The 2020 Honda City was unveiled in Thailand.
The 2020 Hyundai Verna was showcased in China.
Both are India- bound next year.
We take a look at how their specs stack up.
Honda unveiled the new generation of City at an event in Thailand not too long ago. Hyundai also pulled the wraps off the Verna in China around the same time. The latter is just a facelift, but the Korean manufacturer has a way to get itself at the top of the sales charts. We have a look at how they measure up against each other on the spec sheet.
The 2020 Honda City is a completely new generation, which is why it is larger than the Verna. What it has on the Verna is 148 mm in length, 28 mm in width, and 12 mm in height. The 2020 Verna is a mid-life refresh but is a comprehensive one – and it has the measure of the Honda when it comes to the wheelbase. The Verna has an 11 mm longer wheelbase, which might not seem like much, but every cm counts when it comes to knee room in a C segment sedan.
The Honda City has taken even more design cues from the Civic, and the headlamps look very pretty. The large upright chrome bar might be a little too flashy for some – but it isn’t as flashy as the new Verna, whose nose is an explosion of details that aren’t always in correlation to each other.
The Verna’s design will be very appealing to the Chinese market, with its large grille with the horizontal chrome slats, uber aggressive bumper, and large headlamps, but it will not age as well as the City. At the rear, though, the Verna gets our vote, with just enough excitement carrying over to the rear. The tail lamps connecting themselves across the boot lid is a novel touch. The City has more than a touch of Audi to its rear, but City owners would want more flash at the rear as well, we’re sure.
The 2020 City will have an 8-inch touchscreen, with Honda Connect. There will also be a sunroof, cruise control, and keyless entry and go. It is a new model, the dashboard design is completely new and Honda has promised it will better the touch and feel the quality of the dashboard this time around.
The Verna Facelift will get a digital instrument cluster, BlueLink connectivity, and an upright touchscreen infotainment head unit. Even though it is a mid-life refresh, the dashboard design is completely new.
Matters of the heart
The City will get the familiar 1.5-liter petrol and diesel powertrains, but this time the diesel will also be offered with an automatic gearbox. The petrol generates 115 bhp and 145 Nm, while the diesel makes 100 bhp and 200 Nm.
The Verna Facelift will get engines from the Seltos, meaning 1.5-liter petrol and diesel units that generate 112 bhp, with the petrol’s 144 Nm and the diesel’s 250 Nm. Both will have the option of an automatic gearbox, just like the City.
Both models will get a price hike, of course, but expect the Verna to have the edge in pricing because it shares so many components like the engines with at least two other India models.