Recent times couldn’t be more confusing for buyers in the cross-over segment then they are now. Be it the classy Honda WR-V, to the funky stylish Tata Nexon and more SUV appeal, to the brand new Ford Freestyle just out. Honda’s WR-V has been a fair success as a comfortable, good-looking and fun to drive car. But then Tata Nexon edged in with an even better looking, feature loaded and fuel efficient option for buyers. And now with its most affordable entry, Ford’s Freestyle has made deciding for a cross-over even more difficult. Here’s how they compare on paper.
When it comes to dimensions Honda and Tata here edge ahead of the Ford. WR-V is the longest hence with the biggest boot space. Nexon is the widest which means more space inside for occupants and tallest too meaning more headroom. But you have to commend Ford for creating a hatchback with a lot of space inside in addition to having the smallest price tag. All three cars have cladding all around making them tougher to take minor bumps and scrapes with ease, a great positive for our unpredictable roads. Tata Nexon sits fairly high off the ground making it more an SUV and easy off the beaten track. Getting in and out of this Tata is very easy as you have to simply sit in without straining your back. Honda sits the lowest making it much more refined on tarmac highways. The Ford Freestyle sits in the middle but with very strong capabilities being a hatchback.
|Ford Freestyle||Honda WR-V||Tata Nexon|
|Length||3954 mm||3999 mm||3994 mm|
|Width||1737 mm||1734 mm||1811 mm|
|Height||1570 mm||1601 mm||1607 mm|
|Wheelbase||2490 mm||2555 mm||2498 mm|
|Ground Clearance||190 mm||188 mm||209 mm|
|Kerb Weight||1062 kg||1204 kg||1237 kg|
All three cars here are available with petrol or diesel engine options. And all of them are strong reliable engines which will last you years asking lower maintenance costs too. But credits due to Tata engineers who squeezed a considerable amount of power from both petrol and diesel power-plants. Also Tata is the only one offered with automatic AMT boxes on both petrol and diesel versions. But all that power means the lowest fuel efficiency figures here, Ford’s petrol is more fuel efficient and Honda’s diesel wins the mileage figure. Tata Nexon offers 3 driving modes for you to choose from, namely City, Eco and Sport, corresponding to your current driving style. However, in our testing we’ve noticed this working better in the automatic variants.
|Ford Freestyle||Honda WR-V||Tata Nexon|
|Fuel Efficiency||19.0 km/litre||24.4 km/litre||17.5 km/litre||25.50 km/litre||17.6 km/litre||23.97 km/litre|
|Engine||1194 cc||1498 cc||1199 cc||1498 cc||1198 cc||1497 cc|
|Gearbox||5 speed Manual||5-speed Manual||6-speed manual||6 speed manual/AMT|
|Driving Modes||None||None||City, ECO, Sport|
Cabin and features
Cabin space and comfort are very good in the Tata Nexon with supportive seats keeping you cosseted. New Freestyle goes with a dual tone dashboard with new chocolate colour theme which is refreshing but might split opinions. But the new touch-screen is excellent to use with high resolution and quick feedback. Honda has a black theme dash with piano black inserts which looks very classy but gets dirty just by looking at it. Freestyle will be the most equipped for the money, but then it is also the smallest here compared to the other two.
This is again a very difficult decision as almost all cars offer a massive list of features. As you’ve already guessed, you can buy the top spec Ford Freestyle for nearly as much the base versions of either the Honda or Tata. It’ll come with everything from Traction Control, keyless push button start/stop, 6-airbags, which is hard beat in this price bracket. Here is where the similarities end as Ford is still a beefed up hatchback against the other two giants. Nexon has superb presence on road and the Honda is way cooler to behold in the urban environment. Also Honda is most expensive as it is offered with a 3year/1,00,000km warranty and the option of a sunroof if you fancy one which greatly improves its elegance quotient. If you want to drive around in a fun hatchback with good driving dynamics and loads of features, For Freestyle is difficult to overlook. On the other hand get the Tata Nexon if you want more than enough power to blast on highways in comfort covering great distances and occasional off-road adventures. If a bit of class and no nonsense reliability is of utmost importance to you, Honda WR-V is expensive but worth it.