2014 Fiat Linea vs 2014 Honda City vs updated Verna comparo

Its been nearly a month now since the new Fiat Linea and the new Honda City were launched for the Indian market. Although Honda has started deliveries on the new City, Fiat will only launch the new Linea next week.

2014 Fiat Linea facelift

2014 Fiat Linea facelift

In the meanwhile, Hyundai has updated the Verna with features like DRLs and 16 inch wheels. The Verna now looks a tad bit plush than before with added goodies.

2014 Hyundai Verna facelift

2014 Hyundai Verna facelift

The City was always the number one choice for anyone in the market for this segment. It ruled the roost for many years until a few years ago when cars like the Vento, Linea and Verna jumped in.

2014 Honda City

2014 Honda City

Lets look at the specifications:


Fiat Linea Honda City Hyundai Verna
Engine 1.4 L T-Jet Petrol 1.5 L SOHC i-VTEC 1.4 L VTVT Petrol(also has 1.6 L VTVT Petrol)
Max Power (ps/rpm)  114/5000 119/6600 107/6300
Max. Torque (Nm/rpm) 207/2200 145/4600 138/5000
No of Valves  16 16 16
Transmission 5 speed manual 5 speed manual(optional CVT) 5 speed manual(4 speed auto with 1.6)
Suspension (Front) Independent Wheel, Helical Coil Springs,
Double Acting Telescopic Dampers &
Stabilizer Bar
McPherson Strut, Coil Spring McPherson strut with Coil Spring & Stabilizer Bar
Suspension (Rear) Torsion Beam, Helical Coil Springs, DoubleActing Telescopic Dampers and Stablizer Bar
Torsion beam axle, coil Spring

Couple Torsion Beam Axle

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Disc Disc Disc
Brakes (Rear) Solid Disc Drum Drum
Tyres (Tubeless) 195/60 R15 & 205/55 R16 175/65 R15 185/ 65 R15″
Wheels 15″ Steel/15″ Alloy/16″ Alloy R15 Steel (E, S, SV) / R15 Alloy (V, VX) 15″ Steel/16″ Alloy

Now lets check the dimensions of the cars:

Fiat Linea Honda City Hyundai Verna
Overall length (mm) 4596 4440 4370
Overall width (mm) 1730 1695 1700
Overall height (mm) 1487 1495 1475
Wheelbase (mm) 2603 2600 2570
Ground Clearence (mm) 185/190 165 170
Fuel Tank (lt) 45 40 43
Boot Space (lt) 500 510 453

The Linea, when it was launched in 2009 had a list of features unheard of in this segment. Does it continue to do so?

Fiat Linea Honda City Hyundai Verna
Cruise Control Optional Optional Not Available
Climate Control Optional Not Available Not Available
Rear AC Vents Yes Optional Not Available
Steering Mounted Control Optional Optional Optional
USB /Aux In Optional(Works along with Blue&Me) Optional Optional
In Car Assistant with Voice Recognition Optional(Blue&Me) Not Available Not Available

You must have made out by now that the Linea is the largest car of the three and even the other models viz. Rapid, Vento making it the biggest car in its class and also the most loaded in terms of features. Couple that to the tag of one of Indias best handling saloon and you`ve got a winner. But will this be enough to beat the new City with its dynamic styling and futuristic interiors? or will the Verna continue to give nightmares to its competition?

Only time will tell, till then stay tuned to 4wheelreviews for news and updates on the New Linea and City.


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