New Honda City vs Hyundai Verna Comparison

New generation Honda City is just a few days away from rekindling its rivalry with the segment car while the facelifted Verna introduced back in March 2020 is gaining quick popularity. Here is a comparison of Honda City and Hyundai Verna.

Honda City vs Hyundai Verna Comparison
1. Honda City Exterior 2. Hyundai Verna Exterior

Honda City 2020 vs Hyundai Verna Dimensions Comparison – Which one is bigger?

Honda City measures 4,549 mm long, 1,748 mm wide, 1,489 mm tall and wheelbase is 2600 mm. Boot space of new Honda city is lower by 4 litres at 506 L while turning radius of the sedan is 5.4 m. On the other hand, Hyundai Verna is 4,440 mm long, 1,729 mm wide and 1,475 mm tall. Boot capacity is 480 Litres.

DimensionsNew Honda City Hyundai Verna 
Length4549 mm4440 mm
Width1748 mm1729 mm
Height1489 mm1475 mm
Wheelbase2600 mm2600 mm
Ground Clearance165 mm165 mm
Turning Radius5.4 m5.2 m
Boot Space506 L480 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 40 L45 L
Wheel Size185 / 55 R16195 / 55 R16


  • Honda City is longer than Verna by 119 mm
  • In terms of width, the difference is minimum with Verna taking the lead by 21 mm
  • While Honda City is taller than Hyundai Verna by 14 mm
  • Wheelbase of both these cars is exactly same
  • Ground Clearance of both the sedans is rated at 165 mm
  • Hyundai Verna has a smaller turning circle of 5.2 metres as compared to the longer 5.4 m of Honda City
  • 26 litres of extra trunk capacity over Hyundai Verna is offered in Honda City
  • Hyundai Verna has a 5 litres bigger fuel tank than the City sedan
  • Hyundai Verna has a slightly bigger wheel while both of them are of 16-inches.

Honda City has been always the spacious car in its segment and with increase in overall specifications, it has got to offer much more space inside the cabin.

Honda City vs Hyundai Verna Exteriors Comparison – Which looks more stylish?

Honda City and Hyundai Verna features LED headlamps with DRLs but the one those on City really look stunning. Hyundai Verna features cascading grille while with the use of single slat front chrome grille, Honda City looks pretty neat.

The diamond cut alloy wheels of Hyundai Verna are much attractive than Thailand-spec Honda City’s RS alloys which the Honda City in India will ride on. Outside door handles of Verna also comes in chrome treatment.

Both the sedans features LED tail lamps but the one in Honda City with Z-Shape looks slightly better than that of Hyundai Verna

While Hyundai Verna has a more stylish appeal, Honda City is inclined towards providing a premium design and looks like mini Civic.

Honda City vs Hyundai Verna Interior Comparison – Which has more premium cabin?

Honda City offers only dual tone black and beige theme while the Verna can be had with either dual tone or all black sporty single tone theme.

Both the sedans features 8-inch infotainment system surrounded by ac vents. Steering wheel of Honda City looks much more sporty than that of Hyundai Verna.

While the Honda city which displays G-Force Meter in instrument panel is new but the digital instrument cluster of Verna facelift has much better appeal and is more informative.

For the convenience of the rear passengers, ac vents are provided and three adjustable headrest for Honda city which the South Korean sedan misses out on.

Honda City vs Hyundai Verna Interior
1. Honda City Interior 2. Hyundai Verna Interior

Honda City vs Hyundai Verna Engine Options Comparison

Honda City is available with one petrol and one Diesel engine while the Hyundai Verna comes with 2 petrol engines (one of them being turbo petrol) and a Diesel engine.

PowertrainsHonda CityHyundai Verna
Petrol1.5 L1.5 L
Turbo Petrol1.0 L
Diesel1.5 L1.5 L

Honda City 1.5 Petrol vs Hyundai Verna 1.5 Petrol – Which Engine is more Powerful / Fuel Efficient?

Honda City is powered by 1197 cc 1.5-litre I-VTEC petrol engine with 119 BHP and 145 NM of torque. Transmission options includes 6 Speed MT and 7 Speed DCT with claimed fuel efficiency of 17.8 kmpl and 18.4 kmpl respectively.

