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2020 Honda WR-V vs Rivals | Better than Maruti Brezza?

2020 Honda WR-V has been launched yesterday, i.e. on 2nd July. The much-awaited facelift has been launched with two variants, namely SV and VX. It rivals against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and Ford Ecosport. Does it have what it takes to be the best? Or, is there any of the rivals fairing in this comparison? Let’s find out.

2020 Honda WR-V vs Rivals | Engine and Transmission

Powertrain Specifications (Petrol)

Models 2020 Honda WR-V Mahindra XUV300 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Tata Nexon  Ford Ecosport
Engine 1.2-litre i-VTEC 1.2-litre Turbo Petrol 1.5-litre K15B 1.2-litre turbocharged Revotron 1.5-litre
No. of Cylinders 4 3 4 3 3
Power  88.76hp@6,000rpm 108.6hp@5,000rpm 103.5hp@6,000rpm 118.3hp@5,500rpm 120.3hp@6,500rpm
Torque 110Nm@4,800rpm 200Nm@2,000-3,500rpm 138Nm@4,400rpm 170Nm@1,750-4,000rpm 149Nm@4,500rpm
Transmission 5-speed Manual 6-speed Manual 5-speed MT / 4-speed AMT 6-speed Manual / 6-speed AMT 5-speed MT / 6-speed AT
Fuel Efficiency 16.5kmpl 17.0kmpl 17.03kmpl 17.0kmpl 15.9kmpl
*AMT – Automated Manual Transmission | MT – Manual Transmission | AT – Automatic Transmission*

Powertrain Specifications (Diesel)

Models Honda WR-V Mahindra XUV300 Tata Nexon Ford Ecosport
Engine 1.5-litre i-DTEC 1.5-litre Turbo 1.5-litre turbocharged Revotorq 1.5-litre
Power 98.6hp@3,600rpm 115.05hp@3,750rpm 108.4hp@4,000rpm 98.6hp@3,750rpm
Torque 200Nm@1,750rpm 300Nm@1,500-2,500rpm 260Nm@1,500-2,750rpm 215Nm@1,750-2,500rpm
No. of Cylinders 4 4 4 4
Transmission 6-speed Manual 6-speed MT / AMT 6-speed MT / AMT 5-speed MT
Fuel efficiency 23.7kmpl 20.0kmpl 21.5kmpl 21.7kmpl
*AMT – Automated Manual Transmission | MT – Manual Transmission*
  • It is clear from both of the tables that Mahindra XUV300 emerges as the most powerful among the 5 cars in both petrol and diesel variants.
  • Honda WR-V has the best fuel mileage when it comes to the diesel variant. For the petrol variant, almost all of them have similar mileage except Ford Ecosport, which offers lower mileage than the others.
  • Honda WR-V is the least powered as compared to its rivals making it a poor choice for those who love power.

Dimensions Comparison


Models Honda WR-V Mahindra XUV300 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Tata Nexon Ford Ecosport
Length (mm) 3,999 3,995 3,995 3,993 3,998
Width (mm) 1,734 1,821 1,790 1,811 1,765
Height (mm) 1,601 1,627 1,640 1,606 1,647
Wheelbase (mm) 2,555 2,600 2,500 2,498 2,519
Kerb weight (kg) 1,087 1,307 1,110 1,370 1,188
  • It is clear from the above comparison that Honda WR-V is not spacious enough as compared to the rivals.
  • Mahindra XUV300 is the widest making more shoulder room. It also has the longest wheelbase making more legroom.
  • Ford Ecosport has the best headroom, being the tallest among the cars here.

