Here’s a comprehensive spec-based comparison between the Honda WRV and Honda Jazz.
Chalking out a new strategy for the Indian market, Honda India is gearing up for its debut in the hottest segment in India currently, the sub-four meter SUV space. This would be another mainstream model from Honda which already has two mainstays, City sedan and Amaze notchback in its product portfolio. Based on the Jazz sedan, WR-V is essentially a subcompact SUV with crossover-like styling. In addition, the vehicle will share design & styling cues and mechanicals with Jazz. In fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that WR-V is Jazz’s spin-off with strong similarities.
Belonging to Honda clan, the two cars have a lot in common in terms of styling, design and mechanicals. The WR-V will be positioned as the sub-four meter SUV going against Ford EcoSport and Maruti Viatara Brezza along with Fiat Avventura, Toyota Etios Cross and Hyundai i20 Active from the crossover segment due to crossover resembling styling. Honda Jazz on the other hand is a premium B segment hatchback taking on the likes of Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo and Maruti Baleno. Hence the radical difference between their body styles put them on crosshairs with each other which also reflects in the pricing.
Available with petrol & diesel engine options in two manual and CVT transmissions, Jazz carline is priced between Rs 5.88 lakh and 9.18 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Talking of the upcoming Honda WR-V, its price is estimated to fall between Rs 7 lakh to Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom price).
Taking this into account, there will be noticeable pricing difference between the two models.
Sharing mechanicals, WR-V and Jazz will draw power from the 1.2 litre –VTEC petrol engine putting out 88.8bhp at 6,000rpm along with 109Nm of torque at 4,500rpm and 1.5-litre i-DTEC oil burner churning out 115bhp 98.6bhp at 3,600rpm and 200Nm of torque at 1,750rpm. Transmission choices will include 5-speed & six-speed manuals and a CVT. Despite using same engines, both the models are bound to deliver different mileage.
On one hand where Jazz diesel is rated to return 27.3kmpl, Honda WR-V diesel is likely to run up to 24kmpl. Petrol powered variants of the Jazz with manual transmission deliver 18.7kmpl as against the CVT equipped trims claimed to deliver 19kmpl. Compared to it, fuel economy for the petrol manual and petrol CVT trims is estimated at 16kmpl and 19kmpl respectively.
Built on the same platform, there is a radical difference between Jazz and WR-V in terms of looks. The front profile has been crafted aggressively to give WR-V SUV-like character. It sports a thick chrome band that runs between the sleek pulled-back headlamp units. Lower front apron is broad with rounded fog lamps, black cladding and silver skid plate for an aggressive crossover-ish appearance. Side facet receives the same treatment with key elements like cladded wheel arches, large alloy wheels, roof rails and sharp lines bringing out the sporty character. As we move the rear, there will be a sportier bumper with faux aluminium skid plate, thick body cladding and Jazz-inspired, boomerang-shaped tail-lamps.
In comparison, Jazz has a subtle styling and a lower ground clearance suitable for a hatchback. In front, there is a square-like bonnet with sharp lines and a dual-part grille with a thin chrome lining placed parallel to the bold chrome band. The fog lamp housings are larger and the air-dams are shorter. Body cladding, roof rails and faux skid plate is missing in the Jazz. View from the side reminds of Amaze with a sharp line running across the length of the window line. Supporting creases on the flanks add to the visual appeal. Round the back, there is a chrome garnish on the boot lid, blackened fog lamp housings on the lower bumper, vertically stacked tail-lamps and pointed rear profile.
Unlike the exterior profile, WR-V will mirror Jazz’s interior styling and design to curb pricing, although the equipment level will be different on the outside as well as inside. Among the exterior fitments, the subcompact SUV will sport new front grille, smoked headlamps, LED DRLs, plastic cladding around bumper and wheel arches, scuff plates and roof-rails.
The in-cabin tech on the WR-V will be similar to the new City featuring new upholstery, chrome accents on dashboard, handbrake and air-con vents and water proof floor mats. Besides, the wheelbase will be longer, implying more space inside the cabin. In addition, the WR-V can benefit from a new infotainment system with touchscreen and other features from the new City sedan.