Modern cars are increasingly a place of comfort and convenience. Manufacturers attract new car buyers with a long list of features. Car buyers also prefer the vehicles that offer bang for their buck. After our story on the most feature-rich hatchback car in India in 2016, here is our take on the most feature-rich sedan.
To start with, we are not considering any sedan that carries a price tag of more than Rs. 15 lakh because most of us do not buy them. As we know, the D-segment sedan has been killed off by Mahindra XUV500 and Hyundai Creta.
The winner: Hyundai Verna
Cars that we considered for the most feature-rich sedan are Volkswagen Ameo, Maruti DZire, Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Ford Aspire, Skoda Rapid and Honda City. After a detailed study of the features, we found that the Hyundai Verna in SX(O) variant is the most loaded car in this segment. The car is available as petrol manual (Rs. 11.03 lakh), diesel manual (Rs. 12.50 lakh) and diesel automatic (Rs. 13.33 lakh) (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). Here are the reasons why the Verna SX(O) is a clear winner.
Now this is not a major deciding factor among Indian buyers to choose a car, but nonetheless, Hyundai does not ignore safety. The Verna is the only car below Rs 15 lakhs to offer as many as 6 airbags. There are two front airbags, two front side airbags and two curtain airbags (that run the length of the windows from front to rear) to ensure occupants are safe in a hazardous situation.
The car also features anti-pinch power windows for all four doors, impact sensing door unlock mechanism, ABS with front disc brakes and headlamp escort (follow-me-home) function. Interestingly, the car misses out of ISOFIX hooks for child seats, which has been recently added to the Maruti Ciaz and is a standard in the higher variants of Honda City.
The Verna comes with a large 7-inch touch sensitive screen that offers connectivity via USB, AUX-in and Bluetooth. Navigation is built-in. The Maruti Ciaz on the other hand is the only car in the segment to offer Apple CarPlay but it is not a major advantage unless you posses an iPhone. The Honda City’s infotainment system misses out on navigation.
Verna’s four-speaker and two-tweeter set-up gives a rich audio experience. The infotainment system also comes with 1 GB of internal memory that can store your favourite songs and can play them without needing an external USB or connecting the system with any other device. None of the other cars have this feature in the segment.
Comfort and convenience
The Verna is full of gadgets to make sure that you don’t want to leave the car at all. Starting from the rear parking assist with camera and display on the interior rear view mirror, rain-sensing wipers, automatic climate control with ioniser for clean air, keyless entry with push start, projector headlamps, automatic headlamps, steering mounted controls and a front passenger seat that is adjustable from the rear.
That is a long list of equipment that make Verna the winner when it comes to features. The car misses out on sun roof though, a feature that only Honda City has in the segment. City surely is the second best equipped car in the segment. There are few features that misses out on Verna like cooled glove box, sunroof, rear ac vent and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity but the car still has most practical and most comfortable features in any sedan below Rs. 15 lakh.
*All details have been taken from the brochures of the respecitve car manufacturers