The midsize sedan segment has seen a steady increase in terms of sales and with the introduction of new cars and increase in the average incomes of the Indian families, this trend is going to continue. The car companies have tried their best to keep the competition at bay by regularly offering facelifts and updating their existing line-up of cars.
The Hyundai has provided a facelift to the Verna since it was facing stiff competition from the like of Honda City and Maruti Ciaz. We compare the specifications of the Maruti Ciaz with the Honda City and see how they fare against each other.
The specification comparison sheet has been prepared by comparing Hyundai Verna SX CRDi (O) with the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz ZDi Plus Diesel and Hyundai Verna SX VTVT Petrol with Maruti Suzuki Ciaz AT ZXi.
Hyundai Verna Vs Maruti Suzuki Ciaz (Design and Exteriors)
The Hyundai Verna looks more mature and aggressive but only marginally. The car remains largely unchanged and looks a lot like the outgoing Verna. The car comes with redesigned headlamp cluster, new bonnet, a new bumper, redesigned foglamps and grille. The new headlamps get more details and the new design is overall more emotive.
From the side, the car remains unchanged. On the rear, the bumper has been slightly modified to accommodate newly designed reflectors and there are slight modifications in the taillights too. The silhouette of the car remains largely unchanged.
The Maruti Ciaz on the other hand is a completely fresh design. The car has very European styling which works in its favour. At front, there is the large rectangular grille with chrome accents and company logo at its centre. The grille is flanked by large, sweptback dual projector headlamps that compliment it really well. The front bumper houses the twin fog lamps which further accentuate the overall appeal of the sedan. On the side, there is a strong shoulder line which runs all along the entire length of the car and lends it a strong character. There are electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors with turn indicators. The top variant of the car comes fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels which look great. At the rear end, the tail lamp cluster is well designed and looks nicely integrated with the wide chrome strip at the center. The design of the taillights reminds of the Honda city which has sort of similar design taillight cluster.
Hyundai Verna Vs Maruti Suzuki Ciaz (Interiors and Features)
The design of the interiors remain unchanged in the new Verna. The dashboard has been practically laid out and the quality of plastics is top notch. The instrument cluster informative, easy to read and comes with features like MID with gearshift recommendation tool. There is an armrest for the front passengers which also work as a storage compartment. The steering is tilt adjustable and the car comes equipped with automatic climate control unit, good quality music system with CD player, FM radio, Bluetooth, USB, Aux-in and iPod support.
The top-end variant of the car also come with a smart key that provides remote access to the car so that one can easily unlock the doors and start the car too. There are door pockets that can also hold 500ml bottles, newspapers and other knick knacks. The large boot space at 465 litres provides enough space for several large luggage bags. The Verna ticks all boxes right in terms of the equipment level that it offers.
The Ciaz comes with best-in-class wheelbase of 2650 mm and it provides good legroom, shoulder room & head room for all the passengers. The dual-tone, black and beige interiors with wooden garnish work really well and give the interiors a premium touch. There is nothing extraordinary in terms of design but the quality of plastics and switches indeed feels great.
The Ciaz comes with features like - centre armrest, rear centre armrest with cupholders, engine push start/stop system with intelligent key, steering wheel mounted audio controls, automatic climate control system, rear AC vents, footwell lamps etc. The infotainment system consist of a CD player with 4+2 speakers + tweeters and USB, Bluetooth and Aux-in connectivity as standard ac. Except for the base trim V, all the other grades have an additional feature of Bluetooth connectivity. There is also a 7-inch touch-screen navigation system that also allows a user to sync his smartphone and also acts as reverse parking camera.
Hyundai Verna Vs Maruti Suzuki Ciaz (Engine and Transmission)
The Hyundai Verna comes with the large number of engine choices to choose from. In addition to the larger capacity 1.6 litre petrol and diesel engines, you can also choose from 1.4 petrol and diesel engines. In total, you get 4 engine options to choose from.
