Hyundai India‘s all-new Verna is nearing its launch. August 22 is when the car will finally be available for purchase in India. However, the new Verna is already quite hot a topic for discussion. In our discussions too, it reminds us of the Elantra. The Elantra is the new Verna’s elder cousin and was recently launched in India. What is it like to pit these two Hyundai sedans against each other? Here’s our new 2017 Hyundai Verna vs Hyundai Elantra comparison to answer that question.
New 2017 Hyundai Verna vs Hyundai Elantra – Price Comparison
|Car||Minimum Price||Maximum Price|
|New 2017 Hyundai Verna||Rs 9.00 lakh*||Rs 14.00 lakh*|
|Hyundai Elantra||Rs 13.00 lakh||Rs 19.31 lakh|
*estimated price. All prices ex-showroom Delhi
The all-new Verna is likely to be priced at the higher end of the upper-C segment in the Indian car market. In all likelihood, its top variant’s price is going to be costlier than Elantra’s base price. The Elantra is priced at the lower end of the lower-D segment. At this price, some folks may deem it wise to fork out more cash and opt for the Elantra over Verna.
New 2017 Hyundai Verna vs Hyundai Elantra – Specifications Comparison
|Specifications||New 2017 Hyundai Verna||Hyundai Elantra|
|Engine||1.6-litre petrol/1.6 litre diesel||2.0-litre petrol/1.6-litre diesel|
|Power||Petrol – 121BHP
Diesel – 126BHP
|Petrol – 150BHP
Diesel – 126BHP
|Torque||Petrol – 155Nm
Diesel – 259Nm
|Petrol – 192Nm
Diesel – 260Nm
|Transmission||6-speed MT/6-Speed AT (both engines)||6-speed MT/6-speed AT|
Upon launch, the Verna will come with either a 1.6-litre petrol engine or a 1.6-litre turbo diesel motor. Also, these engines will be offered with either a 6-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox. The Elantra, while offering just two engine and gearbox options, makes for fewer compromises. Its petrol engine outguns the petrol engine 2017 Verna will come with. However, the new Verna, just like the Elantra, is available with both petrol and diesel engines, which makes for quite an interesting comparison between the two cars.
The Verna sports a Super Body Structure, making use of advanced high strength steel in its construction. As a result of that, it is now lighter, more rigid, has increased crash worthiness and reduced NVH levels. This new chassis also helps the car in providing higher levels of road feedback to the driver. Reduced weight means more performance and better mileage than before too.
New 2017 Hyundai Verna vs Hyundai Elantra – Mileage
|Car||Mileage (petrol)||Mileage (diesel)|
|New 2017 Hyundai Verna||17 KMPL||19 KMPL|
|Hyundai Elantra||14-15 KMPL||18-22 KMPL|
The current Verna’s engines are likely to be quite fuel-efficient. As a result, expect the fuel bills to not burn a big hole in your pocket when you drive the new Verna. The Elantra suffers in this regard as it is the bigger car and hence, has to lug more weight around too. Still, it is pretty fuel efficient, considering it has a 2.0-litre petrol engine. The diesel engine’s fuel economy is quite good too.
New 2017 Hyundai Verna vs Hyundai Elantra – Dimensions Comparison
|Dimensions||New 2017 Hyundai Verna||Hyundai Elantra|
Now, the new Verna is bigger than the outgoing model in every dimension. This is because it is a new-generation product. However, even with all that, it cannot hope to compete against the Elantra in any physical dimension. After all, the Elantra is a more premium offering. Hence, it has to offer more space. One thing to note is that both cars roofline is just 15mm apart, favouring the Elantra. At least, the new Verna has good headroom.
New 2017 Hyundai Verna vs Hyundai Elantra – Exterior Design
We have covered the all-new Verna’s design in great detail. Since it is an all-new product (next gen version of the current Verna), it has an all-new design and styling elements too. Design-wise, it looks more sophisticated and flamboyant than the outgoing model. In terms of styling, it gets a new bumpers, headlamps, hexagonal grille, alloy wheels and new taillamps.
The Elantra is also a new-gen product. It also has the same Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language as the new 2017 Hyundai Verna. However, its design feels sharper and tauter than that of the 2017 Verna. The hexagonal grille is there up front. There are projector headlamps with LED DRLs and projector foglamps. Not to miss is the bumper design which has a neat aero trick that forms an air curtain over front wheels to minimise drag. The 10-spoke alloy wheels with gunmetal finish look expensive. At the rear, there are LED taillamps and an integrated decklid spoiler. In terms of exterior design, there are few cars that pull flamboyance and elegance in quite the same way as the Elantra. The new 2017 Verna comes close but is not quite there.
New 2017 Hyundai Verna vs Hyundai Elantra – Interior Design
The new Verna’s interior has a redesigned dashboard. There is a new steering wheel with revised button layout. The dashboard itself gets a dual-tone beige-black colour treatment. There are faux brushed aluminium inserts on the car’s dashboard. You can see the inserts on the steering wheel, around A/c vents on sides and surrounding the infotainment unit. Speaking of the infotainment unit, the 2017 Verna gets new 7-inch touchscreen system that is the highlight of the dashboard. Elsewhere, the door panels get dual-tone treatment. The seats sport beige-coloured leather with black inserts on the sides.
The Elantra has a mono-tone dashboard with faux brushed aluminium inserts on the steering, around A/c vents, and on HVAC controls too. One such piece runs across the breadth of the dashboard, dividing it in two parts. The faux aluminium inserts can be found on the door trims too. The rest of the interior is shod in black colour too. However, even without the all-new Verna’s dual-tone interior treatment, the Elantra’s interior feels expensive.
New 2017 Hyundai Verna vs Hyundai Elantra Comparison – Conclusion
Price – Hyundai needs to really be smart with the 2017 Verna’s price. This is because for the price we expect the new Verna to retail at, one can either buy its top variant or the Elantra’s base variant.
Specifications – The new Verna offers two engine options – one petrol and one diesel. However, even though Elantra offers less engine options, its engines are quite punchy. In fact, its 2.0-litre petrol engine pushes out 150BHP. Buyers may find it hard to resist that kind of power output.
Mileage – The mileage of the two cars is comparable. The Elantra’s mileage is on the lower side as it is the bigger car and hence has to haul more weight around. However, the mileage of its diesel engine is comparable to that of the new Verna’s.
Dimensions – Hands down, the Elantra is the bigger car here. It has to play in a more premium market space while the Verna does not have to. However, Hyundai could have taken a page out of Maruti Ciaz‘s book while designing the new 2017 Verna. That would have benefited the new car in terms of physical dimensions.
Design – Both cars’ design is great. The all-new 2017 Verna’s design is quite good. In fact, it is good enough for the car to hang in the company of Elantra. Inside too, while Hyundai could have gone for same mono-tone treatment for the 2017 Verna just like that on Elantra, the former’s dual-tone interior does give it a sense of luxury.
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