Hyundai Verna: Long Term Update – 8,394km

Saneet Dsilva
The Verna has an untapped potential

I like to think that the TURBOCHARGED long-term fleet mirrors the Indian automotive scene — predominantly SUVs with a smattering of electric hatchbacks. Yet, amidst this, the Hyundai Verna emerges as a beacon for the sedan segment’s resurgence.

Almost every child’s first car sketch resembles a sedan. Mine was no different — painted red for speed, as tradition dictates. Our Hyundai Verna longtermer boasts a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, delivering 160PS and 253Nm, making it the segment’s most powerful contender. Paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, it offers both refined and spirited performance. A stage-1 tune-up could unleash further potential (There’s an idea, Ed!). Enhancing its dynamics through suspension upgrades seems the logical next step. While the suspension is tuned for a comfortable ride, a sporty suspension will further enhance its fun-to-drive characteristics. Also a lowered stance and larger wheels—a potential blueprint for the Hyundai Verna N Line, perhaps?

I believe Hyundai has quite a potential product in its hands. The carmaker may hold the key to delivering a proper sporty sedan for the market, something along the lines of the Skoda Octavia vRS. Despite the Verna’s commendable performance, I foresee room for a sportier, quicker and more aggressive sedan tailor-made specifically for Indian drivers.

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