The Honda WRV is one of the latest hatch crossovers to be launched in India. It is available with two engine options – a petrol and a diesel. Prices for the petrol range start at Rs. 7.78 lakh, while the diesel lineup is pegged from Rs. 8.82 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Japanese automaker is preparing a new top-end petrol model of the WRV, which will come with a 1.5-litre engine and a CVT gearbox as well. You can find complete details of this new variant at this link.
Based on the Jazz hatchback, the Honda WRV specification sheet borrows its engine options from the hatch. These include a 1.5-litre diesel and a 1.2-litre petrol. The diesel model gets a 6-speed manual gearbox, while the petrol comes with a 5-speed stick shift. What’s disappointing here is the absence of a CVT option. With the Indian market clearly showing acceptance towards automatic transmissions, this is a blunderous omission on Honda’s part.
It is strange that Honda decided to skip the CVT gearbox from the WRV crossover. In a market that is clearly showing an apparent inclination towards automatics, it is indeed alarming that an automaker like Honda, who has automatic options available on all models in its portfolio, has decided to skip this from the WRV’s specifications list. Moreover, since the company already has a CVT gearbox that is on offer with the same 1.2-litre engine in the Brio and Jazz, it would not be very difficult to offer the same on the WR-V as well.
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To those who aren’t aware of the Honda WRV, it is basically a beefed up SUV-ish version of the Honda Jazz hatchback. The WRV was unveiled before the world at the Sau Paulo Auto Expo in October last year. Having showcased the model internationally, it is obvious for Honda to bring the car to India, owing to the rising demand of SUVs and crossovers in our market. As a result, Honda has finally launched the WRV here to compete against the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Maruti Vitara Brezza and even cross hatches like the i20 Activ and Cross Polo.
Let’s take a look at everything that the Honda WRV brings to the table:
Honda WRV Price in India after GST tax
The WRV is available in India at prices starting from Rs. 7.78 lakh for the petrol range and Rs. 8.82 lakh for the diesel lineup. Variant wise ex-showroom Delhi price of the Honda WRV is as shown below:
|Honda WRV Variants||Ex-showroom Delhi|
|S MT Petrol||7.78 lakh|
|VX MT Petrol||9.00 lakh|
|S MT Diesel||8.82 lakh|
|VX MT Diesel||9.99 lakh|
Honda WRV sales in India (last 6 months)
We will keep updating this section every passing month to give an idea about the Honda WRV monthly sales.
- December 2018 – 3,760 units
- January 2018 – 4,273 units
- February 2018 – 3,362 units
- March 2018 – 4,411 units
- April 2018 – 2,949 units
- May 2018 – 1,962 units
Honda WRV Specifications in India
The Honda WRV is equipped with the same set of engines, which power the Jazz hatchback. As a result, the Honda WRV specification sheet includes the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines. The petrol is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox while the diesel variants get a 6-speed MT as an option. Having said that, we do hope Honda adds a CVT option to the petrol lineup in the future.
|Petrol||1.2-litre four-cylinder i-VTEC Petrol|
|Maximum Power||88.8 bhp @ 6000 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||109 Nm @ 4500 rpm|
|Diesel||1.5-litre i-DTEC Diesel|
|Maximum Power||98.6 bhp @ 3600 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||200 Nm @ 1750 rpm|
Honda WRV Mileage
The WRV’s mileage figures are being claimed to be the car’s major selling points. While the petrol model delivers an ARAI fuel economy figure of 17.5 km/l, the diesel Honda WRV mileage is claimed to be a segment-best figure of 25.5 km/l.
|WRV Petrol||17.5 km/l|
|WRV Diesel||25.5 km/l|
Honda WRV Competitors
- Ford EcoSport
- Toyota Etios Cross
- Hyundai i20 Activ
- Fiat Avventura
Honda WRV Exteriors
The WRV gets an exhaustive list of cosmetic changes, as compared to the Jazz hatchback, on which it is based. The front fascia gets an upright nose, a wide grille with Honda’s characteristic chrome bar in the middle. The headlamps are all-new and stretch a bit backward as compared to the ones found on the Jazz. The front bumper too has been updated to house a blacked out area in the lower half, a faux skid plate, prominent fog lamp housings and the number plate area just below the air dam.
The side profile can remind you of the Jazz, but still, there are multiple changes made here. The wheel arches get thick black plastic cladding, and so do the lower body panels of the doors. The alloys too are all-new and get a diamond-cut treatment. Additionally, the WRV will likely ride higher than the Jazz, i.e., it will have better ground clearance to give it a crossover-like stance.
The rear, however, hasn’t been changed much. It gets a new bumper with black plastic cladding and a silver faux skid plate. The tail lights too have been minorly tweaked while the tailgate remains unchanged.
Honda WRV Interiors
The cabin layout of the WRV cross hatch is identical to that of the Jazz. It gets the same all-black dashboard with the centre console being twisted towards the driver. The steering wheel, instrument cluster and switchgers are a straight lift from the Jazz. Major changes noticeable include a new 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, which Honda calls the Digipad. This is the same system that was introduced with the 2017 City facelift. It gets MirrorLink connectivity, three-angle reverse camera, Bluetooth, HDMI input and navigation support.
The car also gets new upholstery, which can be opted in two colour options – Black & Bluish Grey and Black & Silver. Additionally, the WRV also gets an electronic sunroof, making it the most affordable car in India to get a sunroof. Features like push button start/stop and Cruise Control are exclusive to the top-end diesel VX model, as the petrol lineup misses them across all variants.
Honda WRV Colours
- Premium Amber Metallic (New)
- Modern Steel Metallic
- White Orchid Pearl
- Carnelian Red Pearl
- Alabaster Silver Metallic
- Golden Brown Metallic
The Honda WRV is one of the rare occasions where a company has taken some serious steps to covert an hatchback to a crossover. It is based on the Jazz but gets a more aggressive design. The petrol and diesel engines are a straight lift from the hatch, though the WRV strangely misses on an automatic gearbox. Overall built quality is good and both variants are also aptly loaded with features. In all, the Honda WRV is a satisfactory package with someone looking for a beefed up hatchback.