Hyundai Verna vs Honda City

by Vivaan Khatri | 25/10/2019
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Honda City and Hyundai Verna are the two close rivals in the segment of midsize sedans. Let’s consider every single aspect of the two premium cars to find out which one will make a better purchasing choice.

Honda City and Hyundai Verna are the two close rivals in the segment of midsize sedans. Let’s consider every single aspect of the two premium cars to find out which one will make a better purchasing choice.

1. Hyundai Verna vs Honda City: Dimension 

Before getting into the details, let’s take a look at the dimension of these two cars.

Surprisingly, Hyundai Verna and Honda City feature the same length of 4,440mm. However, at 1,729mm, the Verna is wider than the City which is only 1,695mm in width. But the City is slightly higher than the Verna.

Dimension  Hyundai Verna  Honda City
 Length  4440mm  4440mm
 Width   1729mm  1695mm
 Height   1475mm  1495mm
 Wheelbase  2590mm  2600mm

2. Hyundai Verna vs Honda City: Exterior

Looking at the exterior, you might find it hard to pick a better design. Both of them feature an eye-pleasing and proportionate design. However, none of them could really stand out from the crowd.

With regards to the front side, it is fair to say that the City would be the one to score more in terms of the exterior design. First of all, the Honda City has current and advanced features like LED headlamps. Honda City steps up the game by merging the headlights with the grille, making it more cohesive and classier. From the side, the highlight is its large-sized 16-inch wheels, which gives strength to the design and marks the newest City from the former model.

Hyundai Verna black color angle view

Honda City is blessed with more exterior features like LED headlamps

On the other hand, the Verna does look smart with a simple design. Even though it doesn’t feature the LED headlamps like the City, the Verna is provided with projector beams and cornering-function foglamps. Featuring same-sized wheels as the City, however, the Verna doesn’t have it look as bold as the City. From the rear side, the Verna doesn’t look different from its predecessor – the Elantra. It could be said that it is a good choice for the Verna. 

One plus point for the Verna is that it does better in terms of fit and finish. You can see it clearly when opening and closing Verna’s car door. It will remind much of the European cars.

3. Hyundai Verna vs Honda City: Interior

Now, let’s get inside the car to see which one will offer more comfort and convenience. 

Admittedly, the City has a more appealing and charming exterior than the Verna. With the beige-and-black theme, the City looks brighter and more premium. Moreover, the chrome insert also adds more flavor and premiumness. Whereas the Verna seems to aim at a more simple and standard-looking with the grey and black interior. 

Hyundai Verna interior dashboard

Honda City Dashboard

The dash of the City looks busier and cooler than the Verna

The dashboard of the City is obviously cooler and busier than in the Verna. But the cool-looking dash is picked at the expense of the practicality. In other words, Verna’s dashboard is set up with familiar layout, which allows better operation for the driver, whereas, the City with playful layout will take you more times to figure out where to perform a certain function, especially with the AC controls. And looking closer, you will soon realize that the Verna will have better material quality.

Hyundai Verna Cabin space

Honda City interior space

Considering the interior space, it is the City that boasts more room

In terms of space, the City is obviously the winner here. Especially with the second rear, the Verna could not provide a decent room for 6 footers. With the boot space, the City owns a larger room of 520 liter whereas, for the Verna, it is only 480 liter. Both of the cars offer a good storage room. 

4. Hyundai Verna vs Honda City: Feature

The Verna and City share some features like AC vents, automatic AC, start/stop button, chilling gloveboxes, cruise control and electrically adjustable and foldable mirrors, and of course, sunroofs. Both of them have a 7-inch touchscreen, however, there are some certain differences when it comes to the performance of the touchscreen. Hyundai Verna’s is more responsive. Moreover, the Verna supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink whereas the City only comes with MirrorLink support.

Hyundai Verna Touchscreen

Honda City Touchscreen

Hyundai Verna's touchscreen is more responsive than Honda City

If you are a fan of a good sound system, you should opt for the City as it features 8 speakers with high-quality sounds, while the Verna only have a 6-speaker sound system.  

The on-paper output figures aren’t all that different but they do offer very distinct drive experiences. For starters, the Hyundai Verna’s refinement levels and noise management are easily among the best in the class. Save for some tyre noise, there’s barely a sound that creeps into the cabin and the engine is smooth enough that at idle, it makes you wonder if it’s even running. In isolation, the City’s i-VTEC engine is still very refined but a fair amount of engine and ambient noises do find their way inside. The Verna’s simply taken the game ahead. 

5. Hyundai Verna vs Honda City: Performance

Now, let’s take a look at the performance of the Verna and the City.

The Verna could deliver a good performance at low-rev range. Even you are driving in sixth gear, Verna still can smoothly run at 30kmph, which is not the case for the City. Therefore, Verna seems to outperform Honda City in city driving which would require more speed changing. 

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What about the highway performance? The two cars do fell capable. However, it is harder to work the engine up to high speed driving for the City, whereas the Verna could do it at ease. And the City is also louder at when revving up.

Honda City outdoor background

The City displays a more peppy drive

Hyundai Verna side view on a glass house

Hyundai Verna, on the other hand, feels more stable and refined

On the bright side, the City could accelerate faster. It takes 9.64 seconds to run from 0-100kmph whereas the Verna takes 11.3 seconds to do the same thing.

Generally, Hyundai Verna contributes a refined and stable performance whereas the City is a rev-happy car with a more exciting drive. 

As the City requires more gearshift at city driving, it consumes slightly more than the Verna. But when it comes to highway driving, the two are on the same level.

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Riding and Handling

The Hyundai Verna offers a calmer and stable riding quality. When it comes to bad roads, the car could handle very well and give out a pleasant drive. It is different for the City, which is equipped with a stiffer suspension. Corning is a not a big deal for the City, and its steering also feels more precise and responsive, but in the case of normal driving, a good handling seems to be not a comfortable company.

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