2017 Hyundai Verna boasts a striking exterior with several added features on the revised cabin; retains 1.6 petrol and 1.6 diesel engine lineup
With the rise of Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the mainstay Honda City over the years, Hyundai needed a new version of the Verna in order to reinvigorate the brand in the executive C-segment for sedans. Both Ciaz and City have been enduring majority of sales while Verna has to make do with less than one-fourth of their individual sales figures.
The new-gen Verna, which was launched in India on August 22, is being hoped to change the fortunes and it has an evolutionary approach to the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language. It has so far lived beyond its expectations as over 7,000 bookings were made in just over a week of its launch. The sales data for August showed 4,779 units but it beat both its fierce rivals City and Ciaz in the following two months as September accounted for 6,054 units and October with 4,701.
Orders officially commenced since first week of August and within four months of its launch, the bookings have crossed an astonishing 24,000 mark. Hyundai earlier said that 20 percent of customers are first time buyers while more than 25 percent preferred AT over MT thus far indicating the worthy performance of automatic variants in both petrol and diesel engines. With enquiries of 1,75,000 the Verna has 10,501 units of initial export order from the Middle East market and first consignment of 2,022 units have already been shipped from Chennai port.
The 2017 Hyundai Verna first broke cover at the 2016 Chengdu Motor Show in China last September and as predicted it stands in line with the design of conceptual version showcased at the Beijing Motor Show back in April 2016. The second highest selling automaker in India launched the fifth generation Verna with bookings noted for Rs. 25,000. According to Hyundai, the globally popular model has over 8.8 million customers in over 66 countries and 3.18 lakh units were sold in India.
The targetted customers are between 30 and 40 years of age like socially active, image conscious, nuclear family based, and tech savvy young entrepreneurs according to Hyundai. Here’s everything you should know about the 2017 Hyundai Verna that will revitalise the competition in the C-segment:
2017 Hyundai Verna India Price
|2017 Hyundai Verna Price||Rs. 7.99 lakh to Rs. 12.61 lakh|
It has been priced around Rs. 15,000 higher than the outgoing base Verna but the range-topper costs the same. The entry-level petrol E MT is priced at Rs. 7.99.990 and it climbs up to Rs. 12,61,900 for the top-of-the-line SX+ diesel AT.
Here is the complete price list of petrol variants:
|Petrol E MT||Rs. 7,99,900|
|Petrol EX MT||Rs. 9,06,900|
|Petrol SX MT||Rs. 9,49,900|
|Petrol SX (O) MT||Rs. 11,08,900|
|Petrol EX AT||Rs. 10,22,900|
|Petrol SX (O) AT||Rs. 12,23,900|
Here is the complete price list of diesel variants:
|Diesel E MT||Rs. 9,19,900|
|Diesel EX MT||Rs. 9,99,900|
|Diesel SX MT||Rs. 11,11,900|
|Diesel SX (O) MT||Rs. 12,39,900|
|Diesel EX AT||Rs. 11,39,900|
|Diesel SX+ AT||Rs. 12,61,900|
2017 Hyundai Verna India Variants
To be offered in four variants, here is how the features are distributed across the range: All four variants E, EX, SX and SX (O) will have both engine options but the base E gets only the manual gearbox. The EX variant comes with MT and AT, SX with Petrol MT/AT and Diesel AT, and SX (O) with Petrol (MT and AT) and Diesel MT only.
The EX variant gains 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment with Bluetooth while the SX and SX (O) has the larger 7.0-inch touchscreen with IPS display and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link connectivity. The entry E will be shod on 15-inch steel wheels while EX has 16-inch steel for MT and alloys for AT.
The top-spec SX uses 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. Dual front airbags and ABS are standard from E amidst the SX (O) featuring curtain and side airbags. The projector headlamps, LED DRLs and cornering lamps are exclusive to SX and SX (O) variant along with electric sunroof and leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob. Other variant-wise important features are listed below.
Hyundai Verna E
- Dual-tone interior
- Steering mounted tripmeter controls
- Integrated rear-seat headrests
- Cloth seating upholstery
- Rear centre armrest
- Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
- Central locking
- Manual AC
- Cooled glovebox
- Tilt steering
- 12V power outlet
- Power-adjustable wing mirrors
- Halogen headlamps
- Chrome trim on grille surround only
- Turn indicators on wing mirrors
- Power windows
Hyundai Verna EX
- Height-adjustable driver’s seat
- Sliding front centre console
- Steering mounted audio controls
- Automatic climate control
- Rear AC vents
- Cruise control
- USB charger (front and rear)
- Impact-sensing auto door unlock
- Speed-sensitive door locks
- Keyless entry with foldable key
- Rear defogger with timer
- Burglar alarm
- Full-chrome front grille
- Reverse parking sensors
- Rear camera
- Front projector fog lamps
- Automatic headlamps
- Shark-fin antenna
- Sunglass holder
- Gear shift indicator (MT only)
Hyundai Verna SX
- Power sunroof (AT only)
- Power folding wing mirrors
- Manually adjustable rear curtain (AT only)
- Electrochromic rear-view mirror
- Height-adjustable front seat belts
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob (AT only)
- Front tweeters
Hyundai Verna SX (O)
- Smart key with push button start
- Smart trunk opening feature
- Power sunroof
- Adjustable rear headrests
- Manually adjustable rear curtain
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob
- Ventilated seats
2017 Hyundai Verna Engine Specifications
|1.6-litre VTVT Petrol||121 bhp and 155 Nm|
|1.6-litre U2 CRDi VGT Diesel||126 bhp and 260 Nm|
|Transmission||Six-Speed Manual and Six-Speed Automatic|
The outgoing Verna was powered by four engine choices: 1.4 VTVT petrol, 1.6 VTVT petrol, 1.4 CRDI diesel and 1.6 CRDI diesel. As for China, however, the 2017 Hyundai Verna gets 100 hp producing 1.4-litre petrol and 123 hp developing 1.6-litre petrol engines with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
On the new-gen model though, the 1.4-litre petrol engine making 105 bhp and 135 Nm and the the 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel producing 89 bhp and 220 Nm won’t be there anymore. However, the larger 1.6-litre VTVT petrol putting out 121 bhp and 155 Nm of torque and the 1.6-litre U2 CRDi VGT diesel delivering 126 bhp and 260 Nm set to remain.
