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, WR-V has been enjoying popularity in the Indian market. The proof of this lies in the fact that the compact SUV has crossed 16,000 sales mark with over 23,000 bookings within four months of its launch. Considering the high demand for the Honda WRV, the Japanese carmaker is planning to ramp up its production to 5,000 units from 3,400 units on the monthly basis. The current demand and production ratio has resulted into a waiting period of up to 2 months. The company aims to cut it down before coming festive season. With a total sales of 4,243 units in June 2017, the Honda WRV marked its entry into the top five best selling utility vehicles of the month. The company has sold a total of 14,156 units (8,253 petrol and 5,903 diesel) of the compact SUV so far. Read – 2017 Honda WR-V Review – First Drive Report
With the implementation of the GST tax regime, the Honda WRV received a price cut of around Rs 10,000. The revised pricing for WR-V falls between Rs 7.66 lakh to Rs 9.91 lakh compared to the previous prices that ranged between Rs 7.75 lakh to Rs 9.99 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). Based on Honda’s premium hatchback Jazz, the sub four-meter SUV carries crossover like styling bits. The vehicle 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. The Honda WR-V line-up comes with the 1.2-litre, i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine with a choice between two manual transmissions.
Honda might also add a more powerful 118bhp petrol unit to the carline that will put it on crosshairs of Fiat Abarth, Volkswagen Polo GT and Maruti Baleno RS. In addition, the carmaker could also offer a 7-speed CVT gearbox with mounted paddle shifters. One must note that the WR-V line-up currently misses out on the AT gearbox. For improved performance, the more powerful WR-V could have improved power to weight ratio, estimated to be a little over 100bhp per tonne. 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||7.66 lakh|
|VX MT Petrol||8.88 lakh|
|S MT Diesel||8.71 lakh|
|VX MT Diesel||9.91 lakh|
Honda WR-V price has been revised in line with the new tax slab rolled out under GST. With the changed cess, the petrol version of the SUV is now available within the range of Rs 7.66 lakh to Rs 8.88 lakh and the diesel variants fall between Rs 8.71 lakh to Rs 9.91 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). 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 powertrains of the Honda WRV promise impressive mileage. The petrol version of the compact SUV delivers a claimed fuel economy of 17.5kmpl, and the diesel WR-V is rated at 25.5kmpl. The Honda WR-V diesel is 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 manual gearboxes. The compact SUV features a 1.2-litre, i-VTEC petrol unit that makes 89bhp of power at 6000rpm and 110Nm of torque at 4,500rpm. The WR-V diesel variant comes fitted with the 1.5-litre, i-DTEC engine pushing out 99bhp at 3,600rpm 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.
Honda will further expand the WR-V carline with a more powerful 1.5-litre petrol model. This new variant will be capable of generating 118bhp of power and 145Nm of torque. 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, the new Honda WRV gets a host of new elements that save it from being mistaken as Jazz’s spin off. Featuring bold chrome band that runs between the pulled back headlamps, the upfront of the car looks similar to the BR-V. 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. 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.
Round the back, Honda has used new design cues that give it a new identity. What enhance its sporty appearance are the L-shaped taillamps, new tail-gate and the dual tone bumper. 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 overall length of the car measures 3,999mm, while its width and height stand at 1734mm and 1601mm respectively. The wheelbase at 2,555mm makes for a spacious cabin to accommodate five adults. Ground clearance is around 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.