Honda WRV becomes Honda’s best seller

Raising the bar higher

Honda WR-V seems to be the next big thing for the brand. We share a detailed review

Honda WRV is the latest product from the Japanese manufacturer. Now, the WRV has become the best selling model from Honda in India. It has overtaken the Honda City in terms of sales for last month. Honda sold a total of 4,894 units of the WRV in the month of July. Honda had also introduced the BRV, which was a seven seater. The WRV competes with other compact SUVs like the Maruti Vitara Brezza and the Ford Ecosport. The Honda WRV is based on the Jazz and is an crossover which is under 4 meters in length. Honda has entered this segment for the first time.

The WRV, though based on the Jazz, has created its own identity. A high ground clearance makes it look different. It also gets larger wheels, a sunroof and new audio system. There is enough of body of cladding to make it look bold and intimidating. It also comes with LED daytime running lights, keyless entry and cruise control. This makes the WRV a compelling buy.

This compact SUB comes with two engine options. One is a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that produces about 88bhp of power and 115Nm of maximum torque. The gearbox has undergone some changes to deliver better performance this engine. The second is the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine that produces close to 98bhp of power and 200Nm of torque. This comes with a six-speed transmission. Read further to know more about the Honda WRV Price in India, Features, Specifications, Automatic, Mileage etc.

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Honda WRV Dimensions

Length3,999 mm
Width1,734 mm
Height1,601 mm
Ground Clearance188 mm
Wheelbase2,555 mm
Boot Space363 litres
Kerb Weight1104 (Petrol)/ 1204 (Diesel)

Honda WRV Mileage

AreaPetrolDiesel
City12 km/l17 km/l
Highway16 km/l22 km/l
ARAI Claimed17 km/l26 km/l

Honda WRV Price in India

VariantsPrice (on-road, New Delhi)
S PetrolINR 8.61 lakhs
VX PetrolINR 9.97 lakhs
S DieselINR 9.91 lakhs
VX DieselINR 11.25 lakhs

There are only 2 variants and the Honda WRV comes up an exciting crossover to buy. Th number of features available are more than the Jazz, so it is an attractive product. So, the Honda WRV Price in India is higher as it comes with multiple changes over the hatchback. The base variant comes with dual airbags and ABS as a standard feature on them. This makes it a very good option to buy over some other competitors.

Honda WRV motion

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Honda WRV Specifications

Engine1.2-litre petrol/ 1.5-litre diesel
Power87bhp/100bhp
Torque115Nm/200Nm
Transmission5-speed/6-speed manual
DriveFront-wheel drive

The engines remain the same as the Honda Jazz. However, they are tuned differently to take the additional weight and deliver better performance. The petrol has better drivability and the diesel engine has got an oxygen sensor for the first time in any Honda car for India. Unfortunately, there is no automatic  variant available on the Honda WRV as of now.

Honda WRV Colours

The Honda WRV comes in six exciting colour options. There are two interior colour trims also. If you need more details on them, following is the list:

Exterior Colour Options

  • Premium Amber
  • White Orchid
  • Golden Brown
  • Carmelian Red
  • Alabaster Silver
  • Modern Steel

Interior Colour Options

  • Black and Silver
  • Black and Bluish Grey

Honda WRV rear seat

 Honda WRV Features

Exterior

  • Projector headlamps
  • Daytime running LEDs
  • Keyless Entry
  • 16-inch wheels
  • Higher ground clearance (188mm)
  • Roof rails

Interior

  • Push start and stop (Diesel only)
  • 7-inch touchscreen system
  • MirrorLink and Navigation
  • Three angles for reverse camera
  • Cruise control (on diesel only)
  • Eco mode
  • Rear seat folding

Safety and security

  • Immobiliser
  • Dual Airbags (Standard on all variants)
  • ABS with EBD (Standard on all variants)

Honda WRV side

A good mileage is one of the high points about the Honda WRV. This crossover claims very good mileage figures. The 1.2-litre petrol mill returns close to 12-13 km/l in the city, while on the highway it is close to 16 km/l. On the other hand, the diesel engine should return close to 17 km/l in the city and about 22 km/l on the highway. The ARAI claimed mileage for the petrol engine is 17km/l, while for the diesel it is 26km/l. There is no petrol automatic on offering at the moment, but the company should soon be offering one with a 1.5-litre petrol engine.

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Honda WRV Competition

Honda WRV looks very different from the Jazz due to the treatment it gets. Hence it can be differentiated too. It gets a good road presence. This one competes with Hyundai i20 Active, Fiat Avventura, Ford Ecosport and the Maruti Vitara Brezza. These are all five seater vehicles with higher ground clearance. Some even have higher seating too. The Ecosport and Vitara Brezza are more like SUVs and the others are more of crossovers made on a hatchback.

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Honda WRV Design

The Honda WRV is based on the Jazz hatchback, hence it follows the same design language. But it is raised higher. It has a higher ground clearance and also bears body cladding all around. This makes the WRV look rugged. The WRV also gets roof rails. It comes close to the Hyundai i20 Active, but its looks more muscular with SUV-like looks, this brings it close to the Fiat Avventura Urban Cross.The WRV has good utility and is a practical vehicle.

Honda WRV motion

The Honda WRV will be sold in India and South America. The vehicle is very attractive to look at. Honda Jazz is already the most practical hatchback and this characteristic is found on the WRV. It has a ground clearance of 188mm and 16-inch wheels also do some good justice to it.

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Honda WRV Interior

Honda WRV interior

The dashboard of the WRV is identical to the Jazz. The WRV interiors are sporty and have a black and silver color theme. The instrument cluster has three dials, a speedometer, tachometer and the third houses the driver information system. The WRV comes with features like keyless entry, push start and stop, touchscreen infotainment system, cruise control, dual airbags and even ABS. The cruise control and push start and stop features are available only on the diesel top-end model, VX. The infotainment system even has MirrorLink, HDMI and 2 USB and SD card slots.

Honda WRV rear seat

The rear of the WRV is a spacious area. It misses out on the Magic Seats offered in the Jazz and the rear seat also does not recline. A 60:40 split fold has also been given a miss here. However, practicality is one of the biggest USPs of this SUV. The Japanese automaker is targeting South East Asia with this SUV. Dual airbags and ABS with EBD come as a standard feature across all variants. The Jazz has been excellent in terms of knee room and head room and the WRV also is the same. Three adults can sit very comfortably. There are no rear AC vent here, which we feel is an important feature that has been omitted.

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Honda WRV Engine and Transmission

The Honda WRV share its engines with the Jazz.  A 1.2-litre petrol with five-speed manual transmission. The gear ratios are different though, for improved drivability. The petrol is a smooth engine and it is very good to drive in the city. 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. The same engine comes in the Jazz too. The diesel engine now gets a lambda sensor, which is a first for any Honda. This is fitted for controlled emissions. The diesel engine is quite punchy but lacks the refinement of its rivals. The cabin could have had better insulation to reduce noise inside. This is one the very few negatives that the WRV has.

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Honda WRV sunroof

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Honda WRV Price in India, Features, Specifications
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Summary

A good option for those who need a higher premium hatchback with good ground clearance, the Honda WRV will make more a better buy.

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