The Verna — South Korean auto giant Hyundai’s fourth sedan in India — was a winner from the day it was launched in 2006. Within five days, 2,000 cars were booked, and the number rose to 5,000 by the end of the launch fortnight.
Echoing the market sentiment, many owners and experts alike consider the Verna to be one of the better performers on Indian roads.
Although the Verna’s aerodynamic design wasn’t its most popular feature, a powerful engine and plush interiors tilted the balance in its favour.
“I was split between buying the (Honda) City or the (Hyundai) Accent diesel. But I was told that the latter would be discontinued to make way for the Verna,” says Mohali-based Jabraj Singh, a property consultant.
“I was not particularly enamoured of its looks. But when I took a test
drive on the diesel variant, I was impressed. Whenever I want to feel like a king, I take the car to the highway,” he adds.
Most owners say they like the Verna’s superior build and low maintenance, which make it a practical choice.
“The Verna strikes the right balance between performance and pragmatism,” says Arvind Saxena, director, Hyundai Motor India Ltd.
“It has the right dose of power coupled with segment-leading boot and rear leg space that make it a family and performance car at the same time.”
The diesel variant is more in demand, and accounts for almost 70 per cent of Vernas sold. Resale values are also skewed towards the diesel variant.
“There are few takers for the Verna petrol, but the diesel (variant) is always in great demand,” says Kameshwar Rao, a Gurgaon-based used car dealer.