If you are looking for a good petrol sedan between Rs. 8 lakh and Rs. 10 lakh, there are some excellent choices, and it’s difficult to choose between the cars on offer. We’ve narrowed it down to four cars that we think you should take a look at before you make your final choice.

We’ve picked the Hyundai Verna 1.6 SX (O), the recently launched Ford Fiesta 1.5 Titanium, Honda City 1.5 MT Exclusive and the Volkswagen Vento 1.6 Highline. All these cars are decent premium, mid-size sedans, but we take a look at which one provides the most value for its price.

Lowest priced

The car that’s priced the lowest among these four cars is the Volkswagen Vento 1.6, at Rs. 8.24 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. The Vento is a solidly built car, with good quality, but it isn’t fully feature loaded compared to some of the competition. It, however, has the best rear seat among the four cars in this comparison, and with the inclusion of rear AC vents and an easy adjusting mechanism for additional legroom, the Vento is probably the best car to be chauffeur-driven in among this lot.

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Photo: The Volkswagen Vento's quality makes it an attractive value for money sedan

As far as other features go, the car is pretty standard, with dual airbags, electric mirrors, climate control and a music system that’s quite basic. The Honda City is the other car in this list that is not heavily loaded with features, and even has only a manual AC instead of climate control. In comparison, the Ford Fiesta and the Hyundai Verna are gizmo-laden.

Best features

The car that has the best features in this group is the Hyundai Verna 1.6 SX (O), which is priced at Rs. 8.95 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. It beats all the others hands down on the features list, and is not too expensive when you look at the sticker price. It’s cheaper than the Honda City and the Ford Fiesta, but comes with feature that none of the others have such as rear-view camera, six airbags and push-button start.

Climate control, auto-fold mirrors, steering audio controls and Bluetooth are also standard. It’s presently the best-selling car in the segment as well. The Ford Fiesta includes cruise control and voice-activated controls among its premium features, but loses out to the Verna on a few other features. The Fiesta is also the most expensive car in this group.

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Photo: The new Hyundai Verna rules in terms of creature comforts

 

Best performance

When it comes to engine specifications, on paper the Hyundai Verna 1.6 SX (O) beats the others with its 1.6 litre engine that produces 123 bhp of power and 159 Nm of torque. However, it’s not the best handling car among the lot. That credential goes to the Honda City, which is known for its great handling and smooth power delivery.

The Ford Fiesta comes close to the Honda City’s (118 bhp, 146 Nm) handling, but loses out because of its rather laid-back 1.5 litre engine (109 bhp), which is tuned for mileage rather than power. The Volkswagen Vento’s 104 bhp engine, in comparison, actually feels peppier than the Ford’s because of the way it delivers its torque early in the rev band.

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Photo: The Honda City may be ageing but is still at par with the competition

Best mileage

If you look at mileage, then the most recent launches among these four are also the most frugal. The Hyundai Verna 1.6 and the Ford Fiesta 1.5 both claim 17 kmpl (ARAI-certified) as their fuel consumption figures.

The Honda City too is just marginally behind at 16.7 kmpl, while the Vento is a little thirsty in comparison at 15 kmpl. In real world conditions, we’ve seen the Hyundai Verna give about 13 kmpl in city traffic, while the Honda City is known to even close in on 15 kmpl at times. The Fiesta, on our test run, showed about 12.8 kmpl, but the duration of the test was too short to ascertain proper fuel consumption.

Conclusion

While the Vento is the cheapest among the lot, it’s not the car that offers the most features at the price. The Hyundai Verna is the best value-for-money sedan between Rs. 8 lakh and Rs. 10 lakh given the features that it offers. For Rs. 8.95 lakh ex-showroom, it’s Rs. 47,000 cheaper than the Ford and Rs. 21,000 cheaper than the Honda City.

But in terms of features it beats both these cars in the sheer number of gizmos it offers, and it also has the most powerful engine among the lot. It’s handling may not be the best of the lot, but when it comes with so many extras, one can forgive some of its shortcomings.

Technical Specifications

SpecificationsFord Fiesta 1.5 TiVCT Titanium PlusVolkswagen Vento 1.6 HighlineHonda City 1.5 V MT (Exclusive)Hyundai Verna 1.6 SX (Option)
Price (ex-Delhi)Rs. 9,42,200Rs. 8,23,500Rs. 916,900Rs. 8,94,500
Claimed mileage17 kmpl15 kmpl16.7 kmpl17 kmpl
Fuel typePetrolPetrolPetrolPetrol
Engine cc1499 cc1598 cc1497 cc1591 cc
Power109 bhp @ 6,045 rpm104 bhp @ 5250 rpm118 bhp @ 6,600 rpm123 bhp @ 6,300 rpm
Torque140 Nm @ 4,200 rpm153 Nm @ 3800 rpm146 Nm @ 4,800 rpm159 Nm @ 4,200 rpm
Gearbox5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual
Length4291 mm4384 mm4420 mm4370 mm
Width1722 mm1699 mm1695 mm1700 mm
Height1496 mm1466 mm1480 mm1475 mm
Wheelbase2489 mm2552 mm2550 mm2570 mm
Ground clearance165 mm (approx)168 mm160 mm165 mm
Boot space430 litres454 litres506 litres454 litres
ABSYesYesYesYes
Brakes (Front/rear)Disc / drumDisc / drumDisc / drumDisc / Disc
AirconditioningClimate ControlClimate ControlManual HVACClimate Control
Cruise controlYesNoNoNo
Parking sensorsYesNoNoYes
Parking cameraNoNoNoYes
BluetoothYesNoNoYes
Steering audio controlsYesYesNoYes
Rear AC ventsNoYesYes (under seat)No
Rear cupholdersYesNoYesNo
Fog lamps frontYesYesYesYes
Fog lamps rearYesYesNoNo
Electric mirrorsYes (auto-folding)Yes (adjust only)Yes (adjust only)Yes (auto-folding)
Keyless entryYesYesYesYes
Push-button startNoNoNoYes
Folding rear seatYesNoNoNo
Tyres195/65 R 15185/60 R15175/65 R 15195 / 55 R 16
Front arm restOptionYesNoYes
Vanity mirrorsTwoOneOneTwo
AirbagsTwoTwoTwoSix
UpholsteryFabricFabricLeatherLeather