The all-new Hyundai Verna has sold about 25,000 units in the last 6 months that it has been on sale in India. This figure makes the car a slower seller than both the Maruti Ciaz and the Honda City, which both sold 27,000 units in the last 6 months.
What this also means is the Verna hasn’t done all that badly, but is still the third best selling C-Segment sedan in India. Hyundai will be quite happy though as these figures are better than the previous generation model, whose sales were averaging less than 2,000 units per month. So, from that point of view, the Verna has nearly doubled sales for Hyundai.
The Verna sold in India is available with three engines – 1.4 liter and 1.6 liter petrols and a 1.6 liter diesel. Prices start from 7.99 lakhs. Prices for the base petrol variant of the car start from Rs. 7.8 lakhs, going up to Rs. 12.95 lakhs for the top-end diesel automatic trim.
The car is offered with 6 speed manual and 6 speed automatic options. Both the larger petrol and diesel engines get 6 speed manual and automatic gearbox options while the smaller petrol engine is offered only with a 6 speed manual gearbox.
Major strengths of the Verna include its fresh styling, powerful petrol and diesel engines. While it’s not a good handler, it’s ride quality is comfortable at speeds less than 80 Kph. Other strengths of the car include high quality interiors, a long list of features and safety options.
The top-end Verna can be specified with 6 airbags. ABS and twin airbags are standard across all variants of the car. The Verna gets outclassed by the Ciaz in terms of the space if offers while the Honda City – while not being significantly better than the Verna in terms of features or safety options – also is more spacious. The City has its brand name going for it while the Ciaz’s main strength is that it’s great value-for-money model.