2000 kilometers with Hyundai Verna 1.5L Turbo: How does it fare?

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2000 kilometers with Hyundai Verna 1.5L Turbo: How does it fare? (Image: hyundai.com)
2000 kilometers with Hyundai Verna 1.5L Turbo: How does it fare? (Image: hyundai.com)

Delhi : We recently purchased a Hyundai Verna 1.5 Turbo to replace our 9-year-old Vento 1.6 TDI, and we will utilise it in our garage alongside a Ford Figo 1.5 TDCI and a Honda City 1.5 P CVT.

Here are some observations I've made after travelling 2000 km in contrast to the three automobiles described above:

Drive modes, engine, and gearbox

With the exception of a slight vibration during the first 45 seconds of a cold start, the engine is incredibly polished and NVH levels are tightly regulated. The automobile is superb in terms of acceleration and overall performance. It accelerates linearly even when floored and isn't like the turbo-charged engines I've driven, but you better believe it will reach triple digit speeds before you even realise it and keep pulling without tiring. There is virtually no lag.

Since the 'S' driving mode keeps the revs extremely high (and retains them), it's preferable to drive in 'D' while in city circumstances. However, while driving on a wide open road, the "S" mode really brings the action to life. The steering is heavier, and the throttle response is much crisper.

The gearbox is completely jerk-free and smooth. Although the upshifts and downshifts are both very effectively concealed, a very keen observer could get a fleeting glimpse of the automobile shifting through the gears. Additionally, when you floor the throttle, the car hesitates before choosing and engaging a gear for a brief period, but this can be avoided by using the paddles. However, altogether, Hyundai did a great job with the DCT.

Feedback on handling, steering, and ride quality

The Verna truly shines while travelling at low city speeds. Nearly all bumps are absorbed thanks to the well-organized suspension. Compared to the Vento, there are no "Thuds" and it is more comfortable than the Honda City. 

The vehicle has been helpful to me at greater speeds. Very excellent and comparable to the Figo and Vento in terms of straight line steadiness. When compared to those two vehicles, I've observed some body roll around the corners, but even at pretty high speeds, it doesn't seem unsettling or frightening. However, for a compact commuter sedan, it more than does the job, and if I hadn't been driving our Vento or Figo for so long, I probably wouldn't have noticed it. Most people will be correct to anticipate less body roll in a low-slung car, and Hyundai could have tightened things up.

Although the 2-Spoke Steering wheel is quite light for the most part in the "Eco" and "D" modes, it doesn't annoy me too much in terms of looks. It weighs what you would expect it to in the "S" mode, but it's not really impressive. Putting everything else aside, the steering wheel's leather cover is nice and comfortable to grasp.

Design and ergonomics

The driver-side power window controls are too far ahead, so I frequently just end up rolling down the back windows. Otherwise, the interiors feel modern and everything is where you would expect it to be. Really unfortunate in a highly ergonomic cabin otherwise.

Aside from that, storage is enough, the AC works well, the front seats are roomy, supportive, and provide adequate thigh support. The rear seats are also reclined at a great angle, and the total glass area is good. However, the City seems noticeably lighter and cosier in the back, if only slightly. Yes, the plastics are scratchy and a step down from our Vento (however, aside from the plastic quality, the interiors are an enormous step forward), but at this price range, I'm not sure if I can expect much more.

The infotainment system is quite well-designed, and the twin-screen configuration is simple to get used to. The speakers are also a step above from what I've heard in vehicles in the same sector. Despite not being a sophisticated completely digital device, the driver's instrument cluster provides me with pretty much all the information I need, however the TPMS readings can occasionally be a little off.

Issues Encountered

A week after receiving the automobile, I discovered the steering was out of alignment and needed to be slightly angled to the right in order for the vehicle to travel straight. If I centre it, the automobile nearly immediately veers to the left. It would be fascinating to see if the alignment the automobile received today was successful.