Hyundai introduced their Verna brand into India in 2006. In 2010, Hyundai came out with a facelifted version of the Verna and renamed it as Verna Transform. In 2011, the Hyundai Verna Fluidic was launched in with a lot of changes.
The new Fluidic Verna has a swooped down bonnet with a rising waist line. The sharp headlamps, large front bumpers that house a pair of L-shaped fog lamps and the radiator grille complete the look of the front fascia. The rear resembles the Mercedes C Class in a vague way. The 16 inch alloy wheels complete the side profile. The lower variants sport 15” wheels. The side mirrors have integrated indicators and the ORVMs are fully electrical.
On the top variants, the Verna is equipped with a smart key. As long as the smart key is in range one can simply press on the door handle sensor and the car will unlock. There is also an engine start/stop button. The lower variants get a regular key.
The Verna Fluidic has many first in the segments. The Verna has a clean air cluster ionizer, parking camera and sensors. The V shaped dashboard console and the integrated audio system add to the whole appeal of the car. The steering column is tilt-adjustable.
The Hyundai Verna petrol and diesel variants; a 1.4 litre and a 1.6 litre in both. The petrol sports a VTVT engine while the diesel cars have a CRDI engine. The 1.4 L petrol generates a power of 105.5 bhp @ 6300 rpm and a torque of 135.3 Nm @ 5000 rpm, while the 1.6 L petrol churns out a power of 121.3 bhp @ 6300 rpm and a torque of 154.9 Nm @ 4200 rpm. The diesel 1.4 L generates a power of 88.7 bhp @ 4000 rpm and a torque of 219.9 Nm @ 1750 to 2750 rpm, while the 1.6 L pumps out a power of 126.3 bhp @ 4000 rpm and a torque of 259.8 Nm @ 1900 to 2750 rpm.
Both the petrol engines are equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission, while the diesel engines are mated to 6-speed manual transmissions. However, the top end petrol and diesel variants of the Verna are available with an option of 4-speed automatic transmission.
The petrol Verna gets a fuel economy of 17 kmpl while the diesel gets an even higher fuel efficiency of 22 kmpl. Also on offer is an automatic version with the 1.6 CRDI. The Verna is best driven on the city roads.
The Hyundai Verna Fluidic is sure to give a stiff competition to other cars in this segment – the Honda City, Toyota Etios, Volkswagen Vento and Ford Fiesta.
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