Both Honda as well as Hyundai are big names in the Indian automotive industry. Hyundai Verna and Honda City are their popular sedans running around. Here is an attempt to find out who wins the race when it comes to actual specifications, facts and figures.
Hyundai Verna, which was was originally introduced in 2006 is a very modern and racy looking car. Honda City on the other hand carries a much traditional look and it is indeed an old car compared to Verna. City’s arrival in India can be dated back to the year 1998. Both these models have seen many improvements and facelifts over the years.
Hyundai is offering Verna with eight engine variants which are 1.4L Petrol/1.4L Diesel, 1.6L Petrol/1.6L Diesel, two SX 1.6L petrol/diesel version and two high-end variants with optional features. The 1.6L petrol/diesel engine models are available in automatic transmission and manual transmission, whereas 1.4L petrol/diesel models have only the manual transmission feature.
Honda has introduced the New Honda City in both petrol and diesel engine options. They are a 1.5L SOHC i-VTEC petrol mill and a 1.5L DOHC i-DTEC diesel engine. The petrol engines are paired to either a 5 speed manual or CVT, whereas the diesel engine comes mated to a 6 speed manual transmission. In terms of performance, mileage and driving dynamics the City positively outsmarts the Verna.
Although both sedans look same in size from outside, the City is larger and wider than Verna going by actual dimensions. The boot space is also more in the Honda car. Hyundai Verna is much heavier even though it is smaller in size. And talking of interiors, again City seems to score more although Verna is no less comfortable. In terms of fabric, cushioning, seating posture or general support, there is hardly anyone to beat the City. The top of the line VX trim of the City gets a touch-screen climate control system, a multifunctional steering with audio and cruise control functions, Bluetooth telephony, a trip computer and a sunroof as well. In the frontthere are handy cup and bottle holders and functional storage areas, while the rear gets an AC vent and two cup holders. Hyundai Verna gets none of these comfort features for the rear passengers. But Verna gets automatic lights and wipers, an adjustable central armrest at the front and more posh looking plastic. However Verna has 1GB storage space for multi-media and also gets six airbags which is only two in City’s top of the line trim.
Hyundai Verna Fluidic is available in the price bracket of Rs 7.40 to 11.73 lakhs. Honda City also falls almost in the same price range of about Rs 7 to 10 lakhs.