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Honda WR-V 2020 Review: Prices, Specs, Offers, Mileage & Pics

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By Harshit Gupta - Senior Editor Mar 26 2020 Share this blog

With love for the SUVs on the rise, many car manufacturers have been trying to convert their hatchbacks into crossovers. It is because crossovers promise to be more rough road-friendly, an aspect which SUVs are more associated with. This time, Honda seems to be making a move into this segment with its crossover based on the Jazz, the WR-V. 

According to Honda, WR-V stands for Winsome Runabout Vehicle, a vehicle that promises to be more lifestyle-oriented. This is the same strategy that many other manufacturers also use to sell their crossovers.  The first model of the WR-V was developed by Honda R&D India together with Honda R&D. It is built at Honda's plant in Tapukara, Rajasthan. It was first unveiled at the Sao Paulo Motor Show.

2020 honda wrv front fascia

The WR-V goes up against 3 of its main rivals, Ford Freestyle, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross and Hyundai i20 Active. Honda currently has no offering in the compact SUV space in India. But it is rumoured to have been developing a compact SUV for India which will soon be launched in 2020. Until that arrives the WR-V looks like a perfect car for Honda to fill in the gap. The WR-V seems to have been priced on the higher side in the segment as its prices start from Rs. 8,08,050 (Ex-Showroom Delhi). But Honda seems to have worked on its crossover more than any other car manufacturer. Hence, now it's time to see if all that work is enough for Honda to bounce back.


What we like:

  • Tried and tested engine options on offer
  • Well-tuned suspension
  • Spacious interiors
  • Loaded with features


What we don't:

  • 1.2 L petrol engine not impressive
  • NVH levels not the best
  • Missing features like rear air-con vents, adjustable rear headrests, auto-dimming IRVM, auto headlights, etc


What’s new in the Honda WR-V?

  • Honda’s first attempt to convert its hatchback into a crossover!

How many variants are available for Honda WR-V?

The WR-V comes in a total of 6 variants. There are 3 root variants which come with either a petrol or a diesel mill. There is a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed manual gearbox on offer. Honda has not offered any automatic with the WR-V for some reason. The 3 root variants are namely, S, V, and VX. Prices of the WR-V start from Rs. 8 15 000 (Ex-Delhi) which makes it’s base variant the most expensive offering in the segment. But we need to remember that Honda offers more features than the other cars which come with a cheaper base variant.

Trim

S

V

VX

           Price - Petrol                (Ex-Showroom Delhi) 

Rs.8,08,050(Edge+ Edition)/Rs.8,15,000

N/A

Rs9,25,000/ Rs.9,35,050(Exclusive Edition)

             Price-Diesel              (Ex-Showroom Delhi)


Rs.9,16,050(Edge+ Edition)/Rs.9,25,000

Rs.9,95,000

Rs.10,35,000/ Rs.10,48,050(Exclusive Edition)

Features 

R 16 Gunmetal Finish Multi-Spoke Alloy Wheels (4 nos.)



All features of the S variant and:


All features of the V variant and:



Front Fog Lamps



Turn Indicator on ORVM



Electric Sunroof with One-Touch Open/Close Function with Auto Reverse



Advanced Multi-information Combination Meter with LCD Display and Blue Backlight



Rear Wiper and Washer

Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel



Driver Seat Height Adjuster



17.7cm Advanced Infotainment with Capacitive Touchscreen


N/A

Fully Foldable Rear Seat



In-built Satellite-Linked Turn-by-Turn Navigation



N/A

Integrated 8.9cm Audio with Aux-In Port



One Push Start/Stop Button with White & Red Illumination (only Diesel)

N/A


Steering Mounted Audio Controls



Honda Smart Key System with Keyless Remote



N/A


Automatic Climate Control with Touch Control Panel



Multi-View Rear Camera with Guidelines (Normal, Wide & Top-Down View)



N/A


Keyless Entry & Central Door Lock



Power Foldable ORVM



N/A


Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock



Front Centre Armrest with Storage Console



N/A


Dual SRS Airbags for Driver & Front Passenger



Front Map Lamp



N/A


Which variant to go for?

We would suggest you go for the V variant of the WR-V as it comes with an extensive list of features. It is also WR-V’s most popular variant in its line up. There is not much to differentiate between the V variant of the WRV and the top of the line VX variant. The biggest differentiator here is the sun-roof. Hence, if you don’t require a sun-roof the V variant will offer you all the features of the VX variant. It is priced at Rs. 9, 25, 000 (Ex-Delhi) for the petrol variant and Rs. 9, 35, 000 (Ex-Delhi).


