With claimed 25.5kmpl (diesel), the Honda WR-V becomes India’s most fuel-efficient sub-compact SUV.
Honda WR-V has made its entry into the highly competitive subcompact SUV segment with prices falling in the range of Rs 7.75 lakh to Rs 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Launched recently in India, the vehicle has already garnered 1000 pre-orders within three weeks. Using the same underpinnings as Jazz, it bears strong resemblance to the hatchback. Nevertheless, Honda has made styling updates to the exterior to set it apart from its donor hatchback. Before we get into explaining what this crossover resembling vehicle has on offer, let us first get into something else. The WR-V as we all know is essentially a beefed up Jazz. Built on the same platform, it has inherited similar interior and features from Jazz, saving on production cost.
Currently, there is a trend of building crossovers using a popular hatchback and injecting it with new elements for a sportier look. Raised suspension, increased proportions, sporty exterior cues and additional kit confer a separate identity to the hatchback-based crossover or commonly referred as cross-hatch. But in WR-V’s case, it is a bit different. Slotted below BR-V, the subcompact SUV sports crossover resembling styling and its price positioning makes it eligible to pit against both sub-four meter SUVs and crossovers. Read – 2017 Honda CR-V Get Diesel Engine
We have seen in the past that similar looking products usually fail to gain traction. And to prevent WR-V from being victimized to Jazz’s mirror image, Honda has infused new elements to the face. An upright front profile, bold chrome grille, skid plate, raised ground clearance and body cladding separate the SUV from its donor hatchback. On the inside it is largely similar to Jazz and carries over same set of engine with unchanged power output. Though, the mileage is different and it misses out on CVT option unlike Jazz. The Honda WR-V carline is offered with petrol and diesel engines with two manual transmissions in S and VX variants. Read on to know more about the new model on the block. Read – Upcoming Honda Cars in India
|S MT Petrol||7.75 lakh|
|VX MT Petrol||8.99 lakh|
|S MT Diesel||8.79 lakh|
|VX MT Diesel||9.99 lakh|
Compared to its arch rivals Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport, it is a bit pricier. Honda WR-V price for the Indian market starts from Rs 7.75 lakh, which is considerably high as opposed to EcoSport at Rs 7.11 lakh and Vitara Brezza at Rs 7.26 lakh. The VX MT petrol trim on the other hand is available for Rs 8.99 lakh and the diesel range falls between Rs 8.79 lakh to Rs 9.99 lakh.
Sharing underpinnings with Jazz and City sedan, the subcompact SUV is heavily inspired from Jazz on the outside and inside. In front, the thick chrome grille and smoked headlamps with black inserts remind of BR-V. Addition of new elements such as body cladding, roof rails, large bumpers and raised ground clearance infuse crossover like looks. The large bumper in front gets round fog lamps and the large swooping headlamps with integrated DRLs accentuate SUV-ish character. On the side, WR-V gets muscular fenders, black plastic cladding, silver roof rails, pronounced wheel arches and 16-inch alloy wheels. The rear is reminiscent of CR-V and the LED tail-lamps have been borrowed from Jazz. Additionally, it also gets large bumper with aluminium skid plate and thick body cladding.
Interior styling is largely similar to Jazz save for the chrome accents on dashboard, door panels, air-con vents and centre console. There is a new touchscreen infotainment system from the Honda City-the 7-inch DIGIPAD with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth and Navigation. Also, the centre armrest in front is a new addition. The WR-V also packs cruise control, keyless go, new upholstery and electric touch sunroof. Some of the goodies from Jazz’s top-spec variant including magic seats and automatic headlamps have been dropped to curb pricing.
From the safety brigade, primary equipment like dual front airbags and ABS with EBD are standard across carline. Other features like multi-view rear camera with guidelines, driver side window one touch up/down operation with pinch guard are offered with the range topping trim.
|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 & CVT|
The WR-V carline is available with petrol and diesel engines in manual variants. Power on the petrol WR-V comes from the 1.2litre i-VTEC, naturally aspirated engine good for 89bhp at 6,000rpm and 110Nm of torque at 4,500rpm. The engine uses a 5-speed manual gearbox to transit power to the front wheels. It is to be noted that this the same engine that is used in Jazz, Amaze and Brio.
The oil burner is the frugal 1.5-litre i-DTEC powertrain from Jazz. This unit makes maximum power of 99bhp at 3,600rpm and 200Nm of torque at 1,750rpm. A six-speed manual gearbox is mated to the engine for transferring power to front wheels. Unlike Jazz, the WR-V carline misses out on the CVT unit. Honda claims to have tweaked the gearing for improved acceleration.
In terms of fuel efficiency, WR-V is quite impressive, setting a benchmark in the segment with 25.5kmpl claimed mileage for the diesel trim. The petrol powered variant on the other hand is rated at 17.5kmpl by ARAI.
The WR-V is available with a choice of two variants in petrol and diesel guise in two manual options. Here is the detailed variant-wise feature break-up.
Honda WR-V S (Petrol and Diesel)
The range starting variant in the carline gets a host of features inside and outside. In front, the swooping headlamps come with integrated LED daytime running lights (DRLs). Inside, the SUV packs connectivity features including audio system with aux and Bluetooth connectivity and steering mounted controls. The auto climate control is missing; instead it gets manual air conditioner. Other goodies such as remote & central locking, height adjuster for driver’s seat, power-operated wing mirrors and tilt & telescopic adjust steering wheel are also available on the base trim.
Honda WR-V VX (Petrol and Diesel)
The range topping variant in the WR-V carline comes with electric sunroof, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear washer and wiper and fog lamps on the outside. The 7-inch DGIPAD touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, voice command and MirrorLink connectivity has been sourced from City sedan. In addition, it also comes with auto climate controls, power-operated & retractable wing mirrors and reverse camera. While keyless entry go and cruise control are exclusive to the diesel variant.
Please note dual front airbags, ABS and EBD are standard across line-up.
Compared to Jazz, the sub-four meter SUV is 44mm longer, 40mm wider and 57mm taller. The exact proportions for the WR-V are as follows-3,999mm long, 1,734mm wide and 1,601mm tall. Wheelbase and ground clearance have witnessed an increase by 25mm to 2,555mm and 23mm to 188mm respectively. Space to store luggage is on the higher side at 363-litres, giving it cusp over rivals in the segment.
Honda WR-V competes with Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza in the sub-four meter segment. While these are the direct rivals, the SUV also takes some cross-hatchbacks under its radar due to similar pricing and crossover resembling styling. Taking that into account, WR-V also stacks up against Fiat Avventura, Toyota Etios Cross and Hyundai i20 Active.
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.