With claimed 25.5kmpl (diesel), the Honda WR-V becomes India’s most fuel-efficient sub-compact SUV.
Honda’s latest entrant in the subcompact SUV segment, Honda WRV has been receiving an excellent response from the buyers. The sub-4 meter SUV is currently one of the two best selling cars in the market. Honda manages to sell around 4000-5000 units of the WR-V constantly every month. In order to meet the high demand for the crossover, the Japanese carmaker has increased the production to 5,000 units from 3,400 units on the monthly basis. The vehicle currently commands a waiting period of around 1-2 months, depending upon variant and colour. It is also one of the top five best-selling utility vehicles in the country. Read – 2017 Honda WR-V Review – First Drive Report
With the implementation of the GST tax regime, the Honda WRV prices have been cut down by around Rs 8000. The vehicle is now priced between Rs 7.67 lakh and Rs 9.92 lakh. Before GST, the vehicle was priced in the range of Rs 7.75 lakh to Rs 9.99 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). The WR-V crossover is based on the Jazz hatchback and features crossover like styling bits. Despite being based on the hatchback sibling, the WR-V design seems inspired from the Honda BR-V. It sports a decked up bonnet with rectangular sweptback headlights and moustache-like thick chrome slat. There are a lot of contours and creases on the bumper, which gives it a sporty look. The side profile, post A-pillar looks similar to the Jazz, but it has aggressive elements like peripheral cladding and roof rails.
Inside the cabin, the Honda WR-V is very similar to the Jazz, featuring identical dashboard design, centre console and the steering wheel. Additionally, the compact SUV gets an added electrically operated sunroof. The SUV not only shares most of its design features and underpinnings with the Jazz, but it also uses the same set of engines that power the premium hatchback. Under the hood, it gets the same 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine with a choice between two manual transmissions. While the petrol unit is coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox, the oil burner is paired to a six-speed unit.
Honda is likely to add a more powerful 118bhp petrol unit to the WR-V carline that will put it on crosshairs of Fiat Abarth, VW Polo GT and Maruti Baleno RS. Adding to it, the caarmaker could also offer a 7-speed CVT gearbox with mounted paddle shifters. The current WR-V lineup misses out on the AT gearbox. The compact SUV directly rival the Maruti Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon. Read Comparison – Honda WR-V Vs Maruti Vitara Brezza
-Segment First sunroof
-Performs better than Jazz
-Cabin insulation in diesel version
-Interior material quality
-Lack of auto box
-Misses out on rear AC vents
|S MT Petrol||7.67 lakh|
|VX MT Petrol||8.89 lakh|
|S MT Diesel||8.72 lakh|
|VX MT Diesel||9.92 lakh|
Honda WR-V prices have been again revised in line with changes to the new tax slab rolled under GST. With the changed cess, the petrol version of the SUV is now available within range of Rs 7.67 lakh – Rs 8.89 lakh and diesel variant is priced between Rs 8.72 lakh and Rs 9.92 lakh (all the prices are ex-showroom, Delhi). This compact SUV was launched in the range of Rs 7.75 lakh to Rs 9.99 lakh. Entering a space that has catapulted into a snowball lately, WR-V is faring well against rivals including Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport.
Both the powertrain of the Honda WRV promise impressive mileage. In fact, Honda WR-V diesel is one of the best mileage cars in its league. While the gasoline model is claimed to return a fuel economy of 17.5kmpl, the oil burner delivers an ARAI certified mileage of 25.5kmpl. Read – 2017 Honda CR-V – All You Need To Know
|Petrol||1.2-litre i-VTEC Petrol|
|Maximum Power||89bhp @ 6,000rpm|
|Maximum Torque||110Nm @ 4,500rpm|
|Diesel||1.5-litre i-DTEC Diesel|
|Maximum Power||99bhp @ 3,600rpm|
|Maximum Torque||200Nm @ 1,750rpm|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual & 6-speed Manual|
The WR-V line-up comprises of two variants each in petrol and diesel guise with a choice between two manual gearboxes. The gasoline version of the car is powered by a 1.2-litre, i-VTEC unit that also powers the Brio and Jazz. This engine pumps out 89bhp of power at 6,000rpm and 110Nm of torque at 4,500rpm. On the flip side, the WR-V diesel variant is fitted to a 1.5-litre i-DTEC unit that churns out 99bhp of maximum power at 3,600rpm as against 200Nm at 1,750rpm. Transmission duties on the petrol version are performed by a 5-speed manual, and a 6-speed manual on the diesel WR-V. In attempt to offer better acceleration, Honda has tweaked the gearing.
