Among all the mid-size sedans sold in India, few fight it out like the Honda City and the Hyundai Verna. Both of these cars contribute to a good portion of their respective manufacturers’ monthly sales tally. Similarly, the two also wrestle each month to try and win the top spot when it comes to their individual sales numbers. And it seems like last month was the month of the Honda City, which sold 3,128 units compared to the Hyundai Verna’s tally of 2,552 units. However, it is to be noted that the City’s sales figure takes into account both the fourth-gen and fifth-gen models. On the other hand, Hyundai only sells one iteration of the Verna in India.
Compared to their March 2021 performance, April was a mixed bag for these two sedans. Due to issues regarding semiconductor shortages, Honda only managed to sell 815 City units in March. Meanwhile, the same month saw Hyundai moving a total of 2,778 Verna units. This means that April 2021 witnessed Hyundai Verna’s sales dipping by 8 percent, month-on-month. On the other hand, sales of the Honda City last month picked up by a staggering 284 percent, month-on-month. As mentioned earlier, Honda City is available in two different avatars. The fourth-gen City is offered in two variants, retailing for between Rs 9.30 Lakh and Rs 10.00 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Meanwhile, the new fifth-gen Honda City gets three variants along with petrol and diesel engine options. The price tag ranges between Rs 11.00 Lakh and Rs 14.95 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), making it a far more expensive choice compared to the previous-gen model. Under the hood, the fourth-gen City houses a 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 117hp and 145Nm of torque. Unlike the all-new model, the old City is only offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Speaking of which, the fifth-gen iteration comes with four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. In its petrol-only form, the 1.5-liter four-popper makes 119hp (2hp more than in the old model) and 145Nm of torque.
The 1.5-liter oil burner in the new Honda City pumps out 99hp and 200Nm of peak torque. This powerplant can only be had with a 6-speed manual gearbox, though. On the other hand, the petrol version of the fifth-gen City offers customers a choice between the 6-speed manual and a CVT automatic. As far as safety features are concerned, the fourth-gen Honda City gets ABS with EBD, dual front airbags, ISOFIX anchor points, rear parking sensors, and a rear defogger. Obviously, the newer fifth-gen City gets even more – up to six airbags, Hill Start Assist, Electronic Stability & Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Assist, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and Honda’s LaneWatch Camera.
When it comes to the Hyundai Verna, prices range between Rs 9.19 Lakh and Rs 15.25 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Customers can choose from one of four variants and there are three engines available. This includes a 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder that makes 113hp and 144Nm, a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo-petrol with 118hp and 172Nm, and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel with 113hp and 250Nm.
Meanwhile, gearbox options include a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic, and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. The Verna gets safety features such as ABS with EBD, six airbags, Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control, Hill Start Assist Control, parking sensors with a rearview camera, and ISOFIX anchor points.