Honda WRV Review 2021 – First Drive

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Honda WRV

2021 Honda WRV Facelift Overview

It’s all too easy to get cynical about the Honda WRV. You might look at it and go, well, that’s a jacked-up Honda Jazz. With some off-road bits added to it, and strictly speaking, you wouldn’t be wrong. Honda doesn’t have a sub 4 meter SUV, and to fill that gap in the range. They’ve got this crossover.

You should not be cynical about the Honda WRV. Because ever since it was launched in 2017. It has sold in pretty good numbers. And that’s because people see it for what it is. A compact spacious, practical crossover with a Honda badge on its nose.

Key Specifications of Honda WR-V

ARAI Mileage23.7 kmpl
Fuel TypeDiesel
Engine Displacement (cc)1498
Max Power (bhp@rpm)97.89bhp@3600rpm
Max Torque (nm@rpm)200nm@1750rpm
Seating Capacity5
TransmissionTypeManual
Boot Space (Litres)363
Fuel Tank Capacity40.0
Body TypeSUV

2021 Honda WRV Price [Ex-showroom, India]

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VariantsPrice
SV – 1199 cc, Manual, Petrol, 16.5 kmplRs. 8.62 Lakh
Exclusive Edition Petrol – 1199 cc, Manual, Petrol, 16.5 kmplRs. 9.75 Lakh
VX – 1199 cc, Manual, Petrol, 16.5 kmplRs. 9.75 Lakh
SV Diesel- 1498 cc, Manual, Diesel, 23.7 kmplRs. 9.85 Lakh
Exclusive Edition Diesel- 1498 cc, Manual, Diesel, 23.7 kmplRs. 11.05 Lakh
VX Diesel – 1498 cc, Manual, Diesel, 23.7 kmplRs. 11.05 Lakh

Exterior – Honda WRV 2021

Let’s have a look at the exterior of the Honda WRV facelift. There is a bolder look to the face. Whereas before, the chrome band on the grille extends wide and joins the headlamps at their base. But the headlamps themselves are now off the LED projector variety with a lot of detailing inside the large units.

The grills beneath the chrome bar have more prominent horizontal slats giving the impression of being larger. And the fog lamps, which are now also LED-powered. And feature thicker black surrounds at the rear, not much has changed at all. You’ll find a new design for the 16-inch alloy wheels. But only on the diesel version.

And re-profile tail lamps that sit in blacked-out frames and feature LED lighting. But what do you think of the Honda WRV facelift? You think it looks sharper than the previous version. And would you pick this crossover body style over the more conventional boxy stunts of the other sub 4 meter SUVs?

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Key Features of Honda WR-V

  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows Front
  • Anti Lock Braking System
  • Air Conditioner
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Fog Lights Front
  • Alloy Wheels

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Interior – Honda WRV

The back seat, 

Where once again, things are much the same. The Honda WRV might not have the boxy proportions of conventional sub-4-meter SUVs. Thanks to Honda’s legendary interior packaging skills. There’s still loads of space inside the cabin. 

Have enough amount of knee room and even headroom. Again not quite as good as a boxy sub 4 meter SUV. The seat itself is pretty comfortable with good cushioning. But there are a few things I miss back here.

  • Rear AC vents,
  • No charging facilities back here,
  • There’s no center armrest,
  • And headrests are not adjustable and set very low.

WRV Boot Space

And space extends to the boot. The boot is at 363 liters is more than what you get in any other current compact SUVs. And though the back seat doesn’t split, you can fold it down for more luggage room.

Engine Specs – Honda WRV 

Honda WRV Drive Petrol 

The characteristic of this 1.2-liter petrol engine WRV shares, with its larger 1.5-liter sibling that you’ll find in the Honda City. That is why it loves to rev. It is something we’ve loved about iVTEC and iDTEC engines right from the very first Honda city. 

It is almost a shame that the rev counter on this car is so tiny. The needle jumps so fast. Put your foot down, and it races across, all the way to a limiter at 6500 RPM.

While all those revs might feel quite exciting. It does not quite translate to numbers 0-100 kph that come up in 15.1 seconds. That is almost a whole second slower than the BS4 version. The thing is, while that is a lot of fun for most people in everyday driving.

In Traffic

Don’t go chasing after the red line in traffic and the city. You tend to want to keep it in one gear and pootle along. So how does this engine handle that? Well, another characteristic of iVTEC engines is a good amount of pep at low revs and a slightly flat mid-range. And yes, that very exciting top end and all that is characteristic of this engine too.

