Hyundai has been one of the most enterprising automobile manufacturers globally and one of the leading brands selling in India. The Korean auto major has been in business in India since 1996 and has launched several models in the country. While the biggest selling among them have been their hatchback models like Santro and i10, their range of sedans have also been impressive.
One of them is the Hyundai 4S Fluidic Verna Sedan that was earlier badged as the Accent not just in India but in Korea and other markets as well. In fact, in some locations, it still is called Accent. First launched in 1994, in its first generation avatar, it was considered a technologically advanced car which was eminently driveable. There were, however, concerns on the safety standards prompting the second generation Verna to rework its design
In India, Verna was first launched in 2006 and was promptly showered with awards and honours. One of them was as the best performance car in the year 2007 by none other than Business Standard Motoring. The variants are broadly the petrol and diesel and the offerings within were across the VTVT and CRDI engines and additional features. The CRDI SX was then introduced in 2007 and the brand also won the Autocar and Overdrive motoring awards. In 2009, there was another enhanced version followed by the Transform variant in 2010.
But it was in 2011 that the Hyundai Verna came out in its newest avatar, the Fluidic Verna which also won the Reader’s choice mid-size car of the year as part of the Top Gear awards. This new offering came in the 1.4 and 1.6 VTVT and the 1.4 and 1.6 CRDI engines. The diesel engines were particularly sought after given that their mileage was an astounding 22 kmpl. The aerodynamic design was particularly stylish with changes to the headlamps, bumpers, grilles and even a blue colour to the backlighting.
The interiors were classy and roomy with the dashboard carrying chrome strips in select variants. A brand new audio system, state of the art climate control and aesthetic alloy wheels were much appreciated. But the downsides were also there, most prominently being the absence of airbags in a car in that segment.
The gear mechanism in the 1.4 litre petrol and 1.6 litre petrol and diesel engines sport five speed manual gearbox and six speed manual respectively. Equally competent in city andhighway conditions, the ride is decent enough and the handling better than average Hyundai standards.
Hyundai Verna has been an aggressive competitor in this segment despite the likes of Fiat Linea, Honda City, Volkswagen Vento and others being active here. But there has been a good reception to this Korean model so far.
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