2023 Honda WR-V launched in Malaysia, from RM90k – Ativa rival, 1.5L NA, CVT

After being launched in Indonesia and Thailand, the 2023 Honda WR-V has finally made its launch in Malaysia. Offered in a total of four variants, prices for the WR-V (Winsome Runabout Vehicle) start from RM89,900.

  • Honda WR-V 1.5 S – RM89,900
  • Honda WR-V 1.5 E- RM95,900
  • Honda WR-V 1.5 V – RM99,900
  • Honda WR-V 1.5 RS – RM107,900

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The 2023 Honda WR-V has been introduced to the Malaysian market to fill in the space of the BR-V which was previously dropped from Honda Malaysia’s line-up, and to rival the Perodua Ativa. Dimensions-wise, the WR-V measures 4,060 mm long, 1,780 mm wide, and 1,608 mm tall, and is underpinned by a 2,485 mm wheelbase. The crossover also has 220 mm of ground clearance.

Compared to the Perodua Ativa, which measures 4,065 mm long, 1,710 mm wide, and 1,635 mm tall, with a 2,525 mm long wheelbase, the WR-V is essentially slightly smaller than the Ativa in almost all dimensions. However, the WR-V’s width is the sole exception, as it is 27 mm wider than the local competitor.

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On the outside, the Honda WR-V 1.5 S in Malaysia comes with the equipment listed below as standard:

  • Manual halogen headlights
  • Front position lights
  • LED rear lights
  • 16-inch single tone five-spoke alloys
  • Trunk spoiler
  • Micro pole antenna

Opting for the WR-V 1.5 E will get you:

  • Automatic halogen headlights
  • Shark fin antenna

Moving up to the Honda WR-V 1.5 V, you get:

  • Automatic LED headlights
  • Auto high beam (AHB)
  • LED daytime running lights (DRL)
  • Powered side-view mirrors

The top-of-the-range Honda WR-V 1.5 RS gets you:

  • RS exterior package
  • 17-inch dual-tone alloys
  • Front LED sequential turn signals

Powering the 2023 Honda WR-V is the same 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated (NA) 4-cylinder engine found in the Honda City, City Hatchback, as well as the entry-level Honda HR-V 1.5 S. Paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) equipped with Honda’s G-design shift technology, power is sent to the front wheels only, resulting in a total output of 121 hp (metric) and 145 Nm.

The powertrain and further technical details of the 2023 Honda WR-V are as such:

  • Engine: 1.5-litre 4-cylinder naturally-aspirated DOHC with i-VTEC
  • Max. power: 121 hp (metric) @ 6,600 rpm
  • Max. torque: 145 Nm @ 2,300 rpm
  • Top speed: 165 km/h
  • Transmission: CVT
  • Front brakes: Ventilated disk
  • Rear brakes: Drum brakes
  • Front suspension: MacPherson strut with stabiliser bar
  • Rear suspension: H-shape torsion beam

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Moving inside, you will find the 2023 Honda WR-V’s interior design to look rather familiar. And this is no surprise, as it is essentially based on the one found in the second-generation BR-V. In fact, the interior design even reminds us quite a bit of a scaled-down version of the outgoing fifth-generation CR-V, which is still on sale here in Malaysia.

Standard interior features available in the 2023 Honda WR-V 1.5 S in Malaysia include:

  • Fabric seats
  • Keyless entry and push start system
  • Manual digital air-conditioning
  • Analogue instrument cluster
  • 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support
  • 2-speaker sound system
  • Two USB-A ports
  • Mechanical handbrake
  • 380-litre boot space (but without a tonneau cover)

Opting for the WR-V 1.5 E will get you:

  • 4.2-inch TFT instrument display
  • Multi-angle reverse camera

Moving up to the WR-V 1.5 V, you get:

  • Leather seats with blue stitchings
  • Leather interior with stitchings
  • Rear centre armrest
  • Automatic air conditioning

Opting for the higher-end Honda WR-V 1.5 RS will get you these extras:

  • RS interior package
  • Paddle shifters
  • Remote engine start
  • Walk-away auto lock
  • 2 tweeter speakers

Safety-wise, the Malaysian-spec WR-V is packed with four airbags as standard. As for Honda’s Sensing ADAS suite it is available with the WR-V 1.5 E and beyond. Features like the Honda Connect telematics suite and six airbags are equipped with the top-of-the-range WR-V 1.5 RS. And as with other Honda models, the WR-V doesn’t come with the traditional blind-spot monitoring system, but instead Honda’s own LaneWatch side camera system.

Safety features that come with the 2023 Honda WR-V 1.5 S as standard include:

  • Four airbags
  • Honda LaneWatch system

With the WR-V 1.5 E, you get:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Lane Keep Assist (LKAS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lead Car Departure Notification (LCDN)

The WR-V 1.5 RS add-on:

  • Six airbags
  • Honda Connect Telematic suite

To recap, the 2023 Honda WR-V crossover has just been launched in Malaysia, with four variants being offered. Prices start from RM89,900 and top out at RM107,900. The crossover also comes with the standard five-year unlimited mileage warranty, as well as five times free labour service, applicable within 100,000 km or five years, whichever comes first.

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2023 Honda WR-V 1.5 RS

2023 Honda WR-V 1.5 V


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