By Dhiren Rai on Nov 14,2017 - 22:31
Laxmi Intercontinental which is the sole official distributor of Hyundai automobiles in Nepal, has launched the 5th generation of the Verna model cars in Nepal on Monday. Priced from Rs 43 lakh, the new generation Hyundai Verna aims to unsettle the stronghold of Maruti Ciaz and Honda City in the segment.
The Verna has been around for a while now. It’s a name that Nepal is familiar with. And through its time with us, it has gone through two major refreshes and one minor facelift. The facelifted Verna is the most recent one we have gotten.
There are three variants—EX, SX and EX (AT)—with the choice of manual or automatic gear shifts. The Verna EX is priced at Rs 4.3 million, the Verna SX costs Rs4.5 million and the Verna EX with automatic transmission has a Rs4.7 million price tags.
Staying true to its character, new Verna has been built to bring together Futuristic Design, Dynamic Performance, optimized Safety, and new features. Designed for disruption in its segment, Verna is banking on benchmark features.
The car itself is now longer and wider. The front end is all new and gets a fresh grille and new headlight clusters that incorporate LED DRLs, cornering lights and a new projector fog lamp. It also gets new 16-inch, diamond cut wheels and a new tail section.
The new Verna is powered by a 1,591-cc engine which produces a maximum power of 121.3 bhp (brake horsepower) at 6,400 rpm and a maximum torque of 151 nm at 4,850 rpm. What this translates into is a much-improved driving performance. Acceleration from stand still is impressive, and probably the best this segment has to offer.
Hyundai have also changed the suspension mounting systems and the suspension itself so as to find a good mix of dynamics and ride quality. The car still uses McPherson struts up front and a torsion beam at the rear, but the tuning has now become stiffer.
Touch and feel of interiors is good. Seats offer good comfort, for all passengers. There is an arm rest for front, as well as, rear passengers. At the rear, you have AC vents, which along with the front vents keep the cabin cool. There is electric sunroof and a good music system to keep you entertained.
No doubt, that the new Hyundai Verna is the new driver’s car in the segment. It is more powerful, drives as well as handles better than its arch rivals, but where it loses out is rear seat passenger headroom and legroom.
When compared to Honda City and the Maruti Ciaz, the new Verna lacks the roominess in the rear seat as the new body consists of 50% high tensile steel, which has not only made the chassis lighter, but also stronger and more rigid than before.
It handles well, rides really well, has a great engine, has a ton of features and also looks very contemporary. So, all I can say is, Hyundai has now taken the game to the next level and the competition better watch out.
Petrol and diesel engine option
Comes with manual gearbox only
Dual front airbags
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
Chrome trim on grille surround only
Turn indicators on wing mirrors
Steel wheels with full-wheel caps
185/65 R 15 tyres
Steering mounted tripmeter controls
Integrated rear-seat headrests
Cloth seating upholstery
Rear centre armrest
12V power outlet
Power-adjustable wing mirrorsTags - Hyundai Verna E , Hyundai Verna in Nepal , Hyundai Verna 2017
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