How rapidly things have changed. At the start of the year, buyers keen on a diesel midsize sedan had five models to choose from. Today, the options are down to just two. With the larger market moving away from diesels, the business case to upgrade engines to BS6-spec simply wasn’t strong enough for Maruti, Volkswagen and Skoda, whose Ciaz, Vento and Rapid, respectively, are now petrol-only models.

Honda and Hyundai, however, see things differently. Diesel is still the fuel of choice in many pockets across India and there’s also enough of a buyer base to whom the economics of diesel still make sense, even if the price of the fuel is touching record highs. The two cars in focus here cater to these buyers.

The new, fifth-gen City is offered with Honda’s trusty 1.5-litre diesel engine, while the revamped Verna trades the old 1.6-litre unit for a new-gen 1.5. Exclusive to the…

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