Honda WR-V March discount offers.

Honda has some pretty sparkling deals going on at this time as the transition to SB6 is around the corner. All automakers are cleaning off their BS4 inventory and so is Honda. All BS4 stock of WR-V is offered with Rs. 50,000 worth of benefits from the dealer end.

Variants
Discount Offers
All BS4 variants
Rs 50K Discount Benefits at Dealer End

*Offer valid till stocks last or before April 2020, whichever is earlier.


Also Read,

Ford tries its hand at the crossover craze, how good is it?

Did Hyundai just make an off-road friendly i20!?

The car that started NEXA for Maruti Suzuki.


What are the powertrain options on offer in the 2020 WR-V?

This petrol engine produces 89 bhp of power and 110 Nm of torque. Unfortunately, due to the lower excise duties on the 1.2L engine, Honda does not offer the 1.5L i-VTEC engine of the City here to keep its pricing tight. Nonetheless, the engine is super silent at idle and offers decent performance.

The bottom end performance of this engine is a bit weak and this has been done to increase the fuel efficiency of the engine. Due to the weak bottom end, you need more gear changes to keep the engine providing enough power in stop and go traffic. This engine feels weaker in the WR-V than in the Brio & Amaze due to the hefty kerb weight and tall gearing. Torque output is weak on low RPMs and this makes the throttle response feel a bit dull. Zipping through traffic then will require a lot of effort and downshifts. 

Honda WRV Petrol engine

Once you take this engine to its mid-range performance gets better. The engine is very rev-happy and can easily go up to 7000 rpm but gets audible past 4000 rpm. Once on the highway, you would have to make the engine work hard to zoom past the trucks or slow-moving traffic. The engine does not feel underpowered but you have to keep it on the boil to get the most out of it. It can easily keep up with the fast-moving traffic on the right lane. What also helps is that the gearshift action is light & smooth. Overall, this engine performs how it performs in Jazz and remains unimpressive.

Models

   Honda WR-V 
(Petrol)

Ford Freestyle Ambiente

   Maruti Suzuki       S-Cross 

Hyundai i20 Active S

Price (Ex-Delhi)

8,15,000

5,81,000

8,85,000

 774,035 

Engine

1.2L 4 Cylinder, SOHC i-VTEC

1.2L Dragon Petrol Inline-3 Naturally aspirated

1.3L Diesel 4 cylinder DOHC 

1.2 L Inline - 4 Naturally Aspirated 

Transmission

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

Power (bhp)

90 @6000 RPM

95 @4250 RPM

89 @6000 RPM

81.8 @6000 RPM

Torque(Nm)

110 @4800 RPM

120 @4250 RPM

200 @1750 RPM

114 @4000 RPM

The 4-pot diesel engine is mated to the 6-speed manual gearbox which is shared with the City and the Jazz. It makes 99 Bhp of power and 200 Nm of peak torque. This engine comes with better driveability than the petrol mill due to higher power and torque output. The power to weight ratio is one of the best in the segment which makes this engine quite tractable.

Honda WRV Diesel Engine

Once you fire up the engine, you are greeted by a typical diesel clatter. This i-DTEC is not what you would call refined by any means as it is loud even by diesel engine standards. But the motor is quite responsive and comes with a negligible amount of turbo lag. The power delivery is quite linear. Within the city, the ample torque under tap ensures that the WR-V crawls easily in stop and go traffic. You can take off from standstill in 2nd gear without any throttle input. This engine feels most alive after 1500 RPM.

On the highways, this engine becomes a mile muncher. The throttle response is sharp which helps in quick overtaking. Overtaking is fuss-free due to the minimal turbo lag and ample torque. But Ford’s engine still feels more tuned for an enthusiastic taste. The NVH level is not the best and you can hear the engine screaming past 4400 RPM. Overall, this engine comes with excellent driveability and feels at home in the city as well as the highway.


How swift is Honda WR-V from 0-100?

When it comes to 0-100 kmph timings the Honda WR-V is no fast car but its performance is at par with the segment. The gearbox is a delight to use as it comes with short throws and extra gear helps the engine spread its power evenly. The clutch isn't too light nor too heavy. It's par for the course.

2020 honda wrv acceleration 0-100

The same thing could be said about its diesel mill as the WR-V completes its 0-100 kmph sprint in 12 seconds and the Freestyle does it in 11 seconds. This diesel mill is faster due to the more power and torque on offer.

