Nissan may have priced its small car, the Micra, a little too premium due to which it has not really found favour with Indian buyers.
But with its sedan, the Sunny, Nissan is making sure it gets highly competitive. During our test drive of the Nissan Sunny, officials indicated that the Sunny would be priced below the Hyundai Verna. We’re assuming the base variant, the Sunny XE, will be priced around Rs. 6.5 lakh, which is about Rs. 50,000 lower than the base Hyundai Verna 1.4 VTVT.
If Nissan does manage this pricing, it will make the Sunny a great car to pick if you’re looking for a comfortable family sedan, based on the sheer space it offers. But how does it stack up against the Hyundai Verna which is quite popular? Here’s a CarToq comparison between the cars.
Where Sunny beats Verna
Comfort and space
The Sunny is far more comfortable than the Hyundai Verna thanks to the longer wheelbase, which frees up far more interior space. This has been used well in the Sunny, with the rear seat offering over 636 mm of legroom. This is more than all the cars in its segment. The Verna on the other hand provides decent rear-seat comfort, but some find under-thigh support lacking. The Sunny also sports a larger boot than the Verna.
Ride quality and handling
The Sunny’s suspension seems better sorted than the Verna’s. The longer wheelbase also ensures that it doesn’t pitch too much and body roll is controlled, making for a very comfortable ride. The Verna has some amount of body roll. In terms of handling the Sunny and Verna both use electric power steering, but the Verna’s handling is not as well settled as the Sunny’s though neither of them are the best in category.
The Sunny trumps the Verna on safety features as well. All variants of the Sunny have ABS, while the base variant of the Verna does not offer ABS. The base variant of the Sunny offers a single airbag, while the top two variants get dual airbags. In the Verna, the base variant does not have an airbag.
Where Verna beats Sunny
Where the Verna beats the Sunny is on engine performance. The Verna has a 1.4 litre petrol engine but still manages to extract a healthy 107 bhp of power at 6,300 rpm and 136 Nm of torque from that engine. The Sunny has a 1.5 litre, DOHC engine which has been detuned for fuel economy.
It puts out only 98 bhp of power and 134 Nm of torque. Both cars have five-speed manual transmissions, with the Sunny’s gearing rather short and more suited for city conditions, while the Verna has taller ratios and is more of a cruiser.
The base variant of the Sunny does not have power windows or electric mirrors, while the Hyundai Verna offers these features. The Verna also throws in a six-speaker music system as well on the base variant, while the Sunny offers these only on the other two variants.
Nissan is still in the process of strengthening its service network. At the launch of the Sunny it will have only about 50 dealers in place, whereas Hyundai has over 650 service centres across the country, second in size only to Maruti. This gives Hyundai a distinct advantage in terms of reach.
Where both cars are comparable
Looks, fit and finish
In terms of looks, both the Verna and Sunny are good looking cars. Some buyers prefer the curves and sharp lines on the Verna, while more conservative buyers would prefer the simpler lines on the Sunny and the coupe-like styling.
Both cars have good quality of fit and finish, with even shut lines and good quality plastics, though the plastic in the Sunny feels hard to touch, while the Verna has a more glossy finish on the interior plastics.
When it comes to mileage, both cars claim similar mileages, with the Verna claiming slightly more. The Verna gives an ARAI-certified mileage of 17.3 kmpl, while the Sunny has an ARAI-certified figure of 16.95 kmpl. During our test-drive of the Sunny, we managed to hold about 16.1 kmpl on the highway, which is pretty good for the car.
With the base variant of the Sunny expected to be priced at Rs. 6.5 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi, the Sunny does appeal as a more value-for-money offering than the Verna. At this price, it gives you safety features and plenty of space, while the Verna offers you a little more power and minor feature additions like a music system. But if you had to pick a car between the base variant of the Sunny and the base Verna, we think you will be happier with the Sunny just for the big-car appeal that it has.
Technical Specifications Comparison
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