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2014 Honda City vs Hyundai Verna

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2014 Honda City vs Hyundai Verna

Honda entered the Indian market in 1998 with the first generation City and it was a runaway success. The City got a mild facelift after a couple of years and it continued to lead in its segment. Honda then gave the vehicle a completely new shape in 2003 and many called it the Honda City Dolphin. Some liked it while some didn’t. After that the Honda City ZX came which was an improved version of the ‘Dolphin; City. While it kept setting the sales charts on fire, Honda again launched an all new City in 2008 and people loved it for the futuristic looks. It sold well and got a minor update in 2011 but the new Hyundai Verna displaced it from the top of the charts. Now Honda has showcased the fourth generation City and we have great expectations from it too.

Both the Honda City as well the fluidic Hyundai Verna have a very futuristic design. The 2014 City is derived from the previous City and hence the design philosophy looks quite similar to the previous model. The fluidic Verna was launched as a completely new generation vehicle and it is significantly different from the previous generation Verna which was pretty plane-jane. The City has an arrow-shot design and it is expected that new vehicles from Honda will feature a similar front. The Verna follows Hyundai’s “fluidic” philosophy and the front resembles the i10, i20, Elantra and Sonata.

Hyundai Verna Dashboard

Now moving to the interiors, the previous generation City had decent space but the design of the dashboard missed the futuristic appeal of the exteriors. Many hated the City just for the interiors alone and now it seems Honda has finally heard our plight. The new City comes with a redesigned dashboard and a new centre console which features entertainment options as well as AC controls. The Verna on the other hand already comes with very funky interiors and blue lighting. It is a well known fact that many Indians buy cars just for the looks alone so here it is a no-brainer why the Verna sells so much. Space is pretty decent enough for 5 passengers but the City trumps the Verna in terms of interior room.

2014 Honda City Interiors

Coming to the equipment levels, the Honda City in its previous form came only with essential goodies like power windows, power steering, a very basic music system which had only AUX and USB support and a manual AC. It was good on Honda’s part to provide airbags and ABS on all the variants. The City missed out on various gizmos that the Verna has, such as a CD player, automatic climate control, etc. Honda has finally decided to add a CD player to the new City and it will also feature a Bluetooth kit. We can even expect the top variant to come with an audio-visual system which was offered as optional in the AVN package of the previous City. The City missed out on rear parking sensors but Honda has added a rear camera in the new model.

What does it take to drive these machines? The previous City came with a 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine which is pretty rev-happy. Honda lost many customers since the City did not come with a diesel engine. The 2014 City comes with the same 1.5-litre petrol engine but with an extra 1 PS and a CVT automatic. Honda has also decided to plonk the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine from the Amaze under the City’s hood. On the other hand, the Hyundai Verna comes with four engine options – 1.4-litre petrol, 1.6-litre petrol, 1.4-litre diesel and 1.6-litre diesel.

The 1.5-litre i-VTEC produces 119 PS of power and the 1.5-litre i-DTEC churns out 100 PS of power. The Verna’s 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol engines give out 105 BHP and 121 BHP respectively whereas the 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre diesels give out 89 BHP and 126 BHP respectively. Honda provides automatic gearbox option on the top variants of the City and it also comes with paddle-shifters. Hyundai also provides an AT on both the 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines of the Verna.

Honda offered the previous City in the following variants – Corporate, E-MT, S-MT, S-AT, V-MT, V-AT, V-MT Sunroof, V-AT Sunroof and V-MT AVN (Audio Visual Navigation) with prices ranging from Rs. 7.75 lakhs to Rs. 11.3 lakhs. We expect the prices to be increased by some margin in lieu of the upgrades. The Verna comes in the following variants – Base, EX, EX-AT, SX, SX-AT, SX (O), SX (O) AT with prices ranging from Rs. 7.73 lakhs to Rs. 12.24 lakhs. All the prices that we have mentioned are ex-showroom, Mumbai.

The Honda City has always been a best-seller in its segment but in the past year it started losing some its sales to customers who preferred the loaded Verna or the new entrants like the Volkswagen Vento or Skoda Rapid. The lack of a diesel engine option also turned the tides against the City and now Honda seems to have corrected all that. The 2014 Honda City will be launched in January 2014 and it is a much-awaited car for consumers. People have really high expectations from the City and if priced and specced correctly, it will regain its position as the market king.

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  • shahul

    from when did the chinese started designing japanese cars?
    the new city looks more chinese..

  • Ben

    The next generation sx4 is soon coming. Suzuki has bet heavily on it, remember the much awaited 1.6 mjd (320nm) from Fiat will power it combined with Suzuki reliability, service backup and resale value. If the design exceeds expectations surely it will displace both city and verna.

    • rahul

      Definitely ben .I hope the next generation sx4 aka yl1 will be a game changer.The car is well designed and looks cool.And it will have a class leading space than verna and even the new city.But I suspect whether SX4 will get the 1.6MJD or continue to use the same 1.3 MJD.Anyway it will rock.

    • Ben

      @Rahul. Yes mostly it will get the 1.6 MJD because the VGT 1.3 will still be insufficient when compared with the huge dimensions of the car. This is the reason why both linea and sx4’s sales are not satisfactory. The 1.6 MJD will give mind blowing acceleration timings which will surely threaten the competitors. Now the only thing needed for MSIL is to give the same design without any cost cutting and increase its premiumness similar to linea.


    Talking only about diesel version
    Honda City :
    + points : Looks , Light weight drive,cool interiors , good for city drive + comfortness , Fuel efficient ,superb after sale service.
    – points : its AMAZE ( so Performance is doubted ) , tiny tires ( restricted speed), not so good looking alloy wheel & stupid nature of honda people who for cost cutting missed some items .

    Hyundai Fluidic Verna :
    + Points : Looks , Performance on 1.6 Engine , Steering grip , interiors , good for both highways and city , fuel effiency on highways,Easy & tension free maintenance .
    – Points : poth holes drive isn’t good , and same again Hyundai stupid mind which for cost cutting removed certain accesories (Airbags) .

    Why City & Not Verna :
    1) More stylish and looks young with Cool gadgets
    2) Has more Mileage (Doubt if this is true but as per the news now that is one factor )
    3) Everyone in home can ride this car easily ( i.e mom & sisters)
    4) Has more comfort than in that of verna.

    Why Verna & Not City :
    1) Performace
    2) Smooth Six speed gear box
    3) High speed cruise is more safe in Verna
    4) Tension free and economical maintenance than that of city
    ( Both Honda & Hyundai have best servicing but its just that Honda servicing is a bit costlier than Hyundai )
    5) Price ( This is just my guess , because as per me honda might definately keep the pricing a little higher than that of Verna) so lets see.

    • HH

      I’m not sure if you own cars from both the car makers. Honda service is better than Hyundai and cost wise Honda is cheaper than Hyundai.

  • Parlaynath Gundaswamy

    Why you guys forgot to include the pathbreaking Marooti SX4 Celebration Edition?

  • Vampire

    Verna is terms of average will not perform better than City:
    Reason:Verna has got a more powerful CRDi engine as compared to City,so you may not expect average when you already got way ahead power.
    I drive a Verna and trust me its way faster than Amaze,new Hondacity has got a heavier chassis than Amze and with the same engine under the hood just think about the power to weight ration.

    Anyways fior a fluidic Verna i still get an avg. of 18.5 in city which is satisfactory for me with this kinda engine power and torque.

    Verna still remains ahead!!

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