If there’s one manufacturer who knows how to liven up the interiors, its Hyundai and the new Verna is no different. You get a dual tone dashboard and thankfully there’s more of black than beige. Hyundai has made sure it offers a driver centric layout and as a result everything falls to hand easily. The whole dashboard however we think takes up a lot of space and it could have been designed to generate more room in the front. Also the dash gets hard plastics and Hyundai could have given it a soft touch feel to make it more premium.
The driver seats are extremely comfortable and adjusting it to ones preference takes no time at all and more importantly are ventilated which is a segment first. Nothing like a cooled seat on a hot day. The steering feel feels great and is just the right size. The buttons work and feel good but lack the tactile feel of the Germans.
The big news up front is the new infotainment system. Staring at you in the centre is a 7-inch IPS capacitive touch-screen AVN which comes with Apple Carplay, Android Auto and Mirror Link for seamless integration of app based navigation, streaming audio, voice controlled search capabilities and smart phone applications. It also gets 6 speakers along with Smart Surround Sytem by Arkamys and it does sound the part. Another first from Hyundai is the Eco Coating Technology which prevents unpleasant smell to develop in the AC Evaporator by degrading the micro-organisms developed in the AC Evaporator Core. How well this works will have to be seen over a prolonged duration.
Moving to the back, the seats are pretty comfy. Under thigh support is average at best, but what won’t make it comfortable is the legroom. The legroom at the back is just about average and more so when you have a tall driver behind the wheel. Compared to its immediate rival, the Honda City, the Verna does fall short here. Legroom aside there is plenty of storage and you even get a USB charging port at the back. And you get rear ac vents and a manual rear windscreen blind. Boot space at 480 litres is up over the earlier car and also gets a hands free smart trunk that will allow the passengers or the drivers to open the fifth door just by waving at the sensor.
You also get to choose from as many as 6 airbags, a reverse camera and rear parking sensors along with ABS and EBD among other features making the Verna a very well equipped car should you choose the top variant.