Does it live up to the carmaker’s claims? We find out

The Hyundai Verna is available with both petrol and diesel engine options. Where the lower variants get a set of 1.4-litre petrol and diesel engines, the higher variants are powered by bigger 1.6-litre units. While the smaller engines come mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, the bigger ones are offered with a 6-speed AT torque converter as well.

Well, we recently had the chance to test the diesel-AT Verna’s fuel economy and mileage for ourselves. Here are the numbers:

Displacement 1.6-litre
Max power 128PS
Peak torque 260Nm
Transmission 6-speed AT
Claimed fuel efficiency (ARAI) 21.02kmpl
Tested fuel efficiency (city) 13.83kmpl
Tested fuel efficiency (highway) 19.58kmpl

Here’s how the Hyundai Verna performs in mixed driving conditions:
Mileage City:Highway (50:50) City:Highway (25:75) City:Highway (75:25)
AT 16.21 kmpl 17.73 kmpl 14.92 kmpl

In both city and highway driving, the Hyundai Verna fell quite short of the claimed figures. While the low fuel economy in city driving is expected, the highway figures are also 1.44kmpl lower than what is claimed. It is important to note that the claimed figures are recorded under controlled conditions, while in contrast we test the cars on actual roads with traffic.

If your regular driving is a balanced mix of city and highway stretches, the Verna diesel-AT manages to deliver over 16kmpl of fuel economy. However, if your commute is predominantly city driving, then you will see that figure dip to under 15kmpl. In the opposite circumstance of mainly highway driving, the fuel efficiency figure goes well over 17kmpl.

Your experience may vary from ours as fuel efficiency differs with driving conditions, car condition and driving style. If you’re the owner of a Hyundai Verna diesel-automatic variant, do share your findings with us and other owners in the comments section below.

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