The Honda WRV was launched in India today at Rs 7.75 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Of late, Honda has been struggling to keep up with the fast shifting preferences of Indian buyers. However, after a delay, it finally managed to take a berth in the compact SUV segment with the WRV. With an aggressive price tag, the vehicle looks promising but where does its two variants stand when compared to its rivals -- the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Hyundai i20 Active and Toyota Etios Cross. Let’s find out in this story.
Honda WRV S Variant
Among the two variants on offer, the Honda WRV S is the base variant. As there are only two variants, both of them are decently loaded. Among the competition, it’s only the Vitara Brezza which isn’t available with a petrol option. With respect to prices, this WRV variant is comparable to the i20 Active S, Etios Cross G and the EcoSport Trend trims. The entry level variant gets headlamp integrated signature LED DRLs & position lamps, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering, all power windows with key-off time lag, rear windshield defogger, fully foldable rear seat, key-off reminder, dual SRS airbags, ABS with EBD and many more.
On the other hand, the i20 Active’s S trim offers most of these features along with some additional ones such as rear parking sensors and rear AC vents. However, it misses out on the tilt and telescopic feature in this variant. The Etios Cross’ G trim also misses out on the telescopically adjustable steering. The adjustable rear headrests are offered in the Etios Cross and the Vitara Brezza, while the WRV and the i20 Active give it a miss.
Given the price to feature quotient, the Ford EcoSport’s Trend variant in petrol is the most sensible choice as it comes with good amount of features and is priced a little higher - by Rs 11,000 to be precise - compared to the WRV’s S trim. However, if you are looking for a diesel option, the Maruti Vitara Brezza’s ZDI version appears to be a good choice as it is adequately loaded and is priced lesser than the WRV’s base diesel trim by Rs 8k.
Honda WRV VX Variant
The Honda WRV VX is the top-end trim and with a price tag of Rs 8.99 lakh for petrol and Rs 9.99 lakh for diesel, it competes with other range-topping versions of the rivals like the i20 Active SX, Etios Cross V/VD, EcoSport Titanium+ and the Vitara Brezza ZDI+.
The WRV VX gets a plethora of features including electric sunroof with one-touch open/close function & auto reverse, rear wiper and washer, 17.7cm advanced infotainment with capacitive touchscreen, voice commands for media, navigation and calling, power adjustable and foldable ORVMs and multi-view rear camera with guidelines among others. There isn’t a cooled glove box in the Vitara Brezza, EcoSport and the WRV, whereas the i20 Active and Etios Cross do offer the same. The convenient features such as the rain-sensing wipers (available in Ecosport, Brezza), 60:40 rear seat split (available in the i20 Active, Ecosport and the Brezza), front & rear 12V power socket (available in the EcoSport) are absent in the WRV.
The only standout feature of the Honda WRV is the sunroof which is also the standout feature of its cousin, the Honda City.
If you wish to compare Honda WRV Vs Ford EcoSport Vs Maruti Vitara Brezza feature by feature, you can head over to our spec comparo page.
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