WRV vs Ciaz Comparison Review

Published on: Mar 18, 2017
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz vs Honda WR-V Comparison Review:

Part I
Comparison of Pricing & Features:

WR-V's top-end diesel variant, the 'VX' costs 12.1 Lakh Rs. on road, Bangalore, which is 1 Lakh Rs. cheaper than Ciaz's range-topping variant, the ‘ZDi+' costing 13.1 Lakh Rs. The difference between top-end petrol-manuals, is around 80,000 Rs. The Ciaz ZXI+ automatic-petrol retails for 13.5 Lakh Rs. while the WR-V does not offer an automatic, for now.

Both cars have a few extra features, that are absent in the other car. The WR-V 'VX' diesel, has Telescopic Steering Adjustment, Electric Sunroof, LED DRLs, Folding Rear Seat and Wifi Connectivity, which are absent in the top-end Ciaz. But then even the Ciaz 'ZDi+' has features like Parking Sensors, Rear Sunshade, Leather Upholstery, Projector Headlamps, Apple CarPlay, Auto Dimming Inside Mirror and Rear AC Vents, which are absent on the top-end WR-V.

Pricing of other Variants:

Petrol - Manual:
WR-V VX - 10.80 Lakh
Ciaz ZXi+ - 11.60 Lakh

Petrol - Automatic:
Ciaz ZXi+ AT - 13.50 Lakh

Common Features:
ABS, Airbags-2, Automatic Climate Control, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Parking Camera, Infotainment: FM, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Rear Defogger, Auto-up Anti-Pinch Driver’s Window, Fog Lamps, Touchscreen, Navigation, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust, Alloy Wheels, Cruise Control, Push Button Start & Smart Key

Extra Features in WR-V (VX): Telescopic Steering Adjustment, Electric Sunroof, LED DRLs, Folding Rear Sear, Wifi Connectivity

Extra Features in Ciaz (ZDi+/ZXi+): Parking Sensors, Rear Sunshade, Leather Upholstery, Projector Headlamps, Apple CarPlay, Auto Dimming Inside Mirror, Rear AC Vents

Part II
WR-V vs Ciaz Comparison of Performance & Dynamics:

The WR-V is a bit deficient in low-end torque, which is a well known characteristic of its 1.2 litre iVTEC engine, which it shares, with the Brio, Amaze and Jazz. The Ciaz is powered by a bigger 1.4 litre mill, which has a higher torque output than the WR-V, produces it at a lower rpm and also, weighs marginally lesser than the WR-V. This makes it more drivable than the WR-V, with lesser need for gearshifting around town. Ciaz's mid-range, is also a bit more punchier, than the weedy mid-range of the WR-V. WR-V tries to compensate, with its buttery smooth refinement and rev-happy nature, along with a potent top-end, but then, even the Ciaz is fairly refined and powerful, in its own right.

The Ciaz provides the option of a automatic gearbox, which is an ancient 4-speed torque-convertor unit. We didn't find it up to the mark, be it in terms of smoothness, or in terms of responsiveness, but then that's still better than the WR-V, which does not provide an automatic option at all. We did not get any sensible answer, from Honda executives, when we asked them why they didn't offer their excellent CVT unit, with the WR-V, while Ciaz left us wondering, why Maruti decided to give it a gearbox, that performs way worse, than the cheaper, more fuel-efficient, AMT unit, of the Ignis and the Celerio?

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ciaz - 89, WRV – 82
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Ciaz - 126, WRV – 100 (difference 26%)

Power (PS@rpm): Ciaz – 92@6000, WRV – 90@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Ciaz – 130@4000, WRV – 110@4800
Kerb Weight (kg): Ciaz - 1030, WRV – 1104

The WR-V turns the tables on the Ciaz, when it comes to diesel. Here its the Honda, which is way more drivable around city streets than the Maruti. The problem with the Ciaz is that, in a bid to extract 28 kmpl from it, the engineers have given it stupidly tall gear ratios, which coupled to its massive turbo-lag, makes it a nuisance to drive, around city streets. WR-V's 'earth dreams' engine, is 250 cc larger and it's turbo spools up from as low as 1400 rpm, making it perfectly suitable for rush-hour commutes. However, the WR-V falls short on the refinement front, with a clattery idle, and significant engine noise filtering into the cabin. The Ciaz, in contrast is remarkably refined to the point, where it can fool unsuspecting drivers into thinking, that its on a petrol diet.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ciaz - 79, WRV – 83
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Ciaz - 176, WRV – 166

Power (PS@rpm): Ciaz – 90@6000, WRV – 100@3600
Torque (Nm@rpm): Ciaz – 200@1750, WRV – 200@1750
Kerb Weight (kg): Ciaz - 1135, WRV – 1204

Handling & Ride Quality:
It is good to see, that both manufacturers have put in the efforts, required to make their cars suitable, for the driving conditions prevalent in India. Both cars have decent tyre size and adequate ground clearance, needed to face the omnipresent bumps and potholes, on our country's roads. The Ciaz rides better, with a softer supension setup, and excellent bump absorption. That being said, WR-V's strengthened suspension, and high profile tyres, give it a failrly decent ride quality, as well. However, both cars disappoint around the bends, especially the Ciaz, with unexpectedly high body roll, and tendency to understeer quite early, made worse by utter lack of any feel or feedback, from the steering. The WR-V impresses with its steering, which weighs up nicely at speed, but is fundamentally constrained, by its high centre of gravity, resulting in body roll and that peculiar SUV-ish feeling, of being disconnected from what's going on, with the contact patches.

