The mid-size sedan segment in India is primarily ruled by three sedans – Ciaz, City and Verna. Yes, there are many more in the segment and Toyota will soon launch the Yaris in the segment but which one of these three popular sedans will best fit your needs? Here are types of customers and who should buy what in the market.
Want a high fuel efficiency sedan
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz diesel SHVS
If fuel economy is your top priority then the Maruti Ciaz will fit your needs perfectly. The Ciaz is available in both petrol and diesel engines but the diesel version gets a mild-hybrid technology called SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki). The system uses a large battery pack and assists the vehicle during acceleration and also during long traffic signals.
The result is a brilliant ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 28.09 km/l making it the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the segment. The diesel Ciaz is powered by a 1.3-litre, 4-cylinder engine that generates a maximum power of 89 Bhp and 200 Nm of peak torque. There is no automatic variant available with the diesel engine option.
Want a fast diesel engine
The Hyundai Verna diesel is the most powerful diesel car in the segment. The Verna was launched in an all-new avatar in India and now it only offers a 1.6-litre diesel engine. The Verna diesel is very powerful and is available with a 1,582-cc four-cylinder engine that produces a maximum power of 126 Bhp and a peak torque of 260 Nm. It is the most exciting diesel car to drive among the three. With power, the Verna also offers a high fuel efficiency of 24.5 km/l, which is quite good.
Want an enthusiastic automatic car
Honda City petrol
Honda petrol engines are known for their smoothness and refinement. The City petrol offers CVT automatic transmission with 7-step speed. It gets paddle shifters, which is unique in the segment. It is perfect for people who want an enthusiastic car in the segment. The City petrol is powered by a 1.5-litre engine that develops a maximum power of 117 Bhp and a peak torque of 145 Nm.
Want a feature rich car
Hyundai cars have always been appreciated for the long list of features they come with and the Verna is no different. The all-new Verna was launched earlier this year with some segment first features. If you’re someone who wants a feature-loaded sedan in the segment, there is no car that matches the features of the Verna. The car gets a sunroof, which is also available with Honda City, but features like ventilated seats, ionized AC and automatic boot opening are limited to the Verna.
Want a highway muncher
Hyundai Verna diesel AT
Long distance driving means a diesel-powered vehicle. While all the three vehicles offer a diesel engine, the Hyundai Verna offers the most powerful engine in the segment and is the only one to offer a diesel automatic among the three. The Verna diesel automatic is powered by the same 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces a maximum power of 126 Bhp and 260 Nm. The automatic transmission that comes with Verna diesel is a 6-speed conventional transmission that offers ample power on the highways to overtake easily and with maximum convenience.
Want a car for city driving
Hyundai Verna petrol AT
For city driving conditions, the Verna petrol automatic is a perfect choice. The powerful petrol engine of the car offers ample low-end torque and the automatic transmission works its way out without touching the throttle much. Even the Honda City offers an automatic transmission but the low-end torque is not enough to move the vehicle after a certain speed that makes it more engaging to drive but needs more attention too.
Want a classy looking vehicle
Honda City is all about class. The sedan, which has been around for more than 20 years, has now become a status symbol of for middle-class families. The City does look extremely classy. It offers a sunroof and is the only vehicle to offer full LED headlamp system among the three. The brand name of Honda is well established in India and there’s no doubt that CIty’s simple yet powerful design makes it a head turner.
Want a chauffeur-driven car
While the Ciaz also offers ample space in the rear seat, the City offers similar space and a lot of storage space. Those looking for a car that will primarily be a chauffeur driven vehicle, should go for the City. The car gets a rear charging socket, rear vent AC, and an armrest with two cup holders. The City feels extremely premium and the rear seat comfort makes sure chauffeur-driven customers are the first ones to choose the sedan.