While the Hyundai Verna gets 1497 cc 1.5-litre MPi petrol unit with power and torque figures of 113 BHP and 144 NM. Transmission options includes 6 speed MT and 6 speed CVT. Claimed mileage is 17.1 kmpl and 18.1 kmpl respectively.

SpecificationsHonda CityHyundai Verna
Engine1.5 L I-VTEC1.5 L MPI
No. Of Cylinders44
Power119 BHP113 BHP
Torque145 NM144 NM
Transmission6 Speed MT / 7 Speed CVT6 Speed MT / 6 Speed CVT
Fuel Efficiency 17.8 kmpl / 18.4 kmpl17.1 kmpl / 18.1 kmpl

*We haven’t put 1.0-litre Turbo petrol engine of Verna in comparison since it doesn’t have any direct rival engine in Honda City

Petrol Engine Verdict

  • Honda City is 6 BHP more powerful than Verna’s 1.5 MPI petrol unit.
  • While if we compare the 1.5-litre engine’s torque output then, Honda City’s 1.5 L is better than Verna.
  • Both City and Verna are available with manual and CVT automatic option with an additional gear for Honda City’s CVT.
  • Mileage ARAI claimed for Honda City is more than what Verna petrol delivers with its manual and automatic gearbox.

Honda City 1.5 Diesel vs Hyundai Verna 1.5 Diesel – Which Engine is more Powerful / Fuel Efficient?

Honda City gets 1.5-litre I-DTEC Diesel engine with output figures of 99 BHP and 200 NM. Claimed fuel efficiency for this mill is 24.1 kmpl and it gets option of only 6 speed manual gearbox.

Hyundai Verna with 1.5-litre U2 CRDi Diesel engine is more powerful as well as more fuel efficient than the City’s Diesel engine and also gets the option of manual as well as automatic gearbox.

SpecificationsHonda CityHyundai Verna
Engine1.5 L I-DTEC1.5 L U2 CRDi
No. Of Cylinders44
Power99 BHP113 BHP
Torque200 NM250 NM
Transmission6 Speed MT6 Speed MT / 6 Speed AT
Fuel Efficiency 24.1 kmpl25 kmpl / 21.3 kmpl

Diesel Engine Verdict

  • Both Honda City and Hyundai Verna are powered by 1.5-litre engines.
  • Hyundai Verna is 14 BHP more powerful than City’s diesel unit
  • Verna produces 50 NM more torque than City.
  • Unlike City diesel which comes available in 6 speed MT only, Verna has the availability of both the transmissions.
  • ARAI mileage of Verna 1.5 L diesel is 0.9 kmpl more than that of Honda City.

Honda City vs Hyundai Verna – Which is more feature loaded?

FeaturesHonda CityHyundai Verna
Tail LampsLEDLED
Tyre Size16-inch16-inch
Interior ThemeDual ToneDual Tone / Single Tone
Seat UpholsteryLeatherLeather
Steering WheelLeatherLeather
Infotainment System8-inch8-inch
Instrument ClusterAnalogDigital
Air Conditioner Automatic + Rear AC VentsAutomatic + Rear AC Vents
Push Button Start with Keyless EntryYesYes
Connected Car TechnologyYes (32 features)Yes (45 features)
Electric SunroofYesYes
Ambient LightingYes
Wireless Phone ChargingYes
Ventilated SeatsFront
Rear Windscreen SunshadeYesYes
Outside door handlesBody ColouredChrome
Cruise ControlsYesYes

