New Honda City vs Maruti Suzuki Ciaz vs Hyundai Verna: Spec Comparison

By Rahul Kapoor | on February 13, 2017

We take a look at how the Hyundai Verna and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz fares in a tech spec comparison against the refreshed Honda City.

The Honda City has, until recently, been the most popular choice among Indian consumers in the segment. But the sales of the City in recent months have dropped below the Ciaz. Thus handing over the most popular mid-size sedan crown over to Maruti Suzuki. Now Honda has decided to come back strong by revising the styling of the city with a new-design grille and front bumper, tweaked light clusters, new design alloy wheels on the top trim, and a revised cabin, in addition to a whole host of features to regain its peak position in the segment. We take a look at how the Ciaz and the Verna fare against the new and refreshed Honda City. 


Due to the cosmetic changes, the City is now slightly longer and wider than the outgoing model, however, it has the same wheelbase as before, which means interior space is where it loses out to the Ciaz and the Verna. Headroom will be better as the City is slightly taller than the competition.

  Ciaz City Verna
Length 4490mm 4495mm 4375mm
Width 1730mm 1705mm 1700 mm
Height 1484mm 1495mm 1475 mm
Wheelbase 2650mm 2600mm 2570 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 43 litres 40 litres 43 litres

Engine and Transmission

The Ciaz has the smallest engines on offer, but the diesel comes standard with the Smart Hybrid Vehicle System (SHVS) which allows it to offer best in class claimed fuel economy. But it is the Verna with 1.6-litre options in both petrol and diesel that provide the best performance. However, the base variant of the Verna for petrol and diesel come with 1.4-litre engines only. The Honda City continues to use the same 1.5-litre i-VTEC and i-DTEC engines.

All three cars offer automatic options for the petrol engines. The Ciaz has a 4-speed AMT and the Verna gets a 4-speed torque convertor while the City gets a CVT option. As for the diesel, the Hyundai is the only one that is offered with 4-speed automatic. The Ciaz diesel only gets a 5-speed manual, while the City and Verna come with 6-speed gearboxes.

Petrol Ciaz City Verna
Engine 1.4-litre, 4-cylinder, DOHC 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, SOHC 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder, DOHC
Transmission 5-speed manual / 4-speed auto 5-speed manual/ CVT 5-speed manual / 4-speed auto
Power 91bhp @ 6000rpm 117bhp @ 6600rpm 121bhp @ 6300rpm
Torque 130Nm @ 4000rpm 145Nm @ 4600rpm 158Nm @ 4200rpm
Fuel Petrol Petrol Petrol
Fuel Economy 20.73km/l* 17.4km/l* 17.4km/l*
Diesel Ciaz City Verna
Engine 1.3-litre, 4-cylinder, Turbo, DOHC, SHVS 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, Turbo, DOHC 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder, Turbo, DOHC
Transmission 5-speed manual 6-speed Manual 6-speed manual / 4-speed auto
Power 89bhp @ 4000rpm 99bhp @ 3600rpm 126bhp @ 4000rpm
Torque 200Nm @ 1750rpm 200Nm @ 1750rpm 260Nm @ 1900rpm
Fuel Diesel Diesel Diesel
Fuel Economy 28.09km/l* 25.6km/l* 24.8km/l*

Suspension and Brakes

The suspension setup for all three cars are similar to each other, and all three use disc brakes at the front with drums at the rear. The Ciaz and the Verna are offered with 16 inch wheels, the City gets 15 inch rims with 175/65 tyres.

  Ciaz City Verna
Front Suspension McPherson Strut McPherson strut with stabilizer MacPherson struts
Rear Suspension Torsion Beam Torsion beam axle with stabilizer Couple torsion beam axle
Front Brakes Disc Disc Disc
Rear Brakes Drum Drum Drum
Tyre Size 195 / 55 R16 175 / 65 R15 195 / 55 R16


All three cars get ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors and reversing camera with dual front airbags as standard fitment. But the City and Verna get additional side and curtain airbags as well.

  Ciaz City Verna
ABS with EBD Yes Yes Yes
Airbags Upto 2 (Driver & Co-Driver) Upto 6 airbags Upto 6 Airbags
Rear Parking Sensors Yes Yes Yes
Reversing Camera Yes Yes Yes


To outshine the competition, Honda has thrown in a massive chunk of features with the new City. The Hyundai Verna is very well equipped, but Honda has tried to one-up Hyundai with the City this time as well with additional features like automatic cruise control, daytime running lamps and a sunroof. But the Ciaz falls behind the competition in features as it lacks telescopic adjustable steering, automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers and cruise control.

  Ciaz City Verna
Power Steering Electric Electric Electric
Power Windows Front and Rear Front and Rear Front & Rear
Adjustable Steering Tilt Tilt & Telescopic Tilt & Telescopic
Automatic Climate Control Yes Yes Yes
Automatic Cruise Control No Yes No
Automatic headlamps No Yes Yes
Rain-sensing wipers No Yes Yes
Keyless Entry Yes Yes Yes
Multifunctional Steering wheel Yes Yes Yes
Height Adjustable Drivers Seat Manual Manual Manual
Maximum Seating capacity 5 persons 5 persons 5 persons
Daytime Running Lamps No Yes No
Fog Lamps Front Front Front
Rear Defogger Yes Yes Yes
Touchscreen Infotainment system Yes Yes Yes
Sunroof No Yes No
12V Power Outlet Yes Yes Yes


The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz offers best in class fuel economy and is the most popular car at the moment in the segment. The Hyundai Verna is the car that has the best engine on offer with the 1.6-litre displacement and also offers decent amount of features. Hyundai is also expected to update the Verna later this year which will put pressure on the Ciaz for a mild update as well. But going by the options and features that Honda has provided with the new City, and the cosmetic changes does make it seem like a very promising buy.

Update- February 14, 2017 Price

As far as the prices are concerned, the Ciaz is the most affordable especially with the mild-hybrid diesel powertrain which draws the government’s FAME scheme incentives. However, while the Ciaz delivers in efficiency, it does lack in terms of engine performance and equipment. The Verna is priced competitively in both petrol and diesel options while the Honda is the most expensive of the lot. However, the the City’s engines are not as powerful as Hyundai’s. having said that, the City does offer better value for money with the amount of equipment and space it features.

Prices Ciaz City Verna
Petrol Rs. 8.14 - 9.35 lakh Rs. 8.49 - 13.52 lakh Rs. 7.93 - 10.89 lakh
Diesel Rs. 7.88 - 9.56 lakh Rs. 10.75 - 13.56 lakh Rs. 9.20 - 13.15 lakh


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