1) Though the car's aesthetics suggest an evolutionary approach over last generation, the platform is a new one. Length is increased by 65mm and wheelbase is 30mm longer.
2) 50% of Verna's body is made up of lightweight and high strength steel. Cross members are also strengthened for higher safety in case of side impact.
3) Drag coefficient is 0.308, an improvement over last generation. This helps in fuel efficiency, performance. The noise of air hitting base of A-pillar is also reduced.
4) Outgoing model had rear discs which are skipped on new car! Though a larger brake booster is in place, we'd still have preferred rear discs. Plus, TCS (Traction Control System), ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and HHC (Hill Hold Control) are offered in Creta, but not Verna!
5) Rear seat has improved over its predecessor, but rivals still have an edge. Rear headroom is also a bit less. Comfort levels have improved though. Shockingly, the car doesn't get genuine leather seats; instead it gets leatherette. The previous gen model had it!
6) The 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions can be paired with both, petrol and diesel engines. Diesel A/T is a huge plus, chief contemporaries miss out on this one. Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento have 7-speed DSG (Double Shift Gearbox) which is quicker and more fuel efficient but also more unreliable as this DSG has dry clutch plate instead of the wet one.
7) The 1.6 litre 4-cylinder petrol engine develops 123 BHP and 151 Nm torque, while 1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbodiesel is rated at 128 bhp and 260 Nm torque. Excellent refinement in both along with strong performance. Both engines are mated to super light 6-speed manual and 6-speed auto tranny (torque converter).
Diesel engine with auto gearbox isn't available in the top-end trim which means it misses out on side and curtain airbags and Smart Key Access. However, the variant just below top-end, gets sunroof for the diesel + A/T combo. A/T with petrol engine is not available in the said variant.
8) Ride is improved significantly, so has handling. The latter is still over sensitive for highway cruising. More feedback would be welcome. That said, overall drive quality is now much better. Highway cruising over uneven stretches or urban ride quality, there is a marked improvement. Well done Hyundai!
9) Lower dashboard means frontal visibility is excellent. Ventilated front seats is just what the doctor ordered for Indian weather! Other practical features include sliding front armrest, PEPS (Passive Entry with Push button Start), adjustable rear headrests and windscreen sunshade (the latter three are in top-most trim only). On the flip side, there’s no controller to switch of the front AC vents and telescopic/length steering adjustment!
10) The trim above base one covers most of the features quite well that include dual airbags, ABS, segment first projector fog-lights, rear parking sensors and camera with dynamic guidelines, auto headlamps, 5" touchscreen audio system (top two variants get 7" ones), rear AC vents, cruise control, steering mounted audio and BlueTooth controls. Plus, petrol A/T variant gets 15" alloys. No diesel A/T for this variant though.
OUR TAKE: A huge step forward. Long feature list, strong engines and segment best NVH levels. Overall comfort improved although rear seats can be improved. Rivals have an edge in rear seat comfort and space.
Petrol: Rs. 7.99-12.49 lakh
Diesel: Rs. 9.43-12.89 lakh