Is it wise to go for the Verna 1.6 petrol when there is cheaper Verna 1.4 petrol on offer?

Hyundai offers the Verna in four different engine variants out of which two are petrol. That includes a 1.4-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre petrol. CarToq community member Abhishek Vora recently asked whether the Hyundai Verna 1.4 is more practical than the Hyundai VErna 1.6 VTVT.

If you too are confused whether you should choose the Verna 1.4 or the Verna 1.6, read further to find the answer.

CarToq Expert Rishabh.P.Nair said that: “The 1.4 Verna makes 105 bhp of power and 135 Nm of torque which is more than adequate for normal city driving. The Verna 1.6 on the other hand makes 121 bhp of power and 155 Nm of torque, however you will be able to utilize the full potential of the engine only on highways. Apart from that if you by the 1.4 VTVT you will lose out on some fancy features that are offered on the 1.6 VTVT like climate control, parking sensors etc. So if you can afford the 1.6 go for it :)”

Similarly CarToq Expert Babychen Mathew said: ” Purely a matter of budget, Abhishek. If you can afford the more expensive 1.6, go for it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the 1.4, and most people would be happy with it.”

Note that we are not dwelling on the looks, space and comfort because they are the same for both the cars. We compare the Verna 1.4 and Verna 1.6 in terms of performance, features, pricing and overall value for money.

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Photo: The Verna 1.4 makes sense if you are on a tight budget otherwise the Verna 1.6 offers a lot more punch

Performance

The Verna 1.4 is powered by a 1.4-litre VTVT petrol engine that puts out 105.5 Bhp of max power and 137.7 Nm of max torque. On the other hand, the Verna 1.6 is powered by 1.6-litre petrol engine that puts out 121.36 Bhp of max power and 155 Nm of max torque.

So, it’s apparent that the Verna 1.6 will accelerate to three digit speeds faster than the Verna 1.4. But surprisingly, the Verna 1.6 is as frugal as the Verna 1.4. The claimed fuel economy of the Verna 1.6 (17 kmpl) is close that of the Verna 1.4 (17.43 kmpl).

Summing up, the Verna 1.6 not only offers better performance, but can also be as fuel efficient as the Verna 1.4.

Features

The Verna 1.4 comes with comfort features such as AC, electrically adjustable ORVMs, power windows with driver side auto down, keyless entry and rear seat armrest with box. Driving aid features in the Verna 1.4 include power steering with tilt function, manual transmission shift indicator, fog lamps and clutch lock system. Also read: 7 reasons why the new Verna is popular for its gadgets and features

Safety features in the Verna 1.4 include central locking and immobilizer while with regard to gadgets, it gets 2-DIN MP3 player with aux-in and USB, four speakers with tweeters and audio hand remote.

Coming to the Verna 1.6, it offers all the aforementioned features and in addition comes with safety features such as a driver airbag, rear disc brakes and impact sensing door unlock. It is also equipped with comfort features such as rear parking sensors, auto AC and steering mounted audio controls. Further, the interiors of the 1.6 give a premium looks as it gets chrome package.

Overall, the Verna 1.6 has an advantage over the Verna 1.4 with regard to safety and comfort features.

Price, Mileage and VFM

The Verna 1.4 is priced at Rs. 7.11 lakh and offered in only one trim while the Verna 1.6 base variant costs Rs. 7.85 lakh. So, the Verna 1.4 is Rs. 74,000 cheaper than the Verna 1.6 base variant.

Hyundai offers the Verna 1.6 with many features in higher trims such as the SX variant priced at Rs. 8.47 lakh and the SX (O) variant priced at Rs. 9.20 lakh. But these variants are way too expensive when compared to the Verna 1.4. You may also be interested in: What the Hyundai Fluidic Verna is about: A photo feature

With regard to mileage, as mentioned earlier, the Verna 1.4 has ARAI-certified mileage of 17.43 kmpl while that of the Verna 1.6 is 17 kmpl. Hence, in real world conditions, both the cars will likely offer similar fuel economy. So, the match is draw in this case.

Though the Verna 1.6 is pricier than the Verna 1.4, it comes with safety and comfort features. It also offers better performance without compromising on the mileage.

Pros and Cons

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Verdict

The Verna 1.6 has an edge over the Verna 1.4 in terms of performance and features. It also offers a mileage which is close to the Verna 1.4. The only aspect in favor of the Verna 1.4 is its price as it is Rs. 74,000 cheaper than the Verna 1.6. Also see: 2011 Fluidic Hyundai Verna video review

But if you are willing to spend the additional Rs. 74,000, you get safety features such as driver airbag, rear disc brakes and ABS, comfort features such as rear parking sensors, auto AC and steering mounted audio controls in the Verna 1.6.

Therefore, as an overall package, the Verna 1.6 is the winner in this comparison.