The popularity of SUVs has grown leaps and bounds over the last decade. While hatchbacks are still in demand, the utility segment has swollen in size overpowering the affordable compact models which once dominated the Indian market. Following the changing trend, Honda also rolled out new models in the SUV space including the Honda WR-V that successfully caught the fancy of the buyers. We delve deeper into the model and find out what it has to offer.
First launched in 2017, Honda WR-V is the company’s pioneering model in the sub-four meter SUV space which fills the void between premium hatchback Jazz and seven-seater SUV BR-V.
It can be had in petrol and diesel engine choices with a manual transmission only, however, an automatic gearbox would have given customers more options to choose from. The SUV, as can be seen in Honda WRV images, is heavily inspired by its hatchback sibling Jazz.
Given below is the list of Honda WRV price for petrol and diesel variants-
Honda WRV Price in India (Petrol)
The table shows the Honda WRV petrol price which falls in the bracket of Rs 8.08 lakh to Rs 9.35 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Honda WRV Price in India (Diesel)
The Honda WR-V 2019 price in India for the diesel range starts from Rs 9.16 lakh and goes up to Rs 10.48 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). For Honda WRV on-road price kindly visit an authorized Honda dealership in your vicinity.
What’s on the outside?
Designed and developed jointly by Honda’s Indian R&D team and global R&D team, the WR-V looks refreshing. Styling elements, such as body cladding, LED DRLs, silver skid plates at both ends and upswept headlamps accentuate the crossover-ish look.
A bold wing chrome grille at the front incorporates aggression. The face also gets fog lamps, however, it is missing at the rear.
Moving to the side, the wing mirrors feature integrated turn indicators, and the 16-inch gunmetal finished multi-spoke alloys fit well on the compact SUV. The chrome door handles look plush and the roof rails atop add to the funky looks.
As for rear styling, it features key elements such as rear combination lamps, LED high mount stop lamp and chrome garnish on the license plate. An electric sunroof with one-touch open/close and auto-reverse function is another premium feature that is restricted to the top-spec VX grade.
What’s on the inside?
One of the reasons utility vehicles struck a chord with the Indian customers is the spacious cabin which makes them ideal for the large Indian families. Frankly, building a large cabin on a sub-four meter SUV is quite a challenge, though Honda managed the task well.
The Honda WR-V cabin sits on a 2,555mm long wheelbase which hints at decent space, if not too generous. The material quality, fit and finish are on par with Honda’s standard. Honda’s DIGIPAD is the talking point inside, the 7-inch touchscreen supports MirrorLink smartphone connectivity, missing out on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Also aboard are satellite-linked turn-by-turn navigation, voice commands for media, steering mounted controls, navigation and calling and Smartphone voice assistant activation.
While Honda has packed its sub-four meter model with a raft of goodies, the lack of rear AC vents pinches a bit, knowing how hot it gets in India during summers.
Honda WR-V Variants in India
Honda WRV car is available in both petrol and diesel fuel options including four petrol and five diesel variants. All the grades are offered with manual transmission only, missing out on an auto box.
What’s under the hood?
The Honda W-RV range is available with Honda’s 1.2L i-VTEC and 1.5L i-DTEC engines with five and six-speed manual transmissions. The claimed fuel economy for the petrol unit is around 17.5 km/l and 25.5 km/l for the diesel version.
In tandem with the new safety norms introduced in India, passenger vehicles now get prominent safety tech as standard which were either missing earlier or were restricted to the top-spec grades.
Talking of WR-V standard safety kit, it gets dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, driver side window one-touch/down operation with pinch guard and rear windshield defogger among others. The multi-view rear camera has been left out in the base variant.
The sub-four meter SUV space is one of the highly contested segments in the country with new models arriving every year. We bring you a quick comparison with Honda WR-V rivaling models based on their specs.
The table below shows specs for the top-end grades in each model’s line-up.