Hyundai Verna Fluidic Diesel Model Review in Detail

Hyundai Verna has its more variants than other. Hyundai launched its latest one car called Verna Fluidic which is an award-winning car of the brand. It’s new design looks better than its previous model. This vehicle comes armed with sharp, dynamic, contemporary and trendy looks. Hyundai really work on its quality in the recent past. This vehicle competes with mid-sized cars like Maruti SX4, Fiat Linea, and Volkswagen Vento. It’s available in price range of Rs. 8.9-12 Lakhs. In this post we gonna share about Hyundai Verna Fluidic Diesel Model Review in Detail.

Interior 

Hyundai Verna Fluidic Interior

Hyundai Verna Fluidic Interior

The car is packed with six airbags, pretensioner seatbelts, rear parking assist, rear sensors and Anti-lock Braking System with EBD. In case of any collision the doors get automatically unlocked that allows the passengers to make a quick exit. Also the doors lock automatically when the vehicle zooms at high speeds. The interior of the vehicle spells luxury. The cabin is equipped with fully automatic air-conditioner. The power window switches look like they belong to a segment below and the faux wood on the dash doesn’t look convincing either. The door armrests are also poorly finished and the fit on panels near the foot wells could be better too. But overall, the Verna exudes a richness that makes the insides a nice place to be. A ‘Driver Information system’ provides all necessary details such as journey time and distance covered. This helps one to manage their trips better. Sun visors are integrated with vanity mirrors and their covers. You get keyless entry, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth connectivity, climate control, an iPod-ready music system and steering-mounted audio controls. And we’re talking base models here.

The higher SX trim level comes with even more goodies like electrically foldable external rear view mirrors, an automatically dimming internal rear-view mirror, a reverse camera, and cooled glove-box. The top-of-the line SX (O) variant gets ABS with EBD and leather upholstery in addition to the above. Phew. The automatic variant (on offer with either 1.6 engines) will only be sold in top spec, making it the most expensive car in the range.There is an armrest provided at the centre in the front. It has a sliding function and a storage space. The car also has a sunglasses holder for added convenience. Interior quality is impressive and is a big improvement over the previous model. We really liked the textured dashboard, the damped feel to the AC vents, knurled finish on the climate control dials and the chunky steering (borrowed from the i20). Plastic quality is good but not consistent throughout the cabin.

There is reasonable space for knickknacks including a sunglasses holder near the rear view mirror. But the door pockets are shallow and not really suitable for holding more than a few newspapers at best. There is also a bottle- and cup holder beside the handbrake that comes positioned a touch too close to the driver’s seat. The Verna Fluidic sports luxurious beige colored leather upholstery on the seats and the door pads. The steering wheel has been mounted with audio and Bluetooth controls. The headrests of the front and rear seats can be adjusted. Going by the new Verna’s adventurous exterior styling, you’d expect something equally funky on the inside as well. There is some disappointment here as Hyundai has played it safe with a rather conventional design. The shield-like fascia though does look quite appealing. Beige is the colour of choice for the seats and lower portion of the dashboard and this really enhances the ambience in the car.

Exterior

Hyundai Fluidic verna

Hyundai Fluidic Verna

The new Verna is built on a completely new platform with its 2570mm wheelbase a whole 70mm larger than the older car. Another big change is the electrically powered steering that comes in place of the outgoing model’s hydraulic unit. However, the suspension layout is traditional, a combination of MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam axle at the rear. Fluidic Sculpture is Hyundai-speak for a more dynamic design. Up front, there is a strong family resemblance to the freshly face-lifted i10 in the manner in which the large and smartly detailed headlights sweep back into the body.  A ‘V’ on the bonnet that originates just above the hexagonal Hyundai grille adds much muscle to the front. But what really catches your eye is the ‘L’-shaped foglights that sit neatly recessed low down in the front bumper.

They look distinctive and are especially attractive at night. The hexagonal front grille of the car has a chrome finish. This gives the car a premium look. Adding to this look are the built-in fog lamps that provide extra visibility in bad weather conditions. The head lamps sport a black bezel design. It adds a touch of splendor to the car and also provides maximum illumination in the night-time. The door handles have a chrome finish which looks stylish and elegant. The rear view mirrors are integrated with turn indicators. This offers style and safety. Also they are electrically foldable and adjustable. The automatic and SX variants ride on 16-inch alloy wheels. Viewed side-on, the Verna looks fantastic, credit for which goes to its swooping character line that rises from the front bumper, slashes past both door handles and extends right till the tail-light.

The coupe-like roofline that flows into the chunky tail only adds to the effect. Well executed creases at the rear and spread-out tail-lights further embellish the Verna’s style quotient. And the twin tailpipes will definitely be a hit with enthusiasts. The edges of the trunk lid are raised that give it a spoiler-kind of a look. It also provides aerodynamics at higher speed. The dual exhaust pipes at the rear have a chrome finish. This adds to the sporty look of the Verna Fluidic. Also the rear has been given a dual tone chrome finish. This enhances its style quotient immensely. The wraparound tail lamps add to the design of the car and also provide great visibility.

Handling

Hyundai Verna Fluidic handling

Hyundai Verna Fluidic handling

There is an irritating dead zone at the straight-ahead position and a disconcerting inconsistency in the way the steering weights up. So what you get is a rather disconnected driving experience with little feedback from the road. Hard acceleration also brings about some torque steer on the diesel Verna. If your driving is restricted to the city, you’ll love the Verna’s electrically powered steering. It is light and just what the doctor ordered for effortless scything through crowded urban streets and squeezing into tight parking spots. Drive faster than city speeds and the story becomes quite different. The Verna comes with disc brakes all around and the top-end model we tested is equipped with ABS and EBD as well. Sadly, the brake pedal is devoid of much feel in the crucial first few centimeters of travel. Also, in panic stops, the soft rear struggles to hold its line and threatens to step out. This can get unnerving if you are not used to it. Given India’s roads, ride quality can make or break (literally too) a car. The good news is that the Verna delivers on this front. Low speed ride is good with the softly set-up suspension ably absorbing all but the largest potholes.

