Hyundai Elantra vs Verna Comparison Review

Hyundai 4S Fluidic Verna vs Elantra Comparison:

"The Elantra, being a considerably bigger car than the Verna, has much better space inside its cabin. But the Verna itself, has way more than adequate room, for five occupants inside it. In fact the Verna has more than enough legroom and knee-room for two six footers to sit one behind the other."

Hyundai Verna vs Elantra Video Comparison:

Why are we even comparing these two cars?
Call it sibling rivalry or call it cannibalization, but the fact remains, that any and every Verna customer here on, is going to lust after the Elantra, standing right beside the Verna, inside the Hyundai showrooms. Each of them, is going to ask for the Elantra's price list, to check if it fits within their budget, if they decide to stretch a little bit more. The jaw dropping price at which Hyundai has launched the Elantra, it might just be within reach, of at least those people, who were about to put their money down, on a top-end Verna.

Pricing & Features:
The top-end manual variant of the Hyundai Verna, the ‘SX O’ retails for 12.50 Lakh Rs. on road, Delhi. Elantra's entry-level, manual geared, ‘S’ variant, powered by the petrol mill, retails for 15.00 Lakh Rs. which is 2.5 Lakh Rs. i.e. around 20% more expensive, than the Verna ’SX O’. That translates to a difference of around 3900 Rs. in the EMI, for a standard 5-year loan. (85% down payment, 10.5% interest rate)

The top-end Verna understandably, has way more features than the base Elantra, like Side & Curtain Airbags, Fog Lamps, Automatic Climate Control, Navigation, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Parking Camera, Parking Sensors, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Leather Upholstery, Auto Dimming Inside Mirror, Rain Sensing Wipers and Telescopic Steering Adjustment, but hardly any of them are really crucial, except for the Side & Curtain Airbags and the Parking Camera. The Base Elantra hardly has any extra features, over the Verna except for the Rear AC Vents and Auto-Up Anti-Pinch Windows, for the Passengers.

Pricing of other Variants:
Verna ‘SX O’ (diesel, manual) costs 14.45 Lakh Rs.
Elantra ‘S’ (diesel, manual) costs 17.15 Lakh Rs.

Verna ‘SX AT’ (petrol, automatic) costs 12.20 Lakh Rs.
Elantra ‘SX AT’ (cheapest petrol-automatic variant) costs 18.45 Lakh Rs.

Verna ‘SX O AT’ (diesel, automatic) costs 15.40 Lakh Rs.
Elantra ‘SX O AT’ (one and only diesel-automatic variant) costs 22.20 Lakh Rs.

Common Features: 2 Airbags, ABS, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking by Remote, Rear Defogger, Alloy Wheels, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat, Infotainment: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers & 2 Tweeters, Steering Wheel Switches, 5/6” Touchscreen, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Projector Headlamps, Automatic Light Sensing Headlamps, Auto-Up Anti-Pinch Driver's Window, Height Adjustable Seatbelts, Cooled Glove-box

Extra Features in Elantra (S): Rear AC Vents, Auto-Up Anti-Pinch Passenger Windows

Extra Features in Verna (SX O): Side & Curtain Airbags, Fog Lamps, Automatic Climate Control, Navigation, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Parking Camera, Parking Sensors, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Leather Upholstery, Auto Dimming Inside Mirror, Rain Sensing Wipers, Telescopic Steering Adjustment

Fuel Efficiency:
The Elantra petrol, has ARAI certified mileage of 14.6 kmpl, for both the manual as well as the automatic variants, which is 2.8 kmpl less, than the Verna petrol-manual and 2.5 kmpl less than the Verna petrol-automatic. In our real world tests, the manual Verna was just over 1 kmpl more efficient than the manual Elantra, while the Verna automatic was over 2 kmpl more efficient than the automatic Elantra.

