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Suzuki Verona

You’re looking at the would-be successor to the Daewoo Leganza, if Daewoo were still autonomous. After General Motors purchased the wreckage of the Korean automaker, it tossed the Leganza successor to its Japanese affiliate, Suzuki. So, the Daewoo Magnus is now the Suzuki Verona, and not much has changed.

The transverse-mounted in-line six is smooth, but the Verona is slow to accelerate. This might be because of the “smart” four-speed automatic transmission, which adapts shift patterns to driving habits. It is particularly frustrating while passing, when the transmission decides to hold a higher gear based on your last five minutes stuck in traffic. The saving grace is a stepped shift gate with a hold button. Along with unmotivated acceleration, vague steering confirms that the Verona is no sport sedan, but it compensates somewhat with a compliant, cushy ride and lots of standard features. The Verona brings to mind another Japan-Korea collaboration: soccer’s 2002 World Cup. Like that event, the Verona is well executed, if not exactly memorable.

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