good enough even with the front seats set to the extreme. Head room is generous along with the shoulder room. The cabin feels roomy thanks to the light beige color of the upholstery and the door pads. Another unique feature on the new Verna is the inclusion of the rear camera that displays in color on the centre rear view mirror when in reverse gear. Faux wood inserts are seen all around the cabin. The plastic quality is good and the overall quality of the materials used in here feels much better than the earlier Verna. The top end variants of the new Verna come with push button start as standard along with keyless entry. Auto folding mirrors are also standard on this variant along with auto dimming centre rear view mirror which are a segment first. The cabin of the new Verna has all the storage bins spread around for cans, sunglasses and other stuff; we sorely missed out on the rear door bottle holders. Six Air-Bags are standard on the top end variant of the new Verna which is again a segment first. The interiors of the new Verna are very appealing and has a host of gadgets and gizmos loaded on it many of which are segment's first.
Engine – Drive Feel
The new Hyundai Verna comes with 4 engine options and 2 transmission options. Two engines each in Petrol and Diesel. A 1.4 DOHC VTVT Petrol that makes 107 PS of peak power with 138Nm of torque. The 1.6 DOHC VTVT makes 123.05 PS of peak power and has 170Nm of torque in it.
The Diesels have two engine options, the base being the 1.4 CRDI making 90PS of power and 225 Nm of peak power and a 1.6 CRDI engine that makes 128PS of power and a huge 265Nm of torque. Now Hyundai has given a 4 speed auto box for the 1.6 Petrol and 1.6 Diesel options. We drove the 1.6 Petrol Automatic and later the 1.6 Diesel Manual. The 1.6 diesel comes with a six speed gearbox while the rest get the five speed box. Hyundai with this has made the new Verna as the only car available with so many engine and transmission options currently in this segment.
The manual Verna`s also are aided with gear shift indicators that prompt the driver to up-shift or down shift gears to get maximum fuel efficiency from it. A ECO mode indicator also helps in getting maximum fuel mileage if the car is driven sanely under a certain RPM and speed. The Petrol 1.6 Automatic Verna that was driven first felt nice and nimble. The engine is highly refined and smooth. The only grouse is the 4 speed auto box that spoils the fun and does not let the driver explore the full capability of the 1.6 litre engine. Shifting is good and precise that we would have liked a 6 speed autobox with shorter gear ratios to get the maximum out of the engine. The car feels stable at high speeds and handles well. The feedback on the steering is ample while the Petrol Automatic Verna behaves sanely at all speeds. The suspension has been beefed up for India to tackle the bad road conditions which is common here. Cornering is good and body roll is present but to a limit.
The 1.6 Diesel Manual is the pick from the lot. Its highly powerful and has tons of torque under its belt. The six speed manual gearbox is great to use with perfect gear ratios mated. The Diesel version of the new Verna drives and feels a lot better than the Petrol one mostly because of the extra weight it carries on the engine and hence handles sharper than the Petrol sibling. Turbo lag is minimal and the outright power delivery is amazing. The new Verna in the 1.6 Diesel avatar is very sporty and has loads of power in it. Stable and sturdy at all speeds are the USP for the 1.6 Diesel Verna.
The all wheel disc brakes work very well aided with ABS and EBD. The ride quality is smooth thanks to the 195/55 R16 tyres that do their duty to the core. During the drive the new Verna's encountered a lot of hilly roads that included steep climbs and rough patches but the Verna suspension setup undertook all under its belt and offered a good ride quality.
Out and out a very good package with a wide option of engines and transmission to choose from. Would also like to add here that the reverse parking sensor aided with the reverse camera that shows on the rear view mirror is very practical and useful as per our experience during the time spent driving the new Verna.
The Verna has been a big seller in the 7 to 10lakh segment until the new Honda City came along and slowed its sales. The City does not have a Diesel offering but then the VW Vento came along with a Diesel offering and further damaged the Verna's prospects. Now things are looking very different with the all new Verna that is the perfect strike back from the Korean company, combined with a long list of engine options to choose from 1.4 to 1.6 and manual or automatic. The new Verna has superb exterior designing and very good interiors with many unheard and segment's first features loaded on it making the new Verna a new contender in this segment.
Wait for the new Verna to be launched early next month (May) and expect it to be priced between the 7.5 to 10 lakh price range making it a very good value for money car.
A very promising car. High end gadgets and more engine options available. Really worth waiting for it. Eager for india launch.
i think in my view it isnt really good than the chevy cruze , and it may also have huge price tag with ,high maintenence and low mileage ,bringing up technical problems too ,though the same problems face with civic , it is a preferable car than verna and if it is of 12-13 lk
pradeep is totally confused as he is comparing this car with a vehicle in a higher segment and i believe just to think and write without having one's facts correct can be misleading ..... go to a hyundai dealer get a test drive .... test drive other vehicles in the same category and then pen down your thoughts
Early May or end of April.
