Hyundai has launched the new Verna with a starting price of Rs 7.99 lakh starting which is competitive pricing- infact the Verna is now among the cheapest in its class, so should you buy? Well for starters its all new with a new K2 platform and built with 50 percent advanced high strength steel. However design wise the new Verna looks a lot more premium now featuring the cascade grille plus projector headlamps with LED DRLs, the shrunken Elantra vibe is there. It looks slightly longer because it is with a length of 4,440mm and that is crucial because the previous Verna looked smaller. While the design is among the most premium looking the interior is a bigger leap in terms of features. Design wise it is sober and conservative but features wise Hyundai have gone a step ahead of competition.
A list of first in class features like cooled seats, smart trunk and an electric sunroof give it an edge. Of course it gets a 7 inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, rear ac vents, climate control, 6 airbags, 6 speaker sound system, cruise control, push button start stop amongst others. Crucially there is a longer wheelbase now and room at the back is better but it still falls short of direct rivals with headroom being a bit tight.
However instead of being chauffeur driven we feel the new Verna makes sense as a comfortable car to drive yourself. Out of the two 1.6 engines we recommend the diesel and while we have not yet driven the petrol, the diesel with its efficiency and superb refinement makes sense. The 1.6 diesel is smooth and has enough power with 126 bhp which makes it an effortless cruiser.
What you will also like is the light clutch and easy to use 6-speed manual. A big plus point is the new 6-speed auto which is leagues better than the earlier 4-speed one. Hyundai also has made changes in the ride and handling and it is much better now. The stability is good and is not as sloppy as the previous. However it is not a drivers car and with a light steering it is still a comfortable sedan. The diesel is also vastly more efficient than the petrol. We recommend the diesel manual in top-spec trim at Rs 11.12 lakh for the SX diesel while the automatic also makes sense at Rs 12.6 lakh for the SX AT.
Overall the Verna is for those who need a comfortable, refined, easy to drive car to tackle the urban grind- it packs in everything Hyundai is good for and puts in more value. The fact that its well priced means you should look at this car as your next midsize sedan purchase.