The engines with advanced six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions have been tuned to provide superior low and high speed performance to suite city and highway driving with high fuel efficiency according to Hyundai.
2017 Hyundai Verna India Mileage
|1.6L Petrol||17.70 kmpl for MT and 15.92 kmpl for AT|
|1.6L Diesel||24.75 kmpl for MT and 21.02 kmpl for AT|
The new Hyundai Verna is claimed to return 17.70 kmpl for petrol MT and 15.92 kmpl for petrol AT while the 1.6 diesel is rated to return 24.75 kmpl for MT and 21.02 kmpl for AT.
2017 Hyundai Verna Colours
The seven attractive paint schemes on offer are Phantom Black, Sleek Silver, Flame Orange, Polar White, Siena Brown, Stardust and Fiery Red.
2017 Hyundai Verna Interior
With the exterior completely matured and appealing over the outgoing model, more features have been added to be list and not mention the increased wheelbase will offer more cabin room. The new Hyundai Verna gets an i20 inspired steering wheel, redesigned instrument cluster, updated touchscreen infotainment system with GPS navigation.
The inclusion of rear Air Conditioning vents is a must-have feature in its segment. The two-tone beige and black interior with metallic accents, seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and new Hyundai Auto Link tech allowing for drive info, vehicle health report and health check, eco driving, parking management and road side assistance are some other highlights.
The segment-first features will be ventilated seats and rear seat sunshade besides cruise control, electric sunroof, Smartphone connectivity, hands-free smart trunk, parking assist, smart entry with push button start, rear curtain, voice recognition, eco coating technology, etc. Some important safety features are six airbags, four rear parking sensors, floor carpet hooks, cornering lamps and impact sensing auto door unlock.
2017 Hyundai Verna Exterior
As similar to the Chinese-spec Verna, our local version has all the premium looks to boast about. Compared to the Verna concept, the road-going sedan has a contemporary take on the styling front despite the overall shape staying intact. Some of the important bits like the bumpers at front and rear, headlamp cluster, hexagonal front Cascading grille, five-spoke diamond cut 16-inch alloy wheels and air intakes have become conventional while retaining identical structure.
The base model comprises of steel wheels and halogen headlamps and on the other hand the top-spec variant boasts LED Daytime Running Lights, sweptback projector headlamps with chrome surrounds, sloping window chrome beltline, sharper fog lamps, sunroof, chrome door handles, tinted glass windows, turn indicators on wing mirrors, dual-tone rear bumper with black inserts, split LED taillamps with LED guide lights, shark fin antenna, etc. The coupe-ish roofline and sporty silhouette have enable best-in-class drag co-efficient of 0.308.
It is built on what Hyundai calls as “Super Body Structure” frame with use of 50 percent Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) for lighter body aiding in performance, fuel efficiency and handling characteristics. The new Verna is said to be a result of numerous Product Clinics and Rigorous Product tests on various terrains in India and worldwide. Hyundai’s R&D Centres in Namyang (South Korea), Chennai and Hyderabad have played significant role in the development of this sedan.
Hyundai said that hot stamping techniques are used to ensure Best-in-Class body rigidity and crash performance. It is said to have “outstanding” low NVH characteristics due to enhanced sound absorption materials and improved design engineering. To better NVH levels engine and transmission mount’s design has been changed along with implementation of tunnel insulator, extensive application of foam filler in cavity, etc.
The all-new K2 platform enables precise tuning of key suspension components to suit Indian road conditions for enhanced cornering and high speed stability, superior ride comfort and precise handling performance. The rear suspension geometry is also revised for stable and comfortable ride for rear occupants by vertical angle of rear shock absorbers and coil springs on the coupled torsion beam axle.
The front suspension utilises McPherson strut with coil springs and gas shock absorbers along with a front stabilizer for reduced body roll during cornering. The standard Motor-Driven Power Steering System (MDPS) is tuned for superior feedback while cornering and at high speeds as well. The front wheel caster angle has been modified to enhance the steering feedback during high speeds.
|Rear Hegroom||948 mm|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||45 litres|
The 2017 Hyundai Verna measures about 4,440 mm in length, 1,729 mm in width, 1,475 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,600 mm. This implies the new generation Verna will be 65 mm longer, 29 mm wider and with a substantially 30 mm more wheelbase – as similar to one of its main rivals Honda City. It has a bootspace capacity of 480 litres – up by 20 L.
2017 Hyundai Verna Features
|2017 Hyundai Verna Top Features|
|1. Projector Headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights|
|2. LED Taillamp Graphics|
|3. 16-inch Diamond Cut Alloys|
|4. New 7-inch Touchscreen AVN with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto|
|5. Electric Sunroof|
|6. Automatic Climate Control|
|7. Six Airbags|
|8. Ventilated Seats|
2017 Hyundai Verna Key Rivals
The facelifted executive sedan will go up against the likes of the segment-leading Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City, Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid.