Volkswagen Vento vs Hyundai Verna Comparison Review

Published on: Feb 16, 2017
Hyundai Verna vs Volkswagen Vento Comparison :

"An keen driver will surely pick the Vento for its unique driving dynamics and an invincible DSG gearbox, while Verna's crackerjack list of features and fuss-free ownership experience fabricates it as the most preferable mid-size sedan in the segment".
Pricing & Features:
Vento's top end 1.6 Highline Plus petrol retails for 13.46 Lakh Rs. on-road Delhi and its 1.2 TSI Highline Plus AT costs about 14.89 Lakh Rs. on-road Delhi. The top end diesel 1.5 TDI Highline Plus AT quotes a price tag of 16.91 Lakh Rs. on-road Delhi.

The 1.4 VTVT Petrol of Verna is priced at 8.99 Lakh Rs. on-road Delhi and its 1.6 SX Optional petrol goes for 12.75 Lakh Rs. On-road Delhi. The diesel equipped 1.4 CRDi will cost you 10.59 Lakh while the 1.6 SX AT optional holds a price tag of 15.72 Lakh Rs. on-road Delhi.
Both top of the line Petrol and Diesel variants of the Hyundai Verna are priced marginally less than the peak variants of the Vento making Hyundai the favorite of the lot.

Pricing of other variants:
Vento 1.6 Comfortline - 10.66 Lakh
Vento 1.6 Highline - 12.10 Lakh
Vento 1.6 Highline Plus - 13.46 Lakh
Vento 1.2 Comfortline AT - 12.43 Lakh
Vento 1.2 Highline AT - 13.50 Lakh
Vento 1.2 Highline Plus AT - 14.89 Lakh

Verna 1.4 VTVT - 8.99 Lakh
Verna 1.6 S - 10.35 Lakh
Verna 1.6 SX - 11.15 Lakh
Verna 1.6 AT S - 11.34 Lakh
Verna 1.6 AT SX - 12.34 Lakh
Verna 1.6 SX Optional - 12.75 Lakh

Vento 1.5 Comfortline - 12.80 Lakh
Vento 1.5 Highline - 13.95 Lakh
Vento 1.5 Comfortline AT - 14.32 Lakh
Vento 1.5 Highline AT - 15.41 Lakh
Vento 1.5 Highline Plus - 15.38 Lakh
Vento 1.5 Highline Plus AT - 16.91 Lakh

Verna 1.4 CRDi - 10.59 Lakh
Verna 1.6 S - 12.43 Lakh
Verna 1.6 SX - 13.27 Lakh
Verna 1.6 AT S - 13.48 Lakh
Verna 1.6 SX Optional - 14.75 Lakh
Verna 1.6 AT SX - 15.72 Lakh

Common Features:
ABS, EBD, Airbags, Automatic Climate Control, Power Windows, Rear Parking sensors, Anti-glare Mirrors, Speed sensing Door Lock, Driver seat Height adjustment, Turn indicator on ORVMs, Driver Armrest, Rear Defogger, Rain-sensing wipers, Fog Lamps, Avg. fuel consumption, Avg, speed, Distance to empty, Adjustable Cluster Brightness, Touchscreen Infotainment system, USB, Aux, Bluetooth, FM, Steering mounted controls, Front and rear adjustable headrests, Rear Armrest, Cooled Glove Box, Sun-glass Holder, Tilt & Telescopic steering.

Extra Features in Vento :
ESP, Hill hold control, Cruise control, Split rear seat, One touch down/up for all windows, Dynamic shift indicator, Voice command.

Extra Features in Verna :
6 Airbags, Push Button Start/Stop, Reverse camera, Projector headlamps, Automatic headlamps, Follow me home headlamps, Glove box lamp, shift indicator, GPS navigation, 6 speakers, iPod compatibility.

Performance & Drivability:
Volkswagen Vento comes with a total of three engine options to choose from its lineup. If you are up for petrol engines then you might pick the 1.6-liter MPI unit that makes 103 bhp of power and 153Nm of torque and furnished with a five-speed manual transmission. For all those fanatic drivers, there is a powerful 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine making 103 bhp of power and healthy 175 Nm of torque and comes mated with divine seven-speed DSG transmission unit. The petrol powered Vento is exclusively for the devotees who enjoys adrenaline rush while driving because the petrol mill on the Vento is bloody mettlesome and responses briskly with ease in the cram-full city as well as on vacant Highways with whip-smart shifting of the DSG transmission. The diesel motor on the Vento sustains a 1.5-liter turbocharged TDI engine squeezing 108 bhp of power and an outstanding 250Nm of torque remittance, aiding freaky thrust of pulls during overtakes. This engine is coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission and is even offered with an eminent seven-speed DSG box as seen in its petrol variant but there are long-term reliability concerns with it. The Vigorous diesel engine on the Vento dispense doughty performance on the Highways with a great efficiency while city commutes are a painless job for it. Though the 1.5 TDI is loud and raspy at high rpm, thus irritating the occupants sometimes.

