When you have to choose a winner among the best than it is certainly one of the most difficult tasks that one has to face and same is happening with us in this comparison. We are going to compare four cars in this comparison- the segment ruler Honda City, new sensation Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Cunning Hyundai Verna and the Solid Volkswagen new Vento. Honda city is ultimate king of the segment since its new GEN model which was launched in 2014. In the same year, India’s most reliable car maker Maruti Suzuki has launched Ciaz which just crossed 50,000 units milestone in less than eight months. In early 2015, Hyundai came up with its new Fluidic Verna 4S getting lots of cosmetic changes both outside and inside. And now, the German Giant, Volkswagen has launched new Vento within eight months of its previous update. This time around new Vento looks the more comprehensive than the last one, sports number of cosmetic changes, improved fuel economy with some added features.
Comparing Honda City, new Volkswagen Vento, new fluidic Verna 4S and Ciaz is certainly a difficult task because all of them are classy in their respective way. Honda city is one of the most sold cars since its introduction and Maruti Suzuki is not far behind. With so much stiff competition, Can New Vento makes its way to the top three with this update? Let’s find out.
A car user most of the time sees the price tag of the car before buying it, if it comforts their pocket than they make the decision to buy a car or not. Maruti seems to get that point as a result Maruti placed Ciaz at very affordable and less price than the Honda city, Verna and VW new Vento.
Initial price of all the cars are quite similar around 7 lakhs. Maruti Ciaz is rightly placed at 7.17-10.32 lakhs while Honda city ranges between 7.53-11.84 lakhs, new Hyundai Fluidic Verna comes between 7.75-12.22lakhs, last but not least New Vento which comes at a price range of 7.85-11.87 lakhs. Ciaz has an edge over its competitors in the pricing segment.
To begin with newly launched Hyundai Fluidic Verna which is available in diesel and petrol trims, its petrol carries the price tag of 7.75-10.12 lakh while its diesel variants is costlier them of all which cost between 9.03-12.22 lakh.
Honda’s stylish Sedan City costs 7.53-11.43 in petrol while its diesel variants carry the price tag of 8.75-11.84 lakh which is affordable than that of Verna diesel variants.
Volkswagen Vento facelift, The third model which is marking its presence in this comparison with the price tag of Rs. 7.85-10.42 lakh in petrol and 9.10-11.87 lakh in diesel. Vento’s diesel initial price is the highest of the lot.
Lastly Maruti’s latest sensation Ciaz seems more affordable than its rivals; Ciaz Petrol comes at the price of Rs. 7.17-9.59 while its diesel variants cost you at Rs. 8.25-10.32 lakhs.
After overall analysis Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is more affordable in both the departments.
Engine and Performance:
Maruti Ciaz is weakest on paper among all in terms of power in both petrol and Diesel engines. With maximum power of 91.1BHP which is lowest among all while torque of 200nm makes it a chart topper among its rival cars. While the leader them of all is Volkswagen Vento in petrol but with slight lesser torque than Ciaz and 1.6L Hyundai 4S Fluidic Verna in Diesel trim. All the cars are equipped with 5 speed manual transmissions in petrol section, but fluidic Verna is also offering 6-speed manual gearbox. The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Verna come equipped with a 4speed AT transmission while Vento is available with 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
On Fuel efficiency front, the segment is being ruled by Honda city in diesel trim until Maruti Ciaz has arrived which is giving 26.21 KPL mileage against City’s 25.8 KPL, while Verna offering 24.8 KPL and 23.9 KPL which is whisker lower than the two mentioned above and lowest of the lot is new Vento with 21.50 KPL. So in the Diesel section Ciaz is the clear winner beating the long time Ruler Honda City.
In petrol section story is not so different Ciaz here also ruling the section with 20.73 KPL mileages for manual transmission and 19.12 KPL for automatic gearbox car against 2ndranked New Vento with 18.19 and Honda city with 17.8 KPL which is fractionally better than Hyundai Verna’s 17.4 KMPL? Overall Maruti Ciaz is the most fuel friendly car among the competitors.
