The City once a favourite in the C-segment lost some of its sparkle over the years mainly due to the fact that it did not have a diesel engine and once the rivals came in it really felt underequipped and overpriced. But the Honda City has come back in a new avatar blazing guns with good levels of localisation, which helped it have a very sharp price, its feature packed and of course it now has a diesel engine under its hood.
Hyundai have also updated their Verna to match up with the City. Both the Japanese and Korean cars score in their stylish looks. The new City is almost in similar in looks to the outgoing one but a few nips and tucks have made it keep up with times. But the top honors in the look department go to the fluidic design of the Verna. To take on the City, Hyundai has given a few changes too – top end models are getting new design alloy wheels, projector headlamps, LED day time running lights and illuminated switches inside the cabin.
On the interiors it is pretty much the same story. Both the cars have Bluetooth, Aux in/USB port, steering mounted controls, electric adjust mirrors, rear view camera, electric folding mirrors, leather upholstery, 2 airbags and keyless go. The Verna comes with rear parking sensors, while the City has rear AC vents for the rear passengers. The Verna has a more airy, well laid and classy central console. The Verna’s two-tone dash with wood and silver inlays looks a bit traditional when compared to the City’s black dash with a silver ‘T’ running across.
The City has the best seats which are a combination of soft cushioning, comfortable backrest angle and loads of space in front. The head space does look a bit less though. The Verna‘s seats are low and lacks thigh support. The cabin looks claustrophobic because of the Verna’s angular styling and the small rear windows.
As for the boot space, it’s the City with its 510 litres that is considerably bigger than the 465 L of the Verna.
With the diesel 1.5 i-DTEC unit, the fuel consumption of the City is as high as 26 kmpl. The petrol City variant has a 1.5 litre i-VTEC engine. The Verna has petrol and diesel variants with a VTVT1.4 litre and a CRDI 1.6 litre, respectively. Both promise impressive mileage with the petrol claiming 17 kmpl and the diesel, an even higher 22 kmpl. With just 99 bhp, the City’s lack of outright punch shows in its 0-100 kph time. At 14.75 s, it is considerably off the 10.5 sec time set by the Verna.