Hyundai Verna Review & Ratings
- 9 May 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
Previously known to the market as the Hyundai Excel before 2000, the Hyundai Verna or Hyundai Accent, in other regions, was designed by the South Korean automotive giant Hyundai. First released in 1994, this subcompact car is already in its 4th generation and sold thousands of units all over the world. It was originally produced for Chinese consumers by Beijing Hyundai Co.
The first generation (1994 – 2000) was built to replace the Excel. It came in coupe, hatchback, and sedan designs with three petrol engines. From 1999 to 2005, the second generation Accent was introduced to the market. In Korea, the car was called the Verna. This version came in the newly engineered 1.5-litre 12-valve SOHC and 16-valve DOHC engines. The first diesel version of the line came in this generation in 2000, in the form of a 1.5-litre CRDi engine. The third generation of Vernas introduced the hybrid version of the Accent to the market in 2005, but the production release was delayed indefinitely after it was announced. This subcompact car has its engines at the front and are front wheel drives.
With the Verna's forward cab design and sweeping roof, it gives off a modern, powerful, and attractive look. With its chrome front grille, this car looks regal and majestic, while the two-tone chrome rear garnish makes the rear look elegant and stylish. LED headlamps brighten up the road during the night and its two-piece bezel design make it look luxurious during the day, while the rear features a wrap-around combination taillights, which provide high visibility for following vehicles. The front bumpers are installed with built-in fog lamps, which will provide the visibility needed during foggy weather and an aesthetic plus in the looks department. Dual chrome exhaust pipes on the rear bumper provide the Verna with a sportier feel. The side mirrors are installed with LED indicators to provide increased safety and functionality. The Hyundai Verna sports either R16 alloy or R15 steel wheels that match the overall design of the rest of the body.
The sporty and luxurious look of the Verna applies not only for the exterior, but the interior of the car as well. Covered in beige leather, the door pads and the seat upholstery creates a rich and luxurious look, which blends in very well with the car's exterior. Above the front seats, both passenger and driver sides are equipped with a sun visor and vanity mirrors. Between the sun visors, a fabric-lined sunglasses holder is also installed for practical reasons. Cooled by the air-conditioning system, the glove compartment will keep your items safe and cool. In between the two front seats is a sliding armrest which you can use also as light storage. The backseats are equipped with adjustable headrests to provide comfort for passengers.
The Hyundai Verna comes in both petrol (1.4 and 1.6 VTVT Petrol) and diesel (1.4 and 1.6 CRDi Diesel) variants. The Verna is designed to give the driver a fuel-efficient and an environmentally-friendly ride. The transmission for the Verna comes in either a highly responsive 4-speed H-Matic auto transmission or the precise 5-speed (petrol) and 6-speed (diesel) manual transmissions.
With the Verna's Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) armed with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), driving over slippery roads will feel much safer than ever before.
Protection from collision in the Verna firstly comes from the rigid chassis of the Verna. The 6 airbags, which are strategically placed inside the car, help the driver and the passengers avoid severe injuries in the event of a collision. When the sensors detect impact, seatbelts automatically tense up for better protection and doors automatically unlock for a quick and easy exit. With these features installed, the Hyundai Verna is truly a safe car.