The 2012 Hyundai Verna represented the next step in the renewal of the product range. The fourth generation Accent (the car is marketed in under the Accent name in North America and Europe and as Verna in India and China) had slightly grown in size and it is now located on the upper end of the small car segment.
The South Korean car tries to redefine the standards of the category in the delicate relationship between fuel efficiency and engine power. Visually, Hyundai Verna shows the brand’s new design philosophy, which is dominated by the Hyundai “Fluidic Sculpture” design. As with its predecessor, the new generation is available as a hatchback (5-door) and sedan (4-door).
2012 Hyundai Verna Design
A new impulse to the segment. “Just like Sonata and Elantra in their categories, the new Accent provides a fresh incentive to the compact segment”, said Mike O’Brien, Vice President, Product and Corporate Planning of Hyundai Motor America.
Aesthetically, Hyundai Verna takes the styles that were displayed on the iX35 and the iX20 thanks to a strong fascia and a sculpted side. Between the two proposals, the hatchback is very close to European tastes, but the sedan also has a remarkable stylistic balance. Also, the rear looks confusingly similar to the one of i30.
Among the main changes, 2012 Hyundai Verna has a new chassis, which has been made more rigid by 22% compared to the previous generation, looking for the best balance between handling precision and ride comfort. The 5-door version is now coming to a length of 13.3 feet (405 cm), 14.1 feet (430 cm) the Sedan. Bigger than the model it replaces, but not heavier, the new car also boasts with its cargo capacity.
The interior is designed in modern optics, in the style of the new Hyundai models. This means that the safety and comfort features are up-to-date. Standard for all Verna models is the ABS system, EBD, stability control, 4-wheel disc brakes, 6 airbags (supported also by the head restraints that prevent whiplash), ESP, central locking and onboard computer.
2012 Hyundai Verna Engines
Under the bonnet beats a 1.6-liter petrol engine (GDI) developing 138 hp (the highest power in its class) and 123 pound-feet of torque (167 Nm) with low fuel economy: according to Hyundai, it is able to provide more than 450 miles (730 km) with a full tank.
There are also two new engines matched with the new Verna including a 1.4 VVT petrol engine with 106 horsepower and a 1.6 Gamma T-GDI diesel engine with 183 horsepower and 195 lb-ft (265 Nm).
The engines can be combined with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
2012 Hyundai Verna Prices
Offered in three trim levels, GLS for the sedan version or GS and SE for the hatchback, the new Verna sees it disappear from the list the 3-door version which was the entry-level variant of the range.
The cheapest model costs $ 12,445, for another $ 2,750 there is a Comfort package which includes air conditioning, CD radio with iPod and USB connectivity, electric windows and mirrors and cloth inserts in the doors, and another $ 1,300 will add Bluetooth, hands-free system, cruise control, keyless entry and start system.