* The Design looks fine. A huge step up from the previous generations. The car in flesh looks quite long in present version. The new Elantra Platform used in it has given it a massive looking profile all around.
* The headlamps could have been a lot more sharper in design.
* The front grill is similar to all the present gen Hyundai Sedans. Adds a premium feel to the overall character of the car.
* The side profile is quite elegant with clean lines giving it a executive sedan feel.
* The rear profile looks attractive too and adding to that, the tail lights are super cool in design and when they are illuminated, they feel even more beautiful.
* In the Interiors, the design elements felt a bit similar to other present gen Hyundai cars still the excellent fit and finish which is always a Thumbs Up for Hyundai is still retained in the new Verna.
* The front seats have good under thigh support, well bolstered but as I sat in the rear seat, comparing to my CITY Ivtec, I felt the seats had low seating and the ease of ingress & egress is still not there even though the rear seats have good cushioning and under thigh support. Headroom wise for me the Verna misses out on that aspect too specially in the rear.
* The storage spaces are there in good number so the cabin does feel a lot less cluttered.
* The touchscreen unit is very good and responsive. In daytime as well the screen display was reasonably good.
* The Auto Link feature which was checked by a fellow journo on the drive was quite informative as it showed the rpm levels, driving pattern, FE etc. This feature is quite helpful and helps the owner in exploring more about the car and driving.
* New Verna comes in 1.6 L Engine (P&D) mated to 6 Speed AT & MT options.
* As I drove the Petrol AT, the refinement levels were superb. Special mention of the NVH, by far, the quietest cabin I have experienced.
* The in-cabin experience with regards to road noise, wind noise was remarkable. Super insulation provided by Hyundai at the strategic places.
* Coming to the transmission, the 6 Speed AT is simple to handle but the gear shifts aren't smooth enough. The shifts are felt during the drive.
* Ride quality and handling has been improved a lot. At the rear seats and even when driving the car, the bumps and potholes are not felt much. The steering feedback felt slightly jumbled as well at 90-100 km/h. I precisely can't say it was assuring but at best was average in my view. The boat like feel has been well controlled in this one as compared to the previous generations.
* Braking in the car is very good and coming from 90 km/h to 40 km/h was not an issue and the experience was re-assuring. Still, while braking, it can't be said that the body roll was 100% absent. It was still present but nothing really concerning.
* Built Quality, I would still say, felt a notch or 2 above the Japanese competitors.
* The car had Hankook rubber on alloys. The alloys felt nicely designed and as far as road grip is concerned, the experience was satisfactory.
The constant Evolving & Change: 2 Generations in 1 frame! A few parting shorts of the new Verna