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New Honda City diesel vs Hyundai Verna diesel: Comparison

by Vikrant Singh Photography: Eshan Shetty Posted on 25 Feb 2014142,243 Views55 Comments

The new Honda City diesel meets the updated Hyundai Verna diesel, its fiercest rival. So, which car wins? Read on...


Honda City and Hyundai Verna front stills



The new Honda City is already a success having sold more units in its first month since launch than any of its predecessors ever managed.  And to do so at a time when the automotive industry isn’t in its pink of health makes this feat even more commendable. But then, the City was always a popular model and when a new generation of a popular model arrives, it always manages to do well. We call it the honeymoon period. The real challenge for the new Honda City now will be to keep this momentum going. And to do that it must first prove to be a better buying proposition than the current king of the mid-sized class – the Hyundai Verna.


The Hyundai Verna is a good looking car, both inside and out. And, this is also partly the reason for its success. It looks modern and racy; upmarket and showy. And, now with its newly designed 16-inch alloy wheels and LED garnish for the projector type head lamps, there’s a hint more freshness to its design. Even otherwise, the Verna’s well defined lines and detailing, good proportions and a swopping roof line have always helped it give an added dose of visual drama missing in the competition.



Honda City and Hyundai Verna front action



The new Honda City isn’t short on street presence either. It is more conventional looking than the Verna, but it still has a contemporary appeal. The wide chrome grille that integrates with the sleek headlamps as if it were all a single unit, give the new Honda City its unique identity. Its design lines are pronounced too and though the new City is exactly the same length as its predecessor, these lines help give the new car a sense of length and elegance one associates with more expensive cars. We also like the long tail lamp that runs into the bootlid. The only thing we didn’t like about the new City’s exterior is its 15-inch alloy wheel design; it just looks dated and low key.


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