Used VW Vento vs Honda City vs Hyundai Verna


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Hello everyone,
Please allow me to put forth the scenario in short: It's my Mom's 50th birthday this August end, and she always had a wish for road trips (and she loves a sedan), hence the thought of suprising her with a pre-owned sedan.

Budget: ~4L
New or Used: Used
Location: Thane
Cars shortlisted: Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento.
Preference: Comfort, Maintenance (Spare Parts), Dynamics, Features, Mileage.
Monthly Running: ~500 KM's
Fuel Type: Petrol
Purpose type: Regular Use, Touring
Seating Capacity: 3-4
Segment Type: Sedan.

I hope I've satisfied the requirements to start this thread. Looking forward to some invaluable feedbacks from owners of the aforementioned sedans.
 
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Hello All, I'm new to this forum, hence, please excuse the mistakes.

I am thinking about getting an used sedan for my Mom's birthday this August. I'm confused between City, Verna and Vento.

Can I please get some references of owners of the Verna as to what all should I keep in mind before looking at a Verna, any issues I should be wary of and the do's and don't's.

The maintenance practices, spare parts, and the costs involved are my main concerns right now.

I'd love if a Good-samaritan can help me out in this.
 
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Sedans give low mileage in the city especially petrol. My verna gives me anywhere between 9-11 kms per liter. Delhi's traffic too is to be blamed.
City's parts are more expensive than the verna ( from service centre) some of the hyundai parts are 4-5 times expensive in their original packaging so try to source original parts on your own and get it fit from a trusted mechanic.

Also I would advice against buying a second hand car from the dealer. You never know which problem will crop up just after a month or so. If you can buy a car which you have seen maintained from your relative , it would be a better option.

Plus do get the service history checked from the service centre of any car you decide to buy , any accidental claims etc.

Look at the underbody for possible damage parts. Click photos of the engine from below and check the engine after driving as well. This way you can see if there is any engine oil leak.

Friend bought a used Audi A4 from a dealer. He didn't check the underbody and after driving the car for some time , a problem cropped up. Removed the engine guard and they saw whole lot of engine oil leaking.

Two friends bought a 3 series and another A4 from relative and both cars worked fine for 2-3 years without any problem. Whatever problem occured were wear and tear items which were normal for the age of the car.
Keep around 15%- 20% budget aside for possible parts changes in the future.

I would totally recommend a smaller new car for peace of mind or buy from a relative whose car you have seen and can be trusted.
 
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Used diesel or petrol ?
A petrol Sir, my monthly running would be very low.

Sedans give low mileage in the city especially petrol. My verna gives me anywhere between 9-11 kms per liter. Delhi's traffic too is to be blamed.
City's parts are more expensive than the verna ( from service centre) some of the hyundai parts are 4-5 times expensive in their original packaging so try to source original parts on your own and get it fit from a trusted mechanic.

Also I would advice against buying a second hand car from the dealer. You never know which problem will crop up just after a month or so. If you can buy a car which you have seen maintained from your relative , it would be a better option.

Plus do get the service history checked from the service centre of any car you decide to buy , any accidental claims etc.

Look at the underbody for possible damage parts. Click photos of the engine from below and check the engine after driving as well. This way you can see if there is any engine oil leak.

Friend bought a used Audi A4 from a dealer. He didn't check the underbody and after driving the car for some time , a problem cropped up. Removed the engine guard and they saw whole lot of engine oil leaking.

Two friends bought a 3 series and another A4 from relative and both cars worked fine for 2-3 years without any problem. Whatever problem occured were wear and tear items which were normal for the age of the car.
Keep around 15%- 20% budget aside for possible parts changes in the future.

I would totally recommend a smaller new car for peace of mind or buy from a relative whose car you have seen and can be trusted.
Thank You Sir, would it be possible to talk a little more in detail with you regarding to this? How can I contact you?
 
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Common issues with :
Hyundai Verna : Steering Rack&column - Noise starts cropping up (especially when the car is most used in rough tarmacs) - 35k-50k km
Hardening of clutch (Usually city driven vernas)- can crop even from 15k-20k km
Stiff Suspension (Addressed usually my customers , and mostly they replace the rear coils - Hyundai had addressed customer's concern in 2015 onwards)
Petrol engines generally tend to get low mileage (Hyundais are damn abuse friendly , you push even so roughly you get mileage of 7kmpl, ride so sedately in city you get around 8kmpl ....but cruise in 120kmph/130kmph in 5th gear on a highway , you will be rewarded with 14kmpl , generally all hyundai petrol engines life is dependent on years used rather than kilometres (Personal opinion)

Honda City : Proven Ivtec Engine , Performance slightly lesser than hyundai , but not bad , still matches segment standrads. (Haven't taken a petrol city to service centre) , but experience with diesel city , brake pads needs a change at every 20kkms (city driven , sedate driving usage) , suspension still strong even after taking in rough tarmacs , gentle bounce started since 45kkm .

My choice - As a driver , if your drives are on highway take the Verna (Steering and handling not Hyundai's DNA) , still it won't dissapoint .
As a passenger , City is the best for comfort in rear benches (That's why still city rules the segment , inspite new verna having better specs)
 
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My choice - As a driver , if your drives are on highway take the Verna (Steering and handling not Hyundai's DNA) , still it won't dissapoint .
As a passenger , City is the best for comfort in rear benches (That's why still city rules the segment , inspite new verna having better specs)
Thank You!

Off Topic: The Vento was also in the wishlist, and probably top of it. Any feedback about it? I'm in love with the VW design and the vibe the Vento/Polo give since 4-5 years, hence I'm emotionally inclined towards it.

I've come across an ad, a 2014 Vento, 1.6L MPI Petrol, 27xxx KMs on the odometer asking price 4.5L, negotiable.

I heard the MPI Petrol is the least problematic of all, and the odometer reading is less too.

If all the service records are clean, and of course I'll will get her checked through a VW service center too, can I go ahead?

And I generally tend to pamper my vehicles a lot, best oils possible, and everything that goes with maintenance required.

My use would be mostly as a weekend car, might just require a couple of 3-4 KMs usage in the city, so it would be sparingly used.

Sorry for the long post.
 
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