Models 

     Honda WR-V 
(Petrol)

Ford Freestyle Ambiente

   Maruti Suzuki   S-Cross(Diesel)

Hyundai i20 Active S

0-100 KMPH

13.6 sec

11 sec

13.2 sec

14.3 Sec

Engine

1.2L 4 Cylinder, SOHC i-VTEC

1.2L Dragon Petrol Inline-3 Naturally aspirated

1.3L Diesel 4 cylinder DOHC

1.2 L Inline - 4 Naturally Aspirated 

The most impressive car in terms of outright performance is the Ford Freestyle. The Freestyle's power delivery is quick and is complimented well by its precise 5-speed manual transmission. It is the only car with a 3-pot motor in this comparison but still outshines every other car in terms of power.


How sharp is the handling characteristics of the 2020 Honda WR-V?

Crossovers are known to provide higher and a better ride than their hatchback siblings. With the WR-V it is no different. It is well-tuned for Indian road conditions and is more rough road-friendly than the Jazz. It remains more complaints about bad and broken roads. Even though the ground clearance of the WR-V is a bit less than some of its rivals, it can easily clear off even the taller speed breakers. The suspension works silently and keeps those annoying thuds on sharp bumps outside the cabin. 

Honda WR-V Ride quality

At slow city speed, the suspension manages to handle even crater-like potholes very well. Once on the highway, the WR-V does not feel nervous and absorbs most undulations on the road. But due to the taller stance and raised ground clearance, the body roll is more noticeable than the Jazz. It provides an acceptable amount of grip levels on corners.

The steering of the WR-V feels quite light at city speeds which makes it easy to park it into tight spaces. The steering rack is an electrically assisted unit. It is pretty direct but does not offer much feedback. As you pick up speed the steering also picks up heft and the WR-V feels like a confident handler at high speeds. It has a turning radius of 5.3 meters which is neither too good nor too bad.  Overall, the suspension's behaviour is safe & predictable and most customers will be happy with the ride and handling package.


How well does the braking setup complement driving dynamics?

Good braking is not only a part of a car’s performance but also is a very important part of its safety as well. The WR-V comes with a standard braking package with front disc & rear drum brakes. The brakes perform as expected. It drops an anchor from triple-digit speeds without much fuss and maintains its line.

2020 honda wrv disc brakes

The bite though is too sharp at slow speeds which needs getting used to. ABS & EBD are available as a part of standard equipment across all variants. Even with the added ground clearance, there is minimal nose dive and that helps in a stronger braking experience!

Model

   Honda WR-V 
(Petrol)

Ford Freestyle Ambiente

 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross(Diesel)

Hyundai i20 Active S

Front Brakes

Ventilated Disc

Ventilated Disc

Ventilated Disc

Disc

Rear Brakes

Drum

Drum

Drum

Drum

Kerb Weight (kg)

1104 

1026

1205 

1100 

100-0 KMPH (meters)

N/A

40.98

N/A

N/A

All cars in this segment come with similar braking hardware and so, no car gets special treatment as a part of their braking package. But it is the i20 that misses out on ventilated brakes but it's not much of a bummer.


How well does the mileage figures impress us?

Mileage is one of the most important aspects of a customer in the Indian market. Hence, most Suzuki cars in India continue to outsell their rivals as they tend to provide more mileage than their rivals. Honda seems to have focused on this aspect too of the market.

The petrol-powered WR-V comes with an 18 kmpl mileage which is at par with the segment. But the diesel-powered WR-V returns a mileage of 26 kmpl which the best in its segment.

Model

Honda WR-V

(Petrol)

Ford Freestyle Ambiente

    Maruti Suzuki        S-Cross(Diesel)  

Hyundai i20 Active S

Mileage (Kmpl)

18

19

25

17.19

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

40

42

48

45

The S-Cross does not come with any petrol engine for now. It comes with the biggest fuel tank in its segment which makes it a good highway runner. On the other hand, the WR-V gets the smallest fuel tank in its segment followed by the Freestyle.

How has Honda designed the WR-V to have an SUV appeal?

While making crossover manufacturers have to make sure they do not end up making it longer than 4 meters. This is because cars measuring less than 4 meters in length are eligible for excise duty benefits.  Hence, WR-V remains an under the 4-meter car just like the Jazz but with certain cosmetic changes. Honda has fitted the WR-V with a typical crossover package which includes roof rails, plastic cladding and faux skid plates at the front and rear.

This gives the WR-V an urban SUV appeal even though it is based on a hatchback. Not only that Honda has given the WR-V more muscular bumpers, beefier wheel arches, larger wheels, sculpted bonnet as well as a redesigned front and rear end compared to the Jazz. All these changes help to differentiate this crossover from its hatchback sibling to a great extent.

