Honda WR-V Facelift Review & Test Drive

Honda WR-V Overview

India is considered as one of the biggest markets for the subcompact SUVs and crossovers worldwide. And this makes every other automotive manufacturer die to get a substantial slice of pie in this segment. The Japanese auto giant Honda with the launch of WR-V, forayed into the profitable subcompact SUV segment. The company so far has managed to dispatch promising number of units and still banking strongly with stylish looks, upmarket interiors and fuel-efficient engines of this vehicle.The 2017 Honda WR-V is based on Honda Jazz platform and looks completely different from outside. View offers on Honda Cars from Honda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Honda WR-V Look

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 Comfort

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 Gearbox

The WR-V is offered with a 1.2 litre petrol engine and a 1.5 litre diesel unit, which are the same engines found in the Jazz. However, the transmissions for both engines now sport slightly shorter ratios in order to improve acceleration. The difference can be made out while driving as the WR-V feels a tad more livelier and eager than the Jazz.The 1.2 litre i-VTEC engine develops 88 hp and 110Nm of torque, while the 1.5 litre i-DTEC diesel engine develops 98 hp and 200 Nm of torque. While the petrol engine is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission, the diesel unit gets a 6-speed unit. Sadly, there’s no automatic gearbox available for now.Check for Honda WR-V  in icadl2013.org.in

The diesel engine is more fun to drive and is significantly quicker too compared to the petrol unit. The gearboxes too work well and the shifts are moderate and gears are easy to slot into. The gear lever itself features a new design instead of the ball-like lever in other Honda cars.While Honda’s diesel engine is a loud unit, the sound-proofing in the WR-V seems to be better than earlier cars as the cabin is more silent than the Jazz for example. Both engines feel refined and while the petrol motor needs to be revved to gain momentum, the diesel one just rolls effortlessly. Since our drive was short, we weren’t able to record the fuel-efficiency but Honda claims 17.5 kmpl for the petrol unit and 25.5 for the diesel one.

Honda WR-V Rideing

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.

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 Hyderabad

Honda Wrv Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 7,76,182/- (WRV S MT Petrol) to 9,99,900/- (WRV VX MT Diesel). Get best offers for Honda Wrv from Honda Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for WRV price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Honda WR-V Bottomline

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.

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