Honda Jazz has always been a premium offering in our market. It always had its bigger presence than other hatchbacks and basis the same image, Honda is now ready with the crossover version of Jazz which will be named WR-V. The Honda WR-V is basically the rugged version of Jazz which has been given different visual looks with addition of some feature to differentiate it from the Jazz and other crossovers. How much did Honda succeed is what this article is all about as we compare both Jazz and WR-V together to know which one makes more sense to buy once the WR-V debuts in our market.
Dimension and Styling
In terms of styling, the WR-V shares its basic design and body styling with Jazz. While the Jazz has simple body curves and lines all over the body, the WR-V gets new styling elements which adds SUV styling factor to this car. Moreover, the WR-V is longer and wider than Jazz to achieve the rugged compact SUV look. The WR-V gets projector headlamps, bigger front grille with a thick chrome bar on it just as the BR-V and a skid plate at bottom. The side profile uses all around black cladding, bigger 16-inch wheels and wheel arches while the doors and windows are same as the Jazz which runs on 15-inch wheels. The rear profile includes re-positioning of number plate on rear bumper and the rear bumper also gets a skid plate for the rugged look. The WR-V is even longer than Jazz with a length of 3999mm while it has a width and height of 1734mm and 1601mm respectively while the Jazz measures 3955mm, 1694mm, 1544mm in length, width and height respectively. The WR-V also has a higher ground clearance of 188mm while the Jazz stands at 165mm. The increased length of WR-V results in longer wheelbase as well. The WR-V with a wheelbase of 2550mm exceeds the wheelbase of Jazz by 20mm.
Interior and features
Get inside and apart from the new dual colored blue-black combination of seats, there is no visual difference between these two cars. The basic interior layout of both cars is mostly same which means there is lot of space for all passengers and WR-V is surely even more comfortable than Jazz in terms of leg and knee room. Both cars share many features such as electric power steering, power windows, touch panel for automatic climate control, MID, keyless entry, front fog lamps, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, rear parking sensors with camera, touchscreen audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, Navigation system and steering mounted control, front fog lamps, rear de-fogger, wiper, alloy wheels, ABS and front dual airbags. Additionally, the WR-V offers front and rear centre armrest projector headlamps with LED DRLs with push button start/stop, first in class electric sunroof, touch, mirror link connectivity for the infotainment system which is bigger in size, multi-angle rear view camera and cruise control in diesel version.
Apart from styling, both cars are almost the same as they both share their engine-up. Both cars come with a 1.2L, 89bhp petrol engine and a 1.5L, 99bhp diesel engine. The petrol engine comes standard with a 5-speed manual gearbox while the diesel unit gets a six-speed manual gearbox. The Jazz additionally offers option of CVT transmission with its petrol engine. The Jazz diesel has an ARAI mileage of 27.3km/ltr while with additional weight; the WR-V has a claimed mileage of 25.5km/ltr.
The Jazz will be the more affordable offering of the two as the WR-V prices range between Rs 7.75-9.99 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Surely, the WR-V is the better looking car and looks like a brand new car when seen from the front which makes it look macho and gives it better road presence than the Jazz. Even better is the fact that it gets new premium features which were sorely missing in the Jazz and reduces the value for money factor of Jazz. Also both cars get similar engines, it just depends upon your styling taste. If you crave for the muscular looks then it———s the WR-V but if you are price conscious and ready to compromise on few features then you can buy the entry level variants of Jazz and yes, Jazz is the only option if you are looking for petrol CVT. But the final decision will be easier to make once Honda reveals the pricing of WR-V which will clarify that how much additional price is justified for the beefed version of Jazz.
Words: Sunil Kumar