Honda City had been topping the sales chart until now and probably Hyundai has come up with a right answer. And it’s the new Verna. Verna is not a mere nip-and-tuck job, it's an all-new car that's based on the lighter and stiffer platform, and therefore claims to have better performance. It gets more features and takes the game to a new level. Maruti Ciaz is another competitor in the segment and is due to get an update shortly. So should you go with the Verna or the others, we try to find out in this comparison story.
Design and Exteriors
Without a doubt, Ciaz is the biggest car and offers the longest wheelbase too. Verna has grown in size and at 4440mm, it's as long as the City. Even though City and Verna are short and you would not find any car lacking in space. The all-new Verna gets a hexagonal grille at the front and a sharp fascia. The rear too, now looks more cohesive and coupe-like roofline does a better job of making the car look more premium and distinct. The City, on the other hand, retains all design clues of the last generation car and overall design language works extremely well.
You get projector headlamps in case of all these cars, while DRLs are present in the case of Verna and City only. Age has finally caught up with the Maruti Ciaz and it does not exude the same appeal as it once does. However, it retains all the traits of an ageless design and looks unassuming as it once did.
|Exterior||Maruti Ciaz||Hyundai Verna||Honda City|
|Length||4490 mm||4440 mm||4440 mm|
|Width||1730 mm||1729 mm||1695 mm|
|Wheelbase||2650 mm||2600 mm||2600 mm|
|Height||1485 mm||1475 mm||1495 mm|
While Ciaz may have an ageless form, it sure looks a generation behind the Honda City as well as the Verna on account of it old headlight and taillight cluster. The headlight and taillight design alone manage to jazz up the looks of the other two cars and make them look much more futuristic.
Interiors and Features
Verna always had an edge in the interiors department. This time, the wood grained instrument and door panels are replaced and the cabin gets black and beige treatment with a dash of silver elements all around. There are features galore including rain sensing wipers, automatic headlight control, ventilated seats, sunroof etc. The cabin now looks and feels more European and definitely better than the car it replaces. Even Maruti Ciaz and Honda City use dual-tone scheme for dash and interiors. City, however, utilizes soft touch plastics which definitely feel more premium in comparison. You get a touchscreen infotainment system in case of all these cars which integrate CarPlay, Android Auto, Navigation system and display for the reverse camera. The city offers a first-in-class Wi-Fi USB receiver that let you browse the internet on the go.
City and Verna offer better features in comparison to the Ciaz and you get 6 airbags now with the top variant along with features like sunroof etc. ISOFIX, ABS and two airbags are available as standard though with all these cars.
|Features||Maruti Ciaz||Hyundai Verna||Honda City|
|Infotainment System||SmartPlay system with support for Apple CarPlay and Android||7 inch touchscreen with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay||7 inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and Wi-Fi receiver for Internet browsing|
Ventilated front seats offer great comfort that also gives Verna a clear advantage among all, City’s USP which was the sunroof, is not anymore since Verna also offers it now. While Ciaz may not offer any great distinguishing features, it definitely offers best economy figures and has a clear cost advantage.
Engine and Transmission
The Hyundai Verna offers two engine choices now instead of four. You get a 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel. The option of automatic is available with both the motors. City and Ciaz offer a petrol and diesel engine option with automatic transmission only with the petrol.
|Engine and Transmission||Maruti Ciaz||Hyundai Verna||Honda City|
|Engine Displacement (cc)||1.4 L (P) / 1.3 (D)||1.6 L (P) / 1.6 L (D)||1.5 L (P) / 1.5 L (D)|
|Gearbox||5 MT & 4 AT / 5 MT||6 MT & 6 AT / 6 MT & 6 AT||5 MT & CVT / 6 MT|
|Power (bhp)||91 / 90||123 / 128||119 / 100|
|Torque (Nm)||130 / 200||151 / 260||145 / 200|
Ciaz offers a 1.3-litre diesel and 1.4-litre petrol while City offers similar capacity 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engine. Ciaz like Verna uses an AT while City uses a CVT transmission and offers 7-step paddle shifters. This time, even Verna offers paddle shifter which brings it at par with the Verna as far as features are concerned.
The City was the King of the segment and with the new Hyundai Verna, it's bound to feel the heat. The Verna has not only grown in size it now offers the best equipment among all. The motors are most powerful and diesel has typical Hyundai refinement. Though Ciaz is the oldest, it still commands respectable sales numbers, but it definitely needs to catch up if it wants to be relevant in this segment. All things considered, the Verna would be our first choice among all.