Hi All, Choice
Verna / Vento / City
For: German engineering, Build Quality, Executive design, and Features
Against: Uncomfortable driving position (6’1”), Plastic feel of dash, less headroom
For: Liked it for many years, VMT, Driving Comfort, and Performance
Against: Needs facelift or new age design, Ground Clearance, Not exciting interiors
For: Fluidic design, driving comfort, classy interiors except wooden finish, features
Against: Suspension, Ground Clearance, Lighting, Delicate bumper and fog lamps My priority: Comfort, Performance, Features
I decided to buy Verna based on my priorities. Now, the question I had in my mind then was “Petrol / Diesel?”. Majority of my commute will be in the city and with very occasional long drives. Basically, not more than 1000 Km a month. Obvious calculations were pushing me towards buying petrol car.
And, also long life of Petrol engine than a Diesel engine. Not that diesel engines are inferior. But, heard that cabin noise increases over the time.
On the other hand, Diesel engine is turbo charged, and Hyundai Petrol engine is not. Came to know about Linea TJet couple of months later but it was not on my buying list. Heard that it is an awesome engine. Loved the performance of Turbo charged 1.6 Diesel engine which felt in 3rd gear.
Since my overall usage is not exceeding 1000km a month, felt no point in going for Diesel engine.
Selected the SX(O) version as I felt the options given were worth. Push Start Button, Lock/Unlock buttons on Door Handles, and the most important 6 Airbags.
Loan was from Kotak Mahindra. Processing was fast and Delivery was super quick (5 days). Of course, no waiting for Petrol engines. Driving Experience
This is the first car in my family. But, I driven many of my friends’ cars in the past 10 years.
Oh boy, my initial driving feelings were without a doubt FANTASTIC. Car was super comfortable provided no big potholes on the road. I never revved the engine beyond 2K RPM till the ODO clocked 3000 KM.
Some say, it is not necessary to RUN-IN the new engines and they are already delivered having completed RUN-IN at factory. But, I didn’t want to take any chance. I decided to wait till the ODO reach 3000 mark. Till that time, I enjoyed driving the vehicle understanding the maneuverability etc.
I finished 3000KM in around 2 months. After that, I could get the confidence to get the monster out of the machine. The car just gives a woof feeling in 3rd gear after 3500 RPM. Engine noise is Ok. Certainly lower than the other cars in the same segment.
Driven car at 170KMPH just once on an empty road. The car felt stable in the corners around 140Kmph but not after that. Reason is obvious that every Verna owner is aware. The Suspension.
I normally drive at 80-120Kmph on highways where I am comfortable with my car.
I felt the suspension is just too soft which is already a constant cribbing of all Verna owners. I joined them too. Though there were TSBs released by Hyundai I don’t think there is no noticeable change in the suspension. Not sure about the latest face-listed Verna. When I visited showroom I observed a noticeable height increase. (Especially the gap between rear tyre and the body). May be, the new owners can comment on that.
One should get used to the boat like feel of the car at speeds beyond 100kmph. On the other side, crossing a speed hump (Bangalore Standard) should be done very carefully to avoid cardiac attacks by the sudden dragging noise of underbody. Car just goes down too much. I felt it really annoying. Why Hyundai gave such a soft suspension to their number 1 sedan? I have no idea.
And, the fog lamps!! They are too delicate like a paper joint. SA has no answer for this as usual. They just simply say “This is normal” for whatever we ask for.
Fuel efficiency is around 12-13kmpl in City and 17-18kmpl on highways. For me, this is more than satisfactory. I have no complaints on FE. These figures were constant and I tested them based on the iPhone apps using tankful method.
All in all, I love the comfort and performance of Petrol Verna.
Posting the pics of my car, the black beauty.