I am loving this thread. Lot of passionate and fact filled opinions. Grrrrreaaaate ! Thanks to all the contributing members. I recommend a Petrol Verna.
I am leaving out Linea T-Jet with a heavy heart and Vento & Rapid due to the attitude of the A$$ staff. That leaves the Ciaz, City & Verna for further analysis.
Working in an industry, I would prefer a 1.2 mm thick sheet metal over a 1.0 mm thick sheet. For getting better FE, thin sheet metal is chosen in both Ciaz & City. Verna's sheet metal feels to be marginally thicker. I checked (felt) the wheel arches for this. Sorry if I am wrong. Ciaz:
I've seen a Cow (not a bull) turning its head at the wrong time and one Horn simply pierced a Maruti car's door. Well, it was not a Ciaz, but it was a "Kitna Deti" Maruti. For a car longer and wider than City and Verna, Ciaz is lighter than both by about 45-50kg. I don't think Maruti is using Carbon Fiber. Habits die hard. City:
One incidence, just one incidence (link here
) and I'll never buy a Honda City. Because City is a popular and REASONABLE car, I let the Pics speak for themselves in that post without criticizing City. Verna:
Once my Verna suffered a broadside hit (from another popular Sedan) due to an idiot at a signal. Mild to deep Scratches, just SCRATCHES. The door did NOT cave in !! Once a bike fell on the front left door while on move. A micro dent. That's all. I've not bothered to rectify it. Few 2W drivers were spread on the Boot Lid. NOTHING happened. It is still pristine.
My usual line of answer in this segment was "if it is Petrol it has to be the City & if it is Diesel it has to be the Verna". That was before I looked into the case of nearly 4 year old Petrol Verna cars recently.
The year I bought my car, my Company bought Petrol Verna cars for our Seniors. There's one City too. The cars are driven mostly inside City limits with occasional highway runs. The maintenance team says it is similar to that of City. The City driver is jealous of those driving the P Verna. Verna drivers have only appreciation for it. Do take into consideration that "these guys have the families of the Seniors in the back seat kabhi kabhi and that these guys drove a City before Vernas were bought" !!
Those criticizing Verna's handling might find it educative to read my ownership review. Specifically the recent one about driving around a group of Monkeys when cruising at 120-130 kph.
I feel CURRENTLY there's only one negative for Verna; the upgrade is coming in 2017. Worth to wait, I would say.