Verito has undergone changes that has made the car better on the eye and more economical

The Verito with oodles of space, a refined engine and an attractive pricing has always been an impressive and practical car. But the car’s boxy design is what has put off the buyers. But the Verito has gone under the knife and the changes have made the car much better on the eye now. The company has heavily updated the design and though it still looks boxy, thanks to the completely redesigned front and rear, it has got a softer edge. The front, now with multi-element headlamps and a chrome grille, lends it a more upmarket look too.

The new bumper, with its large front air dam, looks aggressive, and the overall effect is quite positive. At the rear, the new tail-lamps and rear bumper are tighter-looking, thus reducing the visual bulk. The crisp creases that run from the bootlid and merge with the tail-lights add to the appeal too.

The good news continues when you enter the cabin. The updated two-tone dash looks richer and the ergonomics have been improved drastically. The power window buttons have been moved from the centre console to the door pads. The old single-DIN music system is now replaced by the two-DIN one from the Xylo and, thanks to this, you get more modern features like Aux-in and USB ports. Even the air-con controls are new and more modern-looking. Space and practicality, the Verito’s trump cards, still remain and at this price and size, it doesn’t get any better. There is loads of space up front and even six-foot-plus people will fit comfortably.

Driving position

The driver’s seat, however, doesn’t get seat-height or steering adjustment, so you have to live with the high driving position. The rear bench is very comfortable too and the low window line and large glass area gives it an airy feel. The Verito’s wide dimensions also mean sitting three abreast is not tough. You won’t complain about the large 510-litre boot either. However the cabin still feels below average, and even the door-shut doesn’t feel solid and makes a very hollow sound every time you close them.

As the updated Verito is more or less the same under the skin, it feels very similar to drive. You get the same 65bhp 1.5 DCI diesel engine, which means there is no hesitation from the engine at low revs and driving it in traffic is very easy. The jerky and slightly heavy clutch now feels much lighter and more progressive, and the engine feels smoother and better insulated. But, once past 3500rpm, the power tapers off and it’s best to upshift and stay in the powerband. This is one of the most efficient engines around too.

Keeping with the car’s practical characteristics, the suspension is now slightly raised and feels more pliant; bump-absorption is much better too. The suspension also works more silently and this makes the car feel more refined.

The cosmetic changes to the Verito have given it a much-needed upmarket feel, but the interiors still feel slightly outdated. But when it comes to space, practicality and economy, there are few cars that come close to it. And with the prices starting at Rs. 7.14 lakh, this is a car you would rather buy with your head than your heart.

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