With claimed 25.5kmpl (diesel), the Honda WR-V becomes India’s most fuel-efficient sub-compact SUV.
Honda WRV recently debuted in the hottest segment in India currently, the sub-four meter SUV space, going against the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport. The vehicle has opened to an impressive start, raking in 3,883 unit sales within the first month of launch. In fact, the company has registered over 7,000 pre-orders for the mini SUV in less than 1 month.
This testifies WR-V’s fate in the Indian market that seems to be bright enough. To further fuel up its sales Honda is planning to add a more powerful 118bhp petrol engine from the City sedan. The new engine will squarely aim at performance enthusiasts with more power and improved power to weight ratio, more than 100bhp per tonne.
With these mechanical tweaks, WR-V will be on par with Fiat Abarth and Ford 1.0 EcoBoost EcoSport. It will also stack up against hot-hatches including Volkswagen Polo GT, Abarth Punto and the latest entrant in the segment, Maruti Suzuki Baleno. Read – 2017 Honda CR-V Get Diesel Engine
Furthermore, Honda is also looking at introducing a 7-speed CVT gearbox with mounted paddle shifters in the line-up. A sportier steering wheel for enhanced drivability will help stimulate better performance. With the above additions, the new variants are bound to witness price change, more likely on the upward side. The current line-up with petrol and diesel engine with manual options are priced in the range of Rs 7.75 lakh to Rs 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). 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|
The WR-V carline is available with two variants in petrol and diesel options with two manuals. In a bid to distinct it from its donor hatchback Jazz Honda has added new elements to the exterior and packed a raft of features on the inside. With these additions, there is a clear difference in the pricing of both the models. The Honda WR-V price starts at Rs 7.75 lakh and goes up to Rs 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the fully loaded top-spec variant.
|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|
Honda WRV is available with two engine choices including the 1.2-litre i-VTEC, naturally aspirated engine and Honda’s 1.5-litre i-DTEC oil burner. The petrol engine is the same unit that does duty on Brio, Amaze and Jazz, whereas the diesel engine is used in Jazz. Mated to a five-speed manual unit, the petrol engine makes 89bhp at 6,000rpm and 110Nm at 4,500rpm. The diesel engine on the other hand develops 99bhp at 3,600rpm and 200Nm of torque at 1,750rpm. Power in the diesel variants is transmitted to front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. Honda claims to have tweaked the gearing for enhanced acceleration.
Currently, the WR-V carline misses out on an auto box, however it is expected that Honda will soon introduce a 7-speed CVT automatic unit to the line-up. Additionally, Honda is also evaluating options to roll out a performance version powered by City’s 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine good for 118bhp and 145Nm of torque.
With a claimed fuel economy of 17.5kmpl for the petrol version and 25.5kmpl for the diesel version, Honda WR-V is quite frugal in nature. (Please note these mileage figures are derived by ARAI under ideal conditions).
Honda WR-V is available with two variants each in petrol and diesel guise with a choice of two manual gearboxes. Here is a complete break-up of features on the S and VX trims.
Honda WR-V S (Petrol and Diesel)
-Pulled back headlamps
-Integrated LED DRLs
-Audio system with AUX-in
-Steering mounted controls
-Manual air conditioner
-Remote & central locking
-Tilt & telescopic adjust steering wheel
Honda WR-V VX (Petrol and Diesel)
In addition to the above features, the VX trim also gets a host of features mentioned below.
-16-inch alloy wheels
-Rear washer & wiper
-7-inch DIGIPAD touchscreen infotainment system
-Auto climate controls
-Power-operated retractable ORVMs
-Keyless entry & cruise control (diesel variant only)
* Primary safety features such as Dual front airbags, ABS and EBD are standard across line-up.
Built on the same platform as Jazz, the WR-V takes copious design and styling inspiration from the premium hatchback. However, Honda has added new elements to give it individuality. In front, there is a bold chrome grille and smoked headlamps with black inserts, reminiscent of BR-V. The large front bumper with fog lamps and swooping headlamp units with integrated DRLs reinforce ruggedness in line with its inherent SUV DNA. Styling bits such as body cladding, roof rails, large bumpers and raised ground clearance bestow crossover resembling characters. The vehicles looks largely similar to Jazz from side although it comes with new elements such as muscular fenders, black plastic cladding, pronounced wheel arches, 16-inch alloys and silver roof-rails. From rear, it resembles CR-V, albeit the LED tail-lamps have been borrowed from Jazz. The large bumper, skid plate and thick body cladding deflects it from being confused as an oversized hatchback.
Insides are more in line with Jazz’s with similar layout, albeit it comes with new styling bits such as chrome accents on dashboard, door panels, centre console and door panels. The new 7-inch DIGIPAD with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth and Navigation has been borrowed from City sedan. The centre armrest in front, cruise control, keyless go, electric sun roof and new upholstery are among new additions. On the other hand, the magic seats and automatic headlamps from Jazz’s range topping variants have been given a miss.
Safety equipment such as dual front airbags, ABS and EBD are standard across line-up. In addition, it also gets multi-view rear camera with guidelines, driver side window with one touch up/down operation with pinch guard on the top-spec variant.
Dimensionally, it is 44mm longer, 40mm wider and 57mm taller than Jazz, measuring 3,999mm long, 1,734mm wide and 1,601mm tall. There has been an increase in the wheelbase and ground clearance by 25mm to 2,555mm and 23mm to 188mm respectively. The boot space is quite impressive too at around 363-litres.
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.