The mid size sedan section in India is a highly competitive one, and is an area that all car manufacturers keep a close eye on. Honda City currently rules this segment and occupied the throne. The Maruti Ciaz came very close to dethroning the City, and raked in higher sales that the iconic Honda car for a while, but the City has bounced back, and now a new war wages in this segment. At the moment, Hyundai Verna Fluidic and Maruti Ciaz are going toe against toe for the second spot, which in the crowded car market of India is not a shabby place to be in at all!
Let’s take a look at how the two cars fare in a direct comparison:
While the Ciaz plays it safe with a simple, clean and elegant design, Verna Fluidic looks a lot more sporty. At the same time, Ciaz has been designed from the grounds up as a sedan, and the smooth frame of the car indeed looks very well proportioned. Hyundai introduced its Fluidic design style with Verna make the car look sharp. When it comes to the front lights, Fluidic has a stunning daytime running LED lights, but they are not available as standard in the base models, whereas the default light design in Maruti Ciaz looks very impressive indeed.
On the interior front, the two cars closely match up. Ciaz is also better designed and offers greater space to its passengers.
Verna and Ciaz closely match up once again and offer features like airbags, engine start/stop buttons, multimedia systems, and more. Top end models for the two cars have virtually identical features if you discount the fact that while Verna comes equipped with 6 airbags, the Ciaz only offers two. Lack of rear air conditioning vent is also a gripe that Verna owners will have, as it is a feature that most people expect in modern cars today.
At the end of the day, a car is meant to ride, and if it cannot offer you a pleasant riding experience, no amount of features can justify its purchase. Both the car ride well under speed limits, but Ciaz surpasses Verna at high speeds, where it changes direction better and seems much more grounded and stable than Verna. When within the city, the Verna does have softer suspension, and thus a less jerky ride.
Both the cars come in petrol and diesel varieties, and while the Ciaz has one variant for each, Hyundai Verna comes with 1.4 L and 1.6 L versions for both petrol and diesel. All cars have 5 speed transmissions, except for the Verna diesel, which has a 6 speed transmission. The Ciaz closely matches power with the 1.4 L variant of Verna Fluidic.
Price is always an important factor for the Indian buyers, and both companies have kept this in mind. The base model for the Ciaz petrol and diesel start at 6.99 and 8.04 lakhs respectively, while for the Verna they presently stand at 7.39 and 8.56 lakhs respectively.
As for the final verdict, we think that Maruti Ciaz wins this fight, if only barely!