2018 Honda WRV: A crossover version of Honda Jazz with fantastic look and more

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Honda WRV is a Jazz-based crossover. This new car looks nothing like its predecessor, but what about its interior and performance? Let's read the detailed review to find more information about this new model?

Honda WRV is developed on the base of the Honda Jazz, and it is a compact SUV version of the sold-out hatchback from Honda. From its launch, as the first sub-4 metre crossover of the Japanese automaker, the car is expected to extend the success of Honda in the segment of SUV. 

Honda WRV front face poster

Honda WRV is based on Honda's popular hatchback -the Jazz

The crossover has shared the underpinning with the Jazz and inherited some core elements in the design from the premium hatchback, making it easy to notice how they are related. Apart from that, it is altered and twisted mechanically to pull out a powerful crossover out of the original hatchback platform. And on this review, let’s explore how Honda has developed and make differences to their new sub-4 metre crossover.

1. Honda WRV Exterior

Exterior Design

Honda shows how clever they are at employing the existing design and twisting it for a whole new look. The WRV, even though being a hatchback-based crossover, could create the definite impression as an outright crossover. 

Honda WRV brown color front angle look city background

Honda WRV has an absolute look of a crossover

On the front, the grill still houses the signature thick strip of all Honda models with Honda badge in the middle, but the black piano strip has been replaced by a chrome one, enhancing the toughness and imposing impression. And the grill is still flanked by two headlamps which are refreshed to look more angular and aggressive and equipped with LED DRLs. The bumper is raised higher with dual tone, characterizing it as a rugged crossover. 

Honda WRV brown color side look city background

The WRV has all the features of a typical SUV, like body cladding, flared arch wheel and floating roof

On the side profile, Honda has taken the common way to make its WRV appear more crossover-like – that is to apply black rubber body cladding to the car door as well as on the wheel arches. Coming to the rear side, the WRV features split C-shaped taillights and black-grey rear bumper. Unlike the Jazz which deploys chrome slash running under the rear window, the WRV insert chrome touch above the skid plate.

Honda WRV brown color rear look city background

On the rear, the WRV looks nothing like the Jazz

Generally, the exterior of the WRV coherently screams that it is a clear-cut crossover and completely distinctive from its predecessor. 

Dimension

In terms of dimension, the WRV has clearly grown from its original platform. It has increased 44mm in length and 40mm in width. To boost the crossover-ish look, its ground clearance is added 57mm, measuring at 188mm. Besides, standing at 2555mm, WRV’s wheelbase is 23mm longer than the Jazz.

2. Honda WRV Interior

Interior Design

Honda WRV interior dashboard

WRV hasn't changed much from the original design of the Jazz

Admittedly, the WRV has completely transformed in terms of exterior, however, don’t let the different look fool you. By the time you open the car door, you will know that it is still, after all, a Jazz-inspired model. And yes, there is not much change given inside the car. They bring the dashboard straight from the Jazz with little twists and tweaks. You will see the same instrument clusters and a familiar steering wheel column. Changes are limited on the climate control panel. The oil manual rotary controls unit is replaced by a touch-sensitive one. 

The quality of the interior, however, still looks poor on the plastic and the fit and fishing is not at its best especially on the car door.

Interior features

Honda WRV

WRV gets features like sunroof, keyless entry, automatic climate control and electric ORVMs

Even though looking the same, the WRV has packed with many new advanced techs, for example, the infotainment system is now featured a new 7-inch touchscreen – the same unit from the City. This Android-powered unit could support WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as USB and Aux-in input. Besides, it is also employed for satellite navigation and reverse camera.

Moreover, WRV is equipped with additional features like keyless entry, sunroof, automatic climate control and electric ORVMs. Especially on the diesel version, it will get cruise control and engine push start-stop button. 

Safety features

The WRV’s safety kit includes dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensor, child safety locks, pretensioner seatbelt, keyless entry as standard features. 

Honda WRV safety airbags

Honda WRV comes with a decent safety package

Space and seating 

WRV has successful remain the spacious room inside just like the Jazz. The occupants can get plenty of room, legroom, knee room and headroom on the front as well as on the rear seats. Moreover, to add more comfort to the rear, the WRV will come with rear center armrest. And plus, the seats are high-quality, supportive and comfortable.

However, it is upsetting that it doesn’t have the Magic Seats as in the Jazz. Neither does it have a 60:40 split seat, which is a big step back inside the cabin for the WRV.

