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TEST DRIVE: ALL NEW HYUNDAI VERNA

With over 8.8 million customers in 66 countries, the Verna is one of the most loved brands globally. A landmark product in Hyundai’s growth story, the Verna has won many prestigious accolades worldwide. Although the mid-size sedan segment is yet to take off properly in the Nepalese market, the timing was perfect for Hyundai to introduce the all new 5th generation Verna and create a stir in the market.

Hyundai says the new Verna is engineered to deliver in all core areas of Styling, Performance, Technology, Safety and Ride & Handling creating a new benchmark in the sedan segment. With the difficult task of improving a car that already was very good, what have Hyundai managed to do with their highly anticipated 5th generation Verna? We find out.

EXTERIOR

The new Verna excels in styling and that’s where the major changes are. The 5th-gen Verna has been completely redesigned to look sporty, aggressive and modern. It gets Hyundai’s signature chrome Cascade grille with LED Day-time Running Lamps (DRLs) with swept back projector headlamps. This combination is working wonders for Hyundai as most of the latest Hyundai cars are winning accolades from critiques and the consumers for their visual dynamics.

It’s not only from the front that the Verna looks good but also from the rear. The design of the LED tail lights have been borrowed over from its elder sibling, the Elantra. The LED tail lights of the new Elantra look stunning and that’s the same case with the Verna.

It looks equally good if you are following it from the back or looking back at it in your rear view mirror. The side profile of this car looks very coupe-ish due to the sloping roofline and the 16-inch diamond cut rims that come standard on the SX version. The aerodynamic profile is further accentuated with Shark fin antenna.

 

 

INTERIOR:

The interior of the new Verna creates a perfect blend of premiumness and convenience. The modern and driver oriented interior makes the interior feel more comfortable and spacious. In the centre of the dash lives a 7- inch TFT-LCD touchscreen infotainment system that offers all the useful information with outstanding visibility, which is integrated with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. This infotainment system has the option of navigation too. For that you will have to download the city map into a SD card from which the car will do the navigation. Additionally, the new Verna also comes with voice recognition system and with a push of a button on the steering wheel you can command the car to do various actions like call someone or change the music, etc. all without having to take your hands off the steering wheel.

The dual tone interior of black and beige go well together and the proper placement of button and other controls give the centre console a very neat look. It is convenient to use as well. It also has a cooled glove box for you to keep your drinks cold. The availability of a rear ac vent also makes the stay comfortable.

However, the slopping roof line does come with a trade-off; it limits the head space quite a bit and might be a problem for taller passengers. Leg space is not an issue though. Practical in-cabin storage space and enhanced boot capacity of 480 litres ensures that there is ample luggage space for comfortable trips.

SAFETY

Beyond active safety technologies, the new Verna is built to comply with Hyundai’s strict safety standards, helping it to meet the safety requirements. Dual Airbags and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) come as standards across all variants. It also has the ISOFIX mounts in the rear seat to mount a child seat securely in the back.

The New Verna also features the Headlamp Cornering feature which automatically illuminates the corner while taking a turn to improve the visibility and thus making it safer. The sedan also gets reverse parking camera with steering adaptive guidelines and rear parking sensors. In addition, it features the First-in- Segment Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock feature in which the car automatically unlocks the door when it senses an impact while moving.

 

PERFORMANCE:

Built on All New K2 platform similar to Hyundai’s Global Bestseller Elantra, the new Verna offers a whole new level of ride comfort with smooth and precise handling. Hyundai have opted not to tamper with the 1.6L engine as it was already producing class leading 121 BHP of power at 6400 RPM and 151 Nm of torque at 4850 RPM.

The engine is quite punchy, hence you don’t necessarily need to rev the engine to produce maximum power, but in case you want to rev it, the engine won’t disappoint you. The six-speed manual transmission gearbox is very well sorted as the shifts are very smooth and it provides you the driving confidence with seamless operation and a smoother ride. The new Verna also gets a new six-speed automatic transmission for those who want to be lifted off the daunting task of frequently changing gears in the traffic and enjoy the ease of an automatic transmission.

The sedan also features cruise control feature which will make highway travelling a lot easier as this feature holds the speed that you set. The speed can be increased or decreased with a toggle present on the steering wheel. However, one needs to be careful while using the cruise control in traffic as it holds the same speed until you disengage it, which can be done with a light press on the brake pedal. All in all, the new Verna offers powerful performance with high fuel efficiency and durability for exceptional city and highway driving pleasure.

VERDICT

With its closest rivals like Suzuki and Honda yet to introduce their new updated models in this market, the new Verna looks set to capture the mid-sized sedan segment. With looks that could kill and an engine that delivers, the new Verna excels in all these core areas with its new design, connectivity features, plush interiors, superior dynamics and super body structure for new age customers.

The Verna is priced at Rs. 42, 96,000/- for the EX version Rs. 44, 96,000/- for the SX and Rs. 49, 46,000/- for the EX automatic. You dare not forget to put the Verna in your list if you are in the market looking for a mid-sized sedan.

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