Honda WR V Hatchback First Drive & Transmission

Honda WR-V Overview

Distinctive – that’s the first word that comes to mind when you look at the WR-V. Honda has taken far too long to launch its first sub-4 metre crossover, but as we have come to discover, this isn’t just a Jazz with some styling tweaks. Honda Car India’s R&D division has developed the WRV for India and other emerging markets (including Brazil). India is the first country to produce the crossover and also the first market where it will be sold. Additionally, apart from an extensive design overhaul, it also gets mechanical updates like a new transmission for the petrol engine and a reworked suspension, not to mention, some premium features derived from the City. No doubt, the WR-V has a persona of its own, but is that reason enough to choose it over the Jazz or indeed, its rivals? Request a test drive for WR V in Tryaldrive

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Honda WR-V Exterior & Style

The Honda WRV looks similar to the Jazz hatchback on many counts as it is built on the same car. The design language also is the same. The WRV though, is raised higher. The ground clearance is higher and it also gets 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.

The Honda WRV is being 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.There is an increase in the height of the compact SUV as the ground clearance has increased and even the new roof rails have been added. This makes it taller. Then it is more of change in design elements that makes it look different. Other aspects are almost the same.

Honda WR-V Interior & Space

Open the doors and a familiar interior awaits you. The dashboard is shared with the Jazz save for a few changes. The instrument cluster remains the same and so does the steering wheel. The centre console now gets an all-new 7-inch touchscreen that is shared with the City. It is an Android-based unit and supports WiFi, Bluetooth, USB and Aux-IN. It also gets GPS and a reverse camera. Sound quality from the new audio system is excellent and way better than the Jazz. Some other features include electric ORVMs, keyless entry, sunroof and automatic climate control. Cruise control and push button start are limited to the diesel trim only, surprisingly. The AC is a chiller and cools the cabin in a jiffy. Just like other Honda cars, the WR-V too misses out on rear parking sensors.

The seats are shared with the Jazz and they are very comfortable. The cushioning is soft and the seats feel nicely supportive even for well-built people. You also get a centre armrest at the front which is a useful addition. At the rear, you get abundant head room, knee room and shoulder space. What is disappointing is the fact that the WR-V neither gets Magic Seats nor does it get 60:40 split rear seats. The boot is decently sized at 363-litres. Another negative point about the interiors is the build quality on certain panels which feels very plasticky. Even the door pads have a slightly flimsy feel to them. Talking about the upholstery, Honda is offering two colour options – Black and Grey or Black and Blue.

Honda WR-V Engine & Gearbox

The WR-V gets the same powertrain options as the Jazz, except for the optional CVT automatic offered with the Jazz, while the 1.2 petrol gets a new five-speed manual gearbox. Honda says this transmission is based on the gearbox you get in the BR-V and it has been tuned to improve acceleration, but any gains were imperceptible on our standalone drive of the WR-V.

The fact is, the 90PS petrol engine feels a bit lethargic. If you are driving alone, the motor gets the job done, but with all the seats occupied, you will have to rev the engine hard and make frequent downshifts. Thankfully, the engine is smooth and sounds nice too. The 110Nm of torque is delivered at nearly 5,000rpm, makes climbing up slopes a bit tricky and it will struggle in hilly areas. The WR-V petrol is also up to 62kg heavier than an equivalent Jazz variant and along with the revised gearing, the fuel economy dips a bit, to 17.5kmpl.

The 1.5-litre diesel engine makes the exact same 100PS of power and 200Nm of torque and comes paired with a six-speed manual transmission. The motor offers great low-end torque and loves low-rev with high-gear combinations. Power delivery is smooth and linear at all times, but it’s only easy to drive, not enjoyable. Hard-revving makes a lot of noise with no equivalent gain in speed, but if your driving style is relaxed, you won’t have any complaints in the city or cruising down the highway. For family-car buyers, it is the better engine. Depending on the variant, the WR-V diesel is 31-50kg heavier than the Jazz, but there’s no noticeable difference in performance. However, at 25.5kmpl, the fuel economy dips by 1.8kmpl.

Honda WR-V Driving Dynamics

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 & Safety

All variants of the Honda WR-V get dual front airbags and ABS with EBD as standard. It also gets a rear camera with multiple viewing angles, but like the City and Jazz, you don’t get rear parking sensors.However, practicality is one of the biggest USPs of this vehicle over that of the competiton. Honda aims at being the the leader in this segment. Dual airbags and ABS with EBD are offered as a standard feature across all variants. The Jazz is known for the excellent knee room and head room it has and the WRV also is the same. Three adults can sit very comfortably. There are no rear AC vents in the vehicle and we feel this would have been an important feature, specially for as the interiors are spacious.

Honda WR-V Price in Chennai

Honda Wrv Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 7,75,240/- (WRV S MT Petrol) to 9,99,900/- (WRV VX MT Diesel). Get best offers for Honda Wrv from Honda Dealers in Chennai. Check for WR V price in Chennai at Carzprice

Honda WR-V Bottomline

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.Is the WR-V worth considering over the Jazz? Yes. Apart from its distinctive styling, it gets some nice features, many of which, are shared with the Honda City. We expect and we’d accept a price premium of Rs 70,000-1 lakh over the Jazz, which is good value for the added kit.

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