The highly anticipated sedan 2017 Hyundai Verna has been launched at an introductory price tag of Rs 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom) in India. Turns out Hyundai has taken the job of updating the Verna very seriously and now it not only looks much sharper but has stepped up into the powerful sedan territory as the 1.4-litre engine will no longer be available on it. Hyundai has also given it some neat features which are a segment first, along with Eco Coating which is a global debut for the Korean brand. These aspects do give the new Verna an edge over its competition - Honda City, Volkswagen Vento, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Skoda Rapid, out of which the City and Ciaz are immensely popular models in the Indian passenger car market. Following is a comparison of the Verna with the four based on engine, features, safety and price. While taking on the Ciaz and City isn't going to be an easy task, Hyundai has certainly done their homework well and have played to their strength of offering more features than lowering prices by stripping out features. Whether this is going to be enough or not will be clearer by the end of this week when we drive the new Verna in real-world conditions. Till then, enjoy this short comparison based on specifications and facts that we already know.
New 2017 Hyundai Verna Design
The new Verna is based on the Hyundai's Fluidic design language, same as the Hyundai Elantra. The fifth generation Verna also uses the company's new K2 platform ‘super body structure’, which makes use of as high as 50 percent advanced high-strength steel.
The new platform improves the performance and enhances the safety of the vehicle as the new chassis has undergone structural changes. The exterior of the Verna features a cascade design front grille, an electric sunroof, projector headlamps with LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps), projector fog lamps with chrome surrounds and two-piece LED tail lamps.
New Honda City Design
The updated Honda City measures 4,440 mm in length, 1,695 mm in width, 1,495 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,600 mm. It looks sharper than the older version and exudes a more premium and elegant character. The boot space is 510 litres and the fuel tank capacity is 40 litres. Higher variants of the Honda City are offered with LED Headlamps and LED fog lamps while LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps) are available as standard. The LED tail lamp unit is available only on the ZX trim. The overall design and silhouette though haven't changed much from the older version but the City still looks good when seen against the competition.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Design
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has a well-designed, contemporary silhouette with the front fascia housing a four-slat chrome grille but does look the most dated and restrained right now. There is a facelift in the works though and should be here sometime next year. The headlamp unit of the present model has a combination of a projector beam and halogen, a rear combination headlamp and a straight yet strong shoulder line at the sides. The 16-inch 12 spoke alloy wheels look dynamic and have a 195/55 section tyre. The Ciaz measures 4,490 mm in length (4,505 mm for the RS version), 1,730 mm in width and 1,485 mm in height. The RS version has an added body kit with side skirts, front and rear bumper lip and a chunky spoiler that add a sporty appeal to the car.
Volkswagen Vento Design
The Vento is probably the most contemporary looking cars of all the ones in this comparo and also the one with a design that ages better than others. It isn't loud but doesn't look dull either. The Vento measures 4,390 mm in length, 1,699 mm in width, 1,497 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,553 mm. All variants are offered with body coloured door handles, ORVMS (Outside Rear View Mirrors) and front as well as rear bumpers. The higher versions also have chrome lining on the bumpers. The top end trim is also offered with alloy wheels, LED headlamps, LED tail lamps and static cornering lamps along with fog lamps.
Skoda Rapid Design
Skoda Rapid comes standard with body coloured bumpers and ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors) as well as a blackened out B pillar on all trims. The sedan measures 4,413 mm in length, 1,699 mm in width and 1,466 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,552 mm. The Rapid has a minimum turning radius of 10.6 metres and has a boot space volume of 460 litres. The sedan from Skoda has 15-inch alloy wheels for the higher trims and steel rims for the lower versions.
New 2017 Hyundai Verna engine
The 2017 Hyundai Verna is powered by a 1.6-litre Dual VTVT petrol and a 1.6 litre U2 CRDi VGT diesel engine. The petrol variants produce 123 hp of maximum power and 151 Nm of torque. The diesel versions, on the other hand, generates 128 hp of power and 260 Nm of torque. The engines are paired to a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
The petrol manual variants 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.
New Honda City engine
The City comes with two engine options - a 1,497cc i-VTEC petrol and a 1,498cc i-DTEC diesel. The petrol unit generates 117 hp power at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm torque at 4,600 rpm, while the diesel produces 98 hp at 3,600 and 200 Nm at 1,750 rpm. The City has three transmission options - a 5-speed manual as well as a CVT automatic transmission for the petrol variants and a 6 speed unit for the diesel. There is no option of an automatic transmission for the diesel engine powered versions.
Certified mileage figures of the Honda City are 17.4 kmpl for the petrol manual variants while the same figure stands at 18 km/l for the CVT versions. For the diesel trims, the fuel efficiency figures are 25.6 kmpl for the SV and V variants while the mileage for the VX and ZX versions is 25.1 kmpl.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz engine
The Ciaz gets two engine options - a 1,373cc petrol and a 1,248 cc diesel. The petrol unit generates 91 hp power at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm torque at 4,000 rpm. For the diesel, these figures are rated at 88.5 hp at 4,000 rpm and 200 Nm at 1,750 rpm. The diesel has a mild hybrid system for all variants that enhances fuel-efficiency and lowers emissions. The Ciaz has two gearbox options - a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic for the petrol and a 5-speed manual for the diesel.
The Ciaz has a claimed mileage of 20.73 km/l for the petrol manual variants, 19.12 km/l for the petrol automatic variants and 28.09 km/l for the diesel variants.
