Honda Motors India will launch the WR-V, its compact crossover tomorrow in New Delhi. The car will mark Honda's entry into the compact SUV/ crossover segment, which has been grown to an impressive size in a short duration. The car will compete with the likes of Ford EcoSport, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Mahindra TUV300. The Honda WR-V will be available in two variants, S and VX for the petrol and diesel engine options. While the WR-V turned out to be an impressive vehicle for us in terms of space, features and practicality, it does miss out on a few things that the competition offers. Here's what the new Honda WR-V misses out on.
Lack of an automatic transmission
The compact Crossover gets the same engines as in the Jazz - a 1.2 litre i-VTEC petrol engine and 1.5 litre i-DTEC diesel engine. The petrol engine delivers 89 hp of power and 110 Nm of torque, while the diesel generates 99 hp of power and 200 Nm of torque. Both engines, however, will be offered only with a manual transmission. The petrol engine gets a 5-speed unit and the diesel engine gets a 6-speed gearbox.
What it misses out on is the automatic transmission, which most of its competitors offer. Even more surprising is the fact that despite the WR-V being powered by the same engine powering the Jazz, the new model doesn't get the CVT transmission even as an option. Other cars in the same segment like the Baleno, Active i20 and Volkswagen Polo get and automatic transmission as buyers in urban areas are more open to buying the automatic transmission today.
Doesn't look like an SUV
The WR-V has taken its design cues from Honda Jazz and gets features such as larger headlamps & fog lamps with new front fascia with Daytime Running Lamps or DRLs at the front. At rear, the compact SUV gets new tail lamp design similar to the BR-V along with an additional a silver skid plate. The WR-V sits on aptly-sized 16 inch alloy wheels and has a wider tyre profile too, which goes well with the overall look that intends to mimic a crossover.
What is misses out is that despite the elements added to make the design more dynamic, the WR-V doesn't manage to look much like an SUV. While cars such as the Vitara Brezza and EcoSport have traces of the tall and boxy look associated with SUVs, the WR-V masks those elements with its width. As a result, the Honda WR-V looks more like a large and smart hatchback but less like an SUV, which is one of the key reasons for the success of the competitor vehicles mentioned here.
Limited variants and no 'Magic Seats'
The crossover WR-V gets host of features such as black dashboard with chrome inserts, similar to the one on Jazz. The key new introduction is the 7 inch touch screen infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Known as the DIGIPAD, this system was first introduced in the new 2017 Honda City. For the first time in this segment, the compact SUV gets a sunroof. However, this feature will only be available on the upper variants.
What it misses out is that the base variant of the WR-V misses out the features such as steering mounted control, automatic climate control and engine start stop. Unlike Jazz, the crossover misses out magic seats too, which adds a great deal of practicality and flexibility to the cabin as not only can people easily transport objects of awkward sizes and shapes but also use the seat as a full-size recliner. This takes away some of the flexibility from the WR-V's cabin.