Honda India recently enhanced its lineup in the country with the introduction of WR-V. When a number of consumers are getting attracted towards cross hatch or crossover segment, Honda’s new member might help the company in improving its market share in a significant manner. But, does WR-V has something really proficient that makes it apart from its competitors? Let’s find out in this all-new Honda WR-V review and decide if it suits your requirements?
Honda WR-V Overview
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With WR-V, Honda has tried to enter in the sub-four meter category whose concept form was first showcased at the Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. Before India, Honda WR-V entered Brazilian market and gained a significant attention. Now, this is the testing time for WR-V in the Indian market. Though, WR-V is inspired from Jazz but, the design and stance resembles a lot with the elder sibling, BR-V. With WR-V, Honda has tried to offer a limited trims that is slightly different from a usual strategy of the companies where with a few features a new trim is introduced. But, Honda WR-V, has just two trims that will cater a significant range of needs of its buyers.
Honda WR-V Specifications
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The new Honda WR-V is offered with the company’s prominent engine options – i-VTEC and i-DTEC with a special focus on fuel economy and refinement.
|Engine||1.2-litre i-VTEC||1.5-litre i-DTEC|
|Power||90 hp||100 hp|
|Torque||110 Nm||200 Nm|
|0-100 kmph||8-9 sec||9-10 seconds|
|Top Speed||200 kmph||230 kmph|
|Mileage||18-19 kmpl||23-25 kmpl|
Honda WR-V Price
|S MT||Rs 7,75,000||Rs 8,79,000|
|VX MT||Rs 8,99,000||Rs 9,99,900|
Honda WR-V Performance
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With WR-V, a consumer is offered with Honda’s excellent driving dynamics, comfort, enthusiastic driving and punchy engines. Either you pick a petrol or diesel version, both the options are responsive enough to give you a pleasant driving experience. The transmission is swift hence, city riding will not be hectic. Cornering may not be that precise but, it is not even bad that gives the driver some issues in handling sharp corners. The diesel unit is powerful but, on the NVH front, the diesel variant should have better adherence.
Honda WR-V Exterior
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The styling of WR-V is oriented towards attracting the youth with a significant appeal. The front grille is treated in gloss black with chrome garnish done on it. At the center of the grille, sits Honda’s logo which looks prominent. Though the styling is inspired from Jazz, the front lights create the difference which looks sporty, sharp and aggressive at the same time. The sporty look is further aggrandized by the bulky bumper. The side profile is quite similar to the hatchback Jazz, but the skid plates clearly reflect that the car is designed for taking on rough terrains.
Also Read: How is Honda WR-V different from Honda Jazz
If we compare Honda WR-V to Honda Jazz, the hatch based crossover is 44mm longer and 57mm taller than the latter. If we consider width and wheelbase, the WR-V is 40mm wider and 25mm longer than Jazz. The 16-inch wheel set and 188 mm ground clearance further makes car prepared for a significant off-roading. The overall dimensions of the WR-V measure 3999 mm X 1734 mm X 1601 mm (L X W X H) and wheelbase rest at 2555 mm which is longer than most of its competitors. Even the boot volume is enough to carry a range of items and measures 363 litres.
Honda WR-V Interior
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Though the exterior holds a range of differences but, the interior is quite similar to Jazz. The WR-V gets black dashboard just like Jazz, with infotainment system borrowed from Honda City. The small gear lever is quite similar to i20 Active, which is fun to operate. Consumers are also offered with two interior color options – Black and Bluish Gray and Black and Silver. These color differences are only applied to the seat and door upholstery, the dashboard, and other elements are painted in black across all the trims.
The WR-V has been offered with a central armrest with storage but, the magic seats are skipped. Not even 60:40 split seat option is offered. Even the commanding driving position is something which is missing in the hatch based crossover, WR-V, which might create a poor driving experience.
All-new Honda WR-V Features
The all-new Honda WR-V is quite rich in the feature list, which most of the competitors are lacking. One of the key features is the one touch electric sunroof, which is not present in any of its competitors. The other features include LED daytime running light, advanced multi-information combination meter with LCD display, blue backlight, cruise control, height-adjustable seatbelts, and a push button starter. Other notable features include a capacitive touch screen, inbuilt satellite Linked turn-by-turn Navigation, internet access for browsing, email & live traffic via optional Wi-Fi Receiver, voice commands for media, navigation, calling and automatic climate control.
All-new Honda WR-V Safety
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Honda has always focused on providing state-of-the-art safety features in its models and new WR-V is no exception. The all-new WR-V comes with advanced compatibility engineering, dual SRS airbags, Anti-lock braking system with EBD, a multi-view rear camera with guidelines, ECU immobilizer system, and key-off reminder.
Competitors of All-new Honda WR-V
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The hatchback based crossover segment has recently faced a number of new models and in the same segment, Honda WR-V is introduced. With the present situation, Honda WR-V will be locking horns against Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Fiat Avventura, Hyundai i20 Active, and Volkswagen Polo Cross.
Early Verdict of all-new Honda WR-V
Honda has offered a feature loaded hatchback based crossover, which looks promising on papers. With Honda’s engine refinement and responsive steering, WR-V offers a decent performance with improved handling and comfort. If you are looking for something better than Jazz and not ready to settle down for City, then WR-V is a brand new option in the market, which offers great comfort with responsive handling.