Its realeasing on MAY 11th 2011..
a beauty. what is its approximate price range expected to be?
All new Hyundai FLUIDIC VERNA launching on 11th OR 13th MAY 2011 visit the Advaith Hyundai showroom outer ring road in bangalore opp to intel software asias biggest Hyundai showroom
A BEATIFUL CAR , GOOD APPERANCE FROM , NICE FEATURES.GOOD MILEAGE IN ITS CLASS C SEGMENT AS PER ARAI RATING.
Seems to be a good car. Am planning to buy vento diesel highline by april end. Is it worth to wait for new verna 1.6 diesel ? came to know that new verna diesel gives a less torque at lower speeds so issue may come up in city traffic. My car to be used in chennai and banglore. Is it correct that maintaining hyundai car is much cheaper than VV ?
No my dear these cars r not cheap to maintain Ive had hyundai Accent crdi 2006 model cost me 7.25l on road needed to shelve another 65k for engine overhauling just after 60,000kms then do u knw how much does the axle cost 20k each nor just 4 days go the ac compressor has gone down add another 15-20k wow does that sound cheaper.
You should be really doing lot of bumps with you car. Hyundai is known for the build quality and hence this should be a one off case.
What is the mileage of both Diesel and petrol version of the Hyundai Verna(fluidic).
17/ltr fr Petrol & 21 fr diesel...
the petrol manual provides 12 to 13 in city and about 16 on highways the diesel manual gives 15 in city and about 19 on highways
@Rajiv.......Hyundai is definitely much cheaper maintainance compare to VV.
Ok it's official now, the new Verna is launching on the 11th of May an bookings have already opened.
Prices would be declared during the Verna launch on 11th of May.
new verna sx is in diesel or in petrol and when was the car was lounched
@DK. Verna gives an outstanding mileage of 19 in diesel engine and about 14-15 in Petrol. I already drive a verna for last 4 years find nothing better then it. I had to buy an Upper model to it but other then Civic nothing impresses me cos Verna has always being outperforming. Awesome pick up, grip over road, power. I am sure the new Verna would be better as I used to miss some features in older one that I now see in this one. I am certainly booking it today.
HUNDAI ARE U COMMING WITH AN AUTOMATIC IN UR NEW VERNA
Yes,A/T with 4 speed gear box.. both fr petrol & diesel..
The Automatic version is on the Petrol variant.
Is the new verna coming up with navigation system
No... AVN is not available...
hi, i am confusd between fiat linea and new hyundai verna. which car i should buy? please can you suggest me?
go for verna
Is there an automatic transmission in diesel version of new verna
Yes dude, it has wide range of engines/transmission options. available in Manual/AT. for both petrol and diesel
llet me know about the on road price at Cochin, millage,launching date,when i can get delivery if i book the car. Regards Vipin Thomas
Can I book it now in Pune ? What price range are we talking for the Auto Petrol version ?.
Bookings have opened for the Verna across the country so you can book yours at your Hyundai dealer.
I am using verna diesel sx for last 3 yrs. I am very happy about this car for a couple of reasons.Most important ofcourse is the peppy responsive engine.exellent riding comfort.good mileage(13kms/ltr citi driving with AC) Now i am looking for a diesel automatic.
There wont be a Diesel automatic for the new Verna.
There is going to be automatic in diesel cardekho team be uptodate!
well thanx for a detailed review.. car is lookin nice and sporty.. but i wpold like to about the handling part .. i presently own a verna diesel and trust me above 120 car starts to float like a boat.. doesnt inspire much confidence to the drive..
Yes you are right himnagshu, the current verna is not that stable in high speeds.Thats because of the 14 wheel. But the new verna will be shod with 16 wheels which will give a better high speed stability.
what i am wondering abt the diesel manual and auto versions, i doubt if the price will be the same as verna transform man/auto.according to the look of the car manual versions will be arnd 10 to 11 lakhs & auto will be arnd 12 for on road price for mumbai.
Hi! Would llike to know what kind of mileage does 1.4 and 1, Ltr New hyundai Verna claims on city / highway...? Whats the onroad price for the two version in Mumbai / octroi less...?
Prices would be declared on the launch date ie 11May.The 1.4 Verna would be test driven soon.
when will it hit on indian roads
What would be on-road cost and how many variant of new Hundai Verna ?