Hyundai Verna also gets variety of engine options on offer with multiple transmission options. There are two petrol and two diesel engines with both manual and automatic gearboxes. The 1.4-liter VTVT petrol on the Verna makes 106 bhp of maximum power and 138 Nm of torque. The elder 1.6-liter petrol motor delivers higher output of 121 bhp and 158Nm of torque. Both these engines are offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 4-speed automatic transmission. Just push the gas pedal a bit and the petrol motor propel out great distribution of power on the wheels to facilitate plush performance in city commute as well as highway traffic.  The diesel variants uses a 1.4-liter CRDi motor churning out 88 bhp power and 224 Nm of torque. The more powerful 1.6-liter diesel mill generates 126 bhp and 265 Nm of torque. These motors comes with a 6-speed manual transmission and also a 4-speed automatic as an option. Greater numbers on the engine helps it produce more than enough power for every conditions and certainly gives you an authoritative position on road. The CRDi motor shows really improved NVH levels making it comfortable for the passengers inside. It does significantly better in lower range while crawling in traffic without any struggle from the engine.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton) : 
Vento (1.5) - 92
Verna (1.6) - 113

Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton):
Vento (1.5) - 134
Verna (1.6) - 142

Power (PS@rpm):
Vento (1.6) - 103@5250, (1.2) - 103@5000, (1.5) - 108@4400
Verna (1.4 D)-106@6300, (1.6 D)-121@6300, (1.4 D)-89@4000, (1.6 D)-126@4000

Torque (Nm@rpm):
Vento (1.6) - 153@3800, (1.2) - 175@1500, (1.5) - 250@1500
Verna (1.4 P)-135@5000, (1.6 P)-158@4200, (1.4 D)-220@1750, (1.6 D)- 260@1900

Kerb Weight (kg):
Vento (1.6) - 1121, (1.2) - 1164, (1.5) - 1233
Verna (1.4 P)-1071, (1.6 P)- 1099, (1.4 D)- 1138, (1.6 D)- 1191

Fuel Efficiency:
The 1.2-liter of Vento has an ARAI certified mileage of 16.09 kmpl with manual transmission and 18.19 kmpl with the automatic DSG. Verna's 1.4 petrol with manual gearbox has an ARAI certified mileage of 17.4 kmpl while its 1.6 petrol manual gives mileage of 17.4 kmpl and automatic 1.6 gives 17.1 kmpl.
Vento 1.6 TDI delivers an ARAI certified mileage of 20.64 with manual unit and around 21.5 with the automatic one while Verna's 1.4 CRDi with manual and 1.6 manual both gives identical mileage of 24.8 kmpl while the 1.6 CRDi automatic will give you a little less mileage of 23.9 kmpl.
In our back to back tests the manual petrol of the Verna was more fuel efficient than manual version of Vento but in automatic petrol's the Vento was more fuel efficient than Verna automatic. All hail to the DSG on Vento. In diesel engine the 1.4 CRDi of the Verna was highly efficient.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Vento (1.2 DSG) - 18.19, (1.6 Manual) - 16.09,
Verna (1.4 Manual)- 17.4, (1.6 Manual)- 17.4, (1.6 AT)- 17.1

Vento (1.5 Manual) - 20.64, (1.5 DSG) - 21.5
Verna (1.4 Manual)- 24.8, Verna (1.6 Manual)- 17.4, Verna (1.6 AT)- 17.1

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Vento (petrol, manual) - 4.30, Vento (petrol, automatic) - 4.05
Verna (petrol, manual) - 3.65, Verna (petrol, automatic) - 4.15

Vento (diesel, manual) - 2.80, Vento (diesel, automatic) - 2.80
Verna (diesel, manual) - 2.20, Verna (diesel, automatic) - 2.65

Space & Comfort:
Vento feels very premium and upmarket as soon as you hop inside it. The seats are well cushioned with adequate amount of knee and head room. It offers you wide glass area thus giving you a sense of airiness inside the cabin. Seating four people in Vento is an easy task but an addition of fifth passenger muddles up the comfort due to a big hump on the rear floor panel making the middle occupant struggle for space. Vento holds an edge over the Verna by offering more boot-space which will proved to be very useful on long journeys or short picnic with the Family.
Seats in the Verna are pleasant for both short and long commutes since the updated padding and cushioning of it makes it cosy enough for its occupants. Everything on the seats are striking except the under thigh support which lacks necessary comfort. The higher glass area can make things suffocated for short occupants but enjoyable for taller passengers due to presence of ample knee and head room to stretch your body around. Even five adults would feel comfortable as there is no such hump on floor like that of the Vento.

