WR-V vs i20 Active Comparison Review

Published on : July 19, 2017
Hyundai i20 Active vs Honda WR-V Comparison :

"You can come down in favour for either of these two crossovers - the i20 Active or the WRV. However you can surely make out a decision by considering some important factors listed by us. So jump to our comparison and we will help you out in deciding the ideal option for which you need to put on your hard earned money".

Pricing & Features:
The top end 'SX' variant of the i20 Active retails for 10.74 Lakh Rs. on-road Delhi , which is about 40,000 Rs. cheaper than the top end trim of WR-V, which will cost you about 11.14 Lakh Rs. on-road Delhi.

Both of these Crossovers are based on their respected hatchback counterparts. The i20 Active is derived by the Elite i20 while the WR-V is based on Jazz. As a result, both of these Crossovers shares some of its characteristics with their Hatchback mates, while they differ from each other by their physical appearance and stretched dimensions.

The i20 Active and WR-V are available in both petrol and diesel options but comes equipped with only a manual gearbox on offer, which certainly is a downside for the people looking for a more convenient automatic transmission unit.

WR-V's comes with an added advantage of a Sun-roof and Cruise control which is the 'first in segment' feature, that misses out on the i20 Active. Other than that both of these cars comes with more or less an equivalent list of features.

Pricing of all variants (On-Road Delhi):

i20 Active 1.2 Base - 7.47 Lakh
i20 Active 1.2 S       - 8.25 Lakh
i20 Active 1.2 SX    - 9.26 Lakh

WR-V 1.2 S     - 8.5 Lakh
WR-V 1.2 VX - 9.84 Lakh

i20 Active 1.2 Base - 8.96 Lakh
i20 Active 1.2 S       - 9.75 Lakh
i20 Active 1.2 SX    - 10.74 Lakh

WR-V 1.2 S     - 9.81 Lakh

WR-V 1.2 VX - 11.14 Lakh

Common Features: 
Airbags, ABS, Engine Immobilizer, Central locking,  Automatic Climate Control, Power Outlet, Tilt & Telescopic Steering Adjustment,  Height Adjustment for Drivers Seat, Push Button Start/Stop, Rear parking Sensors with Camera , Driver Armrest, Power Windows at front and rear,  Anti-glare Mirrors, Follow me home headlamps, DRLs, Average Speed,  Electrically Adjustable and Retractable ORVMs with Turn Indicators, Alloy Wheels, Rear Defogger, Rear Wiper, Fog Lamps, Adjustable Cluster Brightness, Integrated Touch Screen Infotainment Music System, Aux, Bluetooth, FM, Steering Mounted Controls.

Extra Features in i20 Active (SX) :
6 Airbags, Rear AC Vents, Cooled Glove Box, Projector Headlamps, Automatic Head Lamps, Cornering Lamps, Gear Indicator, Shift Indicator, Android Auto with Apple Carplay.

Extra Features in WR-V (VX) :
EBD, Speed sensing Door-lock, Cruise control, Sun Roof, Glove Box lamp, Average fuel consumption indicator, Distance to empty.

Performance & Drivability:
i20 Active is powered by the 1.2 Kappa VTVT petrol engine churning out 82bhp with 114Nm of Torque, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The power delivery is slow but linear from this naturally aspirated motor and the shorter gearing feels usually better in the city due to increased torque delivery at lower rpms. The highway performance on the i20 Active is mediocre, but a bigger petrol unit could certainly make it more athletic to drive. Apart from that, i20 Actives's petrol engine is utterly polished and feels pleasant to drive.

Honda has equipped WR-V with the same 1.2-L i-VTEC mill that does duty on the Jazz, Brio & Amaze. The engine produces 89bhp and 110Nm of Torque. The first thing you'll notice in the WR-V is its super silent petrol motor which gradually suffers with weak bottom end and feels lethargic. You need to consistently work with the gears at lower rpms to zip through the City traffic, but as you go above 3000rpm mark in the mid-range the engine feels rev happy but becomes quite audible. It would be great if Honda could have provided the WRV with a bigger 1.5-Litre petrol unit as seen on its sedan sibling City.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton) :  
i20 Active - 77 , WRV - 82

Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton):
i20 Active - 107, WRV - 100

Power (PS@rpm):
i20 Active - 82@6000 , WRV - 90@6000

Torque (Nm@rpm):
i20 Active - 114@4000 , WRV - 110@4800

Kerb Weight (kg):
i20 Active - 1125, WRV - 1104

Displacement (cc):
i20 Active - 1197, WRV - 1199

The 1.4-Litre oil-burner on the i20 Active is capable to produce 89bhp with a healthy 220Nm of torque via a slick 6-speed manual transmission. The engine performs well in the low to mid-speed range. There is a surge of power once you go past 1800rpm and the car cruises at triple digit speeds with ease. It turns out to be a feast for the enthusiasts or to those who enjoy highway driving.

