Hyundai Verna Fluidic is a successful sedan in the market and has been eating up sales of most of the cars. Honda, a tough competitor in the sedan segment, has launched the facelifted Honda City yesterday. So continuing with our car comparison series on ContentWorld, we will compare the new Honda City with the ongoing Verna Fluidic.
image – Hyundai Verna Fluidic (Left) and Honda City 2011 New Model (Right)
Since the City is new we will talk about it first. Nothing strikingly different has been introduced in terms of exterior design yet it looks brilliant. Changes on the exterior include outside rear view mirrors with Turn Indicators, New Design 10 Spoke Alloy wheels, Premium Chrome Front Grille, New Design rear bumpers with Reflectors, increased ground clearance, Sporty new Front Bumper and Rear Combination Tail Lamps.
The Verna Fluidic is very much successful because of its design which features Hyundai’s new design language. The body lines of the car are very futuristic and it looks very sporty. The design is definitely more attractive than the City but the build quality and fit is not as good as City.
Both the cars are equal in proportions and there is not much difference in many of the proportions except the length where City takes the lead by a mere 70 mm. Considering the overall design of the cars Verna is better but at the same time the built quality is not excellent. The city gets a refreshing look and maintains its exceptional build quality which makes the city a winner.
image-2011 Honda City Interior
The City is a spacious and comfortable car and now it gets better with the added cool features. Quality plastics and beautiful design are now complemented with features like New Cruise Control, Better Quality Seat Fabrics, Blue Meter Graphics, Chrome garnished central console, Chrome door handles and silver linings on interior door trims, New Integrated audio system starting from E Variant with USB, iPod support with remote control, Aux-input, MP3, AM/FM Radio and speed based volume compensation. Apart from these safety features include dual front SRS airbags, ABS with brake assist, EBD, G-CON, ECU immobilizer system, rear defogger etc.
image-Hyundai Verna Fluidic Interior
Verna’s interior design is as sporty as its exterior. The three spoke steering wheel, central console, instrument cluster add to the beauty of this car. The beauty of the car is unmatched and so are its features that include Climate Control System, Integrated multimedia infotainment console, CD/ MP3 / USB / iPod input Audio System, Engine start top button, Optional automatic transmission, Audio auxiliary input, USB slot for stereo, Black and chrome combination around the gear knob, Gear change suggest system, Best in class safety – 5 Star NCAP rating, 6 Air bags – first in segment, Rear camera located inside the rear view mirror with Rear parking assist system etc.
Verna is better in looks and has some really cool features like rear parking camera and 6 airbags which makes it ahead. But at the same time Honda and introduced features like electric Sunroof, cruise control etc. which make it quite competitive with the Verna.
The Verna comes in two engine options, 1.4 l and 1.6 l. While the 1.4 l produces 107 BHP and 135 Nm, the 1.6 l produces 123 BHP and 156 Nm. What is so impressive about Verna is its mileage of 17 to 17.4 KMPL. The City gets a 1.5 l engine that falls between the two and has very impressive performance figures of 118 BHP and 145 Nm. Also the mileage of the car is quite appreciable at 16.8 KMPL.
Hyundai has worked more on the car’s features and looks and less on the driving dynamics. The City is a brilliant blend of performance and looks. The road manners are just amazing and it handles really well. Verna is good on straight roads but taking sharp turns is not its cup of tea. City is an all rounder and one would always feel confident while driving it.
Earlier there was no model of City priced close to 7 Lakh and this time Honda has launched a Corporate edition that would play a significant role in grabbing up sales. Since it is in close competition with Verna 1.4, both do not offer much features Interestingly the City Corporate comes with most of the safety features like, ABS, EBD, airbags etc. but does not offer an audio system. On the contrary the Verna base lacks all these safety features but offers an audio system with 4 speakers. So definitely City Corporate is the winner as one should opt for a safer car.
Both these models have a price difference of Rs.6000 only. The City E is a step above the Corporate model and offers audio system with USB, iPod support with remote control, Aux-input, MP3, AM/FM Radio and speed based volume compensation. Rest remains the same including the safety features. The Verna base 1.6 comes with a the lacking safety features and also gets a couple of interior features like iPod connectivity, power windows with auto shutdown, sections of chrome etc.
These two models differ by Rs.4000 only. The Verna 1.6 SX offers rear parking sensors, and all the other features that are listed above. City S is again very close to Verna in features and only lacks chrome inserts, cruise control, fog lamps etc. So they are very close to each other and it is quite difficult to judge.
The Verna SX(O) is the top end manual version and is priced at 8.94 Lakhs. It offers all the abovementioned features. The City V manual variant is priced at 8.70 Lakh and offers all the features except the newly added Sunroof. Sunroof is not present in Verna therefore the City seems to be a better choice.
The City V Auto is priced at 9.42 Lakhs and the Verna 1.6 Auto is priced at 9.64 Lakhs. This means once again the City is a better car as it only lacks Sunroof but offers all the features that come with Verna.
Honda has also added a Sunroof in both automatic and manual V variant and one can opt for any of these at an additional price.
Both the cars have their own strong points and weak points. The City gets fantastic driving dynamics and is marginally low in power. The Verna is not the best on the road but has slightly more features.
In terms of pricing also the City beats Verna and i guess all of you will admit that City is definitely better than the Verna as a complete package.
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