Honda WR V Overview
Honda has a global reputation as a brand and has a long presence in the Indian market. With the launch of the new-age WR-V, the company has emerged as a strong player in this segment.The company engineers have developed this car to fill the void between BR-V and Jazz, and the car does sit well between them. High on comfort and quality, the new Honda WR-V offers a good balance of performance and efficiency, and ride and handling, something that is bound to go down well with prospective buyers.
Honda WR V Design
The WR-V is based on the Jazz platform and hence one can see traces of the Jazz in the WR-V. However, this car has a new design that is aimed at giving the car a more muscular and dynamic look. The front bumper has got sharp creases and and a wide chrome grille, which along with LED daytime running lamps (DRLs) gives the front a premium look.
On the side, the higher ground clearance gives a tall stance of the vehicle, which helps it look more appealing. The 16-inch wheels with gun metal finish along with body cladding and roof rails add a hint of rugged appeal to the overall design. At the rear one finds angular tail lamps, which extend into the bootlid and here too there’s a thick stripe of chrome.
Overall, the WR-V doesn’t look as much of an SUV as some of its competitors do but it surely comes across as a dynamic and youthful looking car, which looks premium as well. One could argue that the interplay of creases on the body panels gives the car a very busy design but the road presence of the WR-V surely cannot be doubted.
Honda WR V Cabin
Once inside the cabin of the WR-V, it doesn’t take much time to realise that this is the most spacious car in its segment. The dashboard design is similar to that of the Jazz but there are some key differences, the main being the 7-inch touchscreen, which Honda calls DIGIPAD. This is the same unit that was introduced on the 2017 Honda City recently. The unit provides USB, HDMI, Bluetooth and MirrorLink connectivity. Controls for the climate control are operated by a feather touch panel, which looks classy and is easy to operate. People opting for lower variants will not get the DIGIPAD and feather touchscreen.
Instead, they’ll get manual knob controls for the AC along with a different colour scheme for the dashboard. . The steering wheel gets buttons for audio, telephone and cruise control and the unit itself can be adjusted for rake and reach up to 40 mm. Material quality is good in the WR-V and the plastic bits have a good tactile feel. Front seats are spacious and offer good side support and back support in addition to ample cushioning. There are large door pockets upfront, which can easily swallow 1 litre bottles and still leave space for some smaller objects. The centre console too has enough space for 2 beverages and your wallet and mobile phone. There are two 12 V power outlets at the front, one in the centre console and one inside the armrest.
Since the WR-V’s wheelbase is longer by 25 mm than the Jazz, one is greeted to loads of space at the rear. Even with the driver seat pushed all the way back, a 6 ft 2 inches tall fellow journalist was able to sit without his knees making contact with the front seat. The seat bench too is comfortable and offers good recline angle and under thigh support. Since the WR-V is a tall vehicle, headroom to is plenty, making the cabin fit for those with a larger body frame.Check for Honda WR V price in Mumbai at CarBing.
Adding to the airy cabin is the sunroof, a first in its segment, however, this one’s only on the upper variants.Overall, with the most spacious cabin in its segment and an impressive list of features, the WR-V is the perfect vehicle for those requiring space and practicality. On longer journeys too, the WR-V is supremely comfortable and betters some cars from a segment above too.
Honda WR V Performance
On the engines front, the Honda WR-V is offered in both petrol and diesel and this came as no surprise really. We drove the diesel first and the 1.5 litre mill produces the same amount of power as well as torque, as in the Jazz. So there’s 99 bhp on offer and a pulling power of 200 Nm. Start the engine and it’s very apparent that it’s a diesel and it’s quite vociferous, in acknowledging that. As the revs build, the decibel inches a notch higher and we sure wish there was more insulation, to keep the engine noise out of the cabin. Honda says that it has tuned the gear ratios on this one and it has, for more efficiency. As a result, the WR-V puts out 25.5 Kmpl and that’s pretty good considering that the EcoSport diesel returns 22.27 Kmpl and the Vitara Brezza 24.3 Kmpl.
But this affects the way you drive. The gears need to be changed more frequently and the power delivery from the transmission to the wheels accounts for a slight delay and hence a lag. Though the torque figure is a respective 200 Nm, you have to be above the 2200 rpm mark, till you actually see it kick in. We noticed this, when we were climbing some steep slopes. On flat surfaces, like the national highways or the city roads, we encountered, there was no complaining, but the delay in power delivery is extremely evident and you can’t help but feel disappointed, considering that on paper it’s the most powerful diesel crossover, in the country.
The 1.2 litre petrol is also the same engine, as on the Jazz, and produces 89 bhp. It’s at its chirpiest at low speeds and works beautifully well, at the lower end of the power band. The power delivery falls flat, as you go higher up the powerband and this means that you have to downshift to boost your power and move ahead. Now, you might think, this will constitute your changinggears from time to time and that’s no worry because the clutch is light and you don’t feel the strain. The petrol WR-V gets a five-speed manual transmission, which is smooth to operate, but the gearshift is small and hence difficult to grip. We asked about the CVT, but there’s none planned yet.
Honda WR V Riding
Honda WR-V offers excellent driving dynamics, ride comfort, enthusiastic driving and punchy engines. Both petrol and diesel engines are very responsive and the level of refinement is impressive even at high speeds. The transmission offers smooth shifts with evenly spaced-out ratios. Power delivery is quite linear with a strong mid-range and an impressive top end.To know more info on Honda WR V visit Vci-india
The 1.2-litre petrol engine has good performance in the city as the autobox makes driving in stop-go traffic a breeze, though its low-end performance is not impressive when compared to the competition. The 1.5-litre diesel engine performs better on the highways as you can simply go down a gear or two to make quick overtakes, but it is not very good when it comes to noise, since in spite of improving the NVH characteristics of the car, the diesel motor is quite audible inside the car.
Honda WR V 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.
Honda WR V Price in Mumbai
Honda Wrv WRV S MT Petrol Ex-showroom Price is 7,92,050/- and On Road Price is 9,16,505/-. Honda Wrv WRV S MT Petrol comes in 6 colours, namely Premium Amber Metallic,Modern Steel Metallic,White Orchid Pearl,Carnelian Red Pearl,Golden Brown Metallic,Alabaster Silver Metallic. Honda Wrv WRV S MT Petrol comes with 4 Cylinder SOHC I-VTEC with 1199 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 89 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 110 Nm@4800 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 17.50 Kmpl . Honda Wrv WRV S MT Petrol comes with Manual Transmission with FWD.
Honda WR V Final Word
The CR-V and BR-V didn’t manage to set the cash registers ringing exactly but the WR-V could change that. The vehicle has the right design to appeal to young buyers as well as those looking for a family vehicle. Best-in-segment space and smart features add to the joy of being in the cabin, both during short and long trips. Performance too is at par with the competitors for the petrol engine and better than the rest for the diesel version. The car looks and feels premium too, which is something that was missing in the Amaze, Jazz and Mobilio. Features such as sunroof add that extra bit of flair to the overall package.
However, the fight isn’t going to be easy for the WR-V as it’ll have to compete with Maruti SuzukiVitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport both of which are strong sellers. Making things tougher is the fact that Honda is entering this segment quite late so the curve is going to be steeper for it.