The subcompact SUV space has witnessed robust growth in a short span of time and reckoning the fast-paced growth, car makers are developing new models to claim a sizeable chunk of the segment. While Ford EcoSport is among the early entrants, Honda WR-V recently made inroads into the segment. Based on Jazz, WR-V is primarily a beefed-up version of the premium hatchback, though it gets a different treatment that injects aggression to its exterior. On the other hand, EcoSport has been instrumental in starting the subcompact SUV segment in India and its first mid-life facelift promises to keep the EcoSport flag high. With new elements, in-cabin tech, a new petrol engine and styling updates to the cabin, EcoSport seems like a well-rounded package. In this comparison, we put both the models against each other to find out which one makes more sense for you.
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Ford EcoSport Vs Honda WRV Price
|Name of the Car||Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|Ford EcoSport||Rs 7.31 lakh to Rs 10.99 lakh|
|Honda WR-V||Rs 7.66 lakh to Rs 9.91 lakh|
-The outgoing version of EcoSport was priced between Rs 7.31 lakh to Rs 10.92 lakh.
-Despite prominent cosmetic updates, additional kit and a more upmarket cabin, EcoSport has not witnessed any change in pricing.
-That said, the new EcoSport price falls between Rs 7.31 lakh to Rs 10.99 lakh.
-The Honda WR-V petrol range starts from Rs 7.66 lakh and goes up to Rs 8.88 lakh.
-Diesel powered WR-V is priced between Rs 8.71 lakh to Rs 9.91 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Read – New Ford EcoSport Variant Wise Features Explained
Ford EcoSport Vs Honda WRV Specifications
|Specifications||Ford EcoSport||Honda WR-V|
|Petrol Engines||1.5-litre, Ti-VCT||1.2-litre i-VTEC|
|Diesel||1.5L TDCi||1.5-litre i-DTEC|
|Transmission||5-speed manual & 6-speed dual-clutch AT||5-speed MT & 6-speed MT|
-Ford’s all-new 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder Ti-VCT petrol unit has debuted with the new EcoSport. While the previous 1.5-litre petrol unit has been dropped, the company has also discontinued the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine.
-The 1.5-litre TDCi unit has been retained from the previous model and there is no change in terms of output.
-Transmission choices on the SUV remain unchanged with a standard 5-speed manual gearbox along with an optional 6-speed AT for select petrol trims.
–At the heart of the petrol powered WR-V is a 1.2-litre, i-VTEC engine.
-Diesel variants use Honda’s 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine.
-Transmission choices on both the engines include a conventional 5-speed manual unit and a 6-speed manual unit.
-The Honda WR-V carline misses out on the automatic gearbox. Read: New Ford EcoSport Vs Old EcoSport – What’s The Difference
Ford EcoSport Vs Honda WRV Mileage
|Model Name||Petrol Mileage (Km/l)||Diesel Mileage (km/l)|
-Ford EcoSport petrol MT is rated at 17km/l and the petrol AT version is claimed to deliver 14.8 km/l.
-The diesel-powered EcoSport is slightly more frugal with claimed mileage of 23km/l.
-The petrol powered WR-V returns 17.5km/l and the diesel EcoSport is claimed to deliver 25.50km/l.Read – Ford EcoSport Vs Tata Nexon
Ford EcoSport Vs Honda WRV Dimensions
|Dimensions||Ford EcoSport||Honda WR-V|
|Boot Space (Litres)||352 (expandable to 1178L)||363|
-Both the models have similar length, whereas EcoSport is slightly wider and taller.
-Honda WR-V on the other sits on a longer wheelbase, implying slightly more space inside the cabin.
-In terms of luggage compartment, Honda WR-V has a larger boot.
Ford EcoSport Vs Honda WRV Features
|Key Features||Ford EcoSport||Honda WR-V|
|Rear AC Vents||No||No|
|Touchscreen Infotainment system||Yes||Yes|
|Height adj. driver seat||Yes||Yes|
|Steering mounted audio & calling controls||Yes||Yes|
|Apple CarPlay & Android Auto||Yes||No|
|Rear wiper & washer||Yes||No|
-The entry level variants in the new Ford EcoSport carline get standard front & rear power windows, height adjustable front & rear headrests, manual air conditioner, power adjusting wing mirrors, 12V power source outlet, shopping hooks in boot, inner rear-view mirror and folding grab handles with coat hooks.
