Throughout evolution, we have achieved new frontiers and have for long strived and worked towards going faster. We dug up oil, kilometers under the ground, we broke scientific barriers and created new ones, we even lost countless lives, just behind this one goal. No wonder then, we giggle and scream each time we drive something that invokes this primal addiction to thrill and going fast – something that the new Verna delivers everytime you thumb the start button!
Driving is something that will always give you that rush provided you make the right choice. Provided you choose something that excites you even before you start it, something that looks fast just standing, something that is striking and modern, and something that has the what it takes to give you your dose of thrill – traits that are very much present in the new Verna, which strives to create new values and benchmarks towards human life.
Look the Part
Design and looks are undoubtedly the most crucial part of thrill and excitement. You see something that is striking, and you are immediately excited to know more about it. The new Verna is just that. One glance and you will have to look again, because it’s not your average three-box sedan. In fact, nothing about the Verna’s design is boxy. It follows Hyundai’s new design language which leans towards a more fluidic and sensual approach. The lines and creases are well defined and give the Verna a handsome, yet elegant look. It has a fantastic ability to look at home in any given scenario. It looks chic and stylish when parked in a posh lobby, and equally funky outside a dazzling Saturday night club.
Up front, there is enough bling to put most rappers to shame with the full-LED headlamps with LED DRLs. Then there is the Hyundai party piece-its cascading grille, that is unapologetically in-your-face and offers a strong and bold impression when looked at from the front. It is so intricate in terms of detailing that it looks like something out of a Swarovski catalogue. The bumpers too are full of angles and lines, that give the Verna a fast-while-its-parked look.
Over to the side, you just can’t miss the dual-tone 16-inch alloy wheels with a design that looks like Grim Reaper’s scythe. Yes, it is that aggressive. Then you have the roofline that swoops down and blends into the boot-lid adding more fluidity to the overall design. What’s another nice touch and an ode to its performance-oriented nature is the inclusion of a shark-fin antenna. At the rear you get full LED treatment for the taillamps that look oh-so vibrant especially when its pitch dark. Its a good thing that the rear is so nice to look at, because given the performance it has, most will be seeing the rear of the Verna, a lot more than the front.
Like any typical Hyundai, the Verna is absolutely dripping with tech and features. It has everything you would want in a sedan and then some. The interior is nice and plush and the overall fit-finish is top-notch. You have a crisp and responsive touchscreen which is a whole world in itself. Then there are creature comforts like ventilated front seats, wireless charging, monochromatic rear-view mirror and of course a sunroof. Safety too is focused on diligently with the Verna featuring six airbags, vehicle stability control, ABS with EBD, tyre pressure monitoring…the list goes on. There really isn’t enough space to mention how extensive the features list is and to top it all is the BluLink Technology, which again, offers you a host of functions like SOS alerts, geo-fencing, vehicle health and much more right at your fingertips through a mobile app. All of which, gives the Verna plenty of bragging rights over its rivals.
That said, on days you aren’t going to be driving yourself, the backseat has enough pampering to offer. The rear cabin is spacious and with rear AC vents and a rear sun-blind, you can relax on your way back from the adrenalin-fueled drive.
All said and done, an exciting engine, is the crux of an exciting car and the Verna has plenty of options when it comes to that. For starters you have the 1.5-litre petrol engine which is available with option of a 6-speed manual gearbox and the IVT transmission. Then, there is the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, which is the most powerful option in the Verna, but available only with a 7-speed DCT gearbox. And lastly, a 1.5-litre diesel engine with the choice of a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox.
Now, you would imagine the turbo-petrol is the one for the driving enthusiasts and will offer the most thrill thanks to the extra power. And yes, it is plenty thrilling, but in terms of sheer driver involvement, nothing beats swapping the gears yourself. Hence, we have here with us the 113bhp petrol-manual version and even though this isn’t the more powerful turbocharged engine, there is so much oomph that it offers.
But start it up and it is quiet and refined again highlighting the Verna’s switchable personality. Drive it around the city and its comfortable and linear, but push the accelerator hard, and the digital tachometer and speedometer looks like a timelapse video. The engine pulls hard right up to its 6500rpm redline before you have to shift gears through the precise and well-gated manual gearbox, which is just so satisfying.
If you do get a nice empty stretch, one which is safe and devoid of pedestrians, you also have the option of turning the stability control off and play around. Needless to say, you need to be in a controlled environment for this, but its nice to know that it allows you to be a hooligan in your own backyard.
The Verna’s ride and handling also compliments its speedy personality and offers a very good balance for a spirited drive through a winding mountain road. You sit low-down almost like a sportscar and the option of a tilt and telescopic steering adjust, means you can find the perfect driving position too. Furthermore, the taut suspension helps it hold the line with ease, allowing you to grin into the corner rather than worry.
So it is safe to say, that the Verna does complete justice to its ‘Thrill Machine’ title. It offers every bit of thrill for those who seek that heartbeat raising performance and proves yet again, that no matter how much technology would advance, no matter how much we stray away from fossil fuels, no matter how much we rely on features and comfort, the thrill of driving, is something that will always remain an integral part of owning a car and that of human evolution.