 The Elantra diesel-manual has an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 22.5 kmpl, which is 2.3 kmpl less than the Verna, while the automatic Elantra diesel is rated at 18.2 kmpl, which is 5.7 kmpl less than the Verna diesel-automatic. However, in our back-to-back tests, the difference between both the manual as well as the automatic versions of both cars, was just over 1 kmpl.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Elantra (petrol, manual) – 14.59, Verna 1.6 (petrol, manual) – 17.4
Elantra (petrol, automatic) – 14.62, Verna 1.6 (petrol, automatic) – 17.1
Elantra (diesel, manual) – 22.54, Verna 1.6 (diesel, manual) – 24.8
Elantra (diesel, automatic) – 18.23, Verna 1.6 (petrol, automatic) – 23.9

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Elantra (petrol, manual) – 4.35 Lakh, Verna (petrol, manual) – 3.65 Lakh
Elantra (petrol, automatic) – 4.35 Lakh, Verna (petrol, automatic) – 3.75 Lakh
Elantra (diesel, manual) – 2.40 Lakh, Verna (diesel, manual) – 2.20 Lakh
Elantra (diesel, automatic) – 3.00 Lakh, Verna (petrol, automatic) – 2.30 Lakh

Reliability & After Sales Service:
Hyundai’s almost perfect record for product reliability and service support is no secret. It is second only to Maruti in our country. Sky high resale prices of Hyundai cars really do speak for themselves. However, do not expect either the Elantra or the Verna to be light on the pocket, you will have to shell out large sums of money to maintain these cars, but Hyundai will at least ensure that you feel like you are getting your money’s worth, at every visit to the service station.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Barring a few exceptions like the Getz, Hyundai cars usually hold excellent resale value, thanks to their remarkable track record of reliability and service. Both the Verna as well as the Elantra are bound to fetch good money, when you finally decide, to part ways with them.

Elantra S (petrol, manual) – 7.05 Lakh, Verna SX O (petrol, manual) – 5.85 Lakh
Elantra SX AT (petrol, automatic) – 8.15 Lakh, Verna SX AT (petrol, automatic) – 5.35 Lakh
Elantra S (diesel, manual) – 8.55 Lakh, Verna SX O (diesel, manual) – 7.20 Lakh
Elantra SX O AT (diesel, automatic) – 10.45 Lakh, Verna SX O AT (diesel, automatic) – 7.25 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Overall the Elantra ‘S’ petrol works out to be 2 Lakh Rs. i.e. around 20% more expensive, than the Verna ‘SX O’, in terms of its Overall Ownership Cost, over a usage of 5 to 7 years. Similarly, the diesel powered Elantra ‘S’ works out to be just over a lakh and a half rupees more expensive, than the Verna ‘SX O’ diesel. The Elantra ‘SX AT’ petrol-automatic though, works out to be over four Lakh rupees more expensive than the Verna ‘SX AT’, while the flagship diesel-automatic, Elantra SX O AT, will cost a whopping 4.3 Lakh Rs. more than the Verna SX O AT, diesel-automatic.

Elantra S (petrol, manual) – 12.30 Lakh, Verna SX O (petrol, manual) – 10.30 Lakh
Elantra SX AT (petrol, automatic) – 14.70 Lakh, Verna SX AT (petrol, automatic) – 10.55 Lakh
Elantra S (diesel, manual) – 11.00 Lakh, Verna SX O (diesel, manual) – 9.40 Lakh
Elantra SX O AT (diesel, automatic) – 14.75 Lakh, Verna SX O AT (diesel, automatic) – 10.45 Lakh

Performance & Drivability:
Verna's 1.6 petrol, is pretty evenly matched to the Elantra, in terms of performance. Verna makes up for its 200 cube disadvantage, with a 200 kg advantage in kerb weight, compared to the Elantra. It's a crying shame that Hyundai couldn't equip, a car with a starting price of 15 Lakh Rs. and which is expected to compete till at least 2020, with a turbocharger, especially considering that even Tata has managed to fit one in the Bolt, having a starting price of under 6 Lakhs! Both the Elantra as well as the Verna's petrol engines feel very similar in character, with excellent refinement and linear power delivery. The Elantra feels a tad more silent than the Verna, thanks to better noise insulation of its cabin. However, both engines tend to get slightly harsh when they approach the red-line.