Under the hood of WR-V lies a 1.5-Litre, 4-pot 'Earth Dream' i-DTEC diesel engine that makes 99bhp and 200Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission shared with the likes of City and Jazz. The drive-ability of this diesel motor is very much impressive. It responses right from idle rpms, without any highly noticeable turbo lag. Torque and power delivery are so linear that you feel at home right away. The acceleration is brisk and engine can easily pull from lower rpms. Though the insulation levels on the WR-V can be improved a lot when compared to the cozy diesel unit of the i20-Active.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton) :  
i20 Active - 75 , WRV - 83

Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton):
i20 Active - 184, WRV - 166

Power (PS@rpm):
i20 Active - 90@4000 , WRV - 100@3600

Torque (Nm@rpm):
i20 Active - 220@1500-2750 , WRV - 200@1750

Kerb Weight (kg):
i20 Active - 1225, WRV - 1204

Displacement (cc):
i20 Active - 1396, WRV - 1498

Fuel Efficiency:
i20 Active petrol, has an ARAI certified mileage of 17.19 kmpl which is more or less similar to petrol WRV, that is certified by ARAI to return about 17.5 kmpl. But in our back to back tests the i20 Active was about 2 kmpl more efficient than the WRV.
The i20 Active diesel, has an ARAI certified mileage claim of 21.19 kmpl , which is about 4 kmpl lesser than WRV diesel, which claims to deliver a mileage of 25.5 kmpl. In our tests, WRV was consistently about 3 kmpl more efficient than i20 Active.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
i20 Active - 17.19, WRV - 17.5

i20 Active - 21.19, WRV - 25.5

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
i20 Active (petrol) - 4.10 , i20 Active (diesel) - 2.75
WRV (petrol) - 4.15 , WRV (diesel) - 2.35

Space & Comfort:
The i20 Active possess the longest wheelbase in the segment, and this results into a very spacious cabin - where five people can be seated comfortably, even on long drives, and its huge 45-litres of fuel tank let you enjoy your long drives without frequent filling stops. Though the compromise is being done on the part of boot space, which is limited to just 285 litres, but the same can be expanded by flipping the rear row of seats down. The head and shoulder room is adequate , while the presence of rear AC vent adds a sense of an extra comfort for the rear passengers. Bolstering and under thigh support on the seats are good but lower back support can be tweaked up a bit.

WRV being longer and taller than i20 Active, provides more than enough leg and head room for its occupants. The front seats are very much supportive around the thighs and back, which specially helps in long drives. The rear seats can be good for seating two occupants very comfortably due to its lesser width when compared to the i20 Active, although the fixed and integrated headrests at the rear can't be adjusted, and aren't helpful for taller people. Rear seats are less supportive but cushioning is pretty soft. The major plus point is its 363-litres of boot space which can make your campaigns and long journeys quite easy.

Boot-space (liters):
i20 Active - 285, WRV - 363

Length (mm): i20 Active - 3995, WRV - 3999

Width (mm): i20 Active - 1760, WRV - 1734
Height (mm): i20 Active - 1555, WRV - 1601

Ride Quality & Handling:
Hyundai featured the i20 Active with a raised suspension setup that ensures determined handling capabilities. The Active remains planted on straight tarmac even on high speeds, and sails through bad patches quite easily. It does roll a slight bit around the corners and suffers from mid-corner under-steer. The steering feels very responsive and light at low speeds, however, it gives less feedback and sometimes feels quite dead to respond when driven at higher speeds. The car rides well at moderate speeds and the handling feels well balanced.

WRV feels composed at triple digit speeds and soaks bumps and undulations with utmost smoothness. With a beefed-up chassis and healthy ground clearance the WRV can be used for some mild off-roading. The straight line stability is good but the car does tends to roll a little when pushed around the bends. However, at normal driving speeds the WRV feels confident. The electric steering offers good feedback. It feels neither too light nor too heavy and weighs up well at higher speeds, thus providing better drive-ability than the i20 Active.

Wheelbase (mm): i20 Active - 2570, WRV - 2555
Ground Clearance (mm):  i20 Active - 190, WRV - 188
Tyre Size: i20 Active - 195/55 R16 (S & SX) , WRV - 195/60 R16 (S & VX)

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Both Hyundai and Honda provides excellent after sales service. While Honda is a level above in terms of offering sheer reliability when compared to Hyundai. Although Hyundai have more widely spread service networks across the country. Also the cost of maintenance of owning a Hyundai is tad cheaper than that of a Honda.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
i20 Active (petrol) - 4.20 , i20 Active (diesel) - 5.10
WRV (petrol) - 4.35 , WRV (diesel) - 5.25

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): 
i20 Active (petrol) - 9.70 , i20 Active (diesel) - 9.10
WRV (petrol) - 9.85 , WRV (diesel) - 9.25

Both of these crossovers, the Hyundai i20 Active and Honda WRV are more resourceful and accomplished than their hatch counterparts - Elite i20 and Jazz respectively. They both are well put up, drive well, looks muscular, comes with high end equipment list and safety features. Although you should not expect the compact SUV like element from any of them. The WRV with its smashing design, spacious cabin and a skillful diesel engine, looks very impressive. Only drawback is its sluggish petrol motor which also misses out on Cruise control unlike the diesel one. I think Honda could have done much better by providing the WRV with a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol unit. That would have surely sealed the deal for Honda, though we hope to see that in near future. This is the part where Hyundai have done a much better job, by providing a zippy petrol engine in the i20 Active, and being wider than the WRV, it's able to board three occupants at the rear very easily.

So, to put it briefly, if you are looking at getting yourself a WRV, then the i20 Active deserves a closer look too and vice-versa. In my opinion if you have made up your mind for petrol one, then just go for the i20 Active. Otherwise if you are here for the diesel then straight away pick the Honda WRV.

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