Ciaz is weakest in terms of engine specifications among all but ride and performance is concerned we expect a better result from Ciaz. In terms of Ride and handling Volkswagen Vento is the ultimate winner in this section followed by Honda City and Hyundai 4S fluidic Verna and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
As far as Hyundai Fluidic Verna is concerned its ride quality and performance is being quite good as well but when we compare it with the likes of Vento and Honda City it still look a bit stiff especially against Vento, Fiesta and Rapid.
Service quality of Maruti is considered as best among the country with Hyundai ranked 2ndafter it, Honda with third and Volkswagen comes last among the four competitors.
To sum up, Ciaz journey is not going to be so easy because of the competition around; it cannot match Honda, Hyundai and Volkswagen in terms of overall performance. The things which favor Ciaz are fuel efficiency, after sales service and cabin space, other than that it looks a bit strangle on paper.
You can look how these cars looks on paper in an easy way-
|Automakers||Maruti Suzuki Ciaz||Honda city||Hyundai Verna||Volkswagen Vento|
|Displacement||1.4L||1.5L||1.4/1.6L||1.6L/ 1.2L TSI|
|Cubic capacity (CC)||1373||1497||1396/1591||1598/1197|
|Fuel economy (ARAI)||20.73 KPL(MT), 19.12 KPL (AT)||17.8||17.4/ 17.0||16.09/18.19|
|Transmission||5 MT/ 4AT||5MT||5 MT/ 4AT||5 MT/7 AT|
|Automakers||Maruti Suzuki Ciaz||Honda city||Hyundai Verna||Volkswagen Vento|
|Fuel economy (ARAI)||26.21||26||24.8/23.9||20.64 MT,21.50 AT|
|Transmission||5 MT||6MT||6 MT/ 4AT||5 MT/7AT|
In this section, it’s hard to choose a clear winner as all the cars come fully loaded with long list of excellent features. First let’s talk about Maruti Ciaz as you enter the car you will find yourself in a premium car. The centre console of top variant has ‘smart play’ infotainment system which supports features like SD card, USB, I-pod connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity for hands free calling, smart phone connectivity, voice recognition, navigation, rear view camera info display and many more.
Seats are comfortable build with right quality material you can feel premium touch, dual color dashboard looks amazing, door handles with chrome finish, three spoke leather wrapped steering wheel is very easy to grip and move. Rear A/C vents, Armrests at front and rear, you will find loads of storing space in Ciaz like phone pocket at front side passenger gate, spacious glove box.
Honda city on the other hand is glamorized by all black theme on dashboard and touchscreen infotainment system with three dials on instrument cluster which changes color while you drive with light foot. You will get four charging points 2-each at front and rear, Rear A/C vents which keeps you cool.
Hyundai Verna which looks excellent from outside is even better from inside, new Verna possess long list of features like electrically folding side mirrors, V shaped dash that includes MP3 and climate controller. On infotainment front Verna gets Updated music system with 4 speakers+ 2 tweeters which can be controlled via remote (2).
With other features like reverse parking camera, automatic climate control, speed dependent auto volume control and many more features makes it an ultimate car.
Last but least New Vento the German giant, Vento’s interiors are of typical German standard simple yet classy which is well complimented by excellent fit and finish.
New Vento now gets new walnut beige theme for the highline variant and Cloud Titanschwarz interior theme for Trendline and Comfortline variants, new flat bottom multi-function steering wheel with audio, MID and voice control buttons. The Central console is finished with silver matt finish and sports features such as automatic a/c control, the same old GEN music system which supports USB connectivity.
Volkswagen has added some new features to 2015 Vento such as Cruise control, cooled glove box, dead pedal, electronically retraceable ORVMs, just to add extra spice to the facelift. Leatherette Seats are comfortable which will provide you good thigh and shoulder support.
Overall Ciaz, Verna and City stands shoulder to shoulder with each other, Volkswagen Vento falls behind a little bit despite of being newest of all. Volkswagen should have added more features to 2015 Vento.
