Ciaz vs Verna: Maruti-Suzuki and Hyundai Battle it Out for C-Segment Supremacy

Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz vs Hyundai Verna: Detailed Comparison of Features and Specifications

Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz vs Hyundai Verna: Detailed Comparison of Features and Specifications

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.


Ciaz vs Verna: Dimensions

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.

Ciaz vs Verna: Performance Comparison

Engine Specifications (Petrol):

Parameters Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz Hyundai Verna
Capacity 1373cc 1398cc /1591cc
Power 91bhp@6600RPM 100bhp@6000RPM/123bhp@6400RPM
Torque 130Nm@4600RPM 132Nm@4000RPM/151Nm@4850RPM
Transmission 5-Speed 6-Speed
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
Capacity 1248cc 1591cc
Power 88bhp@3600PM 128bhp@4000RPM
Torque 200Nm@1750RPM 259Nm@1500-3000RPM
Transmission 5-Speed 6-Speed

ciaz vs verna hyundai engine

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.

ciaz vs verna suzuki engine

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.

Ciaz vs Verna: Features and Equipment

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.

ciaz vs verna hyundai interior

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.

ciaz vs verna suzuki interior

Ciaz vs Verna: Pricing

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).

Ciaz vs Verna: Conclusion

  • Dimensions: The Ciaz wins hands down in the dimensions. It feels very spacious, lush and very comfortable. The Verna is no doubt good in this aspect, but just not as good the Ciaz.
  • Performance: The Verna dominates the Ciaz here. The Ciaz is very underpowered to take on the Verna. Be it petrol or diesel, the Verna has the upper hand. This attribute shines even more on the Automatic version where the Verna’s fluidic (pun intended) gearbox just takes the cake.
  • Fuel Efficiency and Range: The Verna has slightly more fuel capacity than the Ciaz. However, the Ciaz takes the clear upper hand in terms of fuel efficiency. It’s so much higher on the Ciaz that the effective range is also more than the Verna. This round goes to the Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz
  • Features and Equipment: Both cars are well packed with equipment. But the Verna packs a lot more than the Ciaz. Be it the exterior or the interior, the Verna has a lot going on. The design language really makes you want to take a look at it again when you pass by it. The Ciaz doesn’t really have this effect. Even on the inside, the Verna’s cabin feels a lot plusher and more loaded than the Ciaz. Safety features are also better on the Verna. The Hyundai Verna wins here.
  • Price: The Verna is just marginally more expensive than the Ciaz in base form. In the case of the top-end variant, however, the Ciaz’s price massively undercuts the Verna’s. The Ciaz’s top-end hybrid version costs a whopping 1.3 lakhs than the Verna. Another round to the Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz.
  • Final Verdict: Both these cars are really capable sedans and very closely matched. Overall, the Ciaz presents itself in a perfect harmony of practicality and comfort. The Verna touts more on the features and luxury which explains why you are paying a premium there. At the end of the day, it does boil down to your preference if you want the added element of luxury as seen on the Verna or the effective practicality as seen on the Ciaz. But taking this comparison and the entire criterion discussed above, the Ciaz wins in 3 aspects while the Verna wins in two. So from a holistic viewpoint, the winner of the Ciaz vs Verna showdown is the Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz.