2020 Honda City vs Hyundai Verna – Spec Comparison
We do a quick spec comparison of the new Honda City and Hyundai Verna.
Honda today launched the 5th generation City in India. The vehicle is priced from Rs. 10.90 – 14.65 lakhs (ex-showroom) and it rivals the likes of the Hyundai Verna, Maruti Ciaz, Toyota Yaris, Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento. The Hyundai Verna also got an important update very recently so we do a quick spec comparison of two of the most popular sedans in the C-segment.
The 5th gen Honda City looks completely different from the older model and boasts of good styling. Meanwhile, the Verna comes across as an appealing sedan too. This generation of the Verna came out in 2017 and it got a facelift now. The City is 109 mm longer, 19 mm wider and 14 mm taller. Both these cars have the same wheelbase of 2600 mm. These sedans come with LED headlamps, LED tail lights and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Both the vehicles have a dual-tone black and beige colour theme. These sedans get hard plastics on the inside and both of them have good quality but the fit and finish is slightly better on the Verna. Some of the common features include an 8-inch infotainment system, keyless go with push-button start, sunroof, automatic climate control, and automatic headlamps. The Verna’s digital instrument cluster gets a 4.2-inch MID while the City’s semi-digital cluster gets a 7-inch MID. The Verna gets wireless charging, height adjustable front seatbelts, front parking sensors (turbo only), rear disc brakes (turbo only) and a driver rearview monitor while the City gets a LaneWatch camera. Both the cars get connected car technology too.
Even though these sedans have the same wheelbase of 2600 mm, it is the City which is more spacious. Rear seat space is very impressive in the City and there’s ample room for passengers. The Verna has limited knee room at the rear and head space is also lesser. While the City gets 3 non-adjustable headrests at the rear, the Verna gets 2 adjustable headrests. These sedans offer really good front seats though. The City’s boot is larger at 506-litres while the Verna’s boot can hold 480-litres of cargo.
Talking about petrol engines first, both the City and Verna get 1.5-litre NA petrol engines. The City’s engine makes 121 PS compared to the Verna’s powerplant which delivers 115 PS. The City petrol is also torquier by 1 Nm. If we bring the Verna Turbo in consideration, it makes 120 PS and a massive 172 Nm. The Turbo variant gets only a 7-speed DCT while the NA engines get either a 6-speed MT or a CVT.
While these cars also get a 1.5-litre diesel engine, the Verna is quite ahead of the City in terms of power and torque. It makes an additional 15 PS and 50 Nm. Both the engines get a 6-speed MT but Hyundai has an upper hand because the Verna diesel also gets a 6-speed AT while the City misses out on a diesel automatic variant.
In terms of fuel efficiency, the Honda City petrol manual (17.80 km/l) has a higher ARAI rating than the Verna petrol manual (17.70 km/l). Talking about petrol CVT variants, the Verna is ahead of the City by just 0.5 km/l and the real-world difference isn’t likely to be much. The Verna Turbo has a claimed efficiency of 19.20 km/l. Taking diesel engines into consideration, the City diesel has a claimed figure of 24.1 km/l while the Verna diesel delivers 25 km/l (MT) and 21.30 km/l (AT).
These sedans come equipped with 6 airbags, ABS, ISOFIX mounts, Hill Start Assist and TPMS on the top variants. The Verna gets traction control while the City gets Vehicle Stability Assist and Agile Handling Assist. The new Honda City has scored a 5-star rating in the ASEAN NCAP crash tests.
The Honda City is priced from Rs. 12.76 – 17.43 lakhs while the Hyundai Verna is priced from Rs. 10.41 – 17.76 lakhs (all prices, on-road Delhi). Honda will also be selling the 4th gen City alongside the new City but the older model is available only with a petrol engine now. The Verna’s base variants are priced lesser because Hyundai is offering a lot of variants while the City gets only three variants – V, VX and ZX. The Verna’s top variant (diesel) is also a bit more expensive than the City diesel’s top variant but the Verna gets an AT too.
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