The mid-size sedan segment has been a game of musical chairs for the top honours between the Honda City, the Hyundai Verna, and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. No offence to the rest of the pack, which includes the Volkswagen Vento, the Skoda Rapid and the Toyota Yaris, but the truth is these three just haven’t managed to make a dent in this segment. Launched in 2017, Hyundai decided to up the ante and give the BS6 version Verna a nip-and-tuck job apart from packing it with more features than ever before and introducing a new engine and a new transmission. We take a closer look at what the 2020 Verna has to offer apart from the obvious exterior changes like the new cascading grille, redesigned bumpers, exhaust pipes, and, of course, the new dual-tone diamond-cut alloy wheels.
1. Projector fog lamps and full LED headlamps
Hyundai has completely redesigned the headlamp cluster, as it now looks a lot sharper, not to mention the headlights are now all LEDs, with integrated LED DRLs. These functions might not be a segment-first, but let’s be honest, the upgrade was needed. Also, the 2020 Verna comes equipped with projector fog lights, which are brighter than regular lights and don’t blind drivers on the opposite lane, as their beams are directed towards the road.
2. New engine and transmission
Hyundai has decided to go with the new 118bhp 1-litre turbo petrol engine, which is identical to the one in the Venue. Both these vehicles are also mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This motor also powers the Grand i10 NIOS and the Aura, but its output has been lowered to 99bhp, and they are available only with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
3. Paddle shifters and sporty interiors
The 1-litre turbo petrol variant is exactly what the enthusiasts have been waiting for as the driving experience is more engaging and involving, thanks to the paddle shifters. To make them feel right at home, the cabin is all black in colour with red accents, which gives it an air of sportiness.
4. Front parking sensors
As dynamic and sporty as the turbo petrol trim is, Hyundai has also added additional safety features like front parking sensors. At the moment, only this version gets the additional parking sensors.
5. Bigger 8-inch display
The Verna is equipped with a new floating 8-inch touchscreen with a navigation system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, along with the usual connectivity features.
6. Wireless phone charger
This is a feature that has now become a norm in all the new-generation Hyundai vehicles, and the Verna is no exception. The wireless charging area is neatly tucked in the central console behind the 12 Volt socket and the front USB port. Speaking of the USB port, the Verna now also gets one for the rear passengers placed right below the rear AC vents.
7. All digital instrument cluster
The 4.2-inch LCD digital instrument display is the first in the segment. In between the speedometer and the tachometer is the multifunctional information display.
8. Emergency Stop Signal
This function is extremely helpful to avoid any rear collision. During an emergency when the driver steps on the brake pedal hard, the rear hazard lights start flashing, giving a warning signal to the car behind.
9. Smart connectivity
Like the new Hyundai vehicles, the Verna too is equipped with Blue Link technology that offers 45 features like remotely starting or switching off the engine, remote climate control (but only in automatics), roadside and emergency assistance, tyre pressure information and plenty more. It also comes integrated with voice commands.
10. New 6-speaker sound system
Hyundai has left no stone unturned, as they have packed the Verna with a new 6-speaker Arkamys sound system, including two front tweeters. The music system is a standard feature, which is available across all variants including the base level.