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    Detailed Analysis - New Honda City VX vs Hyundai Verna SX (O) Diesel MT Comparison - Which One To Buy?

    by Mahesh Yadav on Friday, Sep 18 2020

    In this detailed comparison review of the new Honda City VX and Hyundai Verna SX (O) diesel MT, we will compare the prices, features, maintenance & resale cost, depreciation, dimensions, engine specs, performance and mileage to find out which sedan offers better value for money and which one you should buy.

     

    New Honda City VX vs Hyundai Verna SX (O)

    New Honda City VX vs Hyundai Verna SX (O) Diesel MT - Price Comparison

    The new Honda City VX diesel costs Rs. 13.76 lakh while the Hyundai Verna SX (O) diesel MT costs Rs. 13.95 lakh (ex-showroom). The price difference between these two sedans is Rs. 19,000 and the Verna SX (O) diesel MT is the more expensive of the two cars here.

    The Honda City VX diesel is Rs. 1.5 lakh more expensive than the petrol manual. Hyundai asks for a slightly smaller premium of Rs. 1.35 lakh for the Verna SX (O) diesel over the SX (O) petrol MT.

    New City VX vs Verna SX (O)

    PRICE COMPARISON

    New City VX Diesel MT

    Difference

    Verna SX (O) Diesel MT

    Rs. 13,75,900

    Rs. 19,000

    Rs. 13,94,900

    New City VX vs Verna SX (O) 1.5 Diesel Manual Transmission - Safety Features Comparison

    Let’s first go through the common safety features available in these two sedans.

    Common Safety Features

    Here's the list of common safety features available in the new City VX and Verna SX (O):

    New City VX vs Verna SX (O)

    COMMON SAFETY FEATURES

    Std. Safety Features

    Front Seatbelt Pretensioners

    Rear Parking Camera

    ISOFIX

    Projector Headlamps

    Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock

    Rear Defogger

    Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

    Fog Lamps

    Hill Start Assist

    Front Thorax & Curtain Airbags

    Auto-dimming IRVM

    Electronic Stability Control

    Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

    Unique Safety Features

    With the common features out of the way, let’s now compare what unique features the new City VX and Verna SX (O) bring to the table.

    Unique Safety Features

    City VX

    Verna SX (O)

    Traction Control

    Cornering Lamps

     

    LED Headlamps

    New City VX vs Verna SX (O) Diesel Manual Transmission - Functional Features Comparison

    Let's first get the common functional features between these two cars out of the way.

    Common Functional Features

    The new City VX and Verna SX (O) have the following functional features in common:

    Also read - New Honda City VX vs Hyundai Verna SX (O) Petrol CVT Comparison - Which One To Buy?

    New City VX vs Verna SX (O)

    COMMON FUNCTIONAL FEATURES

    Height-adjustable Driver Seat

    Fixed Rear Headrests

    Tilt Steering

    Front & Rear Armrest

    Cruise Control

    Front & Rear Power Windows

    Electrically Adjustable & Foldable ORVMs

    Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop

    Follow-me-home Headlamps

    Rear Power Outlet / USB Charger

    Auto AC w/ Rear AC Vents

    Front & Rear Door Pockets

    Auto Headlamps

    Telematics & Connected Features

    Telescopic Steering

     

    Unique Functional Features

    The new City VX and Verna SX (O) offer the following unique functional features:

    Unique Functional Features

    New City VX

    Verna SX (O)

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    Hands Free Boot Unlock

     

    Driver Rear View Monitor

     

    Wireless Phone Charger

     

    Height Adjustable Seatbelts

     

    Ventilated Front Seats

     

    Adjustable Rear Headrests

     

    Cooled Glovebox

     

    Rear Windshield Sunshade

    New City VX vs Verna SX (O) Diesel MT - Entertainment Features Comparison

    Let's first list out the common entertainment features of these two sedans.

    Common Entertainment Features

    The new City VX and Verna SX (O) have the following entertainment features in common:

    New City VX vs Verna SX (O)

    COMMON ENTERTAINMENT FEATURES

    Touchscreen Infotainment System

    Voice Commands via Smartphone

    Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

    AUX-in, USB & Bluetooth

    Front & Rear Speakers

    Steering-mounted Audio Controls

    2 Tweeters

     

    Unique Entertainment Features

    The new City VX and Verna SX (O) offer the following unique entertainment features:

    Unique Entertainment Features

    New City VX

    Verna SX (O)

    2 Tweeters (Additional)

    In-built Navigation

    New City VX vs Verna SX (O) Diesel Manual - Style Features Comparison

    First, we'll go through the common style features of these two cars.

