Honda City buyers prefer petrol, Hyundai Verna buyers prefer diesel: We explain why

The Honda City and the Hyundai Verna are two of the most popular C-segmenters in our market. Both the sedans have a lot on offer and enjoy a good fan-following. However, as per the latest data, an interesting trend has come to light. While the petrol variant accounts for 70% of the total sales of the Honda City, 60% of the buyers of the Hyundai Verna opt for the diesel variant. Here, in this post, we give you the reasons behind this disparity –

Honda City

Excellent refinement – The 1.5-litre iVTEC petrol engine of the Honda City has won plenty of accolades for the high refinement it offers. It’s easily among the most refined motor in its segment with really low NVH levels. On the other hand, the 1.5-litre iDTEC diesel engine has received some flak for the high NVH levels on offer. So, basically, the petrol-powered City turns out to be a more refined car than its diesel-sipping sibling.

Good mix of performance and mileage – The 1.5-litre iVTEC petrol engine of the City delivers a maximum power of 117 bhp along with an ARAI-certified mileage of 17.4 kmpl. In comparison, the diesel-sipping City offers only 99 bhp. While it does offer a higher mileage of 25.6 kmpl, there’s a huge difference in the maximum power of the two engines. Hence, those looking for outright power end up picking the petrol model over the diesel variant. True, there’s a significant difference in the fuel efficiency but the difference between the prices of petrol and diesel is fast diminishing and only those with a very high monthly usage can justify the higher price premium that the diesel cars command.

Convenience of automatic – The 1.5-litre petrol engine of the Honda City comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission as standard. However, those who want the convenience of automatic gearshifts can opt for the CVT variant. In comparison, the diesel engine variant is available with a manual box only. This is another factor that works in favour of the petrol engine variant.

Available in entry-level trim – The petrol variant of the Honda City has a starting price of Rs 8.72 lakh. On the other hand, the diesel range starts at Rs 10.99 lakh. This huge price difference is due to the fact that the diesel engine variant is not available in the entry-level S trim. Hence, those on a budget prefer opting for the base City. This diesel engine variant doesn’t offer this option. Hence, this is another factor working in favour of the petrol version.

Hyundai Verna

High on performance – The Hyundai Verna diesel, with 126 bhp and a peak torque of 260 Nm, is among the most powerful in its segment. Hence, all those looking for outright performance pick up the diesel-sipping Verna, which offers more power than the two petrol variants it offers.

High on mileage – The Verna diesel offers an ARAI-certified mileage 24.75 kmpl, which is much more than the 17.7 kmpl from Verna petrol. Hence, one benefits from the high performance along with much lower running costs. This is another factor working in favour of the diesel-sipping Verna.

Automatic Transmission – The Verna diesel is among the only few cars in its segment to offer an automatic transmission. Even the petrol Verna offers an auto box. However, those looking for a powerful car with low running costs and an automatic transmission buy the Verna diesel automatic with pretty much their eyes closed.

High on refinement – Unlike the Honda City’s 1.5 iDTEC diesel engine, the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine of the Verna is high on refinement. It’s easily among the smoothest oil burners around and offers pretty low NVH levels. Hence, the buyers pick up a diesel Verna over the petrol version without having to compromise on the refinement.

Source- ET Auto