The C-Segment Sedan Category has been a heated battleground Indian carmakers. One of the newer entrants to this segment was the Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz. Maruti’s earlier venture in this category with the SX4 wasn’t as successful as they’d hoped. But with the more contemporary Ciaz, they’re back in the game with nothing short of a vengeance. The other very popular Asian marquee, Hyundai is also contesting here with their Verna. The Verna was present in the market much earlier since 2006. The first generation didn’t really do a lot of damage. However, the following generations with the “Fluidic” design language racked up sales like nothing. With two prime offerings from each manufacturer, choosing between them can become a tad difficult. Here, we will compare the attributes of both cars and come to a conclusion as to which car triumphs. So without any further delays, let’s commence the Ciaz vs Verna battle.
|Measurements||Maruti Suzuki Ciaz||Hyundai Verna|
|Length||4490 mm||4400 mm|
|Width||1730 mm||1729 mm|
|Height||1485 mm||1475 mm|
|Wheelbase||2650 mm||2600 mm|
|Tyre Size||185/65 R15, 195/65 R16||185/55 R15, 195/55 R16|
|Ground Clearance||170 mm||165 mm|
|Boot Space||510 Litres||480 Litres|
|Weight||1010-1135 Kg||1040-1170 Kg|
In terms of dimensions, the Ciaz is ahead of the Verna in pretty much every aspect. It’s longer in length, has almost the same width and more headroom as well. Even the ground clearance is 5 mm more in the case of the Ciaz. This attribute will indeed come very handy in a country like ours. Adding to that, Verna also falls back on boot space. It is also marginally heavier than the Ciaz through every variant.
Engine Specifications (Petrol):
|Parameters||Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz||Hyundai Verna|
|Power||[email protected]||[email protected]/[email protected]|
|Torque||[email protected]||[email protected]/[email protected]|
|Fuel Tank||43 Litres||45 Litre|
|Fuel Efficiency||19-28 Km/l||17-24 Km/l|
Engine Specifications (Diesel):
|Parameters||Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz||Hyundai Verna|
|Power||[email protected]||[email protected]|
|Torque||[email protected]||[email protected]|
Moving to the performance, this is where the Verna shines. Maruti-Suzuki only offers one engine option for the Ciaz in both petrol and diesel variants. The petrol variant is powered by a 1.4-litre engine. The Hyundai Verna, on the other hand, comes with a 1.4 and a 1.6-litre option. Even the smaller 1.4 engine outperforms the Ciaz by a small margin. The 1.6 Verna totally overshadows the Ciaz.
With the diesel variant, the results are the same. Here the Ciaz is equipped with an even smaller 1.3-litre power plant. The Verna uses a similar capacity 1.6 engine. In terms of power, the Verna puts out 40 bhp more while the torque output is excess by 60 Nm. There is no replacement for displacement and it shows very clearly in this case.
Both come with torque converter type automatic options but a different number of gears. The Verna is equipped with a 6-speed automatic gearbox while the Ciaz gets a 4-speed automatic. Here again, the Verna shines with better refinement and slicker shifts. The Ciaz is good for traffic crawling but is too efficiency oriented. The Verna performs acceptably well at slow speeds and it really shines when you’re punching the throttle. The higher RPM range is where the Ciaz struggles a lot. It’s best suited for easy throttle application.
Moving on to the interiors and equipment, both cars are aimed at radiating premium appeal. They are both focussed on comfort and luxury and not sportiness.
The top end Verna comes packed with ventilated front seats, rear AC vents, a retractable rear sun curtain, seat height adjustment, an electric sunroof, a sliding central armrest, steering mounted audio and cruise control buttons, a cooled glove box, and a 7-inch touch-screen display with a Hyundai Sync module. Safety features are also top notch on the Verna with 6 airbags on the top variants. The Verna has a very strong street presence courtesy the “Fluidic” design language. It looks good from all angles. The front looks especially attractive with the Sonata inspired headlamp cluster. The chrome bits are placed very sensibly around the car and don’t look overdone by any means.
The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz comes with rear AC vents, reading lamps, a retractable rear sunshade, a rear armrest with cup holders, steering mounted audio and call controls, an overhead sunlight pocket, a utility box on the front armrest and a 7-inch touchscreen system without any added app integration. The Ciaz also has an LED strip-projector lamp setup but the LED strip here doesn’t function as DRLs. The car looks very decent on the whole but isn’t as eye catchy as the Verna. The rear section also looks like it’s been picked off straight from the Honda City so a slight lack of originality here.
Pricing for the Hyundai Verna starts at Rs. 7.89 lakhs for the base petrol variant and goes up all the way to Rs.12.99 lakhs for the fully-loaded diesel automatic variant. The Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz, on the other hand, starts at Rs. 7.83 lakhs and goes up to 11.62 lakhs (All prices ex-showroom).