On July 2, 2020, Honda launched its WR-V which is a large-sized SUV kinda vehicle. From its launch, WR-V has attracted a lot of customers and this was due to its engines, claimed fuel efficiencies, power, and above them all WR-V came only with the necessary features demanded which also reduced its cost. So, to know more in detail let’s dive into this next blog of the Review Series!
On the Point
Engine and Specs
Honda WR-V currently is available in one petrol and diesel engine configuration. The petrol engine is the 1.2L 4 cylinder, SOHC i-VTEC unit which produces around 90PS@6000rpm of power and around 110Nm@4800rpm of torque while the diesel engine is a 1.5L 4 cylinder, DOHC i-DTEC unit which produces around 100PS@3600rpm of power with 200Nm@1750rpm of torque. The claimed fuel economy of the petrol motor is around 16.5kmpl and for the diesel one, it is around 23.7kmpl. However, both the engine configurations feature only manual transmissions.
For more specs refer to the Quick Spec sheet below!
Starting with the exteriors the new facelifted version of the WR-V features all LED lights including headlamps, DRLs, fog lamps as claimed by Honda but still the indicator lamps are halogens which is kinda disappointing. On the rear, the tail lamp setup is an LED one but again the indicators and reverse parking light are halogens.
In the interiors, WR-V features an infotainment display that is 7inches in terms of size and features apple Carplay and android auto connectivities with the reverse parking camera as well. The steering also features mounted controls for the audio system and for the cruise controls and the driver’s side seat features a height adjust function as well. Moreover, the instrument cluster gets a circular display on the rightmost side which gives you plenty of necessary information about your car. WR-V also features 2 USB charging ports on the central console along with two standard power outlets one on the central console and the other one is below the central armrest.
In the rear compartment, WR-V features great legroom on offer with decent under thy support and headroom as well. However, there is no dedicated headrest for the middle passenger and the existing two standard headrests do not feature any height adjust. Over to the boot, it has a storage capacity of around 363L with almost no loading lip which is kinda great. However, the spare wheel isn’t an alloy and has the same dimensions as the other tires.
Well, I agree that WR-V attracted a lot of customers but there are a lot of limitations in it as well which are listed as under:
- Infotainment Display: The 7inch touchscreen audio system is not the seamless one as compared to what it’s offered in the market. Moreover, the reverse parking camera is not that great, it should have got better clarity and visuals as you would expect from a Honda vehicle.
- Rear Compartment: The major, bigger, tremendous problem with WR-V is with its rear compartment which does not have a central armrest which is kinda mandatory in this segment. Secondly, there are no AC vents and power outlets for the rear passengers which are again disappointing. Also, no dedicated central headrest is given for the middle passenger and the existing standard headrest does not feature any height adjust function. Moreover, the rear seats can be folded as a whole which means no dedicated split feature is given and the under thy support is not that good too.
- Where is i-VTEC?: The petrol unit of WR-V features an i-VTEC 4 cylinder motor which is not up to the mark at all. I mean what we want from an i-VTEC engine is great acceleration and tremendous power on offer like other Honda vehicles but in this, you don’t get any of these and it behaves just like an ordinary petrol engine unit which is the most disappointing part above all.
Well, it’s kind of a good package and provides great space as well in this segment but certain features which are mandatory in this price point are missing and I really don’t know why this has happened. And finally, my last opinion about this vehicle would be that it’s a good choice if you only want space and if you’re a great Honda fan but if not there are better options available in the market.
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Credits: All the images have been taken from the official Honda website.