Maruti Suzuki has launched the updated Ciaz, and while it gets the usual changes to the exterior and interior, the big news is the new petrol drivetrain. Things in this particular segment have heated up. The current generation Hyundai Verna is a force to reckon with, the Honda City still rakes in decent numbers for Honda and Toyota have entered the fray with the Yaris. We dont have the cars at hand to do a full-blown comparison, but we can certainly break down the specifications and give you an idea of how things stand on paper.EngineRight, we will be comparing the petrol drivetrains today, for two reasons. Firstly, the Ciaz gets a new petrol motor while diesel has simply been carried over from the older car. Secondly, the Yaris is only available with a petrol motor.The Ciazs K15B motor is new, and what is interesting is that it gets the mild-hybrid SHVS system that the diesel was earlier available with. The outputs stand at 103bhp and 138Nm, which is marginally more than what the older 1.4-litre engine puts out. The figures arent high but they arent the lowest in this company either. You get two gearbox options as well – a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed torque converter automatic. The hybrid system isnt so much about adding power and torque, as much as it is about increasing efficiency. The Ciaz has an ARAI certified fuel economy of 21.56kpl for the manual and 20.28kpl for the automatic.The City gets the largest engine here at 1497cc (larger than the Yaris by 1cc) and makes the most grunt as well. The i-VTEC motor puts out 114bhp and 145Nm of torque. Hondas petrol engines are generally very refined and this one is no different. The City gets the option of a 5-speed manual or an automatic in the form of a CVT. The manual has an ARAI-rated efficiency of 17.4kpl, while the automatic is 18kpl.The Verna gets the option of two petrol motors. The smallest motor of the lot is a 1368cc unit makes a mere 97bhp and 132Nm, a fair bit less than what the competition puts out. It can only be had with a manual and comes in lower trims. There is also a 1591cc motor that puts out 120bhp and 151Nm and comes with the option of a manual and an automatic. The Toyota Yaris is only available with a petrol engine in India, which is why weve restricted this comparison to petrol. The 1496cc petrol engine in the Yaris puts out 105.5bhp and 140Nm of torque. The Yaris gets a 6-speed manual transmission, but also gets a CVT with 7 pre-set ratios.DesignThe Ciaz is the freshest design here. It retains the clean, executive design the previous Ciaz had in a more appealing package. Up front, the grille is redesigned with less chrome and more matt black plastic. The headlamps really stand out with their dual-element DRLs and the bumper is far more aggressive than before. The bonnet and flanks arent filled with too many slashes and cuts keeping it smart and minimalist-looking. The taillamps retain the same shape but get fresh clusters. Overall, the Ciaz has a rather handsome stance.The Vernas design has evolved over the years into something very likeable. The latest Verna follows Hyundais latest Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language and gets a large cascading hexagonal grille, swept back headlamps, and chrome being used tastefully on the nose. With a high shoulder-line and a roof that tapers in to a stubby bootlid, it cuts a nice shape. The taillamps are striking as well. The Verna has been around for a while now but still looks fresh.The City is possibly the most familiar face here. Its been around for a while, and the updates, when they have come, are minor. The nose is unmistakably Honda, while the Citys silhouette simply adds to its familiarity. The City is the most angular car here, andThe Toyota Yaris certainly stands out, at least from the front. The design is quirky, and some might even find it overstyled. But once you move over to the side, and to the rear, it is far more simple. Whats important to note here is that the Yaris has the shortest wheelbase of the lot, while the Ciaz is the longest. FeaturesToyota is certainly not holding back on the features front, especially with safety. The Yaris gets seven airbags as standard across all variants. Other features like hill start assist, ESC and rear disc brakes on the top-of-the-line variants. The rest of them all get dual airbags as standard.The cars are all equipped with features we have come to expect of this segment. Touchscreen infotainment systems, automatic climate control, cruise control and rear AC vents are now considered hygiene in this class of cars. Each car does have its own little USPs though. The Verna gets cooled seats, the floorboard of the Yaris in the rear lacks a transmission tunnel and is flat and it gets additional bits like electrically adjustable drivers seat and gesture control for the infotainment. The City and the Verna meanwhile get a sunroof. The Ciaz finally gets LED projector headlamps to match the competition.PricePrices for the Ciaz were announced earlier this week, and the petrol range starts at Rs 8.19 lakh for the base manual, going up to 10.97 lakh for the top-of-the-line automatic, making it the best-priced car here. The Verna is by far the most affordable, with prices for the 1.4-litre petrol starting from 7.89 lakh, but it doesnt have the performance to match. The 1.6 range starts at Rs 10.65 with the top AT variant costing Rs 12.65 lakh. The Yaris meanwhile, has prices starting at 8.75 lakh all the way up to 12.85 lakh. However, the base Yaris is well specced with features like seven airbags and offers value. The city is the most expensive of the lot, costing Rs 8.77 lakh for the base manual, going all the way up to Rs 13.75 lakh for the top-specced CVT. The Ciaz may miss out on a few features that the competition offers, however, it does justify that by coming in at a far more affordable package. The Yaris has the potential to work well, but it is a newcomer in a segment with some really established name. On paper, they all run each other properly close, and were going to have to take them on to the streets to see who is king.