The Verna mid-sized sedan has always been a volume generator for Hyundai in India. With the launch of new Honda City and Maruti Ciaz, the sales of the sedan witnessed a regular dip and it slipped to the 3rd position in its league. In a bid to regain its pole position, Hyundai has introduced the third-generation of the sedan.
Hyundai has announced introductory prices of the sedan that start from Rs 7.99 lakh and go up to Rs 12.61 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new Verna carline is being offered in a total of 6 petrol and 7 diesel variants spread across four trims – E, EX, SX and SX (O).
Interestingly, the first 20,000 customers will get their Verna at aforementioned prices. After that, the company will increase prices of the sedan.
Designed on the all-new K2 platform, the 2018 Hyundai Verna sedan features an all-new design and a lot richer interior. Similar to the old model, the new Verna follows Hyundai’s evolved Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy, but looks more aggressive than its predecessor. Most of the design and styling elements have been borrowed from the new Elantra.
Upfront, the car receives a large cascade grille with horizontal slats and chrome accents, revised front bumper with air intakes and wraparound projector headlamps with black accents and LED daytime running lights. The fog lamps are fitted in chrome housing.
The side design of the 2018 Hyundai Verna has been revised with blacked-out C-pillar, a sloping roofline and chrome door handles. The diamond cut 16-inch alloys are reserved for the top-spec variant, while the EX AT gets 15-inch alloy wheels. The entry-level E and EX (MT) trims are available with 15-inch steel wheels.
The LED taillamps of the new Verna are carried over from the Elantra. The car also features LED turn indicators, a larger boot lid and a new integrated roof spoiler.
Proportionally, the new generation 2018 Hyundai Verna measures 4,440mm in length and 1,729mm in width thus making it longer and wider than the old model. The wheelbase of the sedan has also been increased by 30mm that makes it more spacious for occupants. Its height stands at 1,475mm. The new Verna also offers 16L more luggage area.
Feature-wise, the 2018 Hyundai Verna is a more loaded machine. The sedan comes with a choice of fabric (base model) and leather (high-spec variant) upholstery. A 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android, iOS smartphone and MirrorLink connectivity is reserved for the high-end model. Features such as segment-first cooled seats, rear AC vents, cruise control and an electric sunroof are also offered only on the range-topping trim.
Safety features such as ABS with EBD and dual front airbags are standard across the carline. The top-spec trim is exclusively offered with six airbags and rear view camera. Other key features include central locking, impact and speed sensing auto door unlock, immobilizer, ISOFIX child seat anchors, parking assist and more.
Power sources of the new 2018 Hyundai Verna are the 1.6-litre VTVT petrol and 1.6-litre CRDi diesel, which were used on the old model. While the former is capable of producing 121bhp with 155Nm, the oil burner is good for 126bhp and 260Nm. Transmission options on the 2018 Hyundai Verna include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
The new 2018 Hyundai Verna's mileage figures are slightly better than the old one. The 1.6L petrol unit with manual and automatic gearbox unit deliver fuel efficiency of 17.70kmpl and 15.92kmpl respectively. On the other side, the diesel manual delivers 24.75kmpl and the automatic returns 21.02kmpl.
The 2018 Hyundai Verna sedan is built on a new K2 platform made up of advanced high-strength steel. This new architecture results into 32% better torsional rigidity. It further improves the overall handling and driving dynamics of the car.
The new-gen 2018 Hyundai Verna receives four new paint schemes – Fiery Red, Siena Brown, Polar White and Flame Orange. Other colour options include Stardust, Sleek Silver and Phantom Black.
In the mid-size sedan segment, the 2018 Hyundai Verna takes on the new Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and new Honda City. Cars like Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento also go up against the sedan.