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Hyundai Verna Fluidic – review

With over 20K booking within two months since its mid-may launch, Verna Fluidic is here to stay and give a tough fight to its competitors.

So what makes Verna drive into the hearts of people? A quick analysis:

  • It looks futuristic.
  • The fluidic design is visually appealing.
  • It’s well packaged – look wise, tech wise and price wise.
  • It comes in both petrol and diesel and in many variants to suit different buyer requirements and needs.
  • It comes loaded with many segment-first features like reversing camera, keyless entry & go, electric folding mirrors.
  • And … the ride quality is good.

The earliest Verna launched in India was not a great looking car. Though it continued to clock regular numbers, Verna was outdone by its rivals especially Honda City.

Then, Hyundai tried giving a facelift to Verna in an attempt to gain the market. Verna Transform was launched. It still was way behind Honda City and did not appeal much…

But now with Verna Fluidic, it finally managed a product that made Honda sit back and notice and even cut their Honda City price. A  Sign that Verna Fluidic finally has in it to take on the mighty City.

When I walked around the car, it was almost a love at first sight. I loved the free flowing fluidic design.  Verna Fluidic carries forward the Hyundai’s new found success in design that they showcased in i10, i20. It’s fresh and very appealing; moreover it has got clean, flowy aerodynamic lines.  Fluidic is designed upon Hyundai’s RB concept unveiled at the 2010 Moscow International Motor Show and on a platform started from the scratch.

The appearance…

The flowing bonnet with two lines in the middle swoops down the front and with a light bulge in sides of the bonnet. The fantastic  looking two-piece black bezel design eagle-eye  headlamps is flamboyant,  sharp and wraps and melts into the sides and the new boomerang shaped fog lamps is quirky and adds up the car’s style statement along with its hexagonal grille.  The door trims in the side panels flow in harmony along with a beautiful rear mirror with integrated indicator. The body line is also exciting with the raised waist line and with a wide glass area. With a horizontally shaped turn indicator and reverse light, the tail lamps are also refreshing with large stop light. The twin exhaust tip and the 8-spoke 16” alloy wheels give a sportier look and blends well. Over all, the car has a coupe like styling with a sporty and premium look and is very enticing.

The inside story…

If you are planning the top variant, the car treats you with a smart key. What does that mean? Well, it makes life lot simpler with keyless entry, push button start/stop and remote boot opening.

The appealing Y-shaped dashboard holds an instrument cluster with a pleasant white and blue lighting and two large dials, one for tachometer and another for speedo. In between them sits the driver information system, the onboard computer that gives you useful information like journey time, distance to empty and other titbits like average fuel mileage, average speed, engine running time and couple of others. The feather soft steering with easy access control buttons says you are ready to cruise.

On the comfort side, Verna is impressive too with automatic air conditioner, beige leather upholstery (in the top end, while the other variants come with full clothe upholstery), height-adjustable seat belts and head rests, front and rear seat centre armrest, cooled glove box, sunglass holder, cup holder and more. Rear has an arm rest also has a utility box to store your small goodies.  The leg room and head room are decent enough and with ample thigh support, the seating soaks you comfortably for a longer drive. The boot space is quiet sufficient too.

 

The engine and the heart…

As mentioned earlier, Verna comes in both petrol and diesel engines.  Within them, you are spoilt for choice too with many variants. With four engine options and ten variants, it beats its competitors hands down. Both the petrol and diesel engines comes in two options – 1.4 L and 1.6 L and both the engines come with an automatic variant too. While both the petrol options come with a 5 speed manual gear box, the diesel options come with a 6 speed manual gear box!

The drive…

Like the previous generation Verna, the diesel engine outperforms the petrol in Verna Fluidic too especially the 1.6 variant. Upon switching the engine, you are treated with a nice thrum and the silent cabin inside gives you the initial satisfaction. Within city limits, the car has a decent handling but it is in highways, the real performance is felt.  The engine is relaxed and cruise effortlessly.

The McPherson struts with coil spring in the front and Couple torsion with beam axle to the rear and gas type shock absorbers provide comfortable driving and handle the pot holes of Indian roads with ease.

The dressing…

The new Hyundai Verna Fluidic comes in six exciting colours – Sleek Silver, Carbon Grey, Stone Beige, Phantom Black, Crystal White and Purple Fantasia.

The mileage…

According to ARAI, the 1.4 L petrol engine boasts of a 17.43 kmpl and the 1.4 L diesel engine delivers a mileage of 23.5 kmpl and with this data, the Verna is more efficient and impressive.

The Rupee factor…

The petrol version starts from Rs.6.99 lakh and goes up to Rs.9.64 lakh for the top-end variant and its  diesel counterpart starts from Rs.8.09 lakh rising to Rs.10.74 lakh to the top.

GingerChai Verdict: The new Hyundai Verna Fluidic has the right character, attitude to appeal and also matches with good performance and pricing. With many variants to choose from and petrol and diesel option, no wonder it has got tremendous booking in short duration. With Fluidic, Hyundai finally has a car to match its rival and even over take them in this segment.

0 02 July, 2011 Cars & Bikes July 2, 2011

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A passionate car and bike enthusiast from Bangalore, Sanjiv drives the fast and fair lane and fills our cup with his car and bike reviews.

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4 comments

  1. gatecube

    this time hyundai has really made city run for its money. with the diesel option and and excellent power figures verna is a tough contender

  2. Hyundai verna

    Very nice post and review.I do agree with this aspect, this car is a class apart,We cannot compare it with others.This is a very good choice if you try considering Hyundai Verna to be your car and ride with smooth performance for any kind of journey on the road.

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