The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has finished 2018 on a high note, outselling both the Honda City and Hyundai Verna. Maruti dispatched 4,734 units of the Ciaz in December 2018 while Honda managed 3,295 units of the City. Hyundai came in third place, shipping 2001 units of the Verna, which is rather steep slide for car that’s less than a year old in the Indian market.
The Toyota Yaris continues to be a poor seller, with Toyota shipping just 389 units of the C-Segment sedan to dealer yards across India. The Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento do much better than the Yaris, with 876 units and 574 units to close 2018. Other C-Segment sedans such as the Nissan Sunny and the Fiat Linea do pretty poorly, with less than 100 units sold.
The Maruti Ciaz received a mid life makeover a couple of months ago. Maruti added a more powerful petrol engine with a mild hybrid as standard. The car also got many new features on the inside, mild stylistic tweaks on the outside and more luxurious interiors. The Ciaz continues to be a very well priced car, and these factors are coming together to give the car big sales success.
The Ciaz that’s sold currently has a 1.5 liter K-Series petrol engine with 104 Bhp-138 Nm. This motor gets a mild hybrid, and gets two transmission options – a 5 speed manual and a 4 speed torque converter automatic. The Ciaz is also available with a 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbodiesel engine with 89 Bhp-200 Nm. The motor is paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox. Prices of the Ciaz start from Rs. 8.19 lakhs.
At this price point, the Ciaz undercuts the Toyota Yaris and the Honda City in a big way although the Hyundai Verna is the cheapest of the quartet with a starting price of Rs. 8.01 lakhs. Higher variants of the Verna are pricier than the Ciaz though. Overall, the Ciaz is the sharpest priced car in its segment, and this is a big factor that drives sales, months after month.
Coming to the main competitors of the Ciaz – Honda City and Hyundai Verna – both cars offer petrol and diesel engines. The Hyundai Verna is clearly the C-Segment topper when it comes to power and torque generated by its engines. The car gets 3 engine options – 2 in petrol and 1 in diesel. The 1.4 liter petrol makes 99 Bhp-134 Nm while the 1.6 liter petrol puts out 121 Bhp-151 Nm. The 1.6 liter diesel makes 126 Bhp-260 Nm.
The bigger petrol and diesel engines get 6 speed manual and automatic gearbox options while the smaller petrol engine gets a 5 speed manual as standard. The Honda City offers a 1.5 liter petrol engine with 117 Bhp-145 Nm. This motor gets 5 speed manual and CVT automatic gearbox options. The diesel motor of the City is a 1.5 liter unit, with 98.6 Bhp-200 Nm. The diesel engine gets a 6 speed manual gearbox as standard. Prices of the car start from Rs. 8.97 lakhs.