The Hyundai Verna 2017 uses an all-new K2 platform and claims to be a better performer. It borrows styling cues from the bigger Elantra and looks more mature than the outgoing car. It also has a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to features. According to Hyundai, the new Verna utilizes 50% Advanced High Strength Steel which makes the body structure more rigid beside improving the NVH performance. We cannot say if the new material makes a perceptible change to the car until we drive it, for now, we do a specification comparison. And just taking into account the car's equipment list, we can say that competition should be worried.
Design and Exterior
Though Verna is based on an all-new platform and has fresh exterior styling, it still looks derived. It seems like a product that establishes clear lineage but yet manages to look altogether fresh. The headlamps look inspired from the old car and the silhouette remains largely unchanged except the rear which now looks more coupe-like. The front now has a new grille and larger headlamps. Fog-lamp surrounds get a generous level of chrome, something most of the Indian buyers might like.
|Dimensions and Capacities||Hyundai Verna||Honda City||Maruti Suzuki Ciaz|
|Length||4440 mm||4440 mm||4490 mm|
|Width||1729 mm||1695 mm||1730 mm|
|Height||1475 mm||1495 mm||1485 mm|
|Wheelbase||2600 mm||2600 mm||2650 mm|
|Fuel-tank capacity||45 litres||40 litres||43 litres|
|Boot capacity||480 litres||510 litres||510 litres|
The rear, apart from being coupe-like, now also gets slim taillights. Hyundai Verna 2017 is also wider and longer than the car it replaces. Measuring 1729mm it’s just 1mm narrower than the widest car i.e. Ciaz and at 4440mm, it’s just as wide as the City and 30mm shorter than Ciaz which is longest at 4490mm. Ciaz has the longest wheelbase at 2650mm while City’s and Verna’s measures 2600mm. Ciaz and City have most capacious boots at 510litres, while Verna’s capacity is less, it offers a good 480litres of storage capacity.
Interiors and Features
Verna 2017 also gets all new interiors and the beige is out, making way for sporty black interiors. Being a Hyundai, you can expect class leading equipment level. The top variant would come equipped with features like 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with support for Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, park assistance, navigation, cruise control, sunroof, 6 airbags etc.
|Features||Hyundai Verna||Honda City||Maruti Suzuki Ciaz|
|Infotainment System||7.0 Touchscreen with Support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay||7.0 Touchscreen with Support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with Wi-Fi||SmartPlay infotainment with Support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay|
While equipment level in case of the Verna is at par with the City, Verna would also offer a segment-first feature, i.e. ventilated front seats with the top-spec variant. The Ciaz offers generous equipment level and features like SmartPlay infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, rear AC vents, steering mounted controls, park assistance with camera etc. make it to the list. In terms of safety equipment, you get only two airbags instead of six. Other glaring omissions in the case of the Ciaz are - sunroof and cruise control.
Engine and Transmission
When it comes to engines, Verna 2017 will offer most powerful units. There will be a 1.6-litre normally aspirated petrol that pumps out 123bhp of power and 151Nm of torque and a 1.6-litre diesel with 128bhp of power and 260Nm of torque. Both engines would offer a 6 speed MT and a 6 speed conventional automatic as transmission options.
With the Honda City, you get a 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel motor. The petrol motor puts out 119bhp of power and 145Nm of torque while diesel develops 100bhp of power and 200Nm of torque. The city offers a 5-speed manual and a CVT with the petrol while diesel offers a 6-speed manual only.
|Engine and Transmission||Hyundai Verna||Honda City||Maruti Suzuki Ciaz|
|Displacement||1.6 L (P) / 1.6 L (D)||1.5 L (P) / 1.5 L (D)||1.4 L (P) / 1.3 L (D)|
|Gearbox||6 MT & 6 AT / 6 MT & 6 AT||5 MT & CVT / 6 MT||5 MT & 4 AT / 5 MT|
|Cylinders||4 / 4||4 / 4||4 / 4|
|Power (bhp)||123 / 128||119 / 100||91 / 90|
|Torque (Nm)||151 / 260||145 / 200||130 / 200|
Ciaz offers a 1.4-litre petrol that puts out 91bhp of power and 130Nm of torque, you get two transmission options – 5 MT and 4 speed AT. You also get a 1.3-litre Fiat sourced diesel motor that puts out a modest 90bhp of power and 200Nm of torque, the 1.3-litre diesel motor like Ciaz petrol is least powerful of the lot, however, is the most efficient and promises class-leading 28kmpl.
Honda City continues to lead the pack with respect to sales numbers and is the top choice among buyers. It’s not a surprise since it does offer the best equipment list in the segment right now besides decent engine options. Ciaz, on the other hand, continues to be favourite among buyers who don’t wish to spend just as much as they would in the case of City and want the peace of mind of a Maruti. Nevertheless, it cannot be denied that Maruti Suzuki Ciaz needs an update and long in the tooth. Verna has grown in size. It’s wider, longer and offers most powerful engine options. Its equipment list looks most formidable of the lot and should be the cause of worry for competition now.