Japanese automaker Honda is known for its reliable and practical cars in the Indian market. After introducing the City facelift in February, Honda recently launched its debutant sub-4m crossover, the WRV, in the country. With the increasing number of options, a Honda buyer is likely to be confused between the spacious hatch Jazz, the facelifted City and the new WR-V. Although all three cars belong to different segments, they have a lot of features in common, and the prices of some variants overlap too. Let's have a look at the cars and try to figure out which one is best for you.
Firstly let's get some facts clear. If you are looking for a Honda with an automatic transmission, the WR-V doesn't offer one. You’ll have to choose between the Jazz and the City. Although the Jazz offers CVT transmission with the petrol versions of the E and S variants, the top-end VX variant misses it. However, if you want a fully loaded automatic Honda and don't mind reaching deep into your pockets, you are in luck as the top-end ZX petrol variant of the City is only being offered with an automatic transmission.
You might also be aware that the new WR-V comes with a sunroof; and if this feature is on top of your list, book the WR-V right away. Not only is the WR-V the most affordable car in the Indian market to feature a sunroof, it is also the only car under Rs 10 lakh to have it.
If we talk about the drivetrain, the three cars share the same 1.5-litre diesel engine which produces 100PS of power and 200Nm of torque, and is coupled to a six-speed manual transmission. However, if you want the car with the highest fuel efficiency, pick the Jazz since it has a mileage of 27.3kmpl – the highest among the three.
Coming to the petrol engine, while the Jazz and the WR-V are powered by the same 1.2-litre iVTEC engine that churns out 90PS of power and 110Nm of torque, the City has a 1.5-litre iVTEC engine. If you want the most powerful Honda among the three, go for the City as its engine churns out 119PS of power and 145Nm of torque.
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Let's say you have a budget of around Rs 9 lakh and want to buy a Honda. So which one should you go for?
For this amount of money, you can either buy the top-end variant of the Jazz (petrol/diesel), the top-end WR-V (petrol) or the base variant of the City (petrol). All three cars have dual airbags and ABS as standard. However in this price range, in terms of features, the WR-V offers the most. It has 16-inch alloy wheels and the same 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, the Digipad, which is offered in the more expensive variants of the City. The WR-V also gets the one-touch open and close sunroof and, if you stretch your budget by a lakh, the diesel variant of the WR-V even offers push-button start and cruise control.
The WR-V is also ideal for Indian roads as it offers 188mm of ground clearance and is quite spacious. While the Jazz offers an automatic transmission and magic seats, the City offers a bigger, 510-litre boot, a powerful engine and the honour of owning a premium sedan.
Go for the Jazz if you want an automatic/spacious hatchback in a tight budget. Pick the City if you want a powerful sedan and don't mind spending more, and book the WR-V if you are looking for a practical Honda with all the bells and whistles within Rs 10 lakh.
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