The crossover hatchback segment has been facing stiff competition from the compact SUV segment. However, these crossover hatchbacks have their own set of benefits. They provide good road dynamics and space. With that being said, not-so-high ground clearance plays against them when compared to compact SUVs. In today’s article, we are comparing two crossover hatchbacks, the Honda WR-V vs Ford Freestyle. We will try to figure out which crossover hatchback turns out to be a better choice for you.
Honda WR-V vs Ford Freestyle dimensions
The Honda WR-V is 3999mm long, 1734mm wide & 1601mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 2555mm. The Ford Freestyle on the other hand is 3954mm long, 1737mm wide & 1570mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 2490mm. Both the cars are identical in dimension but the WR-V is taller and translates to more headroom. Also, a longer wheelbase means its getting better legroom inside the cabin.
The Honda WR-V comes with a 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The petrol unit makes 88bhp and 110Nm of torque. The diesel unit on the other hand makes 98bhp and 200Nm of torque. The car comes only with a manual transmission. The petrol engine comes mated to a five-speed gearbox whereas the diesel engine comes mated to a six-speed gearbox. The Ford Freestyle, on the other hand, comes powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The petrol unit makes 94bhp and 119Nm of torque. The diesel unit on the other hand makes 98bhp and 215Nm of torque. The Freestyle also comes only with a manual transmission, however, both of them get a five-speed unit only.
The Honda WR-V gets features like a 7-inch infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, voice commands, electric sunroof and automatic climate control. On the safety side of things, the WR-V comes with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors & camera and Intelligent pedals (brake override system). The Ford Freestyle on the other hand gets features like a 6.5-inch infotainment system, embedded navigation, automatic climate control and FordPass connected car tech. On the safety side of things, the Freestyle comes with six airbags, ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, rain-sensing wipers, ESP, traction control system and hill hold control.
Honda WR-V vs Ford Freestyle pricing
The Honda WR-V starts from Rs 10.14 lakh and goes up to Rs 13.45 lakh (on-road, Mumbai). The Ford Freestyle on the other hand starts from Rs 8.55 lakh and goes up to Rs 10.75 lakh (on-road, Mumbai).
Which one should buy?
The Honda WR-V offers more headroom and interior space. It also comes loaded with features like a sunroof and Android Auto, Apple CarPlay. However, Honda WR-V is on the expensive side when compared to the Freestyle. On the other hand, the Freestyle, though it misses on some features, get engines that are a bit powerful when compared to the WR-V and the Ford touchscreen a features are nice and premium to use. But, it budget is not an issue then the WR-V is a better pick given you do care for features like a sunroof and Apple CarPlay & Android Auto. Also, the WRV gets a very fuel efficient diesel engine. The Ford diesel is not something we would recommend (even though it is powerful) as the clutch on those in those cars are known to become hard after a while. Overall, the WRV is a good choice.
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