-Ford’s SYNC 3 with voice control is now offered from Trend Variant. It now comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
-The Trend & Trend+ variants get 6.5-inch touchscreen display opposed to the higher variants that feature larger 8.0-inch display.
-Prominent tech like automatic headlamps, rear view camera, electrochromic IRVM and rain-sensing wipers are reserved for the top-spec Titanium+ grade.
-The top-spec petrol AT trims additionally get paddle shifters.
-The Honda WR-V carline packs in standard 8.9cm audio with Aux-in, USB port, Bluetooth for handsfree telephone and audio, 4 speakers, AM/FM, radio, MP3, i-Pod and i/Phone and steering mounted HFT as well as audio controls.
-Features including touchscreen infotainment system, satellite navigation, 1.5GB internal memory, MirrorLink, internet access for browsing, voice commands for media, navigation & calling, smartphone voice assistant activation, HDMI-In port and 2 SD card slots are restricted to the top-spec VX variant.
-Among the comfort goodies, auto ac, power folding ORVM, front armrest with storage console are offered only on the range topping trim.
-Other bits like push start button, smart key with keyless remote & cruise control are specific to the top-of-the line diesel variant. Read: New Ford EcoSport 2017 Review – Much More Than A Mid-life Facelift!
Ford EcoSport Vs Honda WRV Safety Features
|Key Features||Ford EcoSport||Honda WR-V|
|Dual front airbags||Yes||Yes|
|ABS with EBD||Yes||Yes|
|Rear parking camera||Yes||Yes|
|Speed sensing auto door lock||Yes||No|
|Reverse parking sensor||Yes||Yes|
|All Disc brakes||No||No|
-Significant safety tech such asABS with EBD, front dual airbags, front seat belts with pretensioner & load limiter, driver seat belt reminder, crash unlocking system, power door locks, engine immobiliser, approach lights and home safe headlamps are standard across line-up.
-While other vital bits that are restricted to Trend+ AT and Titanium+ includeEBA, ESC, TCS and HLA.
-Other features that are offered specifically with the top-spec Titanium+ are ISOFIX, cruise control with adjustable speed limiter device, side-bags and curtain-bags.
-The top-spec variant in the WR-V carline packs in vital features such as multi-view rear camera and driver side window with one touch up/down function.
-Prominent safety tech such as dual SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, immobilizer, rear defogger, day/night IRVM, intelligent pedals etc are standard on the model.
-While the fuel reminder control system is offered only on the diesel variants. Check Out – New Ford EcoSport Picture Gallery
Ford EcoSport Vs Honda WRV Design
On the aesthetic front, the new EcoSport has outdone its predecessor. It gets a new grille reminiscent of Endeavour, the headlamps with DRLs are all new and the restyled bumpers now get larger fog lamps. With these changes, the new EcoSport looks more aggressive and bold. At side, it remains largely unchanged save for the larger 17-inch alloys on the Titanium+ variant. Similarly, rear styling has been retained from the pre-facelift version.
Based on Honda Jazz, WR-V is primarily a beefed-up version of the premium hatchback. To give it a sporty, Honda has added new elements to the exterior. From front, it resembles BR-V as it gets similar bold chrome band and swooping headlamps. The all new bumper injects aggression up front and prominent changes have been made to the rear that sets it apart from its donor hatchback. That said, it features L-Shaped taillamps, tail-gate and dual tone bumper at the back. Most of the elements have been retained at the side and it looks largely same as Jazz.
Ford EcoSport Vs Honda WRV Interior
Ford has spruced up the cabin and worked on the material quality of the interior. The dashboard features an all-new design, though it still has some rough edges. There is a new steering wheel with mounted buttons and it gets the latest SYNC 3 infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Though, rear AC vents are still missing, it features two illuminated USB ports and 25 utility points. In terms of comfort, front & rear seats are well spaced, though we feel rear is good only for two adults and a kid.
Traces of similarity with Jazz can be seen on the inside with similar styling such as all-black dashboard with chrome accents, touch-sensitive climate control and instrument cluster. There is the 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with AUX-in, USB-port, SD card, HDMI, WiFi and Android Auto. Seats are wrapped with leather upholstery and the driver’s seat is well cushioned.