Power (PS@rpm): Elantra – 152@6200, Verna 4S Fluidic 1.6 - 123@6400
Torque (Nm@rpm): Elantra - 192@4000, Verna 4S Fluidic 1.6 - 155@4200
Kerb Weight (kg): Elantra – 1295, Verna 4S Fluidic 1.6 - 1090

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Elantra – 117, Verna 4S Fluidic 1.6 - 113
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Elantra – 148, Verna 4S Fluidic 1.6 - 142

Both the Elantra and the Verna 1.6 diesel, are powered by the very same CRDi engine. Thanks to Verna's lower kerb weight, it has better performance than the Elantra, across the rev-range, albeit by a very small margin. You will hardly notice the difference, even if you drive both the cars back-to-back. That being said, both cars do suffer from copious amounts of turbo-lag, anywhere below 2000 rpm, making them a bit of a chore to drive in city traffic. Although, Hyundai does offer an automatic option for both the petrol as well as diesel powered versions of both the cars.

Power (PS@rpm): Elantra – 128@4000, Verna 4S Fluidic 1.6 - 128@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Elantra - 260@1900-2750, Verna 4S Fluidic 1.6 - 260@1900-2750
Kerb Weight (kg): Elantra – 1335, Verna 4S Fluidic 1.6 - 1190

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Elantra – 96, Verna 4S Fluidic 1.6 - 108
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Elantra – 195, Verna 4S Fluidic 1.6 - 218

Space & Comfort:
The Elantra, being a considerably bigger car than the Verna, has much better space inside its cabin. But the Verna itself, has way more than adequate room, for five occupants inside it. In fact the Verna has more than enough legroom and knee-room for two six footers to sit one behind the other. However, with three passengers occupying the rear seat, things tend to get a bit too tight for comfort inside the Verna. The Elantra's extra 100mm width, liberates some extra elbow room, especially when three larger than life personalities, decide to get on board! Elantra's 475 litre boot is almost similar in size to Verna's 465 litre boot volume. However, where the Elantra scores massively over the Verna, is in terms of the sheer luxury and ambience of its cabin. The design, fit-finish and materials feel absolutely top-notch, making the Verna's rather well appointed interiors feel cheap and flimsy, in comparison.

Length (mm): Elantra – 4570, Verna – 4375
Width (mm): Elantra – 1800, Verna – 1700
Height (mm): Elantra – 1465, Verna – 1475

Ride Quality & Handling:
The Elantra is still a long way off, in terms of dynamics, compared to its European competitors. However, the Verna is noticeably worse. Elantra's high strength steel construction, has made it much more rigid than the model it replaces. It inspires much more confidence while cruising at high speeds, than the Verna does. Elantra's steering also feels better weighted, than Verna's excessively light steering rack. However, steering feel is still amiss on both the cars. Verna's ride feels soft and mushy, which may be good for low-speed commuting, but it wallows and gets skittish, while negotiating a series of undulations. The Elantra on the other hand feels a bit stiff at low speeds, but the ride improves as the speed picks up. Disappointingly, neither of these cars, is even a least bit of fun around the bends.

Ground Clearance (mm): Elantra – 167, Verna – 165

Tyre Size:
Elantra – 205/60R16
Verna - 185/65R15 (Base & S), 195/55R16 (SX & SX O)

Wheelbase (mm): Elantra - 2700, Verna - 2600

The Elantra comfortably wins this comparison. The 4S Fluidic Verna, is on its way out. It will soon be replaced with the Elite i20's sedan version. If you buy one, you will be stuck with a discontinued model, within less than a years time. The Elantra on the other hand is the sign of things to come. Agreed that it is quite a bit more expensive than the Verna, but then it is also, a far more superior car than the Verna. The sheer opulence, and attention to detail, lavished by Hyundai on the Elantra, used to be reserved only for some avant-garde metal, till now. It's actually a bargain if you compare it to the offerings from Europe, and being a Hyundai you can rest assured that it won't make you pay through the nose, at the service station. At the end of the day, if you buy the Verna, people will always look at you as the guy who just about couldn't afford to buy the Honda City. But if you buy the Elantra, people will look at you as the guy, with a car, than even Honda City buyers couldn't afford to buy!

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