Currently, in the facelifted version of the third generation version, the Hyundai Verna has managed to remain relevant in the current hype of SUVs, with its trendy design in and out, a keen focus on features and a refined set of powertrains. The Hyundai Verna has always been preferred by those who want to have a stylish and feature-packed sedan, and the current version continues to carry the baton.
The current iteration of the Hyundai Verna is a tweaked form of the model which got launched in 2017, with the subtle changes making the four-year-old form still look relevant. The overall design has become sharper to look at, with the slightly rounded roofline giving it an essence of a coupe.
At the front, the face of the new Verna looks wider, thanks to the bigger grille, which has dark chrome inserts for the regular petrol and diesel versions and gloss black inserts for the turbo-petrol variant. The sweptback trapezoidal headlamps have a curved lower outer edge and come with an all-LED arrangement with boomerang-shaped daytime running LED on their external boundaries. The small rounded projector fog lamps in the triangular housings and a silver skid plate complete the look at the front.
The side profile of the Hyundai Verna looks appealing with its low slung stance and coupe-like rounded roofline. The sleek-looking chrome-finished shoulder-line and 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels add to the premium appeal of the car. At the back, there are marginal changes in the new Verna in comparison to the pre-facelift model it has replaced, with new LED inserts for the tail lamps and a new rear diffuser. The turbo-petrol variant gets dual exhaust tips and a sporty design on the corners of the rear bumper.
In terms of length, the Hyundai Verna is the smallest car in its segment, which takes a toll on its cabin space and boot space, which are the lowest in its category. The width, height and ground clearance are almost on par with what the other rivals are offering.
The new Hyundai Verna retains the cabin layout of the pre-facelift model, with a couple of changes like a new fully digital instrument console with a TFT MID unit and a bigger free-standing 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system making it look fresher than before. While the regular petrol and diesel variants get dual-tone black and beige leather upholstery, the turbo-petrol variant gets a sportier-looking all-black leather upholstery with contrast red accents on seats, steering wheel and AC vents. The AC vents and the panel for automatic climate control in the lower centre console have a glossy black treatment.
Engine and Transmission
The Hyundai Verna offer the most versatile engine and gearbox combinations in its segment, covering all the possible grounds. On offer, there are two petrol engines to choose from – a 1.5-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine which makes 115 PS of power and 143.8 Nm of torque, and a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which produces 120 PS of power and 172 Nm of torque. While the 1.5-litre petrol is available with the choices of a 6-speed manual and a CVT, the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol is solely offered with a 7-speed DCT. There is also a 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine on offer, which churns out 115 PS of power and 250 Nm of torque, and is available with both 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmissions.
|1.5-litre MPi petrol
|1.0-litre Kappa turbo GDi petrol
|1.5-litre U2 CRDi petrol
|115 PS @ 6,300 rpm
|120 PS @ 6,000 rpm
|115 PS @ 4,000 rpm
|143.8 Nm @ 4,500 rpm
|172 Nm @ 1,500-4,000 rpm
|250 Nm @ 1,500-2,750 rpm
|5-speed manual / CVT
|6-speed manual / 6-speed AT
All the three powertrain options available in the Hyundai Verna offer decent fuel economy, with the diesel engine being one of the most fuel-efficient engines currently available in the country.
|17.7 kmpl (manual) / 18.45 kmpl (CVT)
|19.2 kmpl (DCT)
|25 kmpl (manual) / 21.3 kmpl (AT)
When it comes to features, the Hyundai Verna is the current benchmark, which somehow tries to justify its premium pricing in the premium compact segment. On the outside, the sedan is equipped with LED headlamps and tail lamps, projector fog lamps and 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. The cabin of the new Hyundai Verna is loaded to the gills, with features like a full TFT instrument console, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, automatic climate control, multi-functional tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel, cooled glovebox, rear AC vents, cruise control, height-adjustable driver’s seat, sunroof, ventilated front seats, push start-stop button, rear manual curtain and wireless charger. The turbo-petrol variant also gets paddle shifters in addition.
Safety and Security
In terms of safety, the new Hyundai Verna is heavily loaded with all the essentials you will need from a car at this price. The Verna gets front, side and curtain airbags, ABS with EBD, hill start assist, electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, reverse parking sensors and camera, rearview monitor and tyre pressure monitoring system. The turbo-petrol variant gets front parking sensors in addition.
There are a total of six colour options made available for the new Hyundai Verna – Starry Night, Typhoon Silver, Fiery Red, Titan Grey, Polar White and Phantom Black.
Hyundai Verna Price List
The extensive equipment list of the new Hyundai Verna makes it a touch expensive for a sedan for its price. There are four variants in the entire lineup of the Hyundai Verna – E, S+, SX and SX(O), and the 1.5-litre petrol engine is offered in all of these variants. While the 1.5-litre diesel engine misses out on the base E variant, the turbo-petrol is available in only the range-topping SX(O) variant.
|Rs. 9.29 lakh (manual)
|Rs. 9.69 lakh (manual)
|Rs. 10.88 lakh (manual)
|Rs. 11.07 lakh (manual) / Rs. 12.29 lakh (CVT)
|Rs. 12.28 lakh (manual) / Rs. 13.43 lakh (AT)
|Rs. 12.94 lakh (manual) / Rs. 14.19 lakh (CVT)
|Rs. 14.24 lakh (DCT)
|Rs. 14.18 lakh (manual) / Rs. 15.33 lakh (AT)
- Modern looks in and out
- Powerful and refined engine options
- Extensive list of features
- Limited leg room at rear
- Digital tachometer is hard to read
- Slightly pricey to buy