In FY2019-20, Hyundai Motor India and Honda Cars India limited had managed to sell almost the same number of units of the Verna and City, respectively.
Hyundai Verna was recently updated with a mid-life facelift for the year 2020, and the new model is expected to be more popular in the Indian market, with its primary USP being its extensive list of equipment and features. During the previous financial year, i.e., FY2019-20, Hyundai was able to sell almost as many Verna models as Honda was able to sell its closest rival, the City.
In FY2019-20, the total sales volume generated by the Hyundai Verna was 20,894 units. This is quite an impressive number, just shy of the Honda City’s total sales of 20,912 units during the same period. Hyundai’s sales are extremely impressive considering how strong the Honda brand name is in India. That said, Hyundai has actually managed to find a great balance with the Indian audience, enjoying great success with its affordable cars as well as its premium ones, from Santro to Creta. Honda, on the other hand, has mostly been able to find traction for its premium models, and even its affordable models, like the Jazz and now-discontinued Brio.
Hyundai Verna is available with three engine options. The first one is a 1.5-litre, naturally aspirated, inline-4 petrol engine, capable of generating 115 PS of maximum power and 144 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to a 6-speed manual as standard and a CVT is optional. The second one is a 1.5-litre, turbocharged, inline-4 diesel engine which produces 115 PS and 250 Nm. It is paired to a 6-speed manual as standard, with the option for a 6-speed automatic as well. The last option is a 1.0-litre, turbocharged, inline-3 petrol powerplant, which generates 120 PS and 170 Nm. It is only available with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Honda City is currently available with a single engine option, a 1.5-litre, naturally aspirated, inline-4 petrol engine. This motor can belt out a maximum of 119 PS and 145 Nm, and can either be had with a 5-speed manual or a CVT automatic. There was a 1.5-litre diesel engine on offer as well, but it has been temporarily discontinued right now. That engine was only available with a 6-speed manual gearbox. We expect this engine to return in the next-gen model, which is due for a launch soon.