2020 Hyundai Verna vs 2020 Honda City Comparison – Which is better?

by Vivaan Khatri | 04/12/2019
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In this post, we Compare 2020 Hyundai Verna vs 2020 Honda City on the basis of dimensions, interior, safety, specifications, price and rivals

1. 2020 Hyundai Verna vs 2020 Honda City: Introduction

In the current years, both Honda City and Hyundai Verna are the biggest competitors in space of sedans. The rivalry will be heated up since both models will come back with new updates in 2020. Even though both City and Verna 2020 are not officially launched yet, the details of these two models are widely-spread. Based on the given details, IndianAuto will stack two new cars against each other to see which car – Hyundai Verna or Honda City – will be a better purchase for Indian buyers.

While 2020 Honda City recently made its debut in Thailand, the upcoming Hyundai Verna marked its first appearance in China. Both of them will enter the Indian market in the following year. Honda City will come with a completely new look. On the other hand, the new Hyundai Verna is only a facelift version of the outgoing model, however, Hyundai will come at full force in giving its sedan a comprehensive facelift makeover. It also means that both of the cars will have something new and worth the wait.

2. 2020 Hyundai Verna vs 2020 Honda City: Dimensions

In terms of car sizes, the 2020 Honda City is bigger in almost every dimension, from the length, width. Let’s look at the details below:

Dimensions
Honda City
 Hyundai Verna
Length
4553
4405
Width
1748
1720
Height
1467
1455
Wheelbase
2589
2600

At 4553 mm, 2020 Honda City is longer than the new Hyundai Verna by 148 mm. It is 1748 mm wide, marking a difference of 28 mm when compared to Hyundai Verna’s 1720 mm width. Hyundai Verna only wins in terms of height by a margin of 11 mm. With the dimension details, 2020 Honda City is easily the winner when it comes to size.

3. 2020 Hyundai Verna vs 2020 Honda City: Exterior and Interior

Exterior Comparison

2020 Honda City was taken the wrap off in Thailand. It was the first time we saw the new Honda City at its full grace. With the new generation updates, Honda extends the influence of the Civic design on the Honda City. As other Honda new cars, Honda City looks plush, and at the same time, retaining a classy and matured design. On the front end, Honda City brings a large chrome bar to the centre of the grille. Along with the flashy headlights, the new Honda City is surely a head-turner.

honda city 2020 red colour

Honda City 2020 is thoroughly updated in terms of exterior 

hyundai verna red colour front

Hyundai Verna 2020 Facelift also looks fresh in its own way

Compared to Honda City 2020, Hyundai Verna looks sleeker with its dominant cascading grille and aggressive headlights, together with a sculptured fog light housing. Undoubtedly, this plush design will attract a large following in the Chinese market. However, in our market, car buyers are still showing some resistance toward this design style from Hyundai, take Toyota Yaris for example. Coming to the rear end, Hyundai is showing a convincing design which looks completely different from any other Hyundai cars.

Interior Comparison

Both Honda City and Hyundai Verna 2020 will carry a dual-tone interior theme. Besides, both cars will employ 8-inch touchscreens with all the necessary connectivity support. 

Taking on the full connotation of a generation upgrade, the new-gen Honda City will receive a new dashboard design. Along with the growing size, the Honda City now allows the occupants to enjoy an even better interior space.

honda city 2020 interior

Honda City 2020's interior bears little resemblence with the curent-gen model

On the other hand, the facelifted Hyundai Verna will not see many major changes regarding interior design. The interior is enhanced by some twists in the material uses and slightly curvier silhouette.

2020 hyundai verna dashboard

Hyundai Verna 2020 looks similar to its outgoing version

4. 2020 Hyundai Verna vs 2020 Honda City: Features

Safety features comparison

Hyundai Verna and Honda City offer standard features including six airbags, ABS with EBD, vehicle stability assist, hill start assist and rear camera. However, for Hyundai Verna, the list doesn’t end here. It now features a tyre pressure monitoring system. Besides, on the Chinese market, Hyundai Verna comes with a special active safety package including lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, forward collision avoidance, and lane departure warning.

Comfort features comparison

On the inside, both of the car manufacturers aggressively update the interior with better equipment packages, in hope to capture the customers. For the Honda City, the interior now comes with an 8-inch Honda Connect infotainment touchscreen supported by both Apple Carplay and Android Auto at the centre of the dashboard. Additionally, Honda City also sports features like an automatic sunroof, push-button start-stop and cruise control. On the base variant, Honda City will offer height-adjustable driver seat function, one push ignition, and multifunction steering wheel. The Honda City RS will be added with a cruise control system, paddle-shift as well as an 8-speaker system.

