The subcompact SUV segment in India is one of the most popular and competitive ones, with offerings from almost every major carmaker. However, one brand that has been missing from this space is Honda, which currently only has the WR-V crossover based on the Jazz hatchback. The WR-V is quite dated and does not match up to the features and performance of the sub-4m SUVs in the market. In this blog post, we will compare the upcoming New Honda WR-V vs Tata Nexon on various parameters such as design, dimensions, engine, features and price. We will also provide some links to the sources of information for further reading.
However, Honda recently unveiled the all-new WR-V in Indonesia, which is a completely different model from the one sold in India. The new WR-V is based on the Amaze sub-4m sedan and looks more like a proper SUV than a crossover. It also comes with a sporty RS variant that gets some cosmetic enhancements and features.
The new WR-V could be a potential rival for the Tata Nexon, which is one of the best-selling subcompact SUVs in India. The Nexon offers a choice of petrol, diesel and electric powertrains, along with a host of features and safety equipment. It also has a distinctive design and a spacious cabin.
The new Honda WR-V looks more premium and sporty than the current model sold in India. It has a sleek front fascia with multi-LED headlamps, a large grille with chrome accents and a muscular bumper with fog lamps and air dams. The side profile has a crossover-like stance with black cladding, roof rails and 17-inch alloy wheels. The rear end has L-shaped LED tail lamps, a roof spoiler and a faux skid plate.
The Tata Nexon has a more quirky and funky design that stands out from the crowd. It has a dual-tone front bumper with projector headlamps, LED DRLs and a tri-arrow grille. The side profile has a coupe-like roofline