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Hyundai Verna: The Finer Things in Life

Sitting one notch higher than the Aura in the segment pecking order is the sophisticated Verna. You can see the family resemblance between the two sedans, but there is no denying that Verna is very much its own car.

The generous proportions, sharp headlamp design, dark chrome grille, and flashy bumper design all set the bigger Hyundai sibling apart. The tapering contours of the bonnet lend the Verna’s visage a streamlined visual and the sharp R16 alloy wheels match perfectly the overall look of the Verna. It is great to see that the design team at Hyundai have struck a perfect balance in the design of the Verna. It is understated yet elegant, which is ideal for a car in this segment.

Premium materials and uncluttered design of the interior flawlessly complement the Verna’s design approach. The leather upholstery and leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear-knob augment the feeling of exceptional quality. The sliding central arm-rest adds to driver comfort and the flat-bottom steering wheel is optimized for driving ergonomics. The generous proportions of the Verna’s cabin include plentiful shoulder-room, ample head-room, and extended thigh-support. All these elements work in conjunction to allow the car’s occupants the opportunity to stretch out, relax, and enjoy the drive in quiet comfort.

Seeing as the Verna does carry the badge of the famous South Korean car-maker, it should come as no surprise that it is packed to the brim with equipment that leaves all its rivals in its wake. The digital info cluster comprises a 10.67-cm colour TFT display and infotainment is brought by a high-definition 20.32-cm touchscreen. The Verna is equipped with Hyundai’s proprietary Blue Link technology with 45 bespoke functionalities. Other exceptional features in the Verna include a sunroof, ventilated seats, tyre pressure monitoring system, front and rear parking sensors, and a luggage hook with a net to keep all your belongings in the boot safe even on bad roads.

The Verna is powered by a 1.5-litre MPi petrol engine or a 1.5-litre U2 CRDi diesel. Both offer 115 hp with the petrol offering 144 Nm of torque and the diesel 250 Nm. Choose from among a six-speed manual gearbox, an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) as the automatic option for the petrol, and a six-speed auto ‘box for the diesel. You can also get a sportier, more dynamic version of the Verna: the Turbo variant. This one is equipped with a 1.0-litre Kappa Turbo GDi petrol engine which produces 120 hp and 172 Nm of torque. This engine variant comes mated to a slick six-speed DCT for optimal performance.

On the safety front, the Verna builds on its strong and sturdy body structure with ABS with EBD, six airbags, cornering lamps, and front and rear parking sensors. The Verna is the latest launch from the Hyundai stable and costs Rs 9.31 lakh (ex-showroom) onwards.


About the author: Harket Suchde


Senior Correspondent at Car India Magazine, rock-n-roll kid, footy fanatic and gaming nut. You can hit me up on Twitter @thecrediblehark - I promise I'll respond...eventually.
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