Over the last few years, the sale of passenger cars has risen at a tremendous rate, thanks to the bulging gallery and pipeline of every automobile company. Almost every segment in the passenger car space has seen newer cars that continued to woo the car enthusiasts all around the country. Out of all of the segments, if there was one segment that has always been popular despite being a costlier affair, it is the mid-range sedan segment.
Two cars that have always kept this segment alive are the Honda City and Hyundai Verna. The previous generations of the Verna were popular and nice but somehow were always dominated by the Honda city. However, the new generation looks promising and is aiming at a revival of fate. The next generation Hyundai Verna is a threat to each of its competitors.
On the other hand, the Honda City has been uncompromisingly amazing ever since it was first introduced in India and the legacy seems to continue with every new update. The 2017 version of the Honda City has been one such example.
But is the 2017 Hyundai Verna good enough to take on the legendary Honda City? Let’s find out.
If you thought that the previous generation of the fluidic design looked great, the 2017 facelift of the Hyundai Verna will make you doubt. There isn’t much that will remain the same in this new generation model, including the built of the platform. It is based on the new K2 platform of the company which comprises of 50% of high-strength steel to make the car sturdier and safer. The sharp body lines are still present. However, it looks more enticing now with a host of changes in the front as well as the rear portion. There is a big cascading hexagonal grille up front which is embellished in a lot of chrome. The fog lamps too are bordered with chrome lining on its sides. The rear portion gets split tail lights with LED units. The sedan rides on 15-inch or 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, depending on the variant you choose.
The 2017 Honda City is attractive, as always. You won’t feel that there is much of a difference from the 2014 model of the car. But look a little closer and you will find the differences creep up. The body comprises of a good amount bends and sharp lines as the 2017 Hyundai Verna, may be a bit more. However, it’s the front section that makes a big difference. The City sedan lacks the attractiveness of the hexagonal-shaped grille but gets a thick strip of chrome on the regular-shaped grille. The fog lamps are surrounded with black plastic cladding. On the rear panel, it gets split wraparound tail light clusters.
The 2017 Hyundai Verna will be based on the Hyundai Elantra. Hence, one can clearly expect the interiors to get more premium than the present generation model. There is an electric sunroof too. The seats are wrapped in premium quality leather upholstery. On the dashboard, there is a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display that also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Ventilated front seats and automatic climate control are some of the other features to make its way in the car.
On a similar note, the interior setting on the 2017 Honda City is extremely premium. There is a 7-inch touchscreen on the dash which is called DIGIPAD and comes with neither Apple CarPlaynor Android Auto but MirrorLink. The leather upholstery is absolutely plush and premium. It features a sunroof too, just like the Verna does. The cabin space of the Honda City is a very pleasant place to be in and is definitely comfortable and upmarket than the previous generation model.
The 2017 Hyundai Verna is a more powerful version than the 2017 Honda City, but the difference is more than what the price would suggest. The 2017 Hyundai Verna now comes with a 1.6-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel powertrain. The petrol engine is capable of making a maximum 121 bhp and a peak torque of 151 Nm. The diesel trim will have a more powerful version and will be capable of producing 126 bhp of maximum power and 260 Nm of peak torque. As for the transmission, there will be a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox unit for the entire lineup.
The latest facelift of Honda City gets a 1.5-litre engine for both the petrol as well as diesel power plants. Here the petrol engine is more powerful and produces a maximum power of 117 bhp and a peak torque of 145 Nm. The diesel engine is smaller in terms of power generation. The 1.5-litre unit can produce a maximum power of 99 bhp and a peak torque of 200 Nm. The diesel engine variant delivers a more refined ride quality. As for the transmission, there is a 5-speed manual or CVT unit for the petrol trims and a 6-speed gearbox unit for the diesel trims.
The final verdict
The inclusion of the Fluidic design architecture in the Verna was a much-needed addition to the Hyundai Verna in the previous generation. The new generation of the Verna hold some good aesthetic updates besides carrying forward the sculpture with absolute ease.
The 2017 Honda City won’t give you any impression about its changes over the 2014 model, the reason being, the changes on the exterior are subtle. The City sedan does have its share of loyal customers who love the design like anything. But when it comes to comparing it with the latest Verna, things might start getting shaky for the legend.
As of now, it’s still early days for the Hyundai Verna for us to comment on it. But yet, with the kind of designing it gets, it is sure to garner quite some fan following. Add to it, the powerful engines (much more than the City) and you will find the perfect recipe that can clash against the City sedan.
But is it so simple to take down the legendary Honda City with that ease? I bet it’s not. But it might be easier than it was for the Ciaz (yes, The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz overtook the Honda City to get to the unonumero spot) as it clearly has much more on offer than the Indo-Japanese car. Thus, it would be an absolute worthwhile decision to choose the Verna over the City though it’s not a final recommendation.