Honda WR-V Variants
Honda WR-V • Price, Variants & Specifications
The new machine from the Honda stable is out, and seems that the manufacturers want us to feel 'wow' with their newest offering named Honda WR-V. The sub 4 metres WR-V, at first sight, may spark some resemblance to Jazz, but the new sporty
vehicle has a lot more to offer. WR-V is 4mm longer than Jazz and changes are made on the front deep character line, when compared with Jazz. WR-V is launched at a starting price range of ₹ 7.75 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Exterior View and Features
Honda WR-V, mostly based on the concept of Jazz hatchback can be considered as a crossover vehicle than an SUV. Many changes are made in the design to give the car a dynamic and muscular look when compared to Jazz.
The makers have inducted body cladding for giving the WR-V a beefier look and feel; also high-tensile steel is added in the middle body of the vehicle to improve the collision force absorption but makes the vehicle almost 50 kg heavier than Jazz. The front bumper and the LED daylight running lights (DRLs) makes the front of the WR-V look classy and premium. WR-V has improved the thickness of the front suspension mounting and the bumper beam in the rear to avoid crash damage.
The WR-V commands a higher ground clearance of 188mm, when compared to Jazz (165mm) and also surpasses the Jazz in terms of length (by 4mm), width (by 40mm) and height (by 51mm). WR-V's rugged appearance is further enhanced by 16-inch wheels with gun metal finishing and body cladding. The roof rails also add a premium appeal to the overall design.
The rear part of WR-V comes with angular tail lamps which go beyond the boot lid and there is a thick lining of chrome between the tail lamps.
Overall, WR-V shines as a youthful looking car and the road presence of the WR-V cannot be neglected.
Interior - Cabin View and Features
WR-V features one of the most spacious cabin in its segment with due consideration given for ample knee room, head room, and leg space. The seats in the front and rear are well-cushioned and offer good thigh support. The recline angle in the seat bench is also precise and provides ample cushioning. The big glasses in the front and the rear makes the WR-V feel more roomier and increases visibility.
The design of the dashboard is similar to that of Jazz but now features a bigger 7-inch touchscreen, which is the same unit as in the new Honda City. The unit that has basic functionalities like 2 USB slots, Bluetooth, HDMI, navigation, wifi support, 1.5 GB internal memory and mirroring connectivity, features only in higher variants. The higher end versions also get an automatic climate control with a classy and easy to use feather touch panel. The lower variants, however, get the manual knob controls for a/c but has to do away with the digipad option.
The top-end variants also get a segment first sunroof and a reverse camera, with a multi-view layout - for wide, normal and top views. The diesel variant has lot more features than the petrol variant: a start/stop button, smart key entry and cruise control are exclusively included in the diesel model.
There is steering mounted with audio, telephone and cruise controls, and the entire steering unit can be tilted and adjusted upto 40 mm. The plastics used are of premium quality and there are huge door pockets to store bottles, mobile phones or wallets. WR-V is generous to give the option of two 12 V power outlets, one in the front and another in the armrest.
WR-V offer 363 litres of boot space which is good enough for carrying large suitcases and some ice boxes too.
In short, WR-V is a comfortable machine and comes across as a perfect vehicle with increased space and impressive features, found in higher segment cars.
Safety is given priority with dual airbags and ABS with EBD as part of standard equipment in WR-V. There is also impact mitigating headrests, rear windshield defogger and ECU Immobilizer system included in the standard equipment list. The brake intelligent pedals also come a standard which comes handy in extreme circumstances to avoid damage.
The engine is powered by two options: 1.2 litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines. The diesel engine is the powerful among the lot and delivers a smooth power of 100 hp and mileage figure of 25.5 kmpl. Diesel variants equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission offer good power delivery and low-end drivability. The refinement, however, is of concern which causes the engine noise to enter the cabin. The petrol variant is also a refined one and delivers a power of 90 hp. The petrol engine requires more gear changes at high speeds and doesn't provide that much of reeving power required to move ahead quickly. But the 5-speed manual used in petrol in the WR-V is quite smooth and revs faster in true Honda style.
Ride and Handling:
WR-V rides on bigger 16-inch wheels with 195/60 profile tyres that efficiently absorb the bumps and potholes offering good comfort to the passengers. WR-V offers a great balance and confidence at high speeds. There is less body movement at high speeds and taking a corner, and the clutch response is also good.
Honda WR-V comes off as a practical vehicle with neat Honda engineering at display. WR-V almost tick all the right boxes in the features category, and with superior ride quality, convincing SUV looks, WR-V will surely give the other cars in this segment a run for their money.
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