Hyundai India will further strengthen its presence in India with the launch of the new Verna in India on 22 August. Though the upcoming Verna is expected to be similarly priced as the Creta, we have compared it to specific variants in particular. The Creta is offered in a total of seven variants and one petrol 1.6-litre and two diesel 1.4-litre/1.6-litre engine options. The upcoming Verna will be available in four variants and gets 1.6-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engine options.
The entry level Verna E will be slightly cheaper than the base Creta E trim which is priced at 8.92 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Mechanically, both the cars get a 1.6-litre petrol engine, however the Verna scores additional pointers as it gets a bigger 1.6-litre diesel in comparison to the 1.4-litre engine offered in the Creta. The Verna gets halogen headlamps, chrome front grille, day and night rear view mirror, metal finish inside door handles and auto down (driver only), while the Creta base on the other hand gets 16-inch steel wheels shod with 205/65 R16 tyres, 2-Din audio system with four speakers, keyless entry and lane change indicator. Both the cars have emerged fairly in terms of features, however, the diesel variant of the Verna emerges a better option.
The Verna EX progresses a step ahead and offers parking assist, five-inch touchscreen audio steering wheel with audio controls and manual AC with cluster ionizer. The EX variant also gets a rear AC vent, leather wrapped gear knob and steering wheel, auto up-down (driver only), cruise control and a clutch footrest. The vehicle will compete against the Creta S variant which gets front fog lamps and rear defogger, front and rear silver skid plates, luggage lamp, 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with steering-mounted audio and Bluetooth control, height adjustable drivers’ seat and adjustable rear seat head restraints. Creta S is priced at Rs 11.09 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and is limited to a smaller diesel engine lacking a petrol engine option. Moreover, the trim is limited to a manual transmission while the Verna EX is available in petrol and diesel engine options in manual as well as automatic transmission.
In addition to the features in the EX variant, the SX trim gets electro chrome rear view mirror, projector headlamps, cornering lights, LED DRLs and positioning lights. The SX also gets LED taillights, R16 diamond cut alloy wheels, electric folding mirrors and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The Creta SX priced at 11.97 lakhs lacks the petrol engine option once again, but however gets a larger 1.6-itre diesel with manual transmission. The Verna SX gets manual transmission as standard in petrol, while diesel gets an optional automatic.
The top spec Verna SX(O), in addition to all the features from the lower variants, gets smart key, rear defogger with timer, chrome outside door handles, leather door centre trim and auto link. The diesel variant is limited to manual transmission, while the petrol variant is available in manual as well as automatic. The vehicle competes with the top-spec Creta SX(O) which comes loaded with 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels (215/60 R17), full size spare alloy wheel, side and curtain airbags, electronic stability control with hill assist control, height adjustable seat belts, speed-sensing auto door locks, chrome door handles, rheostat, leather upholstery and 7-inch touchscreen. However, the top spec Creta SX(O) priced at Rs 13.94 lakh is limited to a 1.6-litre diesel in manual transmission.
Though both the cars get more or less a similar set of features, the Hyundai Verna does emerge as a better choice as it offers a bigger diesel engine in the base variant itself. Additionally, it offers an automatic option in EX and SX(O) variants in petrol and the EX and SX variants in diesel. However, going forward, both the cars will pair up to deliver impressive cumulative sales figures in the long run. The Creta is purely for those who like the big car feel, while the Verna is for those who always loved the comforts of driving around in a sedan.