The 1.4 litre (1396cc), 4 cylinder petrol engine develops a maximum power of 106bhp at 6300rpm and 138Nm of peak torque at 5000rpm. The 1.6 litre petrol motor produces a maximum power of 121.3bhp at 6300rpm and peak torque of 154.9Nm at 4200rpm. The 1.4 litre and 1.6 litre petrol versions are mated with a five-speed manual transmission, whereas, its 1.6-litre is also available with automatic transmission. However, the automatic transmission is coupled with a four speed gearbox.
The diesel variants (1.4 litre and 1.6 litre) come with 6-speed manual transmission. The 1.4 litre diesel motor delivers a peak power of 91bhp at 4000rpm and torque of 220Nm between 1750 - 2750rpm. The 1.6-litre diesel engine produces an impressive torque and power. It churns out a peak power of 126.32bhp at 4000rpm and maximum torque of 259.80Nm of torque at 2750rpm. The 1.6 litre diesel unit like the 1.6 litre petrol unit is available with automatic four speed transmission option.
Maruti Ciaz comes with two engine options - petrol and diesel. The engines are the same as found on Ertiga. The petrol variant is a 1.4 litre (1373cc) petrol engine produces a maximum power of 91.2bhp at 6000rpm and a peak torque of 130Nm at 4000rpm. The 4-cylinder petrol motor comes mated with a 5-speed manual transmission, while there is also an 4-speed automatic gearbox on offer with the automatic variants. The diesel variant comes with a Fiat sourced 1.3 litre MJD (Multijet Diesel) engine which is good enough for making out a maximum power output of 88.5bhp at 4000rpm and peak torque performance of 200Nm at 1750 rpm.The engine comes coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox and there is no automatic transmission on diesel.
Hyundai Verna Vs Maruti Suzuki Ciaz (Safety features and Mileage)
The 1.4 litre petrol and diesel versions of the Verna come fitted with ventilated front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. The 1.6 litre petrol and diesel variants are equipped with disc brakes as standard.
The top variant of the Hyundai Verna offers advanced safety measures like ABS (Anti-lock braking system) and EBD (Electronic brake distribution) and airbags. The 3-point ELR seatbelts come as standard across all variants. There are some other features like electric mirrors, reverse camera, reverse parking sensors etc. Some of these features are only on offer on the top variants.
The Ciaz comes with ventilated discs at front and drum brakes at rear as standard. The braking system is further complimented by Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). You also get features like dual front airbags, 3-point seat belts, reverse parking sensors and camera. The safety features that are found on all versions of the car are the - high tensile steel body panels which makes it stronger and stiffer. The security features like the engine immobilizer, anti-theft security system come as standard across all variants.
The Hyundai Verna comes with four engine options- 1.4 litre (petrol and diesel) and 1.6 litre (petrol and diesel). The 1.4 litre petrol engine option delivers a mileage of 17.43kmpl on highways and 13kmpl in the city conditions. Whereas, the 1.6 litre petrol engine offers a fuel efficiency of 17.01kmpl on highways and 12kmpl in city conditions. The 1.4-litre diesel delivers mileage of 23.50kmpl on highway and 17kmpl in the city and 1.6-litre return 23.50kmpl on highway and 17-18kmpl in the city.
Maruti Ciaz offers the best fuel efficiency in its segment. The diesel variant offers a fuel efficiency of 26.3kmpl on highways and 22.4kmpl in the city conditions. The automatic petrol variant offers 19.12kmpl on highways and 14kmpl in the city conditions. The manual petrol offers 20.73kmpl on highways and 15.24kmpl in the city.
The competition just got tough with the arrival of the new Verna. The car now handles better and offers much better ride which the old car did not. In addition, the new car has a new front which looks better that the old car. The changes are very subtle and are limited to the exteriors only, which is a good thing considering the fact old Verna came with well appointed interiors.
The Ciaz is a great car that tries to offer everything but just falls short since the number of engine options that are available are less and there is no automatic transmission on offer with the diesel variant. One area where the car indeed manages to impress is the fuel efficiency and it goes without saying that when it comes to fuel efficiency, Maruti does a great job with all its cars.
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