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Old 30th April 2011, 19:25   #181
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Last evening I was coming back from the Bangalore Airport in the Logan Taxi. I found the under thigh support not to be a good enough for my 5.11 frame. However considering that mostly women sit at the rear and average Indian height is not much I guess the rear bench should be fine for most journeys by Indian families even in the ANHV.

Handling should not a major issue if one drives within sensible speeds. Frankly our roads are very unsafe at high speeds. I come from Coorg where I have done extensive driving in my Accent CRDi and i20 CRDi. Driving in winding roads is largely with gears and slow into a curve and faster out. Most people drive with the flooring the pedal seeing the steep gradients instead of changing gears. No car in this class can address this kind of driving in the long term.

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Old 30th April 2011, 21:21   #182
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and the low rear seating position, the lack of under thigh support...... The list can definitely go on. But the kind of convenience features, engine options it offers and the lack of the same in some current market leaders coupled with Hyundai A.S.S. brings excitement.

The excitement may vanish if Hyundai sticks to the pricing policy they adopted for the old Verna.

Welcome sticking to the old zens, altos, swifts, etc. etc. One may also read the thread on "Lateral upgrades" in Team BHP, which I think is a very useful one (as many others are).
Hey, I got a little stick for my comment. I will probably re-frame.
Zen is not what I own, but I drive that as that's what we car pool with.
I was talking about a no non-sense driving pleasure with this old car. All its got is a steering with no PS, a long throw gear shift, a low seating position and a window on which you can rest your arms.

Our newer cars:
A lot of fuel gauge indicators which would show you how economically you are driving. How hard you are driving etc [Like the Red and Green indicators on the Victor]. I mean, are we not knowledgeable enough to know that our self?
A 20 optioned wiper stalk. [By the time we know which one suits the situation, we would have missed a lot of action ahead]
Steering has so many controls that you will have to get your left hand to honk, or take your hands off the steering wheel to honk. [I would prefer to honk with my thumb]
Gear shift indicator. [I am not sure how well this is going to help a novice driver, and how many BHPians would want this]

All I am trying to say is, Yes you have given me all the features but I am not sure they are making my drive more enjoyable. Is it not complicating our lives?

Coming back to the Ride and handling: Last week, I drove a 400+ Kms of ghats (Western ghats Karnataka) and a lot of poor roads. My Figo did impress me a lot with its handling and ride and lateral support. You sure would want your car to handle well, else it would be strenuous on longer drives. Lack of power steering response and poor ride ability is sure a NO-NO for me.

Coming back to the car: I simply love the looks. Hyundai have really improved in this department. A few years back, they were doing the Sonata with Jaguar rear and C-class front. I am surprised as to how much this company has changed in such a small time. They now have a lineage styling across their models. Great going Hyundai.
And the interiors: Who can match their attention to detail. Linea/ City/ Sx4 simply are not in the class when it comes to the interior quality. Hyundai is the benchmark. And the rubberized plastic feel on the dash board is something I like a lot.
And Hyundai is one company that brings their cars straight into India unlike others who already have their Indian line up of cars being sold elsewhere.

In all, Love this car and the effort Hyundai India has done to bring us this car. I hope they are going to improve the negative aspects soon.

I would love to see Hyundai to grow as a global brand.

Just look at the stick they receive on their cars elsewhere:
Hyundai car reviews - BBC Top Gear

Great going Hyundai. But I would still ask for a little improvement.

The spell check says 'BHP' is spelled incorrectly. Hey, can somebody look into this?
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Old 30th April 2011, 21:48   #183
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Another question, maybe a more stupid one!

If someone is looking for Altis/Civic/Laura, would it make sense to instead but Verna. What i get is all for Disc brakes (Same as them), Little less power, better feature music system than them, safety same as them.

So apart from little less power (And surely lot less money) i am getting this which is much the same if i am fine with the powermill, or am i missing something (Like leg room space, boot space etc)?
Verna just cannot be compared with a C+ segment car just because of its nearly equivalent powermill or some additional goodies. C+ segment cars have a much better overall drive feel in terms of ride and handling due to their longer wheelbase and better suspension characteristics.