Looks really revealed, but still i-vtec Honda city is having better looks honestly. they need to improve on design as per car shape in minds of Indians I think this was the main drawback of sale down of Verna. In other sets of engineering Verna is King... car dekho pls give your comment
i already book this car at mrg auto at ludhiana
Mr vijay Hi thisis sumit frm ldh. Sir pls tl m th no of th salesperson attending u as i also wnt to book verna rb. I m eagerly fr th car last two months Thanks
Sir R thr any pricer revealed & wht amount hv u given as booking.
hi vijay, can you tell me what would be the on-road price? and waiting time for it?
tell me the mileage of this car and price also for 1.6 diesel
the car is excellent in look, features, interior, exterior in a sports look its really fantastic i would like to now the millage and price of each model both petrol&diesel . when its is going to launch in bangalore
11th May is the National Launch.
is diesel variant there? what is the mileage for diesel variant?
what is the on road price
The cardekho review is very useful. Thanks
WHAT THE PRICE OF THIS CAR AND THA LONCHING DATE
The new Verna launches on the 11th of May.
What is the difference between old verna & new verna.
This is an All New Verna.
WHEN AND WHERE CAN WE TAKE TEST DRIVE IN NAVI MUMBAI. APPROX PERIOD OF DELIVERY ON FIRST BOOKING .
any mid size in this version and what cost on the road for navi mumbai., what features .
What will be the mileage of 1.6 Diesel version?
Would appreciate if you could provide the dimensions and ground clearance. Does it have rear AC vents like Linea and Vento or flat rear floor? Are the two steering switches for Audio and Cruise control?
car varna is very best car os i will purchese it kindly send me mail on lounchies time thanks
How much could be the On Road Price for VTVT 1.4?
What's the performance of the New Verna on Long drives??
Ultimate car.. from Hyundai, will defenitely overtake the segments competetors city/vento. the looks are catchy..
What is the price of the Diesel variant and the average per Km.
it is simply average
i m entrstet
Wen Available in Markrt & Wts d Price
Hi Team Car Dekho The car is superb! But the Hyundai dealers in Bangalore are not confirming the features or details given by you'll. Where do i log in to confirm the models, coz the pictures on Hyundai sites do not match any of your test drive pics. The wrap around tail lights and the sharp eye head lights are killer which are not featured in the ebrochure of Hyundai. Could you point me in the right direction? Thanks Stephen
Dude the hyundai verna shown in the hyundai website is hyundai verna transform... That is its the old hyundai verna. The new hyundai verna has undergone radical changes in its exterior, interior, engines and features.
The new hyundai verna which will be shortly launched in india is called accent focus in US. You can visit this website if you want to see the new hyundia verna.... But it is a left drive one. The hyundai website of india shows the old hyundai verna transform and even the e-brochure is of hyundai verna transform. Hope this is helpful to you :)
I mean visit the worldwide hyundai website.
i am really looking to buy this car...if its top model diesel manual on road price will be around 10 and if its average is atleast 17.
dont know only 1 thing after 3 yrs i will sell for what price help me because planing to sell my swift and book a verna and happy to know my swift ldi will sell 4.25 after 3 yrs very good re sale of the swift will it be in verna
on road price / petrol / disel
is this car similar or sharing platform with ford focus, or ford fiesta unveiled recently in India?
No it is not.
i would like to know about the suspension,is it independant
izzz hyundai new verna izz better than vw vento diesel high line
i bokked vw vento ......am confused???which car i shud buy?plzz suggest me.... izz new verna izzz gud or vw vento gud..??car dekho team plzzz suggest me....
The Vento is also a very good car, the new Verna scores over it in terms of equipment level and a very powerful 1.6 Petrol and Diesel engine options.
whatz the price of lower end petrol and diesel versions respectively?
The prices for all the Verna models would be told on its official launch on the 11th of May. Stay tuned.
i am confusd between fiat linea and new hyundai verna. which car i should buy? please suggest me quickly.
send more models
how much will manual diesel topmodel will cost?
Is it better to wait for thr new verna or go for the verna transform?
The new Verna is launching on the 11th of May, bookings have opened so If you book it now you would not have to wait long for it's delivery.
Must buy Car I beleive so. Anyone could let me know bluetooth and climate control in the car ??
hundai verna che model khup luck light ahe khup avdli ahe as watht ki kadhi ghadi chi trayal ghave .........man far ustuk ahe
I already SX4 Diesel, hope i change for new verna, whtz your suggest?
it's a really nice car in indian market
do the new verna has button start feature in mannual top model
At present Using Elentra CRDi also . Awaiting same or big size with comfortable seating & leg space especially rear with all advanced features & driving comfort. Is new verna satisfy me or wait for his big brother.
