The ex-showroom Delhi pricing of the Honda WR-V is as follows:
S: Rs 7.75 lakh
VX: Rs 8.99 lakh
S: Rs 8.79 lakh
VX: Rs 9.99 lakh
Although the WR-V is based on the Jazz' platform, engineers at Honda have worked on the chassis to make the crossover longer, wider and taller than the hatchback while also offering better wheelbase and ground clearance. The WRV measures 3999mm long, 1734mm wide and 1601mm tall, which is 44mm, 40mm and 57mm more, respectively, compared to the Jazz. At 2555mm, the wheelbase is also 25mm more while clearance underneath has grown by 23mm and the car sits 188mm high off the ground. The boot space is rated at 363 litres, which is nine litres more than the Jazz'. Thanks to its larger dimensions, the turning radius has also increased and now measures 5.3m compared to Jazz' tighter 5.1m radius.
From the face of it, the WR-V looks like a different car altogether because of a healthy dose of cosmetic surgery. Once you see it from the sides, the similarities start to show up but the crossover still manages to differentiate itself substantially, and its bigger dimensions have a role to play. The 16-inch alloys are new and come wrapped in 195/60 tyres.
Powertrain options are carried over from the hatchback, and the WR-V comes with the option of a 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The petrol engine makes 90PS of power at 6000rpm and 110Nm of torque at 4800rpm. The engine is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission but to deliver peppy performance out of the smaller motor, the initial gear ratios have been revised. This engine is known for its free-revving nature, but because it delivers most of the punch higher up in the rev band, it's not the best choice for cross-country drives. In the city, though, it feels totally at home. Fuel efficiency has taken a dip of 1.2kmpl compared to the Jazz, and the WR-V is rated to deliver 17.5kmpl.
The familiar 1.5-litre diesel engine in the WR-V makes 100PS of power at 3600rpm and 200Nm of torque at 1750rpm and is available with a 6-speed manual transmission. This engine is known for its frugal nature, and in the WRV too, it delivers an excellent fuel efficiency of 25.5kmpl. That's 1.8kmpl less than what it delivers in the Jazz but a phenomenal number, nonetheless. The low-end torque is massive and comes in as early as 1500rpm, which makes it easy to drive in the city. The sixth gear also makes it a great car to cover long distances while keeping the engine at relaxed RPMs.
The i-DTEC uses an all-aluminium block that's light but not a good sound insulator. It's, therefore, notorious for making the diesel-esque clattery noise that's unpleasant to hear. Honda says that they have worked on the insulating the cabin but the noise still filters through, especially when idling.
Unfortunately, there's no option of an automatic transmission, and that gives Ford EcoSport the upper hand.
Noteworthy items on the WR-V's features list are a front centre armrest, push-button start, keyless entry, climate control, cruise control and an electric sunroof. It must be noted that the keyless entry, push-button start and cruise control are reserved for the diesel variant only.
The 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system is the same as the one seen on the latest Honda City. It gets 1.5GB of internal storage along with two microSD card slots, two USB ports and one HDMI port. The system also supports WiFi for Internet connectivity and MirrorLink to replicate compatible Android phones' screen on the larger display. It misses out on Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which are becoming more common these days. With the steering-mounted controls, you can control the music playback, take calls and activate the voice control.
Honda gave safety a serious though and made dual airbags and ABS are standard features for the WRV. The inclusion of Brake Override System prevents unintended acceleration if the accelerator pedal is pressed along with the brake pedal adding to the WR-V's safety feature list.
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