• Honda's WR-V is the newest addition to the compact SUV segment.
• The WR-V goes up against the likes of the EcoSport, Venue, and Captur.
• The WR-V is powered by a 1.2-litre engine.
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Around the midway mark of November 2020, Honda South Africa expanded its product portfolio with the introduction of the new WR-V. The compact SUV compliments Honda's existing high-riding product portfolio, consisting of the BR-V, CR-V, and HR-V.
Pricewise, the WR-V slots in between the BR-V (from R285 400) and HR-V (from R415 400) and is powered by one solitary engine. The 1.2-litre motor produces 66kW and 100Nm, with Honda claiming that its new vehicle will average around 6.4-litres/100km. That's not too bad, considering that prospective owners will cover about 625km on its 40L fuel tank.
Power is channelled to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox, but the SUV's engine must be stirred before peak power is achieved. Honda says that maximum power and torque are available at 6000rpm and 4800rpm, respectively, which is understandable given that the engine is naturally aspirated.
Two models make up the range - 1.2 Comfort and 1.2 Elegance - priced at R289 900 and R319 900. The vehicle comes standard with a 4-years or 60 000km service plan and 5-years or 200 000km warranty.
Honda WR-V rivals
The WR-V competes in a very competitive segment of the market, where consumers are looking for the comfort of a passenger car blended with the practicality of an SUV. As such, it goes up against the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Venue, and Renault Captur. The EcoSport is one of the more popular SUVs in South Africa across the board. Consisting of seven models, the lineup is powered by a range of petrol and diesel engines, with prices running between R297 400 and R393 600.
The Venue range is nine models strong, and all are powered by the same turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine (88kW/175Nm), but with a choice of manual and automatic gearboxes to choose from. Priced from R301 500, the Venue is Hyundai's smallest SUV and offers buyers something unique from a competitive price point.
The most affordable option from the lot is the Captur. The Frenchman is not a first choice vehicle but is undeniably a looker. With pricing ranging from R284 900 to R374 900, the lineup consists of petrol- and diesel-powered models, all driven by either an automatic or manual gearbox. On price and size, the Captur slots in below its bigger brother, the popular Duster.