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 space, Honda WR-V garnered 12,000 bookings, as claimed by the company earlier this month. Within a couple of days after the official announcement, the SUV has reportedly received 4000 additional bookings, taking the total number to 16,000 units. Launched in March, Honda WRV is primarily a Jazz-based subcompact SUV that combines crossover like elements and ruggedness of a SUV. Entering a space that has catapulted into a snowball lately, WR-V is faring well against rivals including Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport.
Currently, the WR-V carline comes with a 1.2-litre, i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC engines with two manuals. In a bid to expand its line-up, Honda India is expected to add a more powerful 118bhp petrol variant that will pit it against Fiat Abarth and Ford EcoSport 1.0 EcooBoost. Aside from the more powerful engine, it will also receive a 7-speed CVT gearbox with mounted paddle shifters and a sportier steering wheel. The performance oriented brand with not only be high on power, but it will also offer improved power to weight ratio estimated to be more than 100bhp per tonne. Based on performance and power figure, the new version of Honda WRV will also take hot hatches like Abarth Punto, Volkswagen Polo GT and Maruti Baleno RS in its radar. Read – 2017 Honda WR-V Review – First Drive Report
-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||7.75 lakh|
|VX MT Petrol||8.99 lakh|
|S MT Diesel||8.79 lakh|
|VX MT Diesel||9.99 lakh|
The WR-V carline is available with petrol and diesel engines in manual transmission. Prices of the petrol range fall between Rs 7.75 lakh to Rs 8.99 lakh opposed the diesel version that is priced from Rs 8.79 lakh to Rs 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Read Comparison – Honda WR-V Vs Maruti Vitara Brezza
Powered by the frugal engines, the Honda WRV promises impressive mileage in both the versions. While the petrol variant is claimed to return 17.5kmpl, the diesel WR-V is rated at 25.5kmpl, making it one of the best mileage cars in India. 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 manuals. Keeping in with its sub four-meter length, the SUV gets a 1.2-litre, i-VTEC petrol unit good for 89bhp at 6000rpm and 110Nm of torque at 4,500rpm. Diesel WR-V derives power from the 1.5-litre, i-DTEC engine that makes 99bho at 3,600rpm and 200Nm at 1,750rpm. Transmission duties on the petrol version is carried out by a 5-speed manual and a six-speed manual on the diesel WR-V. In attempt to offer better acceleration, Honda has tweaked the gearing.
Honda will also introduce a more powerful 1.5-litre, petrol unit with 118bhp of power and 145Nm of torque. This engine will come paired to a 7-speed CVT option that is currently missing in the range. Comparison – Honda WRV Vs Honda Jazz – What’s The Difference
Based on the Jazz, the new Honda WRV gets a host of new elements that save it from being mistaken as Jazz’s spin off. The front gets BR-V resembling bold chrome band that runs between the pulled back headlamps, reminiscent of the larger SUV. In addition, it gets a newly designed bumper that infuses aggression to the front profile.
Unlike the front end, the side profile gets some Jazz resembling elements, albeit 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. Even with these additions, the car looks largely same as Jazz with identical side panels, character lines, doors and window shape.
At the back, Honda has used new design cues that give it a new identity. The L-shaped taillamps, new tail-gate and the dual tone bumper lend it a new look. 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. Proportionally, the car measures 3,999mm in length, 1734mm in width and 1.601mm in height. The wheelbase at 2,555mm makes for a spacious cabin to accommodate five adults. Ground clearance is estimated at 188mm and the luggage compartment is 363-litres large.
Unlike the exterior styling, the SUV carries almost same elements as Jazz save for some new bits. It not only gets similar styling but it also sports same layout.The quality of material used on the rear seats is neither too hard nor too soft that makes it very comfortable to use.
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.
Connectivity features such as the integrated 8.9cm audio with AUX-in port, 7.0-inch DIGIPAS touchscreen infotainment system, in-built satellite linked 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.
Based on the Jazz platform, the Honda WR-V is the first sub-compact SUV/crossover from Honda Cars India. Besides the platform, it also share its engine options with its hatchback sibling.