The Hyundai Verna is a compact sedan that has been a mainstay in the South Korean automaker’s lineup since 1994. Known for its sleek styling, comfortable interiors, and reliable performance, the Verna has evolved over the years to meet the needs and preferences of consumers. Today, the Verna is available in a range of variants that cater to different budgets and driving preferences. Let’s take a look at the Verna’s variants available in India, and find out which one offers the most value for money.
Hyundai Verna: Top Competitors
The top rivals of the Hyundai Verna in India are the Honda City, Volkswagen Virtus, Skoda Slavia, and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
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Hyundai Verna Variants
The Hyundai Verna has 14 variants, which are listed below along with their prices (ex-showroom, Delhi):
|Verna EX||Rs 10.90 lakhs|
|Verna S||Rs 11.96 lakhs|
|Verna SX||Rs 12.98 lakhs|
|Verna SX IVT||Rs 14.23 lakhs|
|Verna SX Opt||Rs 14.66 lakhs|
|Verna SX Turbo||Rs 14.84 lakhs|
|Verna SX Turbo DT||Rs 14.84 lakhs|
|Verna SX Opt Turbo||Rs 15.99 lakhs|
|Verna SX Opt Turbo DT||Rs 15.99 lakhs|
|Verna SX Turbo DCT||Rs 16.08 lakhs|
|Verna SX Turbo DCT DT||Rs 16.08 lakhs|
|Verna SX Opt IVT||Rs 16.20 lakhs|
|Verna SX Opt Turbo DCT||Rs 17.38 lakhs|
|Verna SX Opt Turbo DCT DT||Rs 17.38 lakhs|
Hyundai Verna: Quick Review
Design and features: The latest Hyundai Verna has a futuristic look, with intersecting angles to reflect the concept of parametric design. The Verna features a slim LED light bar across the nose, with headlights placed lower down. Its edge-to-edge front grille has slashes in place of a mesh or slats. The Verna’s rear has sharp angles and edges, a lip spoiler and an LED light bar with vertical LED DRLs. The car has 16-inch wheels, which is the segment standard.
In terms of features, the Hyundai Verna has a touchscreen infotainment unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a wireless phone charging pad, ventilated and heated front seats, ambient lighting, rear AC vents, smart trunk release, auto start-stop and a manual rear sunshade, among others.
Engine and performance: The Hyundai Verna comes with two engine options – a 1.5-litre MPi, naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 6-speed manual or 8-step CVT, or a 1.5-litre T-GDi, direct-injection turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, mated to a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch auto.
The naturally aspirated engine produces a power of 113.18 BHP and 143.8 Nm of torque, while the turbo-petrol engine produces 157.7 BHP of power and 253 Nm of torque.
The Verna’s engine is refined, with a balanced power and performance that feels more than enough for city driving and adequate for the highway.
Ride and handling: The Hyundai Verna has a McPherson strut suspension at the front and a torsion beam axle at the rear. The Verna has an absorbent ride, and its slow speed ride is comfortable. The suspension absorbs small bumps and potholes without fuss, although there’s slight body movement in the cabin over bad roads. The is stable at high speeds, and feels steady cruising at 100-120 km/h. Under most driving conditions on roads, the car holds its line well.
The EPS in the Hyundai Verna is light and user-friendly at parking and city speeds. The steering weighs up adequately on the highways. While the top turbo-petrol variant with the DCT gets all-wheel disc brakes, the rest of the variants, including the turbo-petrol manual, get drum brakes at the rear. The pedal feels good to use and comes across as progressive.
Comfort and space: The Hyundai Verna comes with a comfortable cabin, and the seats are well-cushioned and provide good support. The driver’s seat is adjustable. The air conditioning system is efficient, and has rear vents as well.
The Verna has ample space for passengers and luggage. The front seats offer plenty of legroom and headroom, even for tall passengers. The rear seats are also spacious, and three passengers can sit comfortably in the back. The boot space has a capacity of 528 litres. Additionally, the rear seats can be folded down to create even more space for larger items.
Safety: The safety features in the Hyundai Verna include six airbags across the range, ABS, EBD, ESC, TCS, TPMS, hill-start assist, seat-belt reminders, and front and rear parking sensors.
Mileage: The overall mileage in the Verna ranges from 18.6 km/l to 20.6 km/l depending upon the variant.
Concluding remarks: The Hyundai Verna is a well-rounded sedan that offers a balance of comfort, performance, and features. Overall, the Verna is a great option for anyone looking for a well-equipped sedan with good performance and efficiency.
Hyundai Verna: Most Value for Money Variant
The most value for money (VFM) variant of the Hyundai Verna is the Verna SX, priced at Rs 12.98 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Most VFM Variant in Comparison with Base Variant
The base variant of the Hyundai Verna is the Verna EX, which is priced at Rs 10.90 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The most VFM variant has some additional features over the base, such as electronic stability control (ESC), rear parking camera, cruise control, steering mounted controls, automatic ORVM (manual in the base variant), LED headlights (halogen in the base variant), cornering headlamps, hill hold assist, DRLs, climate control, rear AC vents, panoramic sunroof, glove box cooling, USB ports, push button start, 16-inch alloy wheels (15-inch steel wheels in the base variant), 8-inch LCD touchscreen infotainment system, voice activated controls, Bluetooth connectivity (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), OEM audio system with 4 speakers, and wireless charging.
Most Value For Money Variant in Comparison with Top-end Variant
The Verna SX Opt Turbo DCT DT is the top-end variant of the Hyundai Verna, and is priced at Rs 17.38 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). It has some extra features over the most value for money variant. These include lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, power seating adjustment (manual in the VFM variant), synthetic leather upholstery (cloth upholstery in the VFM variant), 10.25-inch LCD touchscreen infotainment system, and Bose audio system with 8 speakers.
Key Take-outs from the Comparative Analysis of Base, VFM, and Top-end Variants
The Hyundai Verna’s base variant does not have some key features the most value for money variant has. On the other hand, the most VFM variant has most of the essential features that the top-end variant has.
To sum it up, the most value for money variant of the Hyundai Verna, the Verna SX, costs around Rs 5 lakhs less than the top-end variant, but offers almost all key features available across the variants.
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