Following the current trend of providing highly-advanced connectivity support, Hyundai also has the new Verna loaded with some distinctive features such as the Hyundai Blue Link connectivity system, full digital MID. For a facelift version, these updates are beyond the expectation. 

5. 2020 Hyundai Verna vs 2020 Honda City: Which car stands out in terms of performance?

The outgoing engines powering Honda City are the most powerful units in its class. Coming to the new generation, Honda will continue to utilize these units after updating them to meet the new emission norms. Hyundai Verna facelift, on the other hand, will carry the engines from the Kia Seltos to its motor range.

Hyundai Verna vs Honda City Petrol

On the petrol range, Honda City is likely to retain its current engine offer which is acknowledged as the most powerful in its space. It will be powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine which puts out a maximum power of 119 PS and a 145 Nm of peak torque. It comes with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT gearbox. Apart from this, the Honda City also gets a 1.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine which 122 PS and 173 PS. However, this performance-oriented trim is unlikely to make its way to India market.

Specs
Honda City
Hyundai Verna
Engine Type
Petrol
Petrol
Displacement
1.5-litre
1.0-litre
1.5-litre
1.4-litre
No. of cylinders
4
3
4
4
Power (Ps)
119
122
115
99
Torque (Nm)
145
173
144
132
Gearbox
5-speed manual transmission/CVT
CVT
6-speed manual transmission/CVT
6-speed manual/CVT

On the other hand, Hyundai Verna receives power from a 1.5-litre petrol engine that puts out a 115 PS of power and 144 Nm of peak torque. Similarly, the new Verna petrol variant offers two transmission options, a 5-speed manual transmission and a CVT gearbox. Besides, Hyundai Verna also brings forward the familiar 1.4-litre petrol engine which is doing duty on its current base variant. This engine can make a maximum power of 99 PS and a peak torque of 132 Nm.  

Hyundai Verna vs Honda City Diesel

The new Hyundai Verna will make use of a Kia-sourced 1.5 diesel engine. With this engine, the Hyundai Vern can deliver 115 PS and 250 Nm. It is offered with two gearbox options, 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission.

Specs
Honda City
Hyundai Verna
Engine Type
Diesel
Diesel
Displacement
1.5-litre
1.5-litre
No. of cylinders
4
4
Power (Ps)
100
115
Torque (Nm)
200
250
Gearbox
6-speed manual transmission
6-speed manual
6-speed automatic transmission

Honda City gets a diesel engine of the same displacement. The 1.5-litre diesel engine on the Honda City can make a 100PS of power and 200Nm of peak torque. The engine is solely mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox.

6. 2020 Hyundai Verna vs 2020 Honda City Price: Which car is cheaper?

Model Name
Honda City
Hyundai Verna
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Rs 9.81 lakh to Rs 14.16 lakh
Rs 8.17 lakh to Rs 14.07 lakh
Price (on-road, Delhi)
Rs 10.9 lakh to Rs Rs 16.56 lakh
Rs 9.25 lakh to Rs 16.85 lakh

Recently, Honda City is pricier than the Hyundai Verna. The gap between Honda City and Hyundai Verna’s price is the widest on the lower range. Coming to the top-spec, the difference has dwindled to only Rs 9,000. Currently, Honda City is priced between Rs 9.81 lakh to Rs 14.16 lakh. On the other hand, Hyundai Verna’s price ranges from Rs 8.17 lakh to Rs 14.07 lakh.

The official price for new Honda City and new Hyundai Verna are not revealed yet. However, it is expected both will see a price hike. It seems that Hyundai Verna will end up with a price advantage over the Honda City since the Hyundai Verna sources car parts from at least two other models, hence keeping a good price difference from its rival.

7. 2020 Hyundai Verna vs 2020 Honda City: Other Competitors

Other competitors
Compare with Model 1
Maruti Ciaz
Honda City vs Maruti Ciaz
Volkswagen Vento
Honda City vs Volkswagen Vento
Toyota Yaris
Honda City vs Toyota Yaris

8. 2020 Hyundai Verna vs 2020 Honda City: Other Competitors

Other competitors
Compare to Hyundai Verna
Maruti Ciaz
Hyundai Verna vs Maruti Ciaz
Volkswagen Vento
Hyundai Verna vs Volkswagen Vento
Toyota Yaris
Hyundai Verna vs Toyota Yaris

9. Verdict: Which model worth buying – 2020 Hyundai Verna vs 2020 Honda City

Each car of the pair has its own charm. Honda City is a good choice if you want to have a good-looking car with powerful performance and high fuel efficiency. On the other hands, if you are eyeing for a youthful look, well-equipped interior and good price, Hyundai Verna will definitely make the cut. However, to observe the true strengths of each model, let’s wait until these two models go on sale in India.

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