Honda City was updated only recently, and among other cars, in this segment, it's considered to be the best at the moment. In fact, for the most part of the first decade, it was considered as the sedan for the youth and the sophisticated businessman alike. However, the automobile world has evolved at a fast pace, with other automakers raising their game, matching the proficiency of Honda City. One such automaker is Hyundai, which has come out with the new Hyundai Verna, exceeding car enthusiasts’ expectation in terms of design and performance. Honda City and Hyundai Verna have been competing for a while now, and it is interesting to pit these two sedans against each other.
Hyundai Verna Vs Honda City (Design and Exteriors)
Honda City has always been one of the best-looking sedans in its class, and the recent nip-and-tuck job does add a dash of style. It looks sharp from every angle and gets added features like projector headlamps at the front and LED taillights at the rear. There are pronounced chrome elements in right doses which the large portion of the Indian audience would appreciate. The bumpers are body coloured as you would expect in a car of this class, in combination with the fog lamps, it brings out a lot of sophistication.
Hyundai Verna, on the other hand, takes the aesthetics to a higher level with a beautiful design that cashes in on a sleek bonnet and crafty character lines. The new age hexagonal grille is probably the most attractive feature of the entire exterior of Hyundai Verna. The 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels don't look shabby either and deliver a classy yet masculine appeal to the sedan. The large windshield and chrome-surrounded fog lamps and wrap-around taillights are some of the other features of the exterior of Hyundai Verna that make it stand out. The Verna with its new design looks much more modern and a class apart now.
|Dimensions and Capacities||Hyundai Verna||Honda City|
|Length||4440 mm||4440 mm|
|Width||1729 mm||1695 mm|
|Height||1475 mm||1495 mm|
|Wheelbase||2600 mm||2600 mm|
|Boot capacity||480 litres||510 litres|
Hyundai Verna Vs Honda City (Interiors and Features)
Honda City feels quite lavish on the inside with minimum chrome and just the right dose of silver accents. The modern-looking dashboard now gets better material and is soft to touch. The three-spoke steering wheel along with the rest of the upholstery inside the cabin of Honda City has silver garnish, which again maintains that upmarket feel for the overall ambience of the car. The seats are adjustable and well cushioned so as to make the passengers comfortable even during long rides. You get rear AC vents, Crusie Control, a touchscreen infotainment system that supports Wi-Fi, Navigation and works as a display for the rear-mounted camera.
We are glad that Hyundai has done the interiors from the ground-up. The dash is all black and the cabin is definitely more spacious. It also gets just the right amount of chrome which makes it look classy without being gaudy. The well-finished dashboard, central console system and a three-spoke steering wheel etc. get great quality plastics which give the car its premium feel. The glove compartment and the door pockets have plenty of space in it to keep tons of things, all these keep the utility factor intact. You get all the features like rear AC vents, infotainment system, sunroof etc. like the City. In the case of Verna, you also get ventilated front seats which City does not offer.
Hyundai Verna Vs Honda City (Engine, Transmission and Gearbox)
Honda City offers a 4-cylinder SOHC i-VTEC 1.5-litre petrol motor that produces a max power of 119 PS and a peak torque of 145 Nm. There is an option of manual and automatic transmission system with the latter featuring the Continuous Variable Transmission system. The diesel variant of Honda City does not have an option of automatic variant though. The engine itself is backed by four cylinders as the DOHC i-DTEC engine delivers 100 PS of peak power and 200 Nm of torque.
|Engine Gearbox and Transmission||Hyundai Verna||Honda City|
|Engine Capacity||1.6 (P) / 1.6 (D)||1.5 (P) / 1.5 (D)|
|Gearbox||6 MT & 6 AT / 6 MT & 6 AT||5 MT & CVT / 6 MT|
|Power (bhp)||123 / 128||119 / 100|
|Torque (Nm)||151 / 260||145 / 200|
Hyundai Verna also has options for petrol and diesel, and both the variants further get the alternative of automatic and manual transmission system. The Hyundai Verna 1.6 VTVT petrol engine produces 123 PS power and 151 Nm of torque. While 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine churns out 128 PS power at 4000 rpm and 260 Nm torque.
Hyundai Verna Vs Honda City (Mileage and Safety)
Honda City claims an average of 17.4kmpl for the petrol manual variant, and for the CVT it claims 18kmpl. While for the diesel, it claims around 25kmpl. Hyundai Verna has struggled with the economy figures in the past, with the lighter platform, it promises to deliver better economy figures. The petrol manual promises 17.7kmpl, automatic promises 15.9kmpl. For diesel manual it's 24.75kmpl and for automatic it's 21.02kmpl.
Both cars offer generous safety equipment and offer six airbags with the top variants. ABS with EBD, driver and front passenger airbags, with immobilizer anti-theft system etc. would be available as standard in the case of both these cars.
You cannot go wrong with any of the cars and the two sedans are definitely the closest and the toughest contenders in this segment of the Indian auto market. However, overall, and areas in particular (design, driving comfort and performance), Hyundai Verna is definitely our pick of the two sedans.
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