The Maruti Vitara Brezza is by far the best car in the sub-four metre compact SUV segment, across brands. However, now a new version of the Honda WR-V has joined the race and giving it some stiff competition. Let’s get into the details and see which car has better specifications and features and is a good value for money.
Maruti has revamped the Vitara Brezza to be only a petrol variant, while the Honda WR-V is available in both diesel and petrol engine options. Honda has also modified the WR-V’s exterior design and added new features. But, does that make it a better car? Let’s find out.
The Honda WR-V and the Maruti Vitara Brezza are more or less similar in length, but the former has around 50mm more wheelbase that gives the driver more knee room and legroom. However, the latter is distinctly taller and broader than the former, and that gives it a clear edge in the form of more headroom and shoulder room.
Maruti Vitara Brezza – 3,995 mm
Honda WR-V – 3,999 mm (marginally longer)
Maruti Vitara Brezza – 1,790 mm
Honda WR-V – 1734 mm
Maruti Vitara Brezza – 1,740 mm
Honda WR-V – 1,601 mm
Maruti Vitara Brezza – 2,500mm
Honda WR-V – 2,555 mm
The new versions of both models don’t boast of any substantial changes in design. The manufacturers have retained the original design and added minor, but noticeable changes. The new version of the Maruti Vitara Brezza comes with a full-chrome grille, and full LED headlamps with daytime running LEDs (also used as turn indicators) and dual-LED projectors.
The front of the Honda WR-V continues to have a striking front fascia with an added chrome accent, and a grille with slats inside. Like the Vitara Brezza, the WR-V has LED projector lamps, and daytime running LED lights. Additionally, both models have skid plates fitted on their bumpers and LED projector fog lamps. Not much of the design has changed on the rear of the cars, barring the tails lamps which are now LED and rugged veneer on the rear bumpers. Both vehicles have machined alloy wheels and roof rails.
The profile view of both vehicles continues to look the same. The Honda WR-V carries an aerodynamic appeal, while the Maruti Vitara Brezza wears a boxy look.
The interiors of both cars are classy, all-black, with touches of silver. The Maruti Vitara Brezza’s cabin is bigger and posh in appearance, while the WR-V is more of a driver-centric cabin, with an elegant, fresh appeal. Additionally, the Honda WR-V boasts of a chic electric sunroof.
The Vitara Brezza has a standard central console; its instrument console consists of a rectangular MID screen, in monochrome, with two analogue dials. The Honda WR-V’s instrument console is similar to that of the IV Generation Honda City—it’s a three-pod instrument panel, with the MID dial on the right. The WR-V has a sophisticated console, with an automatic touch climate control system that maintains the selected temperature.
Nothing over the top is offered in terms of features. Still, both cars are equipped with decent features, however, if a fair comparison is to be made then the verdict tips in favour of the Honda WR-V, as it offers a tad more than the Maruti Vitara Brezza.
Both cars have the following features –
The Honda WR-V has a better cabin, with telescopic adjustable steering, electric sunroof and touch-sensitive, automatic climate control panel.
The Maruti Vitara Brezza is powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, that produces 138Nm of peak torque and maximum power output of 105 PS. It comes in two variants—5-speed manual gearbox and 4-speed automatic gearbox.
In contrast, the Honda WR- V is available in two variants, a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The petrol variant produces 90 PS and 110Nm while the diesel version gives 100 PS and 200Nm. The petrol variant has a 5-speed manual gearbox; the diesel version comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The Maruti Vitara Brezza is slightly more fuel-efficient, and gives better mileage, with the manual variant giving 17.03 km/ltr and the automatic variant, 18.46 km/ltr. The Honda WR-V has a smaller engine, yet isn’t as fuel-efficient as the Maruti car. The petrol version of the Honda gives 16.5 km/ltr, while the diesel variant claims to be much better, giving 23.7 km/ltr.
What is the Maruti Vitara Brezza price in Kerala? How much does the Honda WR-V cost?
The prices differ depending on the variants of the models. The on-road price of the Maruti Vitara Brezza ranges between Rs. 8.54 lakhs and Rs. 13.50 lakhs. The Honda WR-V is costlier, and the on-road price for its variants range from Rs. 9.98 lakhs to 13.13 lakhs.