One of the best selling sedans under the Hyundai trademark in India was Hyundai Verna and with the launch of New Verna that carried the innovative ‘Fluidic’ concept it brought an all-new class to the sedan, an icing on the cake. The fame of this Hyundai vehicle has provoked Honda Motors to launch a ‘New’ version of India’s favorite true sedan ‘City’, which has ruled the hearts since a decade.
The Hyundai Verna Fluidic design not only looks stunning but also provides ample legroom & shoulder room for the passengers. The brilliant performance and glamour of Hyundai Verna Fluidic create sensation among the car lovers. The facelift 2012 Honda City gives strong competition with its fascinating and well-organised design.
The rear appearance of Honda City reflects the fine designing job of the company, which is more attractive than the rear of Hyundai Verna Fluidic.
The interior of Hyundai Verna offers prefect sense of comfort and luxury by decent organization of premium quality upholstery and material. There is ample passenger and luggage space in the cabin along with quality air conditioning system to offer proper cooling to all occupants. A wide dashboard made-up of soft touch plastic and other handy storage compartments along with the feature-rich interiors of 2012 Honda City looks identical to the Hyundai Verna. The seating arrangement is quite comfortable with good boot space in both the sedans. So here, the comparison is even.
The Hyundai Verna Fluidic is available in both the fuel options: petrol and diesel. The 1.6 litre VTVT petrol engine variant of Verna produces a peak power of 123 bhp at 6300 rpm and maximum torque of 15.8 kgm at 4200 rpm. It offers mileage of 12-13 kmpl on urban roads and 17-18 kmpl on highways. Whereas, its 1.6 litre VGT diesel engine churns out the best power of 128 bhp at 4000 rpm and maximum torque of 26.50 kgm at 1900-2750 rpm. The diesel variant of Hyundai Verna performs well in city as well as on highways with mileage of 17-18 kmpl and 21-22 kmpl respectively.
The champion sedan new 2012 Honda City comes boosted with 1.5 litre, i-VTEC 16 valves, 4-cylinder petrol engine that delivers maximum power of 118 PS at 6600 rpm and torque of 146 Nm at 4800 rpm. The hidden talent of Honda City comes in light, when you take its ride on an open road, as it delivers no less performance against heavier 1.6L petrol motor of Verna.
The pick-up, acceleration and mileage (13-14 kmpl in city and 17-18 kmpl on highways) are far better than its previous version. But, Hyundai Verna Fluidic remains a small step ahead than the Honda City when it comes to the power and overall performance. Also, the absence of diesel mill is felt in Honda Motors line up.
In terms of handling and safety, the 2012 Honda City and Hyundai Verna have head-to-head that come equipped with plenty of convenience and advanced safety features.
The futuristic Hyundai Verna has got Power Windows and Automatic Climate Control along with Anti Lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Child Lock System, Central Locking, and airbags as safety features. While, the new Honda City features Anti Lock Brake System (ABS), Central Locking, Airbags, Integrated Antenna, Power Window, Power Steering, Multi functioning Steering Wheel, Keyless Entry, Remote Fuel lid opener, Seat lumber support, Tilt steering wheel, Remote trunk opener, Engine immobilizer along with Smart Electric Sun roof and many more.
The Hyundai Verna Fluidic is available within the price range of Rs.6, 99, 655 to Rs.10, 89, 997. On the other hand, the 2012 City is priced very competitively at Rs.6, 99, 000 for the base corporate variant and goes up to Rs.10, 22, 500 for the high end.
Although, the prices more or less are the same now it’s all about the taste and choice of yours. If one needs a large sized glamorous looking sedan that has lines flowing around every corner of its body, he/she can opt for the Fluidic Verna. While all the features of the big sedan can also be found in a compact sedan like New Honda City, which is polished with professional looks, also bigger is better- does not go well always.