Honda Cityis considered as one of the pioneers of luxury mid-sized sedans in India. The Japanese car major has sold over 2.2 million units in 55 countries. In addition to these fantastic sales figures, the City has also won more than 100 awards globally. Hyundai, the premium Korean car maker, launched the Verna in 2006 in India offering an alternate to Honda and Maruti Suzuki. It was not until 2011 that the Verna got serious attention of all as Hyundai took a giant mammoth of a leap and transformed its design into modern looking machinery.
On the New Hyundai Verna, the grille has got larger with a wing shaped twin slat profile. There is a new elevated profile running along the length of the hood. The fog lamps now sport a boomerang shape which again has been done to compliment to edgy looking headlights. With all these new additions, the front stance looks wider than earlier. They have added more detailing on the tail light cluster giving an LED effect, which makes it a bit different than earlier. It would have been impressive if Hyundai offered LEDs for real making it a first in class. Wonder how much of a cost addition would it be as the same is offered in an entry level Tata Zest too.
Honda City Vs Hyundai Verna
Comparatively, the overall length of Honda City has been retained at 4440mm but then the wheels have been pushed more towards the corner making the wheelbase 2600mm which is an addition of 50mm over the present generation model. The overall height of the City has also been increased by 10mm. The width of the new Honda City car has been left unchanged. The change in dimensions was done to increase the comfort levels of the always spacious interiors.
Hyundai has updated the interiors of New Verna. Customers get a 2-DIN music system with additional USB/Aux-In support. To remove the hassle of carrying music always, there is a 1GB on-board memory, which will be offered in higher trims. Even though it earns points for being a simple yet useful system, it looks outdated compared to that in the City and Ciaz as both these cars get a more modern touchscreen unit
The Honda City gets an advanced 5 inch monitor Audio system with a unique LCD display. One can set a custom image as background wallpaper in it. The company has deliberately reduced the number of buttons to make it more user friendly. The Eight speaker music system can be paired via Bluetooth. It also gets USB and AUX-In jack to play music using iPod. The music system can also be controlled via buttons mounted on steering wheel. The screen also doubles up as rear parking camera with three different vision modes such as wide, normal and top down display to guide the driver while reversing the car.
Performance: Honda City Vs Hyundai Verna
The petrol engine of the Honda City is the same 1.5L i-VTEC engine producing a maximum power of 119 PS at 6600 rpm and a maximum torque of 145 Nm at 4600 rpm. The petrol engine is offered in both manual as well as in automatic-CVT transmission. This diesel engine produces a maximum power of 100 PS at 3600 rpm and maximum torque of 200 Nm at 1750 rpm. The bigger on displacement 1.6L engine in the Hyundai Verna makes 128PS of power and 260Nm of torque.
Honda City Vs Hyundai Verna
Conclusion: Honda City Vs Hyundai Verna
Both the cars prove to be a value for money deal in terms of features and engine options. While the Honda City new model is preferably more upmarket in fit and finish, Hyundai’s fluidic design sculpture works for the rest.