Few cars are as well and thoughtfully engineered as the Honda WR-V. Don’t believe me? Then just go to a Honda dealer and take a test drive. The first thing that you will notice is that you get a total of nine cupholders all across the cabin. The best cupholder is next to the right side of the driver in front of the AC vent. This ensures that the drink is always chilled even on the hottest of summer days.
We however never got a chance to take the car out for a long drive on a summer day, that’s largely because the car came to us in the winters around February. It completed its three-month stint before the peak of Delhi summers could start. The car arriving in the winters meant that the AC wasn’t used at all, which resulted in stellar fuel economy from the 1.5-litre diesel. Sure, the diesel isn’t a silent as some other cars in this segment but that’s something you can truly ignore when you get figures in excess of 22kpl. With the AC turned on in April, this figure dropped marginally to 20.5kpl. All these figures were achieved when the car was driven in city limits mind.
What most testers in the team also appreciated was the amounts of legroom on offer in the back seats. Log book comments were also full of praises for the wide opening apertures of the doors, which made getting in and out of the car a breezy affair.
Most of our team members also liked the steering wheel feel. It has the right amount of weight. Neither being too soft and neither is it too hard, which makes it a nice car for both city and highway travel.
What could be better?
Honda uses the same touch screen for the AC across most of its range. The Jazz, WR-V and City share this console. While it is a novelty, it has a tendency to soil rather easily with fingerprints. So you need to keep a cloth with you in the car always. Apart from that, its hard to knit pick on any other issues with the WR-V. It remains a very well thought out though under-rated crossover and one that you should check out at a dealership near you before planning a compact crossover.