Hyundai India is all set to launch the all-new Verna on August 22. Akin to the outgoing model, the upcoming 2017 Verna will be placed in the upper-C segment. In the said space, one of its chief competitors will be the Honda City. Honda recently gave the City a few upgrades to keep it competitive. These new features bring it almost on par with all its competitors in its segment. However, the Hyundai Verna will be an all-new product with new design inside and out and new features too. How will the two cars stack up then? Here’s our new 2017 Hyundai Verna vs Honda City comparison to help you compare the two models.
New 2017 Hyundai Verna vs Honda City – Price Comparison
|Price||New 2017 Hyundai Verna||Honda City|
|Minimum Price||₹ 8.50 lakh*||₹ 8.62 lakh|
|Maximum Price||₹ 13.50 lakh*||₹ 13.71 lakh|
*expected price. All prices ex-showroom Delhi
It seems like the new Hyundai Verna will closely match the price of Honda City. Honda has positioned the City sedan at the premium end of the upper-C segment. Who will win the price battle depends on which car can one-up the other. So, let’s take a look at other factors like specifications and dimensions to see which car has an edge over the other in this comparison.
New 2017 Hyundai Verna vs Honda City – Specifications Comparison
|Specifications||New 2017 Hyundai Verna||Honda City|
|Engine||1.4-litre petrol/1.6-litre petrol/1.4-litre diesel/1.6 litre diesel||1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol/1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel|
|Power||Petrol – 106BHP/121BHP
Diesel – 89BHP/126BHP
|Petrol – 117BHP
Diesel – 99BHP
|Torque||Petrol – 135Nm/155Nm
Diesel – 220Nm/259Nm
|Petrol – 130Nm
Diesel – 200Nm
|Transmission||6-speed MT/6-Speed AT||5-speed MT/6-speed MT/CVT (petrol only)|
The all-new Verna will retain its current lineup of engines. In essence, you will get to choose between a total of four engines – two petrol and two diesel. Automatic transmission will be available with one petrol and diesel engine each. In case of Honda City, the choice is simple. You get one petrol and one diesel engine to choose from. Both come mated to a manual transmission but the petrol gets the CVT too. In this case, those looking for a diesel engine with an automatic transmission should go with the new Hyundai Verna.
New 2017 Hyundai Verna vs Honda City – Dimensions
|Dimensions||New 2017 Hyundai Verna||Honda City|
Right out of the gate, Honda City takes a lead over the 2017 Hyundai Verna in terms of length and wheelbase. The City is 55mm longer than the Verna and this also helps the Honda car eke out a 20mm advantage in wheelbase dimension. Width-wise though, the Verna is 34mm wider than the City. Seating three in the back seat should be easier in the Verna than the City. With 45mm more headroom on City than Verna, the Honda car should accommodate taller passengers easily.
New 2017 Hyundai Verna vs Honda City – Mileage Comparison
|Car||Mileage (petrol)||Mileage (diesel)|
|New 2017 Hyundai Verna||17-18 KMPL||18-23 KMPL|
|Honda City||17.4 KMPL (MT)/18 KMPL (CVT)||25.6 KMPL|
In terms of mileage, both cars are again going neck-to-neck against each other. Having a bigger petrol engine than the City does not affect Hyundai here as it offers nearly the same mileage as the Japanese car. When mated to an automatic, the Verna’s bigger petrol engine offers as much mileage as the CVT-equipped City, at least on paper. In the diesel mileage department, there is some difference between the two cars. It favours the City but the real-world mileage for both cars should be the same here too.
New 2017 Hyundai Verna vs Honda City – Exterior Design
The Verna, as it is a new-gen product, gets the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design treatment. As a result, it now looks mature even though it is still quite flamboyant. The front of the car features a new hexagonal grille, new headlamps and new bumper. Moving to the side, you will see the new Verna rock new design alloy wheels. At the back, the taillamps are new and the bumper is new too. Compared to the previous generation Verna, the new one looks like a jacked-up guy who is rocking a tailored suit.
The City has not changed, in terms of design, in 2017. Yes, the City now looks more angular up front than before due to slightly more pulled-back headlamps. However, you will have to look quite closely to figure this out. A new front bumper and new grille round up the changes up front. On the side, you will see the Honda City sport new alloy wheels. The taillamps get LED detailing and that rounds up the exterior changes on the Honda City. While the City looks quite good, the all-new Verna strikes as something more premium than its competitor here.
New 2017 Hyundai Verna vs Honda City – Interior Design
The 2017 Hyundai Verna gets a redesigned dashboard. As a result, the dashboard gets dual-tone colour treatment. A new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit dominates the centre console. The new-gen Verna gets a new design steering wheel with revised button layout. The door trim and seats also get dual-tone treatment. The seats have beige-coloured leather with black inserts on the sides.
The Honda City’s interior remains largely unchanged, save for some new bits. The dashboard gets the all-black treatment with faux aluminium plastic inserts. The door trim gets dual tone beige-black treatment while the seats get beige colour leather. The only big change is in the form of a new 7-inch DigiPad infotainment unit. Still, the centre console looks quite striking with the big infotainment display and touch-sensitive HVAC controls below it. It is hard to pick one car here as both cars feature neat interior layouts.
New 2017 Hyundai Verna vs Honda City Comparison
Price – In all probability, both cars will be priced similarly. Also, with the new Verna launch still some days away, we would like to await the price announcement before picking out a clear winner here.
Specs – The new 2017 Hyundai Verna offers more engine and gearbox options than Honda City. Also, very good chances are that the Verna will be more powerful than the City. Hence, the Verna is our pick here.
Dimensions – While the new Verna is shorter in length to the City, it is wider than its Japanese rival. Legroom in the City is more while the 2017 Hyundai Verna offers more elbow room. There’s no clear winner here.
Mileage – There are good chances that the new 2017 Verna’s mileage claims will be similar to those of the 2017 City. However, the new Verna will offer more engine options. Hence, it should be easier to choose between more power and higher fuel efficiency.
Design – The new Verna looks quite striking on the outside, while the interior is a big improvement over the outgoing car. The Honda City may not look as new on the outside as the new-gen Verna, but its interior is still quite a nice place to be in.
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