The all-new Hyundai Verna was launched in the Indian market sometime back. The mid-size sedan is available in both petrol and diesel engine options in the Indian market. As per sales data, the Verna gets 60% sales from the diesel variants. While many car manufacturers are concentrating on the petrol engines in India, the higher amount of sales from the diesel variant of the Verna shows that the diesel-powered vehicles are still popular in the Indian car market.
Diesel variants became quite popular in the Indian market due to their low running costs because of the huge difference between the diesel and petrol prices in the market. However, with time, the wide gap between the prices have become narrow, causing the petrol variants to bounce back in the market. Despite the market shift to the petrol variants, Hyundai Verna’s diesel-powered variants bag as much as 60% of the demand. The manufacturer also reports a high waiting period of up to 1.5 months on the Verna diesel automatic and manual variants in the Indian market.
While there two engine options for the petrol powered variants of the Verna, Hyundai offers only the 1.6-litre diesel engine with the mid-size sedan. The four-cylinder turbocharged engine produces a maximum power of 126 Bhp at 4,000 rpm and 260 Nm at 1,500 – 3,000 rpm. It is available with a 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed automatic option. The base version of the petrol Verna is priced at Rs. 7.8 lakhs while the base version of the diesel is priced at Rs. 9.5 lakhs (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi). There is a difference of Rs. 1.7 lakhs between the base variants and still the diesel variants are driving the sales of the model.
The Hyundai Verna offers a long list of features that attract the customers. The feature list includes a sunroof, ventilated front seats, automatic boot opening and keyless entry among various other things. The mid-size sedan from Hyundai is also the fastest growing vehicle in terms of sales in the segment. It competes with the likes of Honda City, Maruti Ciaz and newly launched Toyota Yaris in the Indian market.