Honda WR-V Performance & First Drive

Honda WR-V Overview

The Honda WRV has been one of the best sellers from the Japanese manufacturer. The crossover has sold more than 50,000 units, thereby becoming one of the most important products for the company. Honda WR-V clocked 37,031 units last financial year and the company says that the crossover accounts for 28% of its sales. Honda WRV was conceived in India and is the first Honda product to have extensive R&D work carried out in India. This is therefore an important milestone for the company. As per Honda, 80% of the sales come for the top-of the line VX variant and only 20% were in the entry-level S variant. We have in past also pointed out that surprisingly, one of the key factors for high sales of WR-V in its category has been the offering of a sunroof.

The Honda Jazz was not as big a hit as the WR-V. Clearly the WR-V has bettered its competition on many counts. Honda WR-V is one of the best sellers in its segment which comprises of the Ford Ecosport, Maruti Vitara Brezza and the Tata Nexon. This is a compact SUV that is based on the Jazz and has a lot of similarity to the hatchback. Check On Road Price Honda WR-V in Carzprice

The exterior might not say that, and it looks like a totally different vehicle. The interiors are where there is a lot of similarity. This SUV is under 4 metres too. There are more features on offer too. The engines available are the 1.2-litre petrol with a five-speed manual and a 1.5-litre diesel with a six-speed manual. The Honda WRV offers a lot more features. In terms of space it is the same like the Jazz. There is no differentiating factor there. Should you consider buying this new compact SUV? Or look at something else?

Honda WR-V Exterior

The WR-V gets quite a lot of changes over the Jazz. It comes with all new front and rear bumpers and a nice imposing grille with the Honda logo. The headlamps and tail lights also get a new design and there are quite a lot of styling elements that give the crossover a funky appeal. The headlamps also get LED DRLs. The WR-V also comes with body cladding, skid plates on the bumpers and striking alloy wheels. The ground clearance has been increased too and so has the wheelbase. The wheelbase now stands at 2555 mm compared to the Jazz’ 2350 mm. The WR-V is available in colours like Orange, Grey, Maroon, Silver and White and it definitely is a looker.

Honda WR-V Interior

The Honda WR-V interiors have been carried over from the Jazz and so there are a lot of similarities. The dashboard design is exactly the same, except for a few changes. The seats are very supportive and we have always appreciated the company for offering well-cushioned seats on its cars. The cabin is very spacious as well; three people can sit comfortably at the back with plenty of headroom and legroom to spare. The quality of fit and finish is pretty good, even though it is not as impressive as in some other cars of this class.

There are enough storage areas in the cabin and all four doors have bottle holders. There are two cup holders in the centre floor console. The AC is really powerful and cools the cabin in no time. The 363 litre of boot space is usable but it can’t be extended by folding the rear seat’s backrest down.

The new Honda WR-V features a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system (from Jazz), which offers Bluetooth, USB, CD, DVD and AUX connectivity, along with GPS Navigation. The audio system churns out fantastic sound quality. Some of the key features of WR-V include electric ORVMs, keyless entry, sunroof, automatic climate control, keyless entry and go system, push button start/stop, reverse camera with guideline, follow-me home auto headlights, and tilt and telescopic steering; however, it misses out on rear parking sensors.

Honda WR-V Engine & Transmission

Honda WR-V Engine & Transmission

The Honda WR-V has the same engines as the Jazz. It has a 1.2-litre petrol with a five-speed manual transmission. The gear ratios have been changed though, for improved driveability. The petrol is a smooth engine and it is good to drive in the city. It is not outrightly powerful. To overtake, one needs to downshift, as the torque sets in late in this one. However, for the city it offers a smooth drive.The need to shift gears isn’t very often.

The diesel engine is the 1.5-litre unit with six-speed manual. This engine has very good performance. The same engine comes in the Jazz too. The diesel engine now gets a lambda sensor, which is a first in any Honda. This helps in controlled emissions. The diesel engine is quite punchy but is also noisy. The cabin could have had better insulation to reduce noise inside. This is one chink in the armour for the WRV.

Honda WR-V Driving and Handling

Honda has upgraded the suspension compared to the Jazz and yes it definitely feels much more pliant and capable. Ride quality is very supple and the car remains composed over bad roads too. The suspension does a very good job of filtering undulations. The steering has a lot of feel and feedback and weighs up at high speeds, making the WR-V a fun to drive car. While the Jazz is undertyred with 175 section tyres, the WR-V gets 195/60/16 Michelin tyres which have terrific levels of grip. The brakes are same as the Jazz and performance is above average, but it could have been more confidence inspiring.

Honda WR-V Braking and Safety

Ventilated discs at the front with drums at the rear ensure confidence-inspiring braking. As for safety, the new Honda WR-V offers dual airbags and ABS with EBD as standard, and a rear camera with guidelines is limited to the top trim only. The company has also introduced additional features, like ECU immobilizer system, windshield defogger (rear), driver seat belt reminder, fuel reminder control system (diesel only), key-off reminder, day/night rear view mirror, intelligent pedals (brake override system), etc.

What do we think about Honda WR-V?

The Honda WR-V sits perfectly between the Jazz and City. It comes with good bells and whistles and is a practical car. It is also fun to drive and offers good fuel efficiency. The WR-V makes good sense for someone who wants a funky looking car that offers a lot.


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