There seems to be a lot of Vs coming out of Honda lately, with the latest being the Honda WR-V. It’s known as the “Winsome Runabout Vehicle” and it is now on sale in India – the second country to receive the crossover after Brazil.
Marketed as a “tough and urban SUV” that appeals to young urbanites, the WR-V is essentially a jacked up version of the Honda Jazz. It is marginally bigger in every aspect compared to the Jazz, with an overall length of 3,999mm, 1,734mm wide, 1,601mm tall and has a ground clearance of 188mm.
The fascia is unmistakably Honda, and as with all Honda crossovers, this guy gets protective plastic claddings all around. There’s roof rails as well, including a powered sunroof in selected markets! It rides on 16-inch wheels wrapped with 195/60 profiled tyres.
Inside, it’s similar to the current City and Jazz models, benefitting from Honda’s Man Maximum Machine Minimum packaging philosophy. However, the Jazz’s Magic Seats are not offered in the WR-V, and it only has 363 litres of boot space.
Two engine options are offered in India, beginning with a 1.2-litre SOHC petrol engine that makes 89 hp and 110 Nm of torque. There’s an oil burner variant as well – a 1.5-litre i-DTEC churning 98 hp and 200 Nm of torque. In India, the WR-V is only available with a manual transmission. Conversely in Brazil, the WR-V is sold with the 116 hp 1.5-litre iVTEC petrol engine with a seven-speed CVT, just like the Jazz.
Pricing begins from 7.75 lakh (approximately RM53k) for the petrol to 9.99 lakh (approximately RM68k) for the range-topping diesel. Now, the question everyone’s been waiting for: will it come to Malaysia? Well, do you really need another V?