Ground Clearance (mm): Ciaz – 170, WRV - 188

Wheelbase (mm): Ciaz – 2650, WRV - 2555

Tyre Size:
Ciaz: 185/65R15 (V), 195/55R16 (Z)
WRV: 195/60R16

Part III
WR-V vs Ciaz Comparison of Fuel Efficiency & Cost of Ownership:

WR-V petrol has an ARAI certified mileage of 17.5 kmpl, which is 3.2 kmpl less than the Ciaz. However, both cars returned identical fuel-efficiency in our back-to-back tests. The Ciaz petrol-automatic is rated at 19.1 kmpl, but in reality, it was almost 2 kmpl less efficient than the manual. The WR-V diesel has an ARAI certified fuel economy of 25.5 kmpl, which is 2.6 kmpl less than the Ciaz. In our real world tests, the Ciaz was half a kpl more efficient than the WR-V.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Petrol - Manual:
WRV - 17.5 kmpl
Ciaz - 20.73 kmpl

Petrol - Automatic: Ciaz - 19.12 kmpl 

Diesel - Manual WRV - 25.5 kmpl
Ciaz - 28.09 kmpl

Fuel Cost: (for 75,000 km)
Petrol - Manual: WRV - 4.10 Lakh
Ciaz - 3.95 Lakh

Petrol - Automatic: Ciaz - 4.30 Lakh

Diesel - Manual 
WRV - 2.50 Lakh
Ciaz - 2.25 Lakh

Reliability & After Sales Service:
Both brands are well known for producing fantastically reliable products, backed by excellent service support at affordable prices. If you live in one of India's big cities, availability of a Honda's service centre is not going to be a concern either. Only in the small towns and villages would the Ciaz hold any advantage over the WR-V in terms of service availability.

Resale & Cost of Ownership:
On an average, a 2014 Ciaz, sells for around 7.5 lakh Rs. in the used car market today. Expect a Ciaz bought today, to fetch at least 6 Lakh Rs. after 5 to 7 years of usage. Jazz and Amaze of similar vintage fetch around 4.5 lakh Rs. in the used car market. The WR-V is also bound to retain similar resale value, in 2022. Maruti's advantage in after sales over Honda gives the Ciaz a huge advantage in residuals over the WR-V. As a result, Ciaz more than makes up for its higher price tag over the WR-V, with a higher resale value and slightly lower fuel cost, thereby making it 1 Lakh Rs. lighter on the pocket, than an equivalent WR-V.

Resale Value (after usage of 5 to 7 years)
Petrol - Manual: WRV VX - 4.25 Lakh
Ciaz ZXi+ - 6.00 Lakh

Petrol - Automatic: Ciaz ZXi+ AT - 6.00 Lakh

Diesel - Manual: WRV VX - 4.50 Lakh
Ciaz ZDi+ - 6.25 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Petrol - Manual: WRV VX - 10.55 Lakh
Ciaz ZXi+ - 9.55 Lakh

Petrol - Automatic: Ciaz ZXi+ AT - 11.80 Lakh

Diesel - Manual: WRV VX - 10.10 Lakh
Ciaz ZXi+ - 9.10 Lakh

Part IV
WR-V vs Ciaz Comparison of Comfort & Interiors:

The WR-V is no match to the Ciaz, when it comes to the sheer space available, for the rear seat occupants. The Ciaz has acres of extra knee-room and leg-room over the WR-V. But then the WR-V itself is based on the Jazz, which is one the most spacious hatchbacks available in the market today. It has more than adequate space in all directions for three oversized adults and excellent ergonomics to keep the passengers fatigue free over long distances. It really makes you wonder if the excessive legroom in the Ciaz is of any use at all, and would you rather have better maneuverability, like you get in the WR-V.

The Ciaz gets 510 litres of boot-space which is a good 150 litres bigger than the WR-V's 363 litre capacity. But then WR-V boot is adequate for accommodating the luggage of 4 people on a week long road trip, or for the odd airport run. The WR-V is also more practical, as the rear seat can fold flat to liberate enough space to transport the odd washing machine or peice of small furniture if required. Sadly, it skimps on the famous magic seats from the Jazz, which can fold, tumble or even be removed completely if required.

Both cars have slightly plasticky, but fairly well built interiors. Although they do feel a bit dated compared to the likes of the Elite i20. Ciaz ups the luxury quotient with leather upholstery, but its faux wood garnish on the dashboard pales in comparison to the brushed aluminium garnishing provided on the WR-V.

Boot-space (lit): Ciaz - 510, WRV - 363

Length (mm): Ciaz – 4490, WRV - 3995
Width (mm): Ciaz – 1730, WRV - 1734
Height (mm): Ciaz – 1485, WRV - 1601

Part V
WR-V vs Ciaz Comparison's, the Final Verdict: 

Honda needs to seriously re-think its pricing strategy for our market. They have refused to pass on any of the benefit, that they have gotten, from slotting the WR-V inside the small car excise bracket, on to the customers, nor have they passed on any savings from platform sharing, with the Jazz and the City. There is a mind blowing 1.4 lakh rupee price difference between the 'S' variants of the Jazz and the WR-V, for no apparent reason whatsoever. Add to that the fact that the Jazz itself is exorbitantly priced compared to equally premium competitors like Elite i20 and Polo.

 That makes the WR-V at least 2 Lakh Rs. overpriced, than what it should have been in our opinion. Currently, it actually works out to be 1 Lakh Rs. more expensive than an equivalent Ciaz in terms of Overall Ownership Cost, in spite of having lesser features. It is also less drivable and less comfortable in terms of ride quality than the Ciaz. Ciaz also trumps it in terms of interior space and luxury. all said and done, the Ciaz offers a substantial upgrade over the WR-V for similar money and thus is the clear winner of this shootout.

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