2020 honda wrv rear side profile

The effort put in by Honda is commendable as such physical changes increase the production cost as well.  From the front, the WR-V features a differently designed bonnet when compared to the Jazz. The wraparound headlamps are equipped with LED daytime running lights but do not get any projectors. The headlamps are connected by a thick chrome strip that dominates the front end.  On the sides, the WR-V gets flared wheel arches which make it look muscular. It gets more cuts and creases on the sides than the Jazz.

Model

   Honda WR-V 
(Petrol)

Ford Freestyle Ambiente

   Maruti Suzuki      S-Cross(Diesel)

Hyundai i20 Active S

Kerb weight (kg)

1103

1026

1240

1100 

Length(mm)

3999

3954

4300

3995

Width(mm)

1734

1737

1785

1760

Height(mm)

1601

1570

1595

1555

Ground clearance (mm)

188

190

180

190

Wheelbase (mm)

2555

2490

2600

2570

There are the black plastic claddings on the wheel arches, running boards and doors and silver & black roof rails. The rear has also received many changes as it gets a redesigned tail-gate, smaller roof-mounted spoiler and beefier bumper. Tail lamps have also been redesigned and are bigger than the ones found in Jazz. Overall, we are glad that Honda has done more than slapping some extra cladding on the outside like many other manufacturers.

2020 honda wrv side profile

The WR-V is on par with the segment in terms of its physical dimensions. The only car bigger than 4 meters is the S-Cross in this comparison. In terms of the ground clearance sits a bit lower than the freestyle and the i20 Active. But still, the WR-V is the tallest car in its segment. 


Key features on the outside:

  • Power adjustable ORVMs
  • Front Fog lamp
  • 15” Alloys
  • Rear Fog lamp
  • Silver Roof Rails

How well stacked is the Honda WR-V like on the inside?

Most crossovers are not very different on the inside than their hatchback siblings. Honda’s WR-V works on similar lines and the cabin has been carried over from the Jazz. The doors open in 3 step action and the raised height of the WR-V makes ingress and egress quite easy. Once you step in, there will be no unfamiliar feeling!

2002 honda wrv dashboard

There are subtle changes done to the WR-V on the inside though. While the all-black theme on the inside has been carried over from the Jazz, there are additional silver inserts added inside. The plastic quality is just about average and you can find hard and scratchy all around the cabin. Even the handbrake has a plastic covering rather than a rubber one.

All the buttons and stalks feel solid and built to last. The interior is full of dummy switches which are because Honda also exports the WR-V to many other countries.  The overall visibility is not just good but the best in its class. Large windscreen and windows help the cabin feel quite airy. 

Model

   Honda WR-V 
(Petrol)

Ford Freestyle Ambiente

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross(Diesel)

Hyundai i20 Active

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

The front seats are quite supportive and are big enough even for large occupants. Honda seems to have cut no cost in the seating department like in the BR-V. Under thigh support is excellent and there will be no worry about the shoulder or headroom either. The rear bench can easily fit in 3 occupants as the WR-V is wide enough. Rear seats also offer ample knee room and shoulder room. The only drawback is that the headrests are fixed instead of being adjustable.

2020 honda wrv seating

Coming to the dashboard, it seems like Honda has just pressed Ctrl+V here as it is identical to the Jazz. Honda has not gone for the conventional buttons but given feather-touch buttons for the air conditioner controls. It feels nice to use but you will need to take your eyes off the road to change climate control settings. The whole cabin is full of storage spots and you can easily spend long hours inside the WR-V.


Creature comforts on offer:

The WR-V is quite feature-loaded even though there are some glaring omissions made by Honda in this department. The Honda WR-V offers the following features in the inside:

  • Driver Seat Height Adjuster
  • Fully Foldable Rear Seat
  • 17.7cm Advanced Infotainment with Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Dust and Pollen Filter
  • Automatic Climate Control with Touch Control Panel
  • All Power Windows with Key-Off Time Log
  • Power Adjustable ORVM
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Centre Armrest with Storage Console
  • Coat Hanger


What are the infotainment features on offer?

The infotainment systems in cars have certainly evolved. Now they not only offer FM/AM or AUX compatibility but offer a whole lot more. WR-V’s infotainment system offers many advanced features like HDMI input and an in-built navigation system. It also comes with voice commands and Android Auto/Apple Carplay compatibility.

2020 honda wrv infotainment system

It feels quite fluid and smooth to use and we experienced no lag during our usage. The WR-V does not come with connected features like the ones found in Hyundai Venue and MG Hector.


Infotainment features:

  • 7-inch Advanced Infotainment with Capacitive Touchscreen
  • In-built Satellite-Linked Turn-by-Turn Navigation
  • Voice Commands
  • Steering Mounted Audio Controls
  • 4 Speakers (Front & Rear) with 2 tweeter
  • USB, Aux-in & Bluetooth compatibility
  • AM/FM 
  • Android Auto/Apple Carplay


How practical is the boot of Honda WR-V?

Customers buy crossovers not just for its rugged looks but because they promise to go places where normal hatchbacks cannot. Crossovers are considered more suitable for long journeys. Hence, a weekend trip with your loved ones in the WR-V will be no biggie as it also comes with the best in class boot space. It offers more than 100 litres of boot space than Ford’s Freestyle. 

2020 honda wrv cargo space

The loading lip is on the higher side though, hence you would need to lift more for loading or unloading the luggage. Honda has surprisingly omitted the magic seats which were loved by so many customers. Nonetheless, most customers will find nothing to complain about the boot space on offer.

Model

   Honda WR-V 
(Petrol)


Ford Freestyle Ambiente

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross(Diesel)

Hyundai i20 Active

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (Litres)

363

257

353

285

Honda’s WR-V manages to provide more boot space than the S-Cross even though the S-Cross is a bigger car in every way. This proves how clever Honda has been with the design of the WR-V. Not so clever in this space is Ford as its Freestyle offers the least amount of boot space.

What are the safety features on offer in the Honda WR-V?

The Indian car market is turning more and more sensitive towards the safety of a car and car manufacturers are feeling it too. Many car manufacturers have made certain safety equipment as standard due to the safety norms kicking in. Hence, the WR-V comes with ABS with EBD and Dual-front airbags as standard.

Honda WRV airbags, safety

It is also based on Honda’s ACE body structure which claims to distribute collision energy evenly and redirects it away from the passenger compartment. Not just that, the WR-V also gets a brake override system, a technology, which cuts engine power to prevent potential runaway car accidents.


Safety features:

  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE™) Body Structure
  • ABS with EBD
  • Dual SRS Airbags for Driver & Front Passenger
  • Driver + Passenger Seat Belt Warning 
  • Reverse Sensors
  • Speed Alert System
  • Intelligent Pedals (Brake Override System)
  • Rear Windshield Defogger

The Indian variant of the Honda WR-V is yet to be tested by any crash test authority and hence no official crash test rating is available yet. 

How does the Honda WR-V compare against its rivals?

Honda WR-V vs Ford Freestyle

honda wrv vs ford freestyle

The Freestyle comes with the most powerful engine in its segment. It also seems to be doing better than some of the other cars in Ford’s line up. It offers the most ground clearance in its segment and comes with Ford’s excellent SYNC 3 system. In comparison, WR-V offers more feel-good features like sunroof and cruise control. It also offers more space on the inside. But the Freestyle comes at a cheaper price, making it a lucrative offer for many.


Honda WR-V vs Maruti Suzuki S-cross

Honda WRV vs Maruti Suzuki S-Cross

The S-Cross was the first car to be offered through Maruti Suzuki's Nexa network. But it has failed to strike a dent in its segment. But it continues to offer an extensive list of features and Maruti’s extensive after-sales network. In comparison, the S-Cross is a much larger car than the WR-V and hence gets more road presence. But the WR-V comes with higher ground clearance as well as better ride quality. Hence, WR-V is more rough road-friendly than the S-Cross. The biggest drawback of the S-Cross is that it only comes with a diesel engine option.


Honda WR-V vs Hyundai i20 Active

honda wrv vs hyundai i20 active

Hyundai went the Frankenstein way to create an off-roading derivative of its most popular hatchback, the i20. It shares all of the underpinnings with the i20 expect for the raised suspension, underbody protection and cladding all around. But it still doesn't cut against Honda WR-V that has been built purposefully and is not any lego build-up. We would go for the Honda for its flexible characteristics despite being the size of a hatch.

                               

What's the final call for Honda WR-V?

Honda seems to have done more than any other manufacturer to convert its hatchback into a crossover. This is because while most other manufacturers have a completely different car to offer in the compact SUV space, Honda is yet to offer a compact SUV. Hence, to fill in that gap, Honda has prepared its WR-V. But even with all the changes, the WR-V remains a crossover than a compact SUV. While this can be a deal-breaker for some, the WR-V is a potent crossover. It offers spacious interiors with a host of first on class features like the electric sunroof. Hence, it is a car worth considering if you are in the market to buy a potent crossover.