The 2017 Hyundai Verna has launched post prolonged anticipation as expectations were pretty high from this sedan and turns out that Hyundai has done quite a fine job of updating the car. It not only looks sharper but also packs some features that are absent in its competitors. These aspects do give the new Verna an edge over its competition - Honda City and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. So, what makes it better or what are the fields that it lacks in? Here's a closer look into the pros and cons of the new Verna:
Pros over Honda City: The Verna happens to the most powerful car out of the three with its two 1.6-litre engine options. The petrol variants produce 123 hp and 151 Nm of torque. The diesel versions generate 128 hp and 260 Nm. On the other hand, the City comes with a 1,497cc i-VTEC petrol that makes 117 hp and 145 Nm and a 1,498cc i-DTEC diesel that produces 98 hp and 200 Nm. The Verna comes with front ventilated seats, rear curtains and smart trunk, three features that are a segment first. The ventilated seats will prove to be a boon during relentless summer heat when sweating can become a problem for many. And for the rear passengers too, there are curtains that will help keep some heat out.
Pros over Maruti Suzuki Ciaz: The Verna is more powerful than the Ciaz with its 123 hp petrol engine and 128 hp diesel unit. The Ciaz, on the other hand, is powered a 1,373cc petrol that produces 91 hp and 130 Nm and a 1,248 cc diesel that makes 88.5 hp and 200 Nm. Besides this, features like ventilated front seats and rear curtains are also missing from the Ciaz, along with the 'smart trunk' feature that allows the handsfree opening of the boot. The Verna is also the only car of the three that features an AT in both petrol and diesel variants.
Cons compared to Honda City: The City has a 510-litre boot, while Verna's boot space is limited to 480 litres. The petrol manual variants of the Verna deliver a claimed fuel efficiency of 17.70 kmpl, while the automatic delivers 15.92 kmpl. The diesel manual versions deliver 24.75 kmpl and 21.02 kmpl of the automatic trims. The same figure on a City CVT is 18 kmpl and a diesel manual City will deliver 25.6 kmpl. (Fuel efficiency figures are ARAI rated)
Cons comared to Maruti Suzuki Ciaz: The Ciaz too has a 510-litre boot, which is quite larger than Verna's at 480 litres. A petrol manual Ciaz delivers about 20.73 kmpl, considerably higher than a petrol manual Verna at 17.7 kmpl. Even the petrol automatic version of the Ciaz delivers 19.12 kmpl, higher than Verna that goes 15.92 kmpl. (Fuel efficiency figures are ARAI rated)
So far, the Verna falls in the middle of the City and Ciaz in terms of pricing. The new Verna is priced at Rs 7.99 lakh for the base trim and stretches to Rs 12.61 lakh for the top variant. Honda City is retailed at a price range of Rs 8.46 - 13.38 lakh. The Verna is considerably cheaper than all of its competition, except the Ciaz starting price of Rs 7.73 lakh and Rs 11.55 lakh for its top trim. However, Verna's pricing is introductory and is limited to the first 20,000 units. Considering its popularity, the Verna will not take very long before selling out 20,000 units, post which there will be a price hike which is not known yet.
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