The Japanese automaker is also planning to add a more powerful 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine to the WR-V carline. This new variant will produce a maximum power output of 118bhp and a peak torque of 145Nm. It might also get an optional 7-speed CVT gearbox, which is currently missing in the range. Comparison – Honda WRV Vs Honda Jazz – What’s The Difference
Designed on the Jazz hatchback, the new Honda WRV is equipped with a host of crossover bits that save it from being mistaken as Jazz’s spin off. Instead, the front fascia seems more inspired from the BR-V. It features a bold chrome band that runs between the pulled back headlamps. In addition, it gets a newly designed bumper with lots of contours, creases and cuts that infuses aggression to the front profile.
Unlike the front end, the side profile of the crossover seems likely identical the Jazz hatchback. It has borrowed the side panels, character lines, doors and window shape from its donor hatchback sibling. Though, Honda has added new bits such as new roof rails atop, plastic cladding on the lower body, new diamond cut alloy wheels and flared wheel arches.
The rear profile of the SUV gets several new design highlights, adding to a new identity. It is equipped with newly designed L-shaped taillights, new tail-gate and the dual-tone bumper that gives it a sporty profile. In addition, the license plate has been repositioned a tad that sets it apart from its donor hatchback. Photo Galley – Upcoming Honda Cars in India
Honda has altered the dimensions in a bid to provide more space on the inside. The compact SUV is 44mm longer, 40mm wider and 57mm taller than the Jazz sibling. The overall length of the car is 3,999mm, while its width and height stand at 1,734mm and 1,601mm respectively. The wheelbase too has has been raised by 25mm to 2,555mm, which makes it more spacious inside the cabin to accommodate five adults. Ground clearance is around 188mm and the luggage compartment is 363-litres large.
Unlike the exterior, the cabin of the SUV has been directly lifted from the Jazz hatchback. Except for the new features, the overall design is similar to the hatchback sibling. The quality of the material used on the rear seats are neither too hard nor too soft that makes it very comfortable to use. The plastic quality is also improved and the addition of sound deadening material keeps the cabin silent.
Changes made to the dimensions make the interior more comfortable in terms of space. The cabin with increased proportions allows space for five adults. The driver’s seat in front, is well-cushioned and offer great thigh support, back support and gets a height adjuster. While there is enough headroom in front, the rear side offers better legroom and knee-room.
Comfort goodies such as automatic climate control with touch control panel, one push start/stop button, smart key with keyless remote, keyless entry & central door lock, driver side power door lock master switch, all power windows with key-off time lag, cruise control, power operated ORVM with power folding function, front centre armrest with storage console, accessory charging ports with li etc are packed in the SUV.
Utility space on the inside includes bottle holders on front and rear doors, cubby holes, front seat back pocket, glovebox etc. The front armrest in front also comes with storage space and there are two cup holders in the front console box.
The new Honda WRV compact SUV is equipped with an integrated 8.9cm audio with AUX-in port, 7.0-inch DIGIPAD touchscreen infotainment system. This infotainment system comes with an in-built satellite lined turn-by-turn navigation, My storage internal media memory (1.5GB), Mirror Link, internet access for browsing etc, voice commands for media navigation and calling are available with the SUV. Along with these, it also comes with smartphone voice assistance activation, Bluetooth for handsfree telephone and audio streaming support, USB-In ports, HDMI-In ports, micro SD card slots, AM/FM, digital tuner, MP3WAV, i-Pad/i-Phone, steering mounted controls for audio & voice are also a part of the pack.
On the outside, it gets pulled back headlamps with integrated DRLs, electric sunroof, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear washer & wiper, fog lamps etc among others. While on the inside, it gets tilt & telescopic adjust for steering wheel, multi-information combination meter with LCD display etc.
Compared to the Jazz, the subcompact SUV is 44mm longer, 40mm wider and 57mm taller. In addition, the wheelbase has been increased by 25mm and the ground clearance has also been raised by 23mm. With these changes, the SUV offers decent room inside the boot that stands at 363-litres.
The diesel engine does well on low rpms but cannot maintain it after a certain point. During overtaking, one feels the need to downshift the gear multiple times, which makes it a tad tough to ride through traffic, but once you get accustomed to it, the car is fun to drive.
The diesel engine is a bit noisy that hinders the ride quality of the car. Though, it is better than petrol version in terms of driveability due to the smooth power delivery.
Safety equipment on the WR-V includes standard dual SRS front airbags, anti-lock-braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution, ECU immobilizer system, rear windshield defogger, driver seat belt reminder, Day/night rear view mirror, intelligent pedals etc. While the driver side window one touch up/down operation with pinch guard and multi-view rear camera with guidelines are restricted to the top-spec variant.
Based on Honda’s premium hatchback Jazz, the subcompact SUV sport more aggressive styling and is visually more appealing. Similarly, the SUV is more efficient when it comes to performance. Although, Honda could have worked on the cabin insulation, especially in the diesel version. Keeping aside the above limitation, the model fares well against rivals in the segment.