This can be immediately noticed if you do a back to back drive of a Verna vis.a.vis a Civic, Altis or a Cruze.
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Old 30th April 2011, 22:19   #184
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Verna just cannot be compared with a C+ segment car just because of its nearly equivalent powermill or some additional goodies. C+ segment cars have a much better overall drive feel in terms of ride and handling due to their longer wheelbase and better suspension characteristics.

This can be immediately noticed if you do a back to back drive of a Verna vis.a.vis a Civic, Altis or a Cruze.
Fair enough, i am sure they would be better but the question is how much better and is that "better" worth the money. For example i drove Altis and Vento and felt apart from few features (Disc on all 4s, Safety etc) the over all drive feel was not worth the 4-5L that i am going to spend extra. To be honest this would also be very subjective, i might feel the drive-feel difference may not be worth 4L price difference while someone else may feel its worth it.

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Fair enough, i am sure they would be better but the question is how much better and is that "better" worth the money. For example i drove Altis and Vento and felt apart from few features (Disc on all 4s, Safety etc) the over all drive feel was not worth the 4-5L that i am going to spend extra. To be honest this would also be very subjective, i might feel the drive-feel difference may not be worth 4L price difference while someone else may feel its worth it.
It is premature to say this, without even waiting for Hyundai to announce its prices. Going by the past, they've always priced their products high, and therefore the difference in prices may not be much compared to the higher segment cars.

I agree with mobike008 that if someone is going for a C+ segment car, he will not look at a C segment car. The Civic and Cruze are leagues ahead, not only in space and comfort but also in handling.
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I would still suggest you to strike it off your list after taking one or two test drives. I kind of feel this car suffices the majoity unless you are one of the kind who really takes the car to corners and expect it to stick on to the outer lines. One TD is not going to cost you much and you will get to feel the car as well. Once you TD this one, you could try the NFS too and would be able to compare both. Your experience with these two cars could help someone else to make a decision.
Hi swiftnfurious,

Of all the members who might have responded to my post, I found yours the most sensible, to respond to. I found your statement [that I've made bold now] very sensible and mature.

Your post also makes sense. Maybe I should give it a test drive before I decide for myself. Now, I'm not the one that takes a car on corners at speeds above 130, but I do a couple of highway driving every year, frequent runs between Blore and Chennai, so whenever the road and safety checks permit, I enjoy driving spiritedly. I own a 1.4 Petrol Fabia which sticks to the road like tar, and whether you choose to believe me or not, I touched 170 on it while on the way back from Mumbai, to Blore during May 2010.

If I wasn't going to do higher speeds when I have the opportunity [and I make myself these often, given I love to drive], why would I choose to buy a 1.6 128bhp diesel in the first place? What, for a reversing camera in the internal RVM, or ACC? Those that responded stating and asking how often do we do speeds beyond 130+, then by that same logic, we all could be happily driving lesser spirited hatchbacks and sedans. IMO, anyone buying the new verna only for features, has got to be kidding himself/herself.

Anyway, thanks for the post you'd made and for writing what you wrote. That seemed genuinely nice. Take care.

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great review. This is the masterpiece which we wait and watch after every new release. good work and nice photos keep it up. with thanx
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Nice review but its lacks detailed pictures

1. Rear window visibility picture.
2. ORVM visibility picture
3. IRVM visibility picture
4. Full front seat picture
5. Front legroom for min/max after seat adjustments.
6. Foot well picture.
7. Rear seat folding pictures at various available options.
8. Under body/ Road level shots to get an idea of ground clearance/ to know how well the equipments are tucked together.
9. Rear center Armrest storage compartment picture
10. Rear passenger height clearance.
11. inside shot of glovebox
12. front storage space near gear/ arm rest
13. Head rest pictures with their angles
14. Seat adjustment lever pictures
15. Room lamp
16. stack controls
17. Spare tyre/ and the tools offered and how well it put together
18. Side view from the rear bunch.

