2020 Honda WR-V facelift: minimal changes, even less altered on the inside

Based on the Jazz, the WR-V is the automotive that fills the position of a compact SUV for Honda in India. For 2020, Honda has rolled out a facelift for its crossover, alongside upgrading its engines to fulfill BS6 compliance. So simply how has the facelift modified the WR-V bundle?

The WR-V now has a bolder look to it, with new projector LED headlamps related by way of a thick band of chrome and outstanding horizontal slats in the grille, making it seem bigger than earlier than. The fog lamps — additionally LED items — function thicker black surrounds. You may also discover new designs for the 16-inch alloy wheels and re-profiled tail-lamps, which now function LEDs.

Even less has modified on the inside than it has on the outdoors with the similar good, angular, all-black dashboard with a number of brushed silver trim gildings. The solely change appears to be the seat upholstery, which will get a brand new embossed sample that appears a bit sportier.

Space in the again seat has at all times been a spotlight of the WR-V; leg room is improbable, with a pleasant angled footrest beneath the entrance seats, and although head room isn’t fairly as a lot as in a compact SUV, it’s nonetheless reasonably good. We would have appreciated a number of extra creature comforts in the again seat, like a centre armrest, rear AC vents and any type of charging.

Honda WR-V petrol specs

  • Engine 1199cc, 4-cyl
  • Power 90hp at 6000rpm
  • Torque 110Nm at 4800rpm
  • Gearbox 5-speed handbook
  • Length 3999mm
  • Width 1734mm
  • Height 1601mm
  • Wheelbase 2555mm
  • Boot capability 363 litres
  • Tank capability 40 litres
  • Kerb weight 1087-1106kg
  • Tyre measurement 195/60-R16

The gear listing too has seen little change, and whereas it’s first rate, different equally priced automobiles have taken the recreation far forward. What is new are the aforementioned LED exterior lighting and the entrance HDMI port that has been changed by a second USB port.

The 7.0-inch touchscreen does really feel a bit aftermarket, however it has onboard navigation and helps Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The greater situation is that the display screen is a bit too uninteresting, making it exhausting to learn in daylight.

The 1.2-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, has an excellent quantity of pep low down, adopted by a reasonably flat mid-range, after which a resurgence of energy previous 5,000rpm. This 1.2-litre engine is nowhere close to as peppy low down as the City’s 1.5, and with the transition to BS6, responses appear to have been blunted a bit. Performance is down, in comparison with the BS4 model, with 100kph arising nearly a second slower, and in-gear acceleration occasions are equally behind the curve.

The 1.5-litre diesel engine has additionally returned in BS6 guise, with its headline numbers unchanged — 100hp and 200Nm. What has modified is the ARAI-rated gasoline economic system, which has dropped by 1.8kpl to 23.7kpl. This is partly as a result of Honda has gone down the Lean NOx Trap route to attain BS6 emissions requirements.

The engine’s tractable nature stays. It could not rev as freely or have as robust a kick in the mid-range as some others, however it makes up for that with usability. There have been no modifications to the suspension, and the WR-V retains its nice trip and dealing with steadiness. Bump absorption and physique management are each good, even on a tough highway. The 2020 Honda WR-V facelift, then, is as minor as it could possibly get. The new entrance fascia and LED lighting do give it a bit extra character, however there actually aren’t any modifications of observe. An enormous omission is an automated gearbox.

Priced from ₹8.50-10.99 lakh, it is perhaps barely less costly than its rivals, however these automobiles additionally provide you with much more in your cash. That stated, the strengths of the WR-V stay the similar — area and practicality with the peace of thoughts of a Honda badge on the nostril.

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