I am bang in the middle. Neither swinging this way nor that. I just wanted to throw this to you guys to see what you think. My daddy is looking for a diesel car mostly for intercity travel. (I am going opt for the top end model) The new Verna's build quality is much better than what it was earlier, but still seems to be a couple rungs lowers than the Optra Magnum's. The way the doors close and the noise being deadened as soon as the doors close still seems to be better in the Optra. But feature-wise there is no beating the Verna.