The new-generation Verna is making its way into India. This will be coming to India very soon. The new Verna will come with best-in-class features but can outclass the Honda City? To begin with, Honda City has always been the king of the segment. This new sedan is very stylish and feature loaded. At the same time, the new Hyundai Verna 2017 is very promising. We do a Hyundai Verna 2017 vs Honda City 2017 Comparison.
The Honda City got an update this year. At this time, there are so many more features on offer and the new sedan looks a lot more expensive. The design has matured and it looks similar to the Accord now. At the same time, on the inside too there are more features on offer. This makes it a difficult game for other brands.
But it seems Hyundai will not give up on it. The new Verna 2017 has got several first in segment features that makes it an appealing product. There are so many bits on it, that make it a strong offering. Hyundai has introduced so many bells and whistles and this makes it a great product to consider.
To begin with, the Honda City now has a bigger front grille. This makes it look so much more appealing and then there are several bits on it that make it look even more mature. The projector headlamps, daytime running LEDs, rear also gets LEDs. This makes the City stand out. Then there are the machine cut alloy wheels that makes it look sporty. These alloy wheels are 16-inch and they add on to the sporty styling.
Moving to the Verna, it is an all new platform. The K2 platform is a tad lighter and in design it has grown up too. The fascia is similar to the new Elantra and there is a clear resemblance. Here too there are projector headlamps and daytime running LEDs. The side profile looks sporty with a sloping coupe-like roofline. The tail lamps have the Elantra-like looks that makes it again similar to the Elantra. This also get 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels.
On the inside, the Honda City 2017 has stylish interiors. There are dual airbags and ABS as a standard feature on offer on the new City. The quality of materials used is good enough and Honda doesn’t fail to impress. The comfort is amazing on the City. In terms of space also, the new City 2017 has good amount of space. Be it the front row of seats or the rear. The boot also is large enough for an entire family road trip.
At the same time, the Verna 2017 will not fail to impress. The dashboard looks neat and there are a bunch of features on offer too. The quality is good and it does feel premium. The front row seats are large and offer decent support. At the same time, the rear seats could have offered better space. Then there is more than sufficient boot space too. This seems t be bigger than the City.
Honda City 2017 has a lot of features on offer. The instrument panel looks simple but has a hint of premium-ness. There is a large touchscreen system with HDMI input, reverse camera, keyless entry, push start and stop and maps. Then we move on to the sun roof, cruise control and even leather upholstery. In terms of safety there are six airbags and even ABS.
There are several new features like ventilated front seats, Android Auto and even Apple CarPlay. Apart from this, there is reverse camera, sunroof, cruise control, leather seats and even keyless entry. There is also the hands free boot opening in this sedan. In terms of features, there are dual airbags and ABS with EBD as a standard feature on both the cars, even the Verna’s top end gets six airbags.
|Specifications||Hyundai Verna 2017||Honda City|
|Engine||1.6-litre petrol/1.6 litre diesel||1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol/1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel|
|Power||Petrol – 121bhp
Diesel – 126bhp
|Petrol – 117bhpDiesel – 98bhp|
|Torque||Petrol – 155NmDiesel – 259Nm||Petrol – 130NmDiesel – 200Nm|
|Transmission||6-speed MT/6-Speed AT (petrol and diesel)||5-speed MT and CVT (petrol)/6-speed MT (diesel only)|
In terms of specifications, the Honda City comes with a 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engine options. Petrol comes mated to a five-speed manual and CVT options, while diesel is bolted to a six-speed manual transmission. The petrol engine has good power and the best bit about it is its performance in city and even on the highway. There is more than sufficient grunt in this engine. The need to shift gears in city driving is minimal and this improves the drivability. At the same time, the diesel engine too has good performance as well. The diesel engine has an evident engine noise. On the other hand, the petrol engine is highly refined. The driving pleasure is with both the engines, just that the petrol seems more pleasant to drive.
The Hyundai Verna 2017 on the other hand has a 1.6-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engines. The petrol produces about 121bhp and diesel 126bhp. Both these engines come with a six-speed manual and automatic transmission option. We haven’t driven the new petrol, but the diesel has amazing power. To begin with, there is more than sufficient grunt to drive in comfort and even to overtake. At the same time, there is no engine noise in the diesel engine. What else do we expect? Good performance even at low engine speeds. This makes it a good engine to consider.
There isn’t a major difference in the performance of the Verna and the City diesels. We haven’t driven the petrol Verna, but the City’s petrol is just terrific. The advantage of Verna is of a six-speed automatic transmission for the diesel engine.
|Hyundai Verna 2017||16.5km/l||18km/l|
|Honda City||17.4km/l (MT)/18km/l (CVT)||25.6km/l|
|Price||Hyundai Verna 2017||Honda City|
|Minimum Price||₹ 7.5 lakh*||₹ 8.62 lakh|
|Maximum Price||₹ 13.50 lakh*||₹ 13.71 lakh|
From what we have seen, the new Hyundai Verna 2017 will have an extremely aggressive pricing. This is what will make it a greta option to consider. Hyundai could surprise us by getting the 1.4-litre engine on the petrol or the diesel and this variant will undercut all. This will be key for the company. The segment has reduced drastically in numbers to about 10,000 to 12,000 units monthly. Hyundai will want to capitalise on this segment.
|Dimensions||Hyundai Verna 2017||Honda City|