Thanks for the review on the new verna. Planning to buy a diesel car for self driven plz suggest which car is better for a city (Kolkata)drive... Diesel 1.6 manual / Auto transmission?
Dear Cardekho team. can you post detailed technical literature of new Verna diesel model in your web-site? local dealers do not have any clue on this new launch.
PRICE STARTS FROM 6 LKS
SUSPENSION,INDEPENDENT? L/W/H? PRICE STARTS FROM 6 LKS
where verna rb is being launched in delhi ?
superb car in sedan... i like this.
love this car so.........much.........::!!!!
what is mileage in the city conditions ???? What is the Top speed of new verna???? want to know the braking system pls tell me
Hi, I checked new VERNA FLUIDIC. No doubt it appears to be stylish and has good mileage tags. But I understood from the test, it is like a rose with thorns(some important drawbacks). 1. Seat height adjustment not possible. Unfortunately it was given for a tilted height adjustment, which is no use. In fact it is a big mistake. 2. Even average height people will have to compromise while driving as the top will be almost touching your head. 3. Arm rest no way useful to the driver, as it is not properly positioned or designed. 4. Even the back seats are not so much comfortable, as the height of the seats are not sufficient, and I really felt as if I am sitting low, keeping my legs up! 5. As the driver seat height can not be properly positioned, you can not even see the front bouynet, 100% you have more chances to have accidents. 6. Coming to the car insurance, while you are buying, you have to pay almost above Rs. 37000 for SX; which I felt Hyundai is exploiting its customers by showing a rose with thorns. Same valued new cars are almost registered for insurance amount less than Rs.20000, from car makers like TATA/FIAT, as they have brought down insurance amount almost by half of what we have to pay by tieing up with the insurance companies and they are not trying to make any profits from the insurance money that you are paying by bringing down their insurance premiums. To tackle this problem, any verna or Hyndai car product buyer better get their car insurance done from any outside agent, and you will be certainly benefited as you will be getting more than 50% discount on insurance premium compared to the Hyundai company dealers. However, these Hyundai dealers will threaten you saying that you will not be getting any cashless facility in case of any mishappen. But you donot have to get worry as they try to fool you for making more profits.
Helpful info. Look forward to more comments by individual from their tests in coming days.
I am planning to buy a new petrol car and confused in few cars like Hyundai Verna fluidic, Nissan Sunny and Honda City. I am planning to convert that into CNG. Can you suggest which one is better?
Hi, I am planning to buy the Verna Diesel AT. Is there any other car that I can compare it with? AT is a must as I need it for my wife and she prefers Automatic? Plus what Fuel Average can I expect from Verna AT Diesel?
Since a Lot of you have asked about the On-Road price for Verna, please find the information below for Delhi On-Road Prices: Verna VTVT 1.4: 782,224 Verna VTVT 1.6: 854,199 Verna VTVT SX 1.6: 920,130 Verna VTV SX(o) 1.6: 997046 Verna VTVT SX(o) A/T: 1,073,965 Verna CRDI 1.4: 903,096 Verna CRDI 1.6: 975,071 Verna CRDI SX 1.6: 1,040,998 Verna CRDI SX(o) 1.6: 1,147,417 Verna CRDI SX(o) A/T: 1,227,072
I just want 2 know what is diff betw. At & mt..how does the work?
Hi I am yet to see a road test of Hyundai verna 1.4 diesel. I mean none of the media has covered that car. I am planning to buy one. Could anyone tell me about that car? Thanks Vishnu
Need suggestion... M planning to replave my Honda City ZX Have two options..Verna and Scorpio :-) Which one to go for??? Also hows the ground clearance of Verna...being a Honda owner its a damn imp question....was not able to find the info anywhere...
JUST NOW I AM GOING FOR BOOKING BUT WAITING IS SIX MONTH & ON PRICE 75000 MORE FROM ACTUAL
i like it so much and i wanna buy it
Hi I am planning to buy a new car butu confused between swift desire, SX4 and Verna Fludic...which car and model is better petrol or diesel...... by budget is around 7.5-8 lakhs and daily run of 45-50 Kms...can anyone suggest me on this...
Hi, my monthly drive will be around 200km.Should i go for diesel as petrol his getting more higher every day.Also can any one suggest me which will be better Vento Diesel trendline or Verna fludic 1.4crdi.I dont know how far its true but they say hyundai fuel efficiency gets low after 2 years .Kindly help me to buy please .
i want to buy a diesel sedan. which one to buy ford fiesta classic,hyundai verna fluidic 1.6 crdi,toyota etios,fiat linea . it should have good riding and handling, low maintenance cost, good mileage. like to book within a week.
i want to test drive verna fluidic automatic in diesel