Honda City has been around for a long time and the sedan is still considered to be one of the best in its category. In fact, for most part of the first decade, it was considered as the sedan for the youth and the sophisticated business man 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 came out with 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 current Honda City is sleek and stylish with a lot of chrome inserts that keeps its grace and classiness intact. The front portion is aggressive with more chrome for the grille at the front while the headlight cluster is nicely crafted using top-class headlamps. The lower-end variants have painted front grilles instead of using chrome. The bumpers are body coloured, which, in combination with bright fog lamps, brings out a lot of sophistication. The same effect can be felt with the B-pillars, chrome handles and the large alloy wheels for the side profile in the upper variants. Bright headlamps and premium wrap-around tail lamp further give it a touch of class.
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 wing-shaped radiator grille is probably the most attractive feature of the entire exterior of Hyundai Verna with two slats garnering chrome featuring Hyundai's logo in the middle. The 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels in the high class variants don't look shabby either and deliver a classy yet masculine appeal to the sedan. The large windshield and boomerang design of the fog lamps are some other features of the exterior of Hyundai Verna that make it stand out. The fluidic design of Verna definitely gives it an edge over Honda City with front grille being chrome and except for the base variant, even the rear garnish has chrome finish.
|Dimensions and Capacities||Hyundai Verna||Honda City|
|Length||4375 mm||4440 mm|
|Width||1700 mm||1695 mm|
|Height||1475 mm||1495 mm|
|Wheelbase||2570 mm||2600 mm|
|Boot capacity||465 litres||510 litres|
Hyundai Verna Vs Honda City (Interiors and Features)
Honda City is quite lavish from the inside with a little chrome here and there, which adds to the stylish and modern-looking dashboard, and a likewise central console system. 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 mid-level variant has black garnish over the steering wheel whereas in the base, it is kept simple. There is chrome covering for the hand brake knob, air vents and door handles in the high-end variants of Honda City - SV, V and VX variants. The seats are adjustable and well cushioned so as to make the passengers comfortable even during long rides.
Hyundai Verna is another gem of a vehicle that provides a spacious cabin with nicely-decorated dashboard, central console system and a three-spoke steering wheel that garners the company’s logo on it. Even the glove compartment has a lot of space in it to keep tons of things while the front armrest has the facility of sliding, which keeps the utility factor intact. Here too we see leather upholstery in the upscale variants that engages the passengers in a ride full of lavishness and comfort. Further, the wood grain instrumental panel finish in all variants except base is icing on the cake.
Hyundai Verna Vs Honda City (Engine, Transmission and Gearbox)
Honda City garners a 4-cylinder SOHC i-VTEC petrol engine that has a displacement of 1497 cc using 16 valves. The stats produced as a result are quite impressive with 119 PS power at 6600 rpm and 145 Nm torque at 4600 rpm. 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 gets backed by 16 valves and delivers 100 PS power at 3600 rpm alongside 200 Nm torque at 1750 rpm.
|Engine Gearbox and Transmission||Hyundai Verna||Honda City|
|Engine Capacity||1.6 (P) / 1.6 (D) / 1.4 (P) / 1.4 (D)||1.5 (P) / 1.5 (D)|
|Gearbox||5 MT & 4 AT / 6 MT & 4 AT / 5 MT / 6 MT||5 MT|
|Power (PS@rpm)||123 @ 6300 / 128 @ 4000 / 107 @ 6300 / 90 @ 4000||119 @ 6600 / 100 @ 3600|
|Torque||155 @ 4200 / 260 Nm @ 1900-2750 / 135 @ 5000 / 220 @ 1750-2750||145 @ 4600 / 200 @ 1750|
Hyundai Verna also has options for petrol and diesel, and both the variants further get the alternative of automatic and manual transmission system. The petrol variant of Hyundai Verna has two options with a 1.4-litre Gamma VTVT engine and a 1.6-litre Gamma VTVT engine. The displacement for the former of the two is 1396 cc churning out 107 PS power at 6300 rpm and 135.3 Nm torque. The 1.6-litre Gamma VTVT engine, on the other hand, gives away 123 PS power at 6300 rpm and 154.9 Nm torque via 1591 cc displacement. The 1.6-litre U2 CRDi VGT diesel engine churns out 128 PS power at 4000 rpm and 259.8 Nm torque, where as the 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel engine generates 107 PS power at 6300 rpm and 219.7 Nm torque.
Hyundai Verna Vs Honda City (Mileage and Safety)
The mileage for Honda City is 17.8 kmpl for the petrol variant and the same stands at 26 kmpl for the diesel trim. The figure for the diesel trim is certainly fantastic and possibly makes it the most fuel-economical sedan in its class. Hyundai Verna fails to overtake Honda City as far as the diesel variant mileage is concerned, with the former generating 23.9 kmpl mileage on highways and 19.9 kmpl fuel economy in the city. The petrol variant of Hyundai Verna also fails to exceed the fuel economy of its counterpart with the sedan garnering 14 kmpl mileage in the city and 17.01 kmpl on highways.
Both the sedans are quite compact in the safety department. Honda City comes with loads of elements that make sure that the driver and passengers are protected from crashes and similar damages. Honda City comes with features like ABS with EBD, ACE body, impact mitigating headrests, rear parking camera with multiple views, driver and front passenger SRS airbags, and immobilizer anti-theft system. Hyundai Verna does not hold back in the section as well, offering ABS facility, front disc brakes, headlamp escort function, impact sensing door unlock and anti-pinch power windows.
Overall, as far as design, driving comfort and performance are concerned, Hyundai Verna is definitely our pick of the two sedans. However, Honda City pulls things back in other aspects like safety elements and fuel economy, which makes it a more sensible buy. You cannot go wrong with any of these car and the two sedans are definitely the closest and the toughest contenders in this segment of the Indian auto market.