We compare the Hyundai Verna with the Honda City, Maruti Ciaz and Volkswagen Vento.

While it may look similar to the outgoing car, this car is all-new. The new grille, larger headlamps, chrome-lined fog lamp housings, slimmer tail-lamps and new 16-inch alloy wheels add to its appeal. This car is slightly longer and wider – in fact, it’s one of the widest mid-size sedans and has the most rear-seat headroom in this lot. The boot however, is the smallest amongst its rivals.

The Honda City and the Ciaz have the biggest boot. The City is the tallest out of the lot, but it doesn’t have as much rear headroom as the Verna. The smallest fuel tank belongs to the City.

The Ciaz is the longest, widest and sits on the longest wheelbase. But it’s fuel tank capacity and rear headroom aren’t as good as the Hyundai.

VW’s Vento has a massive fuel tank, but has the smallest wheelbase - it’s also marginally smaller in overall size than the other cars.

Hyundai Verna Honda City Maruti Ciaz Volkswagen Vento
Length 4440mm 4440mm 4490mm 4390mm
Width 1729mm 1695mm 1730mm 1699mm
Height 1475mm 1495mm 1485mm 1467mm
Wheelbase 2600mm 2600mm 2650mm 2553mm
Boot space 480 litres 510 litres 510 litres 494 litres
Fuel tank capacity 45 litres 40 litres 43 litres 55 litres
Rear headroom 948mm 930mm 914mm 920mm

The Verna is fitted with a new 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and voice commands, steering-mounted audio controls, rear air con vents, cooled and ventilated front seats (a segment-first), a sunroof, cruise control and rear parking sensors. As far as safety is concerned, the Hyundai has six airbags in its top-spec variants.

In the Honda, there’s a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with MirrorLink support for smartphone connectivity, in-built navigation, voice commands and steering-mounted audio controls. The automatic variants come fitted with paddle shifters and a sunroof. Barring the cooled front seats on the Hyundai, the equipment lists are similar. Both sedans feature six airbags for the top-spec trims.

The Maruti Ciaz’ top-of-the-line Alpha variant also gets the SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay. On the safety front, it only offers two airbags on the top-spec trims.

The Vento comes with rear air con vents, steering-mounted audio controls for the touchscreen infotainment system (with voice commands) and there’s MirrorLink smartphone connectivity. This car also has only dual front airbags.

Engines and performance
The new Verna comes with the same 1.6-litre petrol motor, that makes 123hp and 151Nm and there’s a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel engine that makes 128hp and 260Nm of peak torque. The diesel car comes with the same six-speed manual ‘box, and the petrol will come with a new six-speed manual. There’s a six-speed automatic transmission available on both cars as well. Both engines make the most power in this class.

The Honda City’s 1.5-litre petrol unit uses 119hp and 145Nm and its 1.5-litre diesel engine makes 100hp and 200Nm of peak torque. The petrol comes with a five-speed manual or a CVT gearbox, while the diesel motor is mated to a six-speed manual.

Maruti’s 1.4-litre petrol motor makes 92.5hp and 130Nm and this power is five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. The 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced diesel engine is mated to a five-speed manual, that makes 90hp and 200Nm of torque. The Maruti offers the best fuel efficiency in its class. The Ciaz car also features a mild-hybrid setup for its diesel engine.

The VW is sold with three engines - a 105hp 1.6-litre petrol, a 105hp 1.2-litre turbo-petrol and a 110hp 1.5-litre diesel. The 1.6-litre petrol is fitted to a five-speed manual, while the 1.2-litre turbocharged engine comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The diesel motor has a five-speed manual and a DSG automatic transmission. The Vento is the least fuel efficient here.

  Hyundai Verna (P) Hyundai Verna (D) Honda City (P) Honda City (D) Maruti Ciaz (P) Maruti Ciaz (D) VW Vento (P) VW Vento (P) VW Vento (D)
Type Naturally aspirated petrol Turbocharged diesel Naturally aspirated petrol Turbocharged diesel Naturally aspirated petrol Turbocharged diesel Naturally aspirated petrol Turbocharged petrol Turbocharged diesel
Displacement 1.6-litre 1.6-litre 1.5-litre 1.5-litre 1.4-litre 1.3-litre 1.6-litre 1.2-litre 1.5-litre
Max power 123hp 128hp 119hp 100hp 92.5hp 90hp 105hp 105hp 110hp
Max torque 151Nm 260Nm 145Nm 200Nm 130Nm 200Nm 153Nm 175Nm 250Nm
Transmission 6-speed MT/6-speed AT 6-speed MT/6-speed AT 5-speed MT/CVT 6-speed MT 5-speed MT/4-speed AT 5-speed MT 5-speed MT 7-speed DCT 5-speed MT/7-speed DCT
Fuel efficiency (claimed) 17.7kpl (15.92kpl AT) 24.75kpl (21.02kpl AT) 17.4kpl (18 kpl AT) 25.6kpl 20.7kpl (19.1kpl AT) 28.09kpl 16.09kpl 18.19kpl 22.27kpl (22.15kpl AT)

The Verna starts from ₹7.99 lakh and goes up to ₹12.62 lakh for the top-spec automatic-diesel. The Honda City is priced from ₹8.46 lakh and prices go up to ₹13.43 lakh, while the Maruti Ciaz is priced from ₹7.66 lakh and goes up to ₹11.44 lakh for the mild hybrid version. Volkswagen’s Vento costs ₹8.05 lakh and prices go up to ₹13.78 lakh for the 1.5-litre Highline Plus diesel automatic (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).

Price comparison (Diesel)
Diesel model Price range (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Hyundai Verna ₹9.20 - ₹12.62 lakh
Maruti Ciaz ₹9.43 - ₹11.55 lakh
Honda City ₹10.69 - ₹13.44 lakh
Skoda Rapid ₹9.58 - ₹13.06 lakh
Volkswagen Vento ₹9.52 - ₹13.78 lakh
Price comparison (Petrol)
Petrol model Price range (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Hyundai Verna ₹7.99 - 12.24 lakh
Maruti Ciaz ₹7.66 - 10.42 lakh
Honda City ₹8.46 - 13.38 lakh
Skoda Rapid ₹8.20 - 11.46 lakh
Volkswagen Vento ₹8.05 - 11.38 lakh
Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi and Mumbai)
  Verna 1.6 (P) MT Verna 1.6 (P) AT Verna 1.6 (D) MT Verna 1.6 (D) AT
E ₹7.99 lakh - ₹9.20 lakh -
EX ₹9.06 lakh ₹10.22 lakh ₹9.99 lakh ₹11.40 lakh
SX ₹9.50 lakh - ₹11.12 lakh ₹12.62 lakh
SX (O) ₹11.09 lakh ₹12.24 lakh ₹12.39 lakh -

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