There is, however, a fair amount of vertical movement on the petrol Verna especially at the rear, this bobbing only amplifying with speed. The diesel’s stiffer front springs (to carry the additional weight of the engine) do their bit in delivering a flatter high speed ride. The added weight up front also allows the steering to weight up better. High speed bumps also tend to unsettle the Verna a fair amount and call for a steady hand on the steering wheel. Straight-line stability is average and not quite as reassuring as it should be. The Verna’s ride-oriented soft suspension has also invariably dulled driving dynamics. Cornering manners are tidy but this is no Ford Fiesta. The body rolls quite a bit and, given the vague feel at the wheel, does not bode well for really enthusiastic driving. However, there is ample grip from the oversize 195/55-R16 Bridgestones when such an occasion does arise.

Performance

Hyundai Verna Fluidic engine

Hyundai Verna Fluidic engine

The vehicle provides the option of two petrol engines and two diesel engines. The petrol engines are 1.6 l VTVT and 1.4 VTVT, whereas the diesel engines are 1.6 CRDi VGT and 1.4 CRDi.The 1.6 l petrol and diesel engines provide a maximum power of 123.05 PS and 128.08 PS respectively. Also they can be connected with manual and automatic transmissions. The 1.4 engines are connected to the manual only. 1.4 petrol and diesel engine provide a maximum power of 107 PS and 90 PS respectively. The petrol engines are linked to 5-speed manual transmissions whereas the diesel engines are linked to 6-speed manual transmissions. A 4-speed automatic transmission is connected with both the engines. The different variants are 1.4 VTVT, 1.4 CRDi, 1.4 Ex CRDi, 1.6 Ex VTVT, 1.6 Ex CRDi VGT, 1.6 SX VTVT, 1.6 SX CRDi VGT, 1.6 SX (O) VTVT and 1.6 SX (O) CRDI VGT. The mid-range is strong but the top end beyond 4000rpm is stronger. So as the revs rise, the Verna pulls harder. Hence, to get the most out of this engine, you need to keep the motor spinning. This can be a task at times because with widely spaced ratios (between second and third), the engine doesn’t always fall back into the meat of the powerband, even at high rpm upshifts.

The five-speed gearbox itself falls easily to hand and is always smooth in operation. Despite all the equipment that’s packed into it, the 1.6 diesel Verna tips the scales at 1191kg, its 1.6-litre petrol engine sibling weighing 120kg less. Power delivery, however, is pretty linear and you can barely feel the turbo kicking in. There’s a gentle surge at around 1900rpm, followed by a strong thrust till the model’s 5100rpm rev limit. What’s good is the engine is fairly tractable for normal driving and you don’t have to constantly work the smooth-shifting gearbox. Depress the clutch, thumb the starter and you will realize just how refined Hyundai’s latest U2 diesel engine is. Idle is a mild hum and even when you get going, noise and vibrations are well contained. This 1.6-litre common-rail diesel churns out a class-leading 126bhp and 26.5kgm of max torque but these figures are only impressive on paper.

They somehow don’t translate into blistering performance on the road. Its 20-80kph timing of 13 seconds is actually half a second off the older Verna’s time. And this is despite the new car having an additional sixth ratio. Like the diesel, the all-new Gamma petrol engine scores high on refinement too with a near-silent idle. Peak power is 121bhp, making this the most powerful car in its class. But once again, the car just doesn’t feel as fast as it should forcing us to suspect the power of the Korean horses under the hood. The dash to 100kph is completed in a brisk 11.49sec and the engine has a fairly linear power delivery. competition for this class of car. The culprit here is the tall gearing which has blunted performance in the interests of fuel efficiency. In fact, you have to really break the highway speed limit to make the most of the sixth gear which, at 80kph, turns over a lazy 1500rpm, which is just above tickover!

Efficiency & Mileage Review

Hyundai Fluidic Verna test drive

Hyundai Fluidic Verna test drive

This new version of the Verna is available in both petrol and diesel models along with manual and automatic gearbox. Tall gearing may have dulled the diesel Verna’s performance but it has also enhanced mileage around 19 km/pl in the city and 23 km/pl on the highway is impressive for such a powerful motor. Long distance range is a bit restricted as a result of the relatively small 43 liter fuel tank.

1.4 CRDi (1396 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives 23.5 km/pl on highway and 19.8 km/pl in city.

1.4 CRDI 6-speed MT CX (1396 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives 23.5 km/pl on highway and 19.8 km/pl in city.

1.6 CRDI VGT 4-speed AT SX (1582 cc, Diesel, Automatic), 17.43 km/pl on highway and 14.5 km/pl in city.

1.6 CRDi VGT Ex (1582 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives 23.5 km/pl on highway and 19.8 km/pl in city.

1.6 CRDi VGT SX (1582 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives 23.5 km/pl on highway and 19.8 km/pl in city.

1.6 CRDi VGT SX Automatic Option Pack (1582 cc, Diesel, Automatic), gives 23.5 km/pl on highway and 19.8 km/pl in city.

1.6 CRDi VGT SX Option Pack (1582 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives 23.5 km/pl on highway and 19.8 km/pl in city.

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