The premium C segment car battle continues to get intense as the Korean automobile maker Hyundai has come up with a new model of Verna. Called as Verna 2017, the car aims to lock horns against the already popular Honda City not only in terms of power but when it comes to technology and features as well. Hyundai seems to have done its homework this time as it comes with several new features onboard in a much sharper avatar.
Pitting the Verna 2017 against the likes of City, it looks like Hyundai has played to its strength of offering more features at lower prices than others.
What makes Hyundai Verna 2017 unique
The new Verna is said to have segment-first features that are not available in its competitors. These include front-ventilated seats (a feature which cools the front seats) and rear curtains. It also gets an eco-coating that eliminates foul odour from the cabin. The premium variants are equipped with features like six airbags, rear parking sensors, rear parking camera and cruise control, technologies that are increasingly becoming a norm in sedans.
The interior features a multi-info 7-inch IPS touchscreen display as a part of the infotainment system. The system also features voice recognition, navigation as well as Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and MirrorLink connectivity.
Another highlight of the 2017 Verna is a hands-free boot lid which means one can open the boot by just standing next to it for a few seconds with the key in their pocket/purse. Another impressive feature included is the Auto Link, which is essentially a telematics app that allows the driver to track certain parts of the automobile including the engine rpm in real-time. You can use this to monitor your driving style and get reports of your driving patterns to improve fuel-efficiency.
As a part of its new features, Hyundai has introduced the iBlue app, which even allows you to control the audio system from the rear seat using the smartphone.
Honda City is also not behind
The Honda City, on the other hand, gives a tough fight to Verna 2017 when it comes to technology and features. The automobile comes with dual-tone dashboard colour options with the higher variants also getting Honda’s exclusive DIGIPAD infotainment system.
The infotainment system uses MirrorLink technology and integrates most smartphone functions onto the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit. Higher variants, in addition to the infotainment system, also feature steering mounted audio controls as well as a telescopic steering. All variants also get tilt steering.
With the Honda City, the automatic touch panel air conditioning system is available from the SV variant. The rear area has its own A/C vents.
In terms of safety, the City has an ACE body structure, ABS (Anti-lock Braking), dual front airbags and ISOFIX child seat restraint system as standard. In addition, higher variants of the City also have side and curtain airbags.
The new Hyundai Verna has undergone major changes, most of which are technological improvements, which are a crucial factor when it comes to choosing the car. It scores well in areas such as design and it looks significantly more premium and dynamic than before.
Unique cabin features like the iBlue app, eco coating, ventilated front seats and infotainment system will surely attract buyers. However, Honda too has kept the impression of its City intact and on a competitive level. It also has all the basic features a driver wants along with some unique ones too that you may not find in the Verna 2017.
But Verna somewhat has the edge as it offers slightly more tech features than the Honda City in slightly less price tag. The price range for the Verna lineup is placed between Rs 7.99 lakhs to Rs 12.61 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi whereas in Honda City’s case the price ranges from Rs 8.5 lakhs to Rs 13.5 lakhs.
I think it won’t be wrong when we say that new Verna is not only a tough competition but quite a deal given the price tag.