Volkswagen Vento engine
Powering the Vento are three engine options - a 1.6-litre petrol, a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The 1.6-litre petrol engine generates 104 hp of power at 5,250 rpm and 153 Nm of torque. The 1.2-litre petrol engine generates 101 hp of power at 5,000 rpm and 175 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm to 4,100 rpm. The diesel engine churns out 109 hp of power at 4,000 rpm and 250 Nm of torque between 1,500 rpm and 3,000 rpm. The Vento is offered with three transmission options - 1.6-litre petrol engine is mated only to a 5-speed manual transmission while the 1.2-litre petrol unit comes only with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. The diesel engine is offered with a 5-speed manual transmission as well as a 7 speed DSG dual clutch automatic transmission.
The rated fuel efficiency of the Vento 1.6 petrol variant is 16.09 kmpl while that of the 1.2 petrol automatic version is 18.19 kmpl. The diesel engine mated to the manual transmission offers 22.27 kmpl while the automatic variants deliver 22.15 kmpl.
Skoda Rapid engine
The Rapid is powered by two engine options - a 1.5 TDI litre diesel and a 1.6 MPI litre petrol. The 1.6-litre petrol engine generates 104 hp of power from 5,200 rpm to 5,250 rpm and 153 Nm of torque from 3,750 rpm to 3,800 rpm. The 1.5 litre TDI diesel engine churns out 109 hp of power at 4,000 rpm and 250 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm to 2,500 rpm. Power is sent to the front wheels via a choice of automatic and manual transmissions offered on both engines.
The Rapid has a claimed fuel efficiency/mileage of 15.41 km/l for the petrol engine options and 21.13 km/l for the diesel engine manual transmission options. The 7 speed DSG automatic diesel trims have a claimed figure of 21.72 km/l.
New 2017 Hyundai Verna features
The new Verna gets segment-first features that are not available on its competitors. The new features include front-ventilated seats and rear curtains. The Verna now gets an eco coating that controls and eliminates foul smell if any from the cabin. The higher variants are equipped with features like six airbags, rear parking sensors, rear parking camera and cruise control.
The interior also features a multi-info 7-inch IPS display touchscreen and sliding front centre console armrest. The infotainment system features voice recognition, navigation as well as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink connectivity. Another highlight of the 2017 Verna includes a hands-free boot lid which means one can open the boot by just standing next to it for a few seconds with the key in their pocket/purse. The feature list also includes the iblue App, which can convert a smartphone into a remote control for the audio system.
It is also equipped with active and passive safety features that include ISOFIX as standard, impact sensing auto-door lock and cornering lamps.
New Honda City features
The City comes with dual-tone dashboard colour options wherein the higher variants get Honda's exclusive DIGIPAD infotainment system. This system uses MirrorLink technology and integrates most smartphone functions onto the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit. Higher variants, in addition to the infotainment system, also feature steering mounted audio controls as well as a telescopic steering. All variants do get tilt steering. The automatic touch panel air conditioning system is available from the SV variants and there are A/C vents at the rear.
In terms of safety, the City has an ACE body structure, ABS (Anti lock Braking), dual front airbags and ISOFIX child seat restraint system as standard. In addition, higher variants of the City also have side and curtain airbags.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz features
Interiors of the Ciaz have a sophisticated combination of beige and black with a hint of silver on the dashboard, door panels and seats. Cabin space is good and four tall adults can sit in the sedan comfortably. The 510-litre boot is one of the largest in its segment although the high loading lip does make loading/ unloading a bit hard.
In terms of features, the upper variants of the Ciaz come with an automatic climate control with rear A/C vents and a touchscreen infotainment system that comes with radio, USB, AUX-in as well as Bluetooth streaming. For added convenience of the driver, audio and phone controls are mounted on the steering.
The Ciaz comes with a driver airbag as standard on all variants. Except for the VXi and VDi trims, all other options also have a co-driver airbag and ABS.
Volkswagen Vento features
The Vento is offered with a dual tone interior colour theme of black and beige. Higher variants also have leather seat upholstery and an infotainment system. This system supports Bluetooth connectivity along with USB, AUX, SD and radio playback. The higher trims are also offered with an automatic climate control, steering mounted phone as well as audio controls and a cooled glovebox. Standard features on the Volkswagen Vento include foldable grab handles with coat hooks, 12V charging points, cup holders for front passengers and boot illumination.
All Vento variants are offered with dual front airbags, ABS (Anti lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), engine immobiliser with floating code and three-point ELR seatbelts as standard. The DSG automatic variants are also offered with Electronic Stabilisation Programme or traction control and Hill Hold Assist.
Skoda Rapid features
The interior of the Rapid comes sports dual tone theme on all variants. The higher variants get automatic climate control while the lower trims get manual air conditioning unit. The higher variants also get electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors). While the Trend trim gets an aftermarket audio connection, the Ambition version gets a 2 DIN stereo and the top end Style variant gets a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with MirrorLink connectivity for smartphones.
The Rapid has dual front airbags and ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) as standard. The higher trims also get Hill Hold Control, immobiliser, fuel cut off in case of a crash, reverse parking sensors and rough road package.
The new Verna comes in 12 petrol and diesel variants, prices of which start at Rs 7.99 lakh and stretch to Rs 12.61 lakh for the top trim. Honda City is retailed at a prices range of Rs 8.46 - 13.38 lakh. The Rapid carries a price tag that varies in a range of Rs 8.28 - 12.97 lakh and the Vento is priced at Rs 8.30 - 12.72 lakh. The Verna is considerably cheaper than all of its competition, except the Ciaz starting price of which is Rs 7.73 lakh and Rs 11.55 lakh for its top trim.