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Hyundai Verna long-term review – First report

Hyundai Verna long-term review – First report

Snapshot: India’s most awarded sedan has joined our fleet and we simply can’t stop gloating about its features.

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The Verna brand arrived in India in the mid of the last decade and has managed to provide many buyers discerning luxury a viable alternative to the Honda City.

Hyundai India sold 26,000 units of Verna in just 6 months of its launch!

The previous generation Verna’s core mission was not an exciting one, but its success was largely based on its strong record as a reliable tool for getting people from point A-to-B in relative comfort.

But with this new generation of the Verna, Hyundai is trying to expand the Verna’s core consumer base. Hyundai claims that the new car isn’t just erring on the side of comfort, it’s also an able performer at the wheel and anyone calling himself a keen driver needs to test drive one. To check out the companies claim, we have borrowed the petrol automatic version of the car for a few months.

That Hyundai magic

Buyers will appreciate the fact that the build quality on the new car is very good. It can easily rival more expensive cars on this front.

There’s a certain ‘wow’ factor about the Verna that’s hard to miss. Amongst other things the one feature that stands out are the cooled front seats, a boon on a hot summer day. Our testers also enjoyed the automatic lamps, auto wiper and the sunroof. The aircon also chills the cabin relatively fast even in this forty degree heat. But the class leading features list isn’t the only talking point. Our logbook is filled with compliments on the Verna’s handling prowess. The stable ride also gets solid compliments. The automatic gearbox has also found lots of praise as has the handling. Our Business Head, borrowed the car for a trip up the hills of Nainital and came back impressed. He was full of praises for the suspension set up as well as the steering which was full of feedback.

What could be better?

Knee-room at the back could be better. The Verna simply doesn’t have the best hip-knee angle when you sit in the back. Some users also noted that the navigation system was a bit lazy and wasn’t up to speed with where the car was at that point. I particularly would appreciate if manufacturers in general and Hyundai in particular would increase the size of their rear view mirrors. They simply don’t offer the best depth of field and this can be annoying in tight city spaces. Apart from these it’s all good news. The car is returning us a respectable 11.5kpl in the city and on the highway we have achieved 13.5kpl. These figures should improve once we send it for a routine service.

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