Hyundai India has raised the curtains off its new and improved Verna, which is now dubbed “Hyundai 4S Fluidic Verna”. The tweaked version of the C segment sedan has undergone certain styling and mechanical upgrades, besides getting some additional features. Up front, the new Verna flaunts chrome-finished front grille, and redesigned body-coloured bumper having fog lamps with retouched housings and wider air intakes. The character lines on the bonnet render it a sporty semblance. Either edges of the front grille are accompanied by projector headlights with escort function. The alloy wheels further lend a polished look to the side profile. The roofline swoops down giving it a coupe-like look. The base trims come with body-coloured outside door handles while the mid and top-end variants get chrome finished door handles. The rear continues the understated look with redesigned tail lamps, a two-tone rear bumper, and a concealed exhaust. The rear view mirrors come with integrated LED turn indicators, and can be adjusted and folded electrically. The exterior is also endowed with door blackout tapes and micro roof antenna.
The interiors offer a plush feel with the beige and black colour scheme complemented by faux wood inserts. The leather package exclusive to top-of-the-line trims includes leather wrapped steering, TGS knob, console armrest, and driver armrest. The chrome interior package comprises chrome-finished AC vents, inside door handles, rear garnish, and parking lever button. The instrument panel and centre fascia display features like blue interior illumination, supervision cluster, and tachometer. There is an array of comfort and convenience equipments inside the cabin, including smart key with push start button, automatic air conditioner with cluster ionizer, front console armrest with storage space, rear central armrest with cup holder, rain sensing wipers, power windows, height adjustable front seatbelts, etc. The driver’s seat gets tilt-adjustable feature and rear seat gets fixed headrests. The entertainment segment boasts of a 2-DIN audio system with 1 GB memory, steering-mounted audio controls with Bluetooth handsfree, Bluetooth connectivity, four speakers, etc. One of the best features on the back seats is the availability of an ergo lever, that allows one to push the front passenger seat all the way forward to make more legroom.
The powertrain options of the new Verna have been carried over from the previous model. The base petrol variants are available with a 1.4litre VTVT engine with produces 106bhp and 135Nm of torque while the high-end variants get a 1.6litre VVTV unit that churns out 121bhp and 155Nm of torque. The diesel variants also get the option of either a 1.4litre CRDi unit producing 89bhp and 220Nm of torque or a 1.6litre CRDi unit which is good for 126bhp and 259Nm of torque. While the petrol variants come with a five-speed manual gearbox, the diesel are offered with a six-speed manual stick. A four-speed automatic gearbox is also available in the top-end petrol and diesel variants. The mileage has now improved so as to deliver a promising performance. The 1.6litre as well as the 1.4litre petrol engine can run up to 17.04kmpl. The diesel range, which includes a 1.4litre CRDi engine and a 1.6litre CRDi motor, is capable of delivering fuel efficiency of 23.9kmpl and 24.8kmpl, respectively.
The car is fitted with safety features across all the variants such as clutch lock system, central locking (driver side) and immobilizer. The high-end trims are equipped with speed-sensing auto door lock, and side and curtain airbags. The mid and high level trims also come incorporated with driver and co-passenger side airbags, rear view camera with display on ECM, rear parking sensors, impact-sensing auto door unlock, rear defogger with timer, and automatic headlight control. The car is also fitted with disc brakes in the front and drum brakes at the rear. Anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution is offered as standard across the range. Further, refined suspension enables the new Verna to stay composed even at high speeds, unlike the previous version. The new Verna feels more stabilized while driving; the diesel trims are more fun to drive while the petrol trims still seem softer.