PROS: I bought this car 4 years ago and have been enjoying riding it around the city. It is sleek, aerodynamic, light and the trim is sharp and modern.
It looks great, handles well, can take sharp turns at high speeds and comes to a halt within few meters when you brake. The electronics are up-to-date, air conditioning cools fairly quickly and the stock music system is loud enough to have a party in the car. It has ample boot space and comes with all standard features such as a spare wheel, toolkit and jack. Hyundai claims a city mileage of 14 Kmpl but I probably get somewhere around 11-12 Kmpl. Acceleration is quick and noise-free : this is a very, very quiet car.
CONS: The clearance is low for a sporty look but in India that just means you'll hit more speed bumps if you don't slow down. The bucket seats can be uncomfortable on long drives. The car body is majorly made of fiber and as such doesn't feel strong. The couple of minor accidents I had required me to change bumpers and other parts. One of my pet peeves against Hyundai is the way they have designed the front bumper/lights assembly. On 2 separate occasions, my indicator light came off its joint and I had to replace the entire bumper as there was no way to replace JUST the light.
COMPETITION: In the same segment, there are the Suzuki SX4/S-Cross, Fiat Linea, Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid which offer decent alternatives.
VERDICT: Overall, the Hyundai Verna is a good car if most of your driving is within city limits. It looks good and handles well. But if you do frequent highway driving, there are other options available out there. Also, I would highly recommend the DIESEL variants of this car- they were not available back when I purchased mine.
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