The Verna is one of the leading forces behind Hyundai’s success story in India. Being one of their longest-running and highly popular nameplates, the Verna has fended off several cars in its segment over the years. Now in its updated fifth-generation avatar, this mid-sized sedan continues to be a strong contender and even gets new features added from time to time. This time around, the Korean automaker has given the 2021 Verna wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, this very feature has been available on the all-new i20 since its arrival late last year.
As far as the Hyundai Verna is concerned, it is only the S+ and SX variants that get wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto. Weirdly enough, the fully-loaded SX (O) variant of the 2021 Verna doesn’t get the new feature. However, it still does come with smartphone connectivity – just not of the wireless kind. Apart from this addition, the rest of the equipment list in the Hyundai Verna remains as it was before. This means that there are LED headlamps, an electric sunroof, keyless entry with push-button start, leatherette upholstery, ventilated front seats, a digital instrument cluster, paddle shifters, a wireless charger, cruise control, automatic climate control, and an 8-inch touch-infotainment head unit.
The Hyundai Verna’s safety features include stuff like six airbags, ABS with EBD, Hill start assist control, Electronic stability control, Vehicle stability management, ISOFIX anchorages, and all-around parking sensors with a reversing camera. Under the hood, the Hyundai Verna can be equipped with one of three powerplants. There is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel that puts out 113hp and 250Nm of torque, and it can be mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Then there is the 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 113hp and 144Nm of torque. This motor can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or a CVT automatic. Customers can also choose the 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo-petrol unit that produces 118hp and 172Nm of torque. It gets a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox as standard.
There are over four different trim levels of the 2021 Hyundai Verna, the least expensive one costing Rs 9.19 Lakh. However, prices go all the way up to Rs 15.25 Lakh for the top-spec SX (O) trim with the diesel engine. While the new Verna may not be the most compelling sedan in its segment, this Hyundai still makes a pretty good case for itself. It not only offers buyers a wide range of engines and transmissions to choose from, but it also looks pretty good and comes packed with features. The main rivals of the Hyundai Verna come in the form of the Honda City, Skoda Rapid, Volkswagen Vento, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, and Toyota Yaris.