The new Hyundai Verna fluidic has sure come a long way from its predecessors. This latest Verna is the seventh avatar and is totally different from the rest of the pack. The chassis is seriously stronger and has been made in stringent accordance with the European and US standards.
This new look Verna has a sporty fluid sculpt that gives it the name. The fluid shape is a combination of sharp sculpting and crease patterns on the exterior. The inside of the car is not as impressive as the outside but has a decent looking dashboard. The gear transmission flows smoothly and the high end model will have a fully auto transmission. The storage space though could have been spared a bit of space.
The seats are out right comfortable and there is enough space for the legs including at the back. The seats are a bit too low and this kind of hinges the thigh support. Even corner of the seats are rounded off with stuffing adding to lack of thigh space. In spite of the huge leg room the journey is not as comfortable because of the lack of thigh support.
The Verna will be available in petrol and diesel version. The engines however will be different from the previous editions. The Verna will sport Gamma petrol and U2 diesel motors. The petrol will be of 1.4 litre capacity while the diesel will be of 1.6 litre capacity. The diesel beats the petrol hands down with a horse power for 126.
The Verna Gamma petrol motor comes with sixteen valves with continuous variable valve timing. This ensures that there is a healthy output of power and torque.
The petrol engines with auto gear option come to idle pretty quietly. The initial pick up also is pretty nippy for an auto gear. Engine response at low revs is pretty good. If you step on the gas the Gamma engine fades quite quickly. The medium range speed is adequate but at high speeds, the motor struggles to keep up with the paces and starts to rattle and feels strained.
The suspension hardly gets tested on the long, smooth and arrow straight roads. Even the steering is at pretty ease and does not need much handling. The Verna has a good presence and the long wheelbase gave it a composure that promises to make it a good long distance cruiser. The strong crosswinds can unsettle the car. Its true test though will be on Indian roads though. The steering is quite light but still had pretty good feel around the centre position but it does not weight up consistently and at times feels disconnected from the road. This should not bother typical owners who will be looking for an effortless steering and light controls for an easy commute.
The new Verna is miles ahead of its predecessor, blends practicality, quality and value in a package that is more up market and stylish than before and is good enough to disrupt the established order of the City and Vento.