The2015 Hyundai Verna 4S Fluidic had launched in the Indian market on 18th February. This latest model by Hyundai is based on Solaris and therefore the new Verna shall have cosmetic changes when compared with the last model. The front of the car has undergone a significant modification. The upcoming Verna is known as Solaris in the Russian markets and is called Accent in other countries.
The same 1.4- and 1.6-liter engines continue to power the car. But they have been made more powerful now. Thanks to this update, the Verna 4S is mightier than its rivals- Maruti Ciaz, Honda City and Skoda Rapid. The car makers offer five variants for each petrol and diesel. Talking about petrol versions, the manual variants are 1.4 VTVT 1396 cc, 1.6 VTVTS 1591 cc, 1.6 VTVT S OPTION 1591 cc and 1.6 SX VTVT 1591 cc. The automatic one is 1.6 VTVT AT S OPTION 1591 cc. The price for petrol variants ranges from Rs 7.73 lakh to Rs 10.11 lakh. Maruti Ciaz petrol variants are priced between Rs 7.20 lakh to Rs 9.10 lakh. The prices for Honda City and Skoda Rapid are Rs 7.50-11.43 lakh and Rs 7.24-9.85 lakh respectively.
In 4S Verna, the manual versions in the diesel engines are 1.4 CRDI 1396 cc, 1.6 CRDI S 1582 cc, 1.6 CRDI S OPTION 1582 cc, and 1.6 CRDI SX 1582 CC. The automatic variant is 1.6 CRDI AT SX 1582 cc. The price of diesel variants falls in the range Rs 8.85 lakh to Rs 12.19 lakh. Whereas price range for Maruti Ciaz is Rs 8.30-10.37 lakh. Diesel variants of Honda City can be had in the range Rs 8.75-11.54 lakh. While the figures for Skoda Rapid are Rs 8.41-11.00 lakh.
Verna 4S petrol versions gives 107 PS at 6,300 rpm, whereas Maruti Ciaz delivers 92.5 PS at 6000 rpm. The figure for Honda City and Skoda Rapid make these models a strong contender for 4S. City delivers 119 PS at 6,600 rpm and Rapid churns out 105 PS at 2,520 rpm. Ciaz is behind Verna in terms of diesel variants too. Verna gives 90 PS at 4,000 rpm and 128 PS at the same. The figures for Ciaz are 90 PS at 4,000 rpm. City and Skoda generate 100 PS and 105 PS at 3,600 rpm and 4,400 rpm respectively.
In the name of the car, the four S are for – style, speed, safety and sophistication. The modifications in the front have given a very different look to the car. Looking at this latest facelift by Hyundai, one can infer that Verna has ended up getting a bland look. The company has made the car far too simple looking now. They have done away with the attractive hexagonal grille. It has been replaced by twin-slat unit that is not as appealing as the hexagonal grille. This new unit is small and does not add much to the looks of the front fascia. The car makers have sharpened the features of the standard projector headlamps. In the last update to Verna, Hyundai had incorporated daytime running LEDs. But this feature has been dropped for this latest facelift. A boomerang pattern has been chosen for the fog lamps. The company has made the air intakes larger.
The fender is a bit different now and the rest of the side profile is exactly same as that of the outgoing model. Therefore, there is no change in the wheelbase. Also present is the same roofline – that is coupe-like. The top models retain 16-inch wheels with diamond-cut design. Coming to the rear, there has been a small update. A new cluster having the effect of LED is seen in the tail lamps. Newly designed reflectors can be seen in the bumper. The exhausts have been concealed. This feature is unattractive when compared with the last Verna that had dual-tip exhausts.
No changes have been brought about in the cabin. The car comes with the very same features of its predecessor and Hyundai is making it boring now. Though they claim that better materials have been used, but the materials are just different – not better. The design of the interior looks old, but the company has worked on comfort. They offer ergo lever that is a co-driver seat adjuster. The rear passengers can access it so as to have more of legroom. This feature comes in handy if the car is driven by a chauffeur and the passengers need more of knee-room. The cabin space is still the same and is not best in the segment, but it is good. The boot space is 490 liter and the fuel tank capacity is 43 liter.
The dynamics have been tweaked. The steering is more responsive at low speeds. It needs less effort by the driver. But, it feels more weighty when compared to the car’s predecessor and the feedback is not impressive. There might be downsides, but Hyundai has succeeded in enhancing the overall ride quality. They have changed the spring rate. A bump stopper along with etching is present to keep the noise at bay. Verna gets EBD and ABS as the standard features across the range. The top variants will still be having six airbags. To add to the comfort, Hyundai has added rain sensing wipers and auto head lamps too. Yet another novel feature is a new stereo that offers storage of 1 GB.
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