Honda WRV interior space

Inside the WRV, you can find a amply space in both front and rear row

3. Honda WRV Performance

Petrol engine 

Petrol version of the WRV comes with a 1.2-litre engine which makes 90PS and 110Nm. The power is delivered to the wheel by a brand new 5-speed manual transmission which hasn’t been offered in any previous Honda models. 

The petrol engine is competent and rev-happy, especially on the mid-range band or even on the high-end range where it could offer most power and action. On the gearbox, you will have a light clutch and effortless gear shifting. However, at low speed, there is a certain feeling of underpowered performance. The Honda petrol car is claimed to exert the mileage of 17.5kmpl. 

Honda WRV engine bay

The petrol engine of shows its best at the mid-range revs

Diesel engine 

On the diesel variants, 1.2-litre engine could pull out 100PS and 200Nm and, paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. It means that the WRV will not offer any automatic option. Turbo lag is visible but across that point, the performance is more linear and powerful until it reaches the red line. At the midrange, it runs lively and responsive. One minus point for the diesel is that it is quite vocal in any given band. In terms of fuel efficiency, the diesel WRV could return 25.5kmpl of mileage.

Honda WRV front look on desert

Diesel Honda WRV's perforamance is similar to the Jazz

Riding quality and handling

The WRV has given updates on its transmission system, which improves the riding quality and gives it more compliant drive even at bad patches. The steering offers good grip and as the car fast forward to the higher speed, it will weight up as well. The brake is as good as one from the Jazz.

4. Honda WRV Price

 Trims Diesel  Petrol 
 WR-V Alive Edition Diesel S  9.11 Lakh  8.03 Lakh
 WRV i-DTEC S  8.88 Lakh  7.79 Lakh
 WRV i-DTEC VX  10.26 Lakh  9.12 Lakh

5. Honda WRV Specifications

Engine 

Engine Type

1.2-litre  i-VTEC Petrol Engine

1.5-litre i-DTEC Diesel Engine

Displacement 

 1199cc

1498cc

Cylinder 

 4 

4

Torque 

110Nm 

200Nm

Power 

 88.7bhp 

98.6bhp

Transmission

 5-speed Manual

6-speed Manual

Mileage

17.5kmpl

25.5kmpl

Turbo Charger

No

Yes

 Dimension

Length x Width x Height

 3999x 1734 x 1601

Wheelbase

2555mm

Ground Clearance

 188mm 

Cargo Volume 

 363 litres 

Seating Capacity

 5

Suspension and Brake

Suspension

 Front: Mac Pherson strut with Lower Transverse link,coil spring

 Rear: Twist beam suspension with coil spring twin tube Telescopic shock absorber

Brake

 Front: Disc

 Rear: Drum

 Steering and Tyres

Steering

 Power 

Tyres  

 195/60 R16 Tubeless, Radical Tyres

Safety Features

  • Anti-Locking Brake System

  • EBD

  • Parking Sensor

  • Centrol Locking

  • Child Safety Locks

  • Dual Front Airbags

  • Day and Night Rear View Mirror

  • Passenge Side Rear View Mirror

  • Keyless Entry 

  • Crash Sensor 

  • Engine Immobilizer

  • Power Lock Door

Comfort and Convenience

  • Power Steering

  • Power Windows - Front and Rear

  • Automatic Climate Control

  • Glove Box Cooling

  • Air Quality Control

  • Accessory Power Outlet

  • Cruise Control
  • Foldable Rear Seat

  • Multi-function Steering Wheel

  • Parking sensor

  • Navigation system

  • Engine Start/Stop Button

Interior

  • Adjustable Steering Wheel

  • Fabric Upholstery

  • Height Adjustable Driving Seat

Exterior

  • Fog light (Front)

  • Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror

  • Electric Folding Rear View Mirror

  • Rear Window Defogger/Wiper

  • Rear Spoiler

  • Outside Rear View Mirror Turn Indicators

Entertainment

  • 4 Speakers (Front and Rear)
  • Bluetooth Connectivity

  • USB  and Aux-in

  • Touchscreen

6. Honda WRV Pros and Cons

Pros 

-    WRV is a successful variation of the Jazz

-    It offers comfort and spacious room internally

-    It comes with a decent feature list. WRV is also the first in its class to have a sunroof

Cons

-    Automatic gearbox is not available

-    It lacks brilliant storage solutions like Magic seat and foldable rear seat

-    The finish quality is not up to expectation

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