Boot-space (liters):
Vento - 494 , Verna - 465

Length (mm): Vento -4390 , Verna - 4375
Width (mm): Vento - 1699, Verna - 1700
Height (mm): Vento - 1467, Verna - 1475

Ride Quality & Handling:
Vento has a firm edge to itself at low speeds in the city, but as the speeds increases the Vento can flatten the worst of Indian roads. The suspension feels robust and you didn't need to slow down for rough patches, the bump absorption is satisfactory. This planted nature goes a long way in enhancing comfort levels. Volkswagen are known for their handling and so does the Vento. It stays superbly composed during long stretches and loves tackling fast corners. The chassis has immaculate poise and doesn't let any sort of body roll. The steering feels well balanced at low speeds and gains weight as the speed climbs up, giving confidence to the driver.
The Verna is really a nice car to cruise on the highways but it doesn't feel as composed as the Vento. Short spins around the city seems sorted and it does definitely good when you try pushing it hard to zip through the traffic. Steering feels a bit lazy sometimes and delays in responding, well this is the common problem with all Hyundai's. The suspension is on a really softer side making even a small jerk immensely felt inside the cabin. It wouldn't be stated as an unstable car but the suspension is more suited to relaxed cruising rather than trying to corner hard as this was never made to enjoy the corners due to the fair amount of body roll and its unsettled chassis.

Wheelbase (mm): Vento - 2553 , Verna - 2570

Ground Clearance (mm):  Vento - 163 , Verna - 165

Tyre Size: 
Vento - 185/60 R15 (Comfortline & Highline)
Verna - 195/55 R16 (SX & SX O)

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Both, Volkswagen and Hyundai are utterly reliable. Germans are world famous for toughness and durability of their cars while Hyundai has consistently proved itself over past years about how trust-able is their brand. Although Hyundai is way ahead from Volkswagen in setting up its vast service network across the country. They are second in the list after the Maruti in wide reach of service and customers satisfaction where Volkswagen have been seen struggling to provide consistent service to their customers and haven't really successful in expanding their customer base. Also maintaining  a Volkswagen has never been cheap because of their outrageously expensive service, repairs and spare parts especially when something miserable occurs with your DSG, and mind it the DSG will cost you hefty on pocket. Whereas the most beautiful thing about Verna is its easy maintenance and fuss-free ownership on offer. A Hyundai will also give you better resale value if you want to sell one.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Vento Highline (petrol, manual) - 5.35, Vento Highline (petrol,automatic) -  5.92
Verna SX O (petrol, manual) - 6.30, Verna SX O (petrol, automatic) - 6.95

Vento Comfortline (diesel, manual) - 5.57, Vento Highline (diesel,automatic) -  5.96
Verna SX O (diesel, manual) - 6.41, Verna SX O (diesel, automatic) - 6.89

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Vento Highline (petrol, manual) - 11.05 , Vento Highline (petrol,automatic) - 11.63
Verna SX O (petrol, manual) - 10.10 , Verna SX O (petrol, automatic) - 10.65

Vento Comfortline (diesel, manual) - 10.03 , Vento Highline (diesel,automatic) - 11.69
Verna SX O (diesel, manual) - 10.54, Verna SX O (diesel, automatic) - 11.45

The Verna may be outmatched in terms of its old school 4-speed automatic gearbox and the wretched driving experience is surely a let down when compared with Vento's skillful driving dynamics and pleasant DSG, but lets not forget that it is the car with lot of segment first features for its class including 6 Airbags for premium safety. Things look promising on paper for the Verna due to its more powerful engine but it goes different in real world conditions mainly because of the plaintive handling and lack of steering feedback on the Verna. I doubt that it can match the German in performance and road manner. On other hand the Vento traits a smooth and convenient 7-speed DSG with lightning fast up-shifts offering good drive-ability and performance with excellent fuel economy. Mature suspension, balanced ride and handling makes Vento even more desirable choice but long term reliability with it is a very big concern which isn't the problem with the Verna due to its hassle free maintenance and low cost of ownership. Vento becomes loud and buzzy as you climb the kilometer figures on odo while the Verna is apt on NVH levels thus offering peaceful drives. With respect to practicality the Verna again outstrips the Vento by providing better seating, efficient storage spaces and can be used as an everyday partner. So if you are looking for a premium ride and like to enjoy behind the steering with lovely DSG then nothing can beat the Vento but if you are looking for feature packed and family oriented car that will fit in your budget and will serve you with peace of mind for years then Verna is the sole choice for you.    

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