Thanks to their muscular looks and high practicality, compact SUVs have taken the Indian auto Industry by a storm. Perhaps this is the reason why every manufacturer is aggressively pushing out their best offering in the compact SUV segment. From the Hyundai Creta to the Maruti Suzuki Brezza, manufacturers are racing to introduce their take on the compact SUV formula.
Honda’s only SUV offering in India was the luxurious Honda CR-V, which was a capable car in its segment. However, as India’s love for SUVs grew, consumers started expecting a true-blue compact SUV from the Japanese company. To keep up with the trend, Honda launched its compact SUV, the Honda WR-V in 2017.
The Honda WR-V is a compact SUV based on the Honda Jazz premium hatchback. The Honda WR-V provides exceptional quality and performance, which is par for the course for Honda cars in India. This same quality and performance makes them a bargain in the pre-owned car market. This review will provide an overview of pre-owned Honda WR-V (2017-2019)
Honda took the spacious exterior styling of the Honda Jazz and took it further than a Jazz-based crossover. The unique SUV-inspired design and aggressive styling of the Honda WR-V resembles the Honda CR-V rather than the Jazz it is based on. This still remains true for a used Honda WR-V, as it still remains a contemporary style after the launch of the 2020 facelift.
With a raised bonnet, a thick chrome grille, contrasting scuff plate and a well-sculpted bumper, the Honda WR-V came with an SUV-like stance that was refreshing to see. The wraparound headlights came with daytime-running LEDs while the circular fog lamps were intelligently placed on the bumper. Despite being based on the Jazz, the 2017 Honda WR-V was 44mm longer, 40mm wider and 57mm taller than the Jazz.
In terms of the side profile, the vehicle drew most of its visual similarities with the Jazz, which was evident from a familiar bodyline and glasshouse. There however were some unique bits too, such as the thick plastic cladding, chrome door handles, roof rails and larger 16-inch alloys wheels. These design elements help the used Honda WR-V retain a lot of its SUV appeal.
Coming to the rear, the vehicle featured L-shaped tail lamps, revised bumper and a fairly minimal tailgate design. The number plate is housed low on the tailgate and has a thick chrome garnish above it. The lower portion of the bumper features black cladding and like the front, there is a faux skid plate. The pre-owned Honda WR-V was and continues to be quite an eye-catching crossover in the pre-owned market.
The front doors of the Honda WR-V opened in a three-step action and the height makes ingress/egress extremely convenient. While the all-black interior theme and design of the dashboard were carried over from the Jazz, there was a lot more chrome onboard that added to the vehicle’s premium look. The overall fit and finish is decent and the materials used are of high quality. In terms of ageing, a pre-owned Honda WR-V does impress a lot with the high quality materials standing up to a lot of wear and tear.
The rest of the cabin remained unchanged and carried forward the Jazz’s strong points. Visibility outside was superb, thanks to the large glasshouse area and windows that made the interiors feel airy and spacious. For many, the talking point was the WR-V’s sunroof which was then a first-in-segment.
Coming to the seats, both the driver and passenger seats were wide and fairly supportive along with ample adjustment options. The rear seats too are well laid out and offer an ample amount of head and legroom, even for tall passengers. Storage options too were plenty, with several cubby holes and bottle holders around the cabin. The boot offered was 363 litres, and was well-shaped and easy to load. The instrument cluster was shared with the Jazz and had three dials – a tachometer on the left, a speedometer in the centre and a MID on the right.
The centre console is dominated by a touchscreen infotainment system that is easy on the eye and is intuitive to operate. The feature set provided on the Honda WR-V is future-proof to an extent. For those looking to buy a pre-owned Honda WR-V, the vehicle stands as a modern and feature-rich offering till date.
Engine, Performance and Safety
Coming to the heart of the matter, the first generation of the Honda WR-V is powered either by Honda’s 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine or the 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine. In terms of power, the petrol engine churned out max power of 90 PS and peak torque of 110 Nm, while the diesel engine churns out 100 PS of max power and 200 Nm of peak torque. Both engines help the used Honda WR-V deliver maximum performance and fuel efficiency. In terms of transmission, one could either get a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed manual, depending upon the fuel type.
In terms of performance, the vehicle does decent at slow speed and impressive at high speeds. Even on a used Honda WR-V, the ride and handling are firm and sturdy thanks to an enhanced suspension and solid built. The steering is better calibrated and soft as compared to the Jazz. The overall ride experience gives a sense of power and efficiency with mileage standing at 25.5 km/l for diesel and 17.5 km/l for petrol.
The safety department on the Honda WR-V is taken care of by two airbags and ABS + EBD as standard across all variants. Honda had also equipped the car with intelligent pedals, which is essentially a brake override system. Overall, a used Honda WR-V is a complete package of safety, reliability, features and performance.
The Final Verdict
With its top-class features and looks, spacy and airy interior and enhanced suspension setup, the Honda WR-V is clearly aiming to attract more compact SUV lovers. The Honda WR-V also comes with the solid build quality and Honda’s commitment to offering quality products, which is quite evident from its world-class i-VTEC and i-DTEC engines. Of course, with prices beginning from Rs 8.49 Lakh for the base variant, the Honda WR-V does make a strong case for itself if in the compact SUV market.
Being Honda’s premium SUV, the 2020 WR-V has been priced aggressively to match the likes of Maruti Suzuki Brezza, Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, Creta etc. The 2020 Honda WR-V comes in 4 different variants and 6 different colours to choose from. With a starting price of Rs 8.49 Lakhs going all the way up to Rs. 10.99 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the Honda WR-V is surely a vehicle that impresses.
Honda’s durable build quality and reliable engine performance have made it quite a popular choice even in the pre-owned market. So if you are looking to bring home a pre-owned Honda WR-V, then you can do so by spending somewhere around Rs. 7 to 9 lakhs.
Whether you buy a brand new or a pre-owned Honda WR-V, Honda’s superior build quality and stylish stance will surely make a quality purchase. And to add a cherry on top, the Honda WR-V comes with Honda’s world-class i-VTEC and i-DTEC engine that blends superior performance with maximum fuel efficiency.
To summarize, the Honda WR-V is a complete package that offers Honda’s reliability, power-packed platform, spacious and well-designed cabin, and a leading BS6 Compliant engine. Coupled with Honda’s nationwide sales and service network, the Honda WR-V was and continues to be the company’s popular SUV. And if you are someone who priorities savings, then don’t forget that the Honda WR-V offers a lower cost of ownership as compared to most of the other competitors.
|CAR NAME||Engine Displacement(max)||Mileage||BHP||Peak Torque||Seats||Boot space||Standard safety features|
|Honda WR-V||1.2 L (P)1.5L (D)||25.5 KMPL (P)17.5 KMPL (D)||90 ( P)100 (D)||110NM200 NM||5||363 litres||ABS, EBD, Airbags (2), central locking, child safety lock|