The Verna has always been a very important car for Hyundai and the company has always kept the car updated with new features and technology in the form of facelifts. Though it enjoyed the status of the top-selling C-segment sedan in India for quite some time, stiff competition from Honda and Maruti Suzuki meant that Hyundai had to up the ante. The Korean manufacturer launched the new 4S Fluidic Verna in February 2015 as a replacement for the old Verna. Being a facelift, the new Verna retains a majority of the mechanical bits from its predecessor, though it does get a host of cosmetic changes to give it a fresh lease of life.
While the old Verna was still a good-looking car, the design had become more than four years old and had started to show its age. Hyundai has attempted to infuse some freshness into the car with the Fluidic version 2.0 design philosophy, increasing the car’s resemblance to its elder sibling, the Sonata. The car retains its predecessor’s silhouette, which makes it easily identifiable as a Verna. The creases along the side profile and on the bonnet have been revised, giving the car a fresh look. The front grille has been revised with two chrome slats while the headlamps get an edgier swept-back design. The rear of the Verna continues the understated look with redesigned tail lamps, a two tone rear bumper and a concealed exhaust.
Hyundai’s ‘Fluidic’ design philosophy not only influences the car’s exteriors, but the interior too. Hyundai cars rank high on the value for money scale when it comes to features and quality, and the same can be said about the 4S Fluidic Verna. The car offers a plush look and feel and the beige and black interior with faux wood inserts help brighten things up. The instrument panel is backlit in blue and displays a host of information, which can be controlled through the steering mounted controls. The centre console features the controls for climate control and the audio player with 1GB internal memory and multiple connectivity options. While the 4S Fluidic Verna does miss out on rear air conditioner vents and a few other creature comforts, it’s the only car in the segment to offer six airbags.
Engine and Performance
The powetrain options of the new Verna Fluidic 4S have been carried over from the previous car. The base petrol variants are available with a 1.4-litre VTVT engine which produces 106bhp and 135Nm of torque while the high-end variants get a 1.6-litre VTVT unit churning out 121bhp and 155Nm of torque. The diesel variants also get the option of either a 1.4-litre CRDi unit producing 89bhp and 220Nm of torque or a 1.6-litre CRDi unit which is good for 126bhp and 259Nm of torque. While the petrol variants come with a five-speed manual gearbox, the diesels are offered with a six-speed manual stick. A four-speed automatic gearbox is also available in the top-end petrol and diesel variants.