Among all Hyundai Fluidic 4S Verna looks far better after this new update as it gives a sports car resemblance, especially the front fascia which now flaunts new projector headlamps, revised trendy bonnet, two slat front grille, fog lamps with L shaped LED strips. High waist line at the side of the car looks impressive, chrome door handles adding more glance to the sportiness of Verna. Rear side gets Merc CLA inspired tail lights and reflectors which look sporty and refreshing.
Maruti Ciaz is an innovative effort by Maruti to stable them in the Segment; overall design looks good from front as well as from Rear. Front get smoked headlamps, large bonnet with 4 slat grille carrying Maruti logo at the center and beneath it there is air intake segment. Side of the car is also impressive with features like chrome door handles and 16 inch alloy wheels. At rear you may find it is similar to Honda city especially the rear lights.
Honda city is not far behind by any means from New Verna and Ciaz as it carries eye catching foretaste. Honda City is a well build car with H badge at front and thick chrome grille looks pretty. Honda city’s design is improving version by version, headlights looks classy and taillights looks eye buttering. Side of car is also looks close to perfect with sidelines and big alloy wheels. Other features like shark fin antenna, electric sunroof etc makes City sensational than ever.
Volkswagen is known for its very well build quality which we can see in Vento facelift as well. Since its launch not many changes have been brought to its exterior design, it looks like a big brother of Polo. In the latest update Vento receives number of cosmetic changes such as new Bonnet with downward line, three slat chrome grille, double barrel headlamps with blackened effect, redesigned front bumper with integrated fog lamps that now houses cornering function. Coming to the sides, new Vento now gets OVRMs with LED blinkers, new alloy wheels, chrome touch on door handles. While rear now has revised tail lights with LED effect, chrome treatment on the boot lid and chrome tip muffler. Overall, new Vento looks the best Vento till date carries the simple and moderate styling cues while the new addition adds premiumness to it.
Space and Dimensions:
In overall measurement Ciaz is ahead them of all. Ciaz is 4490mm in length which is 50mm more than Honda city, around 100mm more than Verna and Vento. With the width of 1730mm Ciaz is 35 wider than Honda, 31mm and 30mm wider than Vento and Hyundai Verna.
With the Height of 1485mm Ciaz is 19mm taller than Vento and 10mm taller than Verna but it falls just a 10mm short than Honda city.
As far as wheelbase is concerned again Ciaz is longest them of all with 2650mm wheelbase 50mm more than the 2nd best Honda city, Verna is at third position with 2570mm wheelbase while new Vento lies at the last spot with 2553mm wheelbase, approx 100 mm less than the Ciaz.
Ciaz offers boot storage of 510 liters which is equivalent with Honda city’s 510 L and way better than Vento’s 494L and Verna’s 460L respectively.
After a facelift Volkswagen looks better but not the best in terms of styling and features but still it continues to be a quite well packaged car. It real power lies in its engines, great refinement level and solid build quality. With added features, the German car maker tried to cover up its weakness but still it misses out on touchscreen system, reverse parking camera etc.
Hyundai Fluidic 4S Verna now looks more elegant with lots of equipments, improved engine refinement but still it lacks the punch and fun of Segment benchmarks. Honda City seems to be more practical of the lot with eye catching styling, long list of features, equipments, safety etc.
Maruti’s change is very appreciable as Ciaz looks very promising from outset; Ciaz has everything to be segment’s great competitor car, if not the best. Dimensionally, appearance wise and internally Ciaz looks very good. The main phenomenon here is the price which goes with Ciaz. But Performance wise we think that Ciaz will be on the last spot because of low power engines in comparison to its competitors.
Ride and Handling wise Honda City, Verna share similar platforms, while new Vento is altogether in a different league. Ciaz also performed well in this department but if someone is looking for fun element in Ciaz then you might get disappointed.
|Comparison of Honda City|
|Comparison of Honda City variants|