Hyundai has updated the Verna for 2014. Here's what's different.
Hyundai's given the Verna a 'more-than-skin-deep' midlife update. The top-end Verna SX CRDi now costs Rs 10.96 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), and here's what you get for it.
It looks better now, the 2014 car gets LED daytime running lamps, automatic projector lamps and pretty alloy wheels -- updates that only add to the Verna's already sharp looks. On the inside though, there's not much -- the two-tone dash with wood and silver inlays is quite appealing and the fit and finish and overall quality levels are impressive. Also, the front seats have superb bolstering and the Verna’s low dash makes it easy to see out of. If anything, the rear seats aren't as nice as some of its rivals. The seat is low and lacks thigh support, and because of the Verna’s angular styling, the rear windows are quite small. What the Verna has in abundance though is equipment – there’s keyless entry and go, climate control, a rear-view camera and at least three ways to hook up your audio device.
Mechanically, there's no change to the engine and transmission, so the engine still makes 126bhp and 26.5kgm of torque. Driving it in traffic necessitates a bit of gear-shifting because the engine falls off boost below 2000rpm; but there is good punch and more than enough power for stress-free overtaking and cruising. The engine is also one of the smoothest and quietest in its class.