Features Verdict

  • Both Hyundai Verna and Honda City offers LED headlamps and tail lamps and rides on 16-inches alloys
  • While Honda City just offers black and beige theme, you can Verna in either dual tone or all black seat upholstery
  • Honda City and Hyundai Verna has got leather for seat upholstery as well as for steering wheel
  • Both the top selling sedans has a 8-inch touch infotainment unit with android auto, apple CarPlay, mirror link and navigation
  • Hyundai Verna comes with all digital instrument cluster while the Honda City has a analog unit even in its top end trim
  • Both the cars offers auto ac, rear air cons, push button start and connected car technology 
  • The connected car tech of Hyundai Verna boasts more features than that of Honda Connect
  • Both cars comes with smart electric sunroof in its higher trims
  • Ambient lighting comes only in Honda City and not in Hyundai Verna
  • Like other Hyundai cars, Verna also has got wireless phone charger which the Japanese sedan doesnt provide 
  • Hyundai Verna comes with cooled front seats which Honda City doesn’t have even in its top spec variant
  • Both sedans comes with manual Rear window sunshade
  • Door handles of Honda City are body coloured in all trims while Verna comes with chrome exterior handles 
  • Cruise control is offered in both the cars and it has become quite common these days

Honda City vs Hyundai Verna – Which has more safety equipment on offer?

Safety FeaturesHonda CityHyundai Verna
No. of Airbags66
Parking SensorsRearFront & Rear
Park AssistReverse Parking CameraReverse Parking Camera
Blind spot monitorYes
Hill Start AssistYesYes
Vehicle Stability ControlYesYes
Auto Dimming IRVMYesYes
Auto HeadlampsYesYes
Rain Sensing WipersYesYes
Anti pinch guard power windowAllDriver side only
  • Both the sedans offers 6 airbags, HLA, VSM, TPMS, Electrochromic IRVM, Auto headlamps as well as rain sensing wipers
  • Verna Turbo 1.0 offers parking sensors in both front and rear while City has sensors only in rear
  • But Honda City offers blind spot camera which is missing in Hyundai Verna
  • Honda City comes with one touch up/down and anti pinch guard while Verna has got the same features for driver window only

Honda City vs Hyundai Verna – Which has better build quality?

Honda City is underpinned by ACE body structure with Ultra high strength steel with the use of Super high formability 980 MPa grade steel. Honda City score 5 stars in ASEAN NCAP.

While Hyundai Verna gets the advanced K2 platform with 50% advanced hight strength steel. Also the Verna scored perfect 5 star rating in the ASEAN NCAP safety test.

Honda CityHyundai Verna
PlatformACE Body Structure Advanced K2
ASEAN NCAP5 stars5 stars

Honda City vs Hyundai Verna – Which sells more?

Honda City has an average monthly sales of 2,500 units while the Verna is not far away from the Japanese sedan with an average of 2,100 units of being retailed out every month.

Honda CityHyundai Verna
Sales (in units)2,5002,100

Honda City vs Hyundai Verna – Which offers better warranty package?

Honda City 2020 comes with 3 years unlimited kms warranty while Hyundai Verna haas flexible options in the form of Wonder warranty with multiple options and you can choose between them as per your running.

Honda CityHyundai Verna
Warranty 3 years / unlimited kms5 years and 50,000 kms, 4 years and 60,000 kms, 3 years and unlimited kms

Honda City vs Hyundai Verna – Which is more affordable?

Hyundai Verna is priced between Rs. 9.3 Lakhs for the base petrol trim while the top variant costing Rs. 15.1 lakhs (Ex Showroom). On the other hand, Honda City is expected to be priced between Rs. 10 Lakhs and Rs. 16 Lakhs (Ex showroom).

Honda CityHyundai Verna
Price (Ex Showroom)10 Lakhs – 16 Lakhs9.3 Lakhs – 15.1 Lakhs

Why Honda City is better than Hyundai Verna?

  1. Spacious Cabin – Honda City offers excellent space for the front and rear passengers and offers a sense of airiness as well.
  2. Premium exterior – Both the cars looks really premium but Honda City has much better road presence to offer than the Hyundai Verna

Why Hyundai Verna is better than Honda City?

  1. Competitive Pricing – Hyundai Verna undercuts the Honda City in terms of pricing and is more value for money as well 
  2. Feature Rich – Although both the sedans are loaded at par with each other, but with the availability of top notch features including wireless charger, chrome door handles, ventilated front seats, surely the Verna is a better buy.
  3. Variety of engine options – Hyundai Verna comes with multiple engine options while the City has only a petrol and Diesel engine to ask the customers to choose from.


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