The one of the biggest as well as excited news in automobile industry now-a-days is the launch of 4th-gen facelift Honda City in the very first month of New Year 2014. This new facelift model of most popular India’s Sedan ‘City’ has been receiving great welcome even before the launch, not only in India but globally. And now when company has officially announced the date of launch i.e. 7th Jan 2014, every sedan lover is eagerly waiting while many of them already have booked the royal Honda City.
Needless to say, this new facelift sedan is going to make a big boom in the Indian car market and will provide a tough fight to its main rivals. Hyundai Verna is one of its main competitors, though Verna is already a popular name in the market, but when it comes to compare with Honda City, it becomes a little tough for Hyundai’s sedan to take one up Honda City. The major reason behind this is the more popularity and reliability of Honda than Hyundai among Indians.
Let’s go deep and flash lights on the difference between these two amazing sedans.
Also See : Visit Our Hyundai Verna FAQ section containing all small-yet-useful info altogether for your convenience
Talking about price range, there is no huge difference between the price tags of both the cars. While the ongoing Verna costs at 7.4-11.65 lakhs, the yet to be launched City is also said to be placed at very competitive price which is between 7.2-10.6 lakhs (tentative).
The popularity of Honda City sedan is not hidden from anyone and when company has decided to bring its facelift version with addition of diesel unit too in the market, it is undoubtedly going to be a great hit of New Year.
The all new City diesel variant is sharing the heart of Honda Amaze which is 1.5 liter, i-DTEC Earth Dreams engine. The max output delivered by this diesel engine is 99bhp and 200 Nm mated with 6-speed manual transmission gearbox. And the City petrol version gets same 1497cc, 1.5 liter petrol engine like its predecessor which develops 117bhp and 145Nm of peak power and torque, respectively and has 5-speed manual as well as automatic transmission as an option.
On the contrary, ongoing Hyundai Verna diesel which is already performing so well on the road has two-diesel and one-petrol engine options which are fluidic 1.4 L CRDI (diesel), fluidic 1.6 L CRDI (diesel) and 1.6 L VTVT (petrol) engines.
The 1.4 liter diesel engine churns out the max power of 89bhp and 224Nm while the other 1.6 liter CRDI engine produces 126bhp and 259-260Nm. And the only petrol engine offers 121bhp and 158Nm of max output.
These powerful engines of Verna are mated with 5-speed & 6-speed manual transmission (depends upon variants) and also gets 4-speed automatic transmission gearbox as an option. Though, according of Verna’s standard, it should have been at least 5-speed automatic transmission.
As per the mileage is concerned, the ongoing Verna offers an impressive ARAI certified mileage of 21.9-23.5 km/l (diesel) and 17.1 km/l (petrol). However, the mileage figure of new City is 26 km/l (diesel) and 17.8 km/l (petrol).
Space & Dimension:
The yet to be launched Honda City is reported to get a little hike in its height and wheelbase. Hence the new overall dimension of this luxury car is 4440mm x 1695mm x 1495mm with the wheelbase of 2600mm, ground clearance of 165mm and boot space of 510 liters.
While the Hyundai Verna carries the dimension of 4370mm x 1700mm x 1475mm along with the wheelbase, ground clearance and boot space of 2570mm, 170mm and 465 liters, respectively.
So, with the slightly ups n downs in dimensions (normally ups in City and downs in Verna), both the sedans offers five seating capacity to its passengers.
Interior & Exterior:
At inside as well as outside the cabin, many new and attractive features have been designed in this new City which includes a blue surrounded instrument cluster, premium variety of engine start/stop button, AC controls and cruise control. Additionally, a classy black dashboard with Bluetooth, USB, Aux-in, iPod connectivity, CD, reversing displays of three various-types, AC vent at rear seats, leather wrapped steering wheel having audio controls on it, four 12V charging points, sunroof, modified bumpers, headlamps, chrome grille at front, renovated tail lamps, shark fin antenna, reverse camera at rear bottom (under the H badge) etc have been embellished in this new classy sedan. Also, the entire remaining features have been carried from its predecessor i.e. 3rd-gen Honda City. Overall, company has tried its best to make this luxury sedan more luxuriant.
Hyundai Verna, already has made a place in its customer’s hearts with its appealing glimpse and attractive features. This trendy sedan is equipped with smart key (in top variants), engine start/stop button, leather seats, dashboard made with high quality material, steering wheel with audio control on it, mirrors on sun visors but having no light on either, 15 inches alloy wheels etc. It is being said that this is the only same segment sedan which gives an actual tough fight to the Honda City especially on the basis of its attractive glimpse.
Also See : Visit Our Honda City FAQ section containing all small-yet-useful info altogether for your convenience
Road handling and Safety:
In terms of safety, both the sedans are equipped with required safety features like ABS, EBD, immobilizer etc but these features availability varies according to the variants. While few safety features are missing in base variants, they make their presence in the top-end trims. Means, you’ll have to spend more money to get more features.
As per the road handling is concerned, the Verna provides a responsive and energetic ride on road but also it starts to lose control on higher speed because of its light steering wheel. While in Honda City, the ongoing petrol variant is offering a very balanced drivability on road and we expect not only the same but even better with this new launch. Also Honda is claiming that new City diesel would be the most fuel efficient car in its segment which is a great report.
Both the cars have their own value and customers in India, Honda is known for its reliability and trustworthiness while the Hyundai offers luxury cars to its customers. With this new launch of City facelift with both diesel n petrol units, the sale of Verna is definitely going to affect. But still, by looking at first, the major change in Honda City is just its equipment of diesel variant; otherwise it’s only looking like the facelift of ongoing Honda City with equipping few more luxury features.
Hence, if company is calling it’s an all new fourth generation Honda City then customers will definitely expect more. It would be interesting to see how customers would welcome this Honda City over its predecessor and also Hyundai Verna. But still, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that some cars’ just name is enough and Honda City is one of them coz it has made such an amazing place in its customers hearts.
|Comparison of New Honda City 2014|
|Comparison of New Honda City 2014 variants|