The trouble is you have to make sure you stay out of that flat mid-range. And that means at path throttle, say when you’re in third gear in traffic, and you want to get a move on you, do find yourself having to shift down a lot.

The short-throw gear lever makes doing that fun. But you miss the effortlessness you get from other engines in this class. And even when you do downshift, things are not always all smooth. 

In the transition to BS6, it seems to have lost some of that lovely low-end pep that you used to get before. And that’s a shame because you need that when you’re setting off from a set of traffic lights. 

Ride and Handlings

It’s not all bad news, though, because, compared to most compact SUVs, the WRV has one distinct advantage. What enthusiasts will also love about the WRV is that it is a fun handler.

You see, unlike its direct rifles, which are sub-4-meter SUVs, it hasn’t committed to a tall, boxy body style. And thus, it has a lower center of gravity, which only means more fun in the corners. Plus, the bigger wheels and wider tires. Give you more confidence than you’d get in its hatchback sibling, the Jazz.

The only thing I would like was a little bit more weight from this steering at speed. It doesn’t quite weigh up nicely enough as you go faster. But it remains sharp and direct so, lean into a corner.

Ride quality is top-notch. They have nailed a good blend of bump absorption and softness with this car. The Honda Jazz hatchback will be petrol only in BS6. Due to the low demand for the diesel variant.

The WRV does sell well in diesel. So they’ve upgraded the 1.5 iDTEC engine to meet the new emissions norms.

Honda WRV Drive Diesel 

In the diesel variant, things are as you would expect. It’s the same 1.5 liters iDTEC diesel engine as before with 100 horsepower and 200-newton meters of torque. So the output numbers have not changed but have the driving experience.

The first thing that catches your attention right out of the door is the noise that this engine makes. Now, there has been a slight improvement compared to the bs4 version. But, you will still hear quite a bit of clutter at idle. And there is a constant drone that you hear as speed climbs up. 

Once you get used to the noise, this is an excellent engine. When it comes to the way, it drives:- 

  • It is responsive right from the moment you touch the accelerator pedal.
  • And it continues to pull to the red line.
  • It is not a particularly explosive or exciting engine but, it is very predictable and very linear. 
  • And because it is so tractable at all revs. 
  • You very rarely feel the need to change gears, even in traffic. So the opposite of the petrol engine then.

Performance-wise the BS6 WRV diesel does 0-100 kph in 13.03 seconds. That is 0.38 seconds slower than the BS4 diesel car. And the difference only grows wider when you consider the in-gear acceleration. And that is not the only number that is not as good as before. 

Honda WRV Mileage

Honda WRV diesel mileage, the ARAI rating for this diesel car is 23.7 kpl but, that is down by 1.8 kpl compared to the BS4 car. It is because Honda has used the lean NOx trap method to make this engine BS6 compliant. And this process requires a periodic injection of the rich fuel mixture. To neutralize the pollutants trapped in the filter.

The petrol Honda WRV has ARAI-rated fuel efficiency is 16.5 kpl, which is 1 KPL lower than the BS4 version.

Fuel TypeTransmissionARAI Mileage
Diesel(1498 cc)Manual23.7 kmpl
Petrol(1199 cc)Manual16.5 kmpl

Conclusion

As facelifts go then, the Honda WRV’s is as minor as they get sure the new face. And the headlight accents do make it look a bit bolder but, apart from that, not much else has changed.

I do not only mean the way it looks, even on the inside, I wish they had improved things. And maybe added some more equipment, but that has not been done yet. 

More than any equipment, though, the one thing this car sorely misses is an automatic gearbox. And nowadays, when people are opting for that transmission. More, it is a missed opportunity with the Honda WRV now priced from 8.5 lakh to 10.99 lakh

This car is a little bit less than its conventional compact SUV rivals – 

But then it does not offer quite as much as those cars do either. So the WRV then continues to offer what the WRV did before. And, those are strengths of space, practicality in a relatively compact package. 

With peace of mind and a few fun-to-drive dynamics are thrown in. I, just wish they had taken this opportunity to improve it and make it a more attractive package.

8 Comments

  1. I am using diesel version since one and half year. I get over all milage at 24.4 with AC on, but the mantra is I drive at average speed of 70 kns on long route. Max goes to 90kms some times but it varies between 80 to 90.
    Am 68 yrs and 6 feet tall with back pain, Very recently I drove for 350 kms with one stop, and remained conformable.
    A very nice car, user friendly, although some features they should have included: like folding of side view mirrors and closing of door windows automatically when you lock the car. Rear AC vents and charging.

  2. Had there been an automatic version I would have had no hesitation to buy wrv, even if features are lesser. Now, I am considering all else than Honda.

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