    Common Style Features

    The new City VX and Verna SX (O) have the following style features in common:

    New City VX vs Verna SX (O)

    COMMON STYLE FEATURES

    Alloy Wheels

    Body Coloured ORVMs

    LED DRLs

    ORVMs w/ Turn Indicators

    LED Tail Lamps

    Shark Fin Antenna

    Body Coloured Bumpers

    Sunroof

    Leather-wrapped Steering

    Digital Instrument Cluster

    Unique Style Features

    The new City VX and Verna SX (O) offer the following unique style features:

    Unique Style Features

    New City VX

    Verna SX (O)

    Fabric Seats

    Sound Mood Lights

     

    Chrome Door Handles

     

    Leather Upholstery

     

    Sound Mood Lights

     

    Chrome Door Handles

    New City VX vs Verna SX (O) Diesel MT - Dimension Comparison

    The new Honda City’s length of more than 4.5m technically puts it in the D-segment. It is long and it shows when you see it on the road. Not only does the City have a better road presence than the Verna, but it also has a larger boot space. However, Verna’s wider tyres give it a strong presence too.

    New City VX vs Verna SX (O)

    DIMENSIONS COMPARISON

     

    New City VX

    Verna SX (O)

    Length

    4549mm

    4440mm

    Width

    1748mm

    1729mm

    Height

    1489mm

    1475mm

    Wheelbase

    2600mm

    2600mm

    Boot Space

    506-lt

    465-lt

    Ground Clearance

    165mm*

    165mm*

    Fuel Tank

    40-lt

    45-lt

    Tyre Size (Min)

    185/55 R16

    195/55 R16

    New City VX vs Verna SX (O) Diesel Manual - Engine Specs Comparison

    While the City had a more powerful petrol engine than the Verna, the scorecard tips in Verna’s favour when we compare the diesel engines of these two sedans. The Verna diesel has a notable 15PS more power than the City diesel. The torque gap is even greater as the Verna diesel has 50Nm better torque output than the City. Verna’s torque also peaks 250rpm sooner and it has a much wider band than the City’s. Even if you factor in the Verna diesel’s heavier kerb weight, it still manages to deliver 33Nm/tonne better torque-to-weight ratio than the City diesel while beating the City with better mileage figure too.

    Also Read - New Honda City V vs Hyundai Verna SX Petrol CVT Comparison - Which One To Buy?

    Looking at these cars’ diesel engine specs, it’s clear that the Verna has a far superior engine than the City.

    New City VX vs Verna SX (O)

    DIESEL ENGINE SPECS COMPARISON

     

    New City VX

    Verna SX (O)

    Displacement

    1.5-litre

    1.5-litre

    Cylinder

    4

    4

    Cubic Capacity

    1498cc

    1493cc

    Max Power

    100PS @ 3600rpm

    115PS @ 4000rpm

    Power:Weight

    83.96PS/t

    92.37PS/t

    Peak Torque

    200Nm @ 1750rpm

    250Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

    Torque:Weight

    167.93Nm/t

    200.80Nm/t

    Transmission

    6-speed

    6-peed

    Mileage

    24.1kmpl

    25kmpl

    New City VX vs Verna SX (O) Diesel MT - Which Sedan Should You Buy?

    Hyundai's diesel engines have been the yardstick for measuring refinement, drivability and efficiency in every segment and the Verna’s new 1.5L engine is no different. However, it’s not that the Verna’s diesel engine is so much better than the City’s. Actually, the City’s engine that disappoints in this comparison and doesn't even put up a fight. It’s noisier, has less power, way less torque and is still Rs. 1.5 lakh more expensive than the City petrol. The Verna diesel is better priced at a premium of Rs. 1.35 lakh over the Verna petrol and beats the City VX diesel in every way imaginable.

    Plus, the Verna SX (O) offers a lot more unique features over the City VX. So, if you want a well-equipped sedan with a diesel engine, you should go with the Verna SX (O). Mind you, the City’s diesel engine can do the job but next to the Verna, it feels like it belongs in a lower segment car. The recommendation would’ve been in City VX’ favour if it were Rs. 50,000 cheaper.

    CITY VX vs VERNA SX (O) DIESEL MT | ADVANTAGES

     

    City VX Diesel

    Verna SX (O) Diesel

    Qualitative Analysis

    Bigger dimensions. Much better road presence.

    Better diesel engine with more power, torque, more refinement and better mileage. Wider service network.

    Quantitative Analysis

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    Verna diesel will have lower ownership costs because of better mileage and relatively better resale value despite a marginally higher upfront cost.

    Features

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    Higher perceived value of features

    Winner

    Verna SX (O) - Because of a lot more features, better performance, mileage, refinement and overall, lower cost of ownership for a 5-year 50,000km ownership period.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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