Safety Comparison

Safety Features

Models Honda WR-V Mahindra XUV300 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Tata Nexon  Ford Ecosport
Dual Airbags
ABS with EBD
Cornering Stability Control
All 4 Disc Brakes
ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors
Speed Sensing Door Lock
Impact Sensing Door Unlock
Panic Braking Signal
Reverse Parking Sensors
*All the features mentioned above are for the base variants*
  • On the safety front either, Honda WR-V seems to lack a lot as compared to its rivals. Although Honda is known to make robust cars, this car seems to lose on some basic safety features, its rivals are offering.
  • Mahindra XUV300 is the safest car among the ones we are comparing here. Tata Nexon is the second-best on the list closely followed by the Ford Ecosport.
  • Talking about safety, Mahindra XUV300 is the safest car in India with a 5-star rating for adult occupancy and a 4-star rating for child occupancy at the Global NCAP crash testing. Tata Nexon has also scored the 5-star rating for adult occupancy while a 3-star for child occupancy.

Must Read: 10 Must-Have Safety Features on Indian Cars in 2020

Comfort and Convenience | Honda WR-V vs Rivals


Models Honda WR-V Mahindra XUV300 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Tata Nexon Ford Ecosport
Infotainment System
Android Auto / Apple CarPlay
Cruise Control
Automatic Climate Control
Keyless Entry
Electric Sunroof
Projector Headlamps
Follow-me Home Headlamps
Digital Instrument Cluster
Steering Mounted Audio and Phone Controls
Inbuild GPS Navigation
*The features mentioned above are not restricted to the base variants. Base variants might not have the said features.*

It is clear that Honda has provided WR-V with a plethora of features. Even the base variant of the car comes equipped with features listed above.

Also, read: 10 Cars in India with a Sunroof Feature

Price Comparison | 2020 Honda WR-V vs Rivals

Variants and Price

Model Variant Price (Ex-Showroom)
2020 Honda WR-V SV (Manual) Petrol ₹8,49,000
VX (Manual) Petrol ₹9,69,000
SV (Manual) Diesel ₹9,79,000
VX (Manual) Diesel ₹10,99,000
Mahindra XUV300 W4 Turbo Petrol ₹8,30,000
W4 Turbo Diesel ₹8,69,000
W6 Turbo Petrol ₹9,15,000
W6 Turbo Diesel ₹9,50,000
Autoshift W6 Turbo Diesel ₹9,99,000
W8 Turbo Petrol ₹10,60,000
W8 Turbo Diesel ₹10,95,000
Autoshift W8 Turbo Diesel ₹11,49,800
W8 (O) Turbo Petrol ₹11,84,000
W8 (O) Turbo Diesel ₹12,14,000
Autoshift W8 (O) Turbo Diesel ₹12,69,000
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza LXI ₹7,34,000
VXI ₹8,35,000
ZXI ₹9,10,000
ZXI+ ₹9,75,000
VXI AT ₹9,75,000
ZXI AT ₹10,50,000
ZXI+ AT ₹11,15,000

Tata Nexon

XE ₹6,95,000
XM ₹7,70,000
XZ ₹8,70,000
XZ+ ₹9,50,000
XZ+(S) ₹10,10,000
XZ+(O) ₹10,40,000

Ford Ecosport

Petrol S MT ₹11,08,000
Petrol Ambiente MT ₹8,04,000
Petrol Trend MT ₹8,84,000
Petrol Titanium MT ₹9,63,000
Petrol Titanium+ MT ₹10,53,000
Petrol Titanium+ AT ₹11,43,000
Diesel Ambiente MT ₹8,54,000
Diesel Trend MT ₹9,34,000
Titanium Diesel MT ₹9,99,900
Diesel Titanium+ MT ₹11,03,000
Petrol Thunder MT ₹10,53,000
Diesel Thunder MT ₹11,03,000
Diesel S MT ₹11,58,000

Honda has done a good job here by keeping the price competitive. WR-V 2020 does come loaded with features right from the base variant. If power is something you can compromise with, this crossover is definitely a luxurious car and you won’t have to spend a lot to experience Honda.

What do you think about the 2020 Honda WR-V? Is it worth buying? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Ritvik Gupta
Ritvik Guptahttps://gomechanic.in/blog
Ex-Technical Content Developer at GoMechanic | Automobile enthusiast with a knack to decode it for everyone | Automobile Engineer by passion


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