Honda WR-V vs rivals: Specifications comparison

20th Mar 2017 1:00 pm

The WR-V is the latest car to join the niche cross-hatch segment. How does it stack up against its rivals?

Cross-hatches haven’t really caught on in India but that has not stopped Honda from launching one. The WR-V is based on the Jazz but with a majorly reworked exterior and some technical changes as well. Compared to the Jazz, the nose is a bit more upright, there is added side cladding, and the ground clearance is increased for an SUV appeal. 

It will compete with the likes of the Hyundai i20 Active and the Fiat Urban Cross. We’ve compiled a specification comparison below to see where it stands with the rivals.


The WR-V clearly enjoys a height advantage, which will work in its favour when it comes to the SUV look. However, the i20 Active is wider and boasts the maximum wheelbase, which might indicate that it is the roomiest of the lot. However, actual judgments on interior space will have to wait until a back-to-back test. In terms of wheel size, all three cars get 16-inch alloy wheels though the Urban Cross has the widest tyres of the lot.

Honda WR-VHyundai i20 ActiveFiat Urban Cross
Wheel size195/60 R16195/55 R16205/55 R16

Engine and Transmission

The Honda WR-V gets the same engines as the Jazz, Honda’s ubiquitous 1.2-litre iVTEC petrol and the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel. The engines have not been tuned differently from the Jazz, with the petrol still making 90hp and 110Nm and the diesel making 100hp and 200Nm. The WR-V petrol is not the most powerful of the lot, the honour going to the petrol Abarth-powered Urban Cross. However, the T-Jet engine that powers the Urban Cross is turbocharged, making that particular variant a pricy proposition. In terms of diesels, the WR-V does boast the most power, but not the most torque.

Petrol Engine
Honda WR-VHyundai i20 ActiveFiat Urban Cross
Engine1199cc, 4cyls1197cc, 4cyls1368cc, 4cyls
Power90hp at 6000rpm83hp at 6000rpm142hp at 5500rpm
Torque110Nm at 4800rpm115Nm at 4000rpm210Nm at 2000-4000rpm
Gearbox5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual

Diesel Engine
Honda WR-VHyundai i20 ActiveFiat Urban Cross
Engine1498cc, 4cyls1396cc, 4cyls1248cc, 4cyls
Power100hp at 3600rpm90hp at 4000rpm93hp at 4000rpm
Torque200Nm at 1750rpm220Nm at 1500-2750rpm209Nm at 2000rpm
Gearbox6-speed manual6-speed manual5-speed manual


The WR-V, it turns out, is the most expensive car here and is available in only two variants. Both petrol and diesel models of the i20 Active come in three trims, with the base and top-trim priced lower than the WR-V. However, the WR-V does offer more features than its rivals for that extra money, such as a sunroof and a cruise control.

Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Honda WR-VHyundai i20 ActiveFiat Urban Cross
PetrolRs 7.75 - 8.99 lakhRs 6.76 - 8.39 lakhRs 9.85 lakh
DieselRs 8.79 - 9.99 lakhRs 8.12 - 9.76 lakhRs 6.85 - 8.15 lakh

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