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I am sure it is a great car. Their biggest stumbling block could be pricing. It has to be over the i20 - the top end of which is in the Swift Dzire. Indigo Manza Range. All said and done Hyundai are compared to Tata and Suzukis not to Hondas and VWs. If they price it lower than Hondas and VWs - that would automatically move them in the i20 range and thus could eat into their own market. Looks like a good product. Hope they get it right.
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Hope this hatch version also will make its way to India.
IMHO, the hatch is more good looking than the sedan similar to New Fiesta.
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GTO VENTO REVIEW[/b];2026802]
Importantly, there is no unnecessary vertical movement or bouncing over a 100 kph. This planted nature goes a long way in enhancing comfort levels. .....

The chassis has immaculate poise and grip levels are strong. Body roll is well controlled too.

......(no nasty surprises). Stability at speed is top class... and there isn't a hint of nervousness at 140 kph.


...The brakes are terrific and deserve an A+ rating. The pedal is easy to modulate and the overall braking action is extremely confidence inspiring.
Highway traveling is important for me. Though I don't travel speeds in excess of 120-130 kmph, baring very few occasions, I prefer to own a car which behaves beautifully as mentioned in GTO's Vento review...I consider those characteristics as a plus on safety perspective

Interested in knowing how ANHV will fare in similar conditions. I guess this would be the case for majority of the car owners...

These handling/high speed stability points on ANHV floating around gives a negative impression even for the users like me... I would prefer to cruise at speeds between 100-120 kmph, even where the situation may call for sudden maneuver & Iam interested in knowing whether there would be a noticeable difference between these two cars.

Points related to quoted contents on ANHV would be helpful

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Few Questions -

- Does it have a dead pedal?
- How is the seating position - Low/High?
- Overall visibility - Side/Rear?
- Any information of standard/extended warranty?
- GC?
- Service Intervals?

Looks to me a very good package and I wouldnt mind cancelling my current Vento booking and going for this, if it is in the same price bracket.
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Just a quick question guys, do you have any feedback on the looks from the fairer sex? My wife, for one, says that the car looks like a bad creature with bulging eyes (ala insects) and a snake like front. I never saw it that way and I quite like it. Did any others feel the same? Just curious.On the other hand by looking at it that way, it does look similar.
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Ahem,sorry for being picky,but the Accent/Verna hatch's rear sure looks like a copy of Ford Fiesta hatch rear.
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Hi swiftnfurious,

Of all the members who might have responded to my post, I found yours the most sensible, to respond to. I found your statement [that I've made bold now] very sensible and mature.

Anyway, thanks for the post you'd made and for writing what you wrote. That seemed genuinely nice.
Thanx Ajay. I am a FAN of "good cars"! I dont believe in brand loyalty at all - so never bother to check which manufacturer should I stick to, but rather look at cars. It was nice of you to specify what you thought - Thank you!

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I own a 1.4 Petrol Fabia which sticks to the road like tar.
Now we know why are you spoilt !

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IMO, anyone buying the new verna only for features, has got to be kidding himself/herself.
Not at all ! In India there is still a BIG chunk of people who see car as a status symbol and purely go by the max features offered in a car / brand in their budget. For them comfort / plushness is the only criteria most of the times. I know a person in my native who owned a Getz CRDi and later upgraded to 1st Gen Verna CRDi. Would you believe if I say that this guy never drives more than 40kmph ??? [Trust me, he is a pain in the *** if we are caught behind him - never gives way for others to even overtake, keeps driving in the middle of the road!]

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Nice review but its lacks detailed pictures
Blame it on GTO, we are used to LOADs of pics in his reviews. Am sure Zappo will take care of this the next time.

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I am sure it is a great car. Their biggest stumbling block could be pricing. It has to be over the i20 - the top end of which is in the Swift Dzire. Indigo Manza Range. All said and done Hyundai are compared to Tata and Suzukis not to Hondas and VWs. If they price it lower than Hondas and VWs - that would automatically move them in the i20 range and thus could eat into their own market. Looks like a good product. Hope they get it right.
IMO a little bit of overlapping should be fine given that these cars are from different segments, price wise & look wise.
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