Here’s a comprehensive spec-based comparison between the Honda WRV and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.
With an aim to tap the growing sub-compact SUV segment, Honda Cars India has introduced the Jazz based WR-V sub-four meter SUV – WR-V. Priced at Rs 7.75 lakh, the all-new Honda WR-V shares most of its design and styling cues with its B-segment hatchback sibling. However, it’s handling and ride quality are much better than the Jazz.
Globally, the Honda WR-V will replace the Fit Twist model, whereas in India it comes as an all-new product positioned against Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport. Launched last year in India, Maruti’s Vitara Brezza has set new benchmark in the burgeoning sub-four meter segment. This compact SUV has already crossed over 2 lakh bookings within 11 months of its arrival.
Eyeing the subcompact space, Honda WR-V will take a close fight against Maruti Vitara Brezza which is currently available only in diesel engine option. On the other hand, the Honda WR-V is being 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.
Aiming to to ward-off stiff competition in the segment, Honda has priced the WR-V quite aggressively. Taking that into account, the Honda WR-V price in India fall between Rs 7.75 lakh to Rs 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Missing out on the petrol engine, Maruti Vitara Brezaa was launched with an introductory price tag of Rs 6.99 lakh (ex-showroom). Eleven months after its Indian arrival, 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 counterpart, inferring an even lower pricing for the petrol driven model.
Power source for the Maruti Vitara is the tried and tested 1.3-litre Multijet diesel motor that generates a claimed power output of 89bhp and 200Nm of torque. Currently, the compact SUV is available only with a five-speed manual unit. Though, reports suggest that Maruti could add an AMT unit along with the 1.0 litre Boosterjet engine on the Brezza. This 110bhp turbocharged engine has already used for the Baleno RS.
As for Honda WR-V, the compact SUV shares its engine setup with the Jazz hatchback. The petrol unit is a 1.2-litre iVTEC producing a top power of 88.8bhp at 6,000rpm and 109Nm at 4,500rpm. Powering the diesel model is Honda’s 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine pushing out 98.6bhp at 3,600rpm and 200Nm at 1,750rpm. Transmission options include a five-speed manual (petrol) and six- speed manual (diesel) gearbox.
Mileage figures of the Honda WR-V petrol version stand at 17.5kmpl as opposed to the diesel powered variant returns a claimed fuel economy 25.5kmpl.
In comparison Maruti Vitara Brezza is slightly ahead, with claimed ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 24.3kmpl for the diesel model. On the other hand, the upcoming petrol version packed with a 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine is estimated to give an average around 20 to 22kmpl, making it one of the most fuel efficient SUVs in the segment.
Sitting on Jazz platform, WR-V features sporty stance and rugged looks. Face of the car is assertive sporting with 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 shares design cues with other Honda models in the line-up. Taking cues from Jazz, the side profile of the WRV looks identical to the hatchback. Rear design elements, too, have been borrowed from the Jazz including tail-lamps, rear bumper with faux aluminium skid plate and thick body cladding.
Grabbing attention for its contemporary looks, Maruti Vitara Brezza is one of the best-looking SUVs in its space. Design highlights such as 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. Features like 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.
Akin to the interior, Honda WR-V is styled along the lines of Jazz. Chrome accents on the dashboard air-con vents and handbrake class up the cabin. What add more to its premium appearance is lots of chrome accent on centre console, dashboard, air-con vents and door panels. The car has Honda City-inspired touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay compatibility and Bluetooth and Navigation system. Other key features include new seat upholstery, dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors and camera, etc.