The Honda City earned a reputable name since its launch in India many, many years ago. The Honda City became the Japanese brand’s best-selling model quickly, however, changing markets demanded more and Honda was forced to adapt, bring in updates to the City and even a diesel engine.
The changing market also brought in competition and one of them is the Hyundai Verna. This slowly took over Honda’s market share in the mid-size sedan segment and over the years, competition has been fierce. Now, with the Verna receiving a significant update in terms of design and engine, Honda too, gave the City an update. Let’s see how they compare when pitting the two in a New Hyundai Verna vs Honda City Comparison.
Hyundai Verna vs Honda City – Pricing And Variants
Let’s begin with the pricing — the new Hyundai Verna is priced between ₹9.30 lakhs and ₹15.09 lakhs, while the Honda City is priced from ₹10.89 lakh and goes on to ₹14.64 lakh for the top-spec diesel version. The Verna is priced lower when comparing the base variant, however, the Verna demands more for the top-spec trim.
In terms of variants, the Verna is available in 11 variants, including the petrol, diesel, and turbo petrol trims, while the new 5th-gen Honda City is available in a total of 9 trim levels. This includes petrol and diesel engines.
Design And Dimensions
The Hyundai Verna follows Hyundai’s design philosophy and with the latest update, looks sporty. The change in the grille and the sleek headlights give the new Verna a premium look, while an upswept beltline adds to the Verna’s sportiness.
The new Honda City has also had a major update and the most prominent is the front grille design that resembles the Civic and the Amaze. The new LED headlights give the City a sporty look, which house the DRLs and the turn indicators.
In terms of dimensions, the Verna measures 4,440 mm in length, 1,729 mm wide, 1,475 mm high, and has a wheelbase of 2,600 mm. The 5th generation Honda City 4,549 mm in length, 1,748 mm wide, 1,489 mm tall, while measuring the same as the Verna in terms of wheelbase. The City is longer, taller, and wider than the Verna, be it by a small margin.
Interior And Features
Both cars seat five occupants and offer a long list of comfort and convenience features. Let’s start with the Hyundai Verna. The South Korean carmaker offers either a dual tone interior or an all-black theme, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, a 10.6 cm MID unit in the instrument console, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, ventilated front seats, an automatic trunk, wireless mobile charging facility, and cruise control to highlight the important features.
Now moving on to the City, Honda also offers an 8.0-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, dual-tone interiors, a touch sensor based keyless access, auto-folding ORVMs, and a high-definition TFT metre to name a few. When compared, the Verna is better-equipped.
Coming to the engine specifications, both cars are offered with a choice of petrol and diesel motors. The Verna gets three engine choices — a 1.5-litre petrol, 1.5-litre diesel, and a 1.0-litre turbo petrol motor that debuted in the Hyundai Venue. The 1.5-litre engines make 113 bhp (both, petrol and diesel) while the petrol engine makes 144 Nm of torque and the diesel makes 250 Nm.
The 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine makes 118 bhp and 172 Nm of torque with the help of a DCT gearbox. The 1.5-litre engines in Verna get a choice of either a 6-speed manual or an automatic.
The Honda City gets a 1.5-litre engine, in petrol or diesel configurations. The petrol engine makes 120 bhp and 145 Nm of torque, while the diesel motor churns out 99 bhp and 200 Nm of torque. The Honda City gets a standard 6-speed manual and an optional CVT with the petrol version.
Hyundai Verna vs Honda City Comparison — Which One Should You Pick?
The Honda City serves one’s purpose, commuting, accommodating five in comfort, and looks stylish, however, the Verna does all of these better. The Verna, in our opinion, is the better looking sedan, caters to those who need more power with the turbo-petrol motor and DCT, and offers more creature comforts such as ventilated seats and wireless charging.
The Honda City has a lot to evolve if it has to keep up with the industry and an optional DCT could make the car better as a CVT gearbox is a let down. Until Honda has more to offer the Verna is our pick.
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