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Honda WR-V: WOW To The Eye

Compact SUVS and Crossovers are in rage these days. Upgrading the existing hatchback into a Crossover is one of the easy routes adopted by many manufacturers to add variety and ultimately sales numbers; Hyundai i20 Active, VW Cross Polo and Toyota Etios Cross are some great examples. Honda is also joining this bandwagon with the new Jazz based WR-V - the name sounds similar to Honda’s larger SUV clan and that’s exactly what Honda wants here.

Honda-WR-V side facing

Styling

WR-V is based on a reworked Jazz platform and it’s longer, wider and taller than the Jazz. However, unlike other manufacturers, Honda has done a substantial work in rendering a bolder face for the WR-V. The car gets the signature chrome slab with Honda logo over the grille, flanked by large headlamps; the headlamps also come with DRLs. New raised and flat bonnet with a new aggressive bumper contributes in converting the sober Jazz face into a slightly aggressive crossover-ish face.

Honda WR V Rear View

The side profile unmistakably resembles the Jazz except for the bigger and fatter tires, plastic cladding over wheel wells and higher ground clearance. Honda could have added a little more aggression to the rear end which appears pretty bland.

Interior

The interior layout is similar to the Jazz and is very spacious for a car in this segment and the dashboard is similar to the Honda City.

The car gets 6.7-inch touchscreen infotainment system at the centre carried over from the City. The climate control is also touch enabled and the steering wheel gets control buttons. The top-end VX also gets an electrically operated sunroof.

Safety

Dual airbags and ABS+EBD comes standard across the range. The top trim gets park assist as well.

Engine and Performance

The WR-V inherits the same 1.2-Litre i-VTEC petrol motor and the 1.5 Litre i-DTEC diesel engines. The petrol motor is mated to the five-speed manual transmission which dispenses 89 HP and a peak torque of 110 Nm. The diesel generates 99 HP and a peak torque of 200 Nm and it also gets the same six-speed manual box spotted on other Honda cars in India.

Variant

Mileage (City)

Mileage (Highway)

Petrol

14

18.1

Diesel

20.1

24.3


Ride Comfort and Handling

Considering the increase in weight, Honda has reworked the suspension and steering set-up. The suspension is on the softer side and effectively filters out small bumps and undulations on the road well. However, the ride can get a little choppy at higher speeds and there is a fair amount of body roll, thanks to the increase ground clearance of the WR-V.

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