Dimensions – Hyundai Verna is of smaller overall dimensions, which includes wheelbase and ground clearance. The last two measures are significantly shorter than City and Ciaz, making Verna easy to maneuvre through city traffic but not glide over bumps as easy as the rest. Shorter wheelbase among others has helped Hyundai Verna to have shorter turning radius, of 5.2 metres. Boot volume of Verna is also much lesser in comparison, at 465 litres.
Petrol Engine – Hyundai Verna facelift retains both petrol engines offered in previous model. They are 1.4 litre VTVT and 1.6 litre VTVT units, capable of producing 107 PS and 135 Nm, and 123 PS and 155 Nm respectively. The smaller engine is mated to 5-speed manual transmission alone, while the 1.6 litre gets is available with 5-speed manual, as well as, 4-speed automatic. Mileage claims for the three powertrains are 17.43, 17.01 and 15.74 kmpl, respectively.
Honda City and Maruti Ciaz come with one engine each, with manual and auto transmissions. City is driven by the acclaimed 1.5 litre i-VTEC pushing out 119 PS and 145 Nm, and Ciaz is run by 1.4 litre K14M unit managing only 92.45 PS and 130 Nm. Honda gets 5-speed MT and CVT, while Maruti offers 5-MT and 4-speed conventional automatic seen in Dzire compact sedan. City manual claims 17.4 kmpl mileage and City auto 18 kmpl. But Ciaz being a Maruti, claims 20.73 kmpl on manual and 19.12 kmpl on automatic variants.
Diesel Engine – Hyundai Verna is again the only car here with two engine options, of same fuel type. Smaller 1.4 litre U2 CRDi generates 90 PS, 220 Nm and 24.8 kmpl, and is mated to 6-speed manual transmission. Larger 1.6 litre U2 CRDi churns out 128 PS and 260 Nm, paired to 6-MT and 4-AT, delivering 23.9 and 19.08 kmpl respectively.
Honda City’s diesel venture has gotten a 1.5 litre i-DTEC capable of 100 PS and 200 Nm, mated to 5-MT and delivering 26 kmpl. Maruti Ciaz diesel uses well acquainted 1.3 DDiS sending 90 PS and 200 Nm, linked to 5-MT delivering best mileage in the country – 26.21 kmpl.
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Price – Entry-level petrol version of 2015 Hyundai Verna facelift is the most expensive car in this comparison, while top end model is positioned in between the two with Honda City on the pricier side. Launch price of Hyundai Verna petrol is Rs. 7.74 lakhs to Rs. 10.15 lakhs.
New Hyundai Verna diesel is priced between Rs. 8.94 lakhs and Rs. 12.19 lakhs, which is expensive than City and Ciaz, both bottom and top end models (all prices are ex-showroom New Delhi).