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Old 10th September 2017, 19:39   #121
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A few of us were recently invited by Honda to test drive the newly launched WR-V, the "WOW RV" in Honda marketing parlance. Honda is pitching it as a compact SUV, the most rapidly increasing market segment in India. We drove both the 1.2 petrol and the brilliant 1.5 diesel variants.

The team at the Pinnacle Honda showroom in Kolkata
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WR-V - Winsome Runabout Vehicle
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Team-bhpian Teesta along with bhpian navsjab's wife Bhavneet, photobombed by navsjab!
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Light Steering but nice to hold. Very good for city runabout
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Big touchscreen unit with piano finish all around. I am not a fan of large displays as I find them very distracting while driving. But as I understand, it is one of the features that the current generation of urban people are looking for while putting in money on a vehicle!
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Quite a big boot space for a sub 4 meter car. Space utilisation is superb in the WR-V.
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Ample leg-room at the back. That is bhpian dip27in who is 6 feet tall. The front driver seat has been adjusted for a 5' 10" person who drives with a normal seating posture
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People have complained about the ergonomics in the WR-V but I found them spot on for my style of driving. Also the pedal postions are superb, very easy to do heel and toe (ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heel-and-toe). Dead pedal is sorely missing.
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A typical scene when a bunch of petrolheads are invited!
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Foggy headlamp on one side. Hopefully a one-off case
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Coming to the driving experience, the performance of the 1.2 petrol was average. But I think that it was due to the clutch slipping on the demo car. Need to drive a vehicle in a better shape to pass judgement. I love free revving petrols and this one is no different. I was able to go till 6500 rpms before up-shifting and sound from the engine was nice. The progress is quite rapid if the rpms can be kept above 4500. But that is not possible in day to day city driving.
The diesel on the other hand has superb drivability and is clearly the winner between the two, considering its urban utility. The steering also feels heavier on the diesel variant due to more weight at the front. Honda has done a superb job on the ride quality. It was better than any Honda I have previously driven and far better than Ecosport, one of its main competitors.
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I completed 5000kms on my WR-V, it has been a happy experience so far. I am really loving this smooth and silent 1.2L i-VTEC engine, even the monthly average fuel efficiency has been great at 15kmpl.

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WR-V September numbers = 4834. Very impressive. For comparison Ford sold 4934 units of Ecosport.
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Had a chance to TD WR-V petrol SX today with a friend of mine and here are a few observations:

1. The car is spacious. Beats every car in its segment hands down. Front seats are accommodating and super comfortable. The rear seat is equally great and offers best in segment leg and head room. I was taken aback with the sheer amount of space inside that car. The driver armrest wasn't very comfortable though. The design is unconventional and doesn't really offer much support to your left arm.

2. Build quality is strictly average. The interior plastic quality disappointed us. The TD car was 8k kms old and was rattling all over. Maybe because of the poor maintanence and being a TD car. It just didn't give us that premium feel. Hyundai offers far better interior quality. Such a shame it is because Honda once, used to be known for its quality products, which isn't the case anymore unfortunately.

3. Drivability, suprisingly for me, was very good for a petrol crossover. I had this perception that it would be slow and sluggish but the car responded pretty solid in all possible driving conditions with 4 adults and AC on auto mode. We didn't find engine to be weak, particularly, in low RPMs. It revved freely without any issues. Infact the available torque in low gears was more than sufficient to drive. Light clutch and steering wheel helped in comfortable driving. The gearbox, though, was a little fussy which didn't always slot as expected. But overall, we came out very impressed in terms of how the car drove.
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Had a chance to TD WR-V petrol SX today with a friend of mine and here are a few observations:

1. I was taken aback by the sheer amount of space inside that car.

2. Build quality is strictly average. The interior plastic quality disappointed us.

3. I had this perception that it would be slow and sluggish but the car responded pretty solid in all possible driving conditions with 4 adults and AC on auto mode. Light clutch and steering wheel helped in comfortable driving. The gearbox, though, was a little fussy which didn't always slot as expected. But overall, we came out very impressed in terms of how the car drove.
The surprising factor is the space and seating comfort, credit to Honda's design team. The interior plastic quality is better than the market leader, even the exterior claddings are of high quality. One can easily drive the car in higher gears at low speeds, it is torquey too as I found out during my recent drive on ghat roads. Honda has never spoken about the gearbox used in WR-V, but there are claims that it is from the BR-V.
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My father had taken over his WRV in June this year and his choice of moving to a Honda was primarily driven by my ownership of the Brio. He became a fan of the Honda after driving my Brio.

I went to my hometown recently and drove the WRV. The first impression of the vehicle was that I was slightly confused on which body type the car is. I would say that is looks a little smaller than a crossover though it is one. However, coming inside, all that impression goes away. Below is a few +ives and -ives which I felt:

Likes: Beautiful exteriors and interiors, Sunroof(first in class), Digipad, Rear Passenger space, Engine(Typical Honda)

Dislikes: Too low power for a heavy car like WRV(Driving in 2nd gear in traffic is difficult), Plastic Quality, Absence of features in petrol variant like Push Button Start, Leather seats etc. No rear AC vent, No CVT
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