While new version of Hyundai Verna competes with segment toppers, it could potentially harm sales of Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid as well. Let’s check out how much of technical advantage Verna has over the German group duo, in our second part of 2015 Hyundai Verna comparison.
Dimensions – New Hyundai Verna is almost the same size as its rivals Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid, except that it is slightly shorter in overall length and a bit taller. It measures 4370 x 1700 x 1475 mm (length x width x height). Wheelbase is a tad longer at 2,570 mm and ground clearance is lesser by a margin at 165 mm. Vern is lighter by around 100 kg than Vento and Rapid, and has about the same boot volume of 465 litres. Turning radius of Hyundai Verna facelift is smallest at 5.2 metres.
Petrol Engine – 2015 Hyundai Verna, like the older model, has three powertrain choices fuelled by petrol. One is 1.4 litre Dual VTVT producing 107 PS and 135 Nm, connected to 5-speec manual transmission, and other is 1.6 litre Dual VTVT churning out 123 PS and 155 Nm, with transmission options including 5-MT and conventional 4-speed automatic. Mileage claims of the three variants are 17.43 kmpl, 17.01 kmpl and 15.74 kmpl respectively.
Manual versions of Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid share same powertrain, comprising of 1.6 litre MPI engine capable of 105 PS and 153 Nm, mated to 5-speed gearbox. Both cars deliver mileage of 15.04 kmpl. Automatic version of VW Vento is powered by 1.2 litre TSI engine matched to 7-speed DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) helping fuel efficiency of 16.93 kmpl. Skoda Rapid petrol automatic is propelled by same 1.6 MPI motor but fastened to 6-speed Tiptronic unit, enabling fuel economy of 14.30 kmpl only.
Diesel Engine – Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento share diesel power plant, new 1.5 litre TDI mill generating 105 PS and 250 Nm, available with 5-MT and 7-DSG. But mileage claims of Vento and Rapid manual and auto differ, but all around 21 kmpl.
Verna facelift diesel benefits from two engines, 1.4 litre CRDi and 1.6 litre CRDi, pushing out 90 PS & 220 Nm, and 128 PS & 260 Nm respectively. Both are paired with 6-speed manual gearbox, while automatic option (4-speed AT) is available with 1.6 litre engine only. Smaller engine managed 24.8 kmpl under test conditions, while 1.6 manual claims 23.9 kmpl and 1.6 auto delivers up to 19.08 kmpl.
Price – Skoda Rapid is the least expensive of the comparo of petrol models and VW Vento is the most. Hyundai Verna price starts from 7.74 lakhs and ends at Rs. 10.15 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). Observation is similar in the case of diesel variants, but only with entry-level models. Top end variant of Hyundai Verna diesel is the priciest at Rs. 12.19 lakhs, whereas base version is priced at Rs. 8.94 lakhs.
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