Mid-size diesel sedans have always been a bit special. Affordable, comfortable, attractive to look at and very efficient, these cars deliver almost everything you get in a full-size sedan. Of late though, these have been overshadowed a bit by sub-four-metre sedans like the Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze and Hyundai Xcent. But if you want a proper, grown-up family car, it’s these mid-sizers you should be looking at; they offer so much more in terms of size, space, performance, stability and features, and many of these diesel sedans deliver class-transcending performance as well.
Here’s a brief introduction. The Ford Fiesta and Nissan Sunny have both received makeovers recently, bringing them up to date. Also in the fray is Fiat’s updated Linea, which has a new exterior and interior, making it even more desirable. The Honda City is the current favourite and is a runaway success in the segment. Its combination of a powerful yet efficient diesel motor and supremely comfortable cabin has been a big hit among buyers. Skoda also gave its Rapid a light update, and its combination of solid build and strong diesel engine is quite formidable too. Then we have the ever popular Hyundai Verna, which got a host of updates last year and, as ever, is a very strong contender. So, which one is the best mid-sizer?
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