Here’s a comprehensive spec-based comparison between the Honda WRV and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.
Aiming to grab a spot in the thriving subcompact SUV segment, Honda India is working on the Jazz based WR-V sub-four meter SUV which will share design and styling cues with the B segment hatchback. Expected to go on sale this March, deliveries for the SUV are likely to start from April 2017 while the production for the Honda WR-V has already begun at the company’s Tapukara plant in Rajasthan.
Globally, Honda WR-V will replace the Fit Twist model, whereas in India it will be a new product pitting against Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport in the sub-four meter segment. Launched last year in India, Vitara Brezza has set the cash registers ringing giving market leader Maruti Suzuki a cusp in the burgeoning segment.
Eyeing the subcompact space, Honda WR-V will compete with Maruti Vitara Brezza which has already bagged over 2 lakh bookings within 11 months of its launch. Currently commanding a long waiting period, Maruti Vitara Brezza carline comes in diesel engine only whereas the Honda WR-V will be offered with both petrol and diesel fuel options. Taking into account Brezza’s rising demand, it poses a strong threat to Honda’s upcoming WR-V, hence we stack up both the models and bring you a comprehensive spec-based comparison between the two SUVs.
Bullish on the subcompact space, Honda is expected to price WR-V aggressively to ward-off stiff competition in the segment. Taking that into account, the Honda WR-V price in India is estimated between Rs 7 lakh to Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom price).
Missing out on the petrol engine, Maruti Vitara Brezaa was launched at an introductory price of Rs 6.99 lakh (ex-showroom) in March 2016. Eleven months after the launch the carline has undergone slight price bump with prices falling in the vicinity of Rs 7.2 lakh to Rs 9.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
As we had mentioned in the beginning, Vitara Brezza is available with diesel engine only, contemplating that, Maruti has positioned the SUV competitively. This implicates that Vitara Brezza petrol will be priced lower than its diesel sibling, inferring an even lower pricing for the petrol driven model.
Maruti Vitara Brezza sources power from the tried and tested 1.3-litre Multijet diesel powertrain good for top power of 89bhp and 200Nm of torque. Power is transmitted via a five-speed manual unit, but reports suggest that Maruti could add an AMT unit along with the 1.0 litre Boosterjet engine from the upcoming Baleno RS.
As for Honda WR-V, it will borrow engines from Jazz. The petrol variants will plonk 1.2-litre i-VTEC unit making 88.8bhp at 6,000rpm and 109Nm at 4,500rpm. At the heart of the diesel version will be Honda’s 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine putting out 98.6bhp at 3,600rpm and 200Nm at 1,750rpm. Transmission options will include a five-speed manual unit, six-speed manual gearbox and a CVT on select variants.
Fuel economy for the Honda WR-V petrol version is rated between 16kmpl to 19kmpl as opposed to the diesel powered variant likely to deliver close to 24kmpl.
In comparison Maruti Vitara Brezza is slightly ahead, with claimed ARAI certified fuel economy of 24.3kmpl for the diesel model. On the other hand, the upcoming petrol version powered by the 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine is estimated to return 20 to 22kmpl of mileage, making it one of the most fuel efficient SUVs in the segment.
Based on Jazz platform, WR-V will have rugged looks and sporty stance. Front profile is expected to be assertive sporting a chunky bumper and chiselled chin. With black inserts on the smoked headlamp units and a thick chrome grille inspired by BR-V, the subcompact crossover will share design cues with other Honda models in the line-up. Taking cues from Jazz, the side profile will be reminiscent of the hatchback. Rear end will also borrow design elements from Jazz with similar looking tail-lamps, rear bumper with faux aluminium skid plate and thick body cladding.
Akin to the exterior, Honda WR-V will be styled along the lines of Jazz. Chrome accents on the dashboard air-con vents and handbrake will class up the cabin. Expect premium upholstery on the seats and ample space for occupants in front and rear.
Grabbing attention for its contemporary looks, Maruti Vitara Brezza is one of the best-looking SUVs in its space. Key elements like square wheel arches, short overhangs, upright position and high ground clearance brings about a sporty flair to the SUV. Maruti’s design team in India has indeed done a great job with Vitara Brezza, as the SUV has won many accolades last year. Projector headlamps, LED DRLs and retro-styled honeycomb airdam lend a bold look to the face. One of the highlights of the SUV is the sloping roof line and roof rails giving it individuality in the crowded segment.
Coming to the interior, Vitara Brezza sports all-black cabin with piano-black highlights on the centre console. The cockpit inspired instrument cluster with five mood-lighting add to the styling. Offered with the five-seat configuration, there is enough legroom & headroom in front and rear.