Editor: Jason “The Bok” – Date: 20 June 2021
What is it?
The WR-V can best be described as a Honda Jazz wearing sporting stilettos. Sitting higher off the ground and with a wider track, length, and wheelbase, it offers a compact city car with clever packaging dimensions and a whole lot more.
What is it like to drive?
You have the choice of 2 WR-V derivatives in either 1.2 Comfort or 1.3 Elegance guise. The 1.2-litre petrol engine with peak outputs of 66 kW and 110 Nm of torque. The new model is exclusively available with a 5-speed manual transmission. Power delivery is smooth and it does a great job of urban commuting. When it comes to faster freeway type driving it does tend to be a bit rev-happy, something which you don’t find with the larger 1.5-litre motor offered in Honda’s Jazz, but overall, its fuel-efficient and makes for a great drive.
Why do I recommend the Elegance trim level?
While it may be a bit more expensive, it benefits from a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with 6 speakers), which is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, plus it supports Bluetooth telephony. It also scores some impressive styling upgrades on the outside including improved LED lighting, keyless entry and push-button start.
The WR-V is a great all-rounder from an automaker known for producing great reliable compact vehicles. With class-leading featuring such as Honda’s Magic Seats which allow for a simply incredible amount of loading space, to clever packaging throughout the cabin, to an overall premium build, the WR-V left me very impressed!
The Honda WR-V is competitively priced
1.2 Comfort R289 900
1.2 Elegance R319 900
The WR-V is sold with a 5-year/200 000 km warranty, 4-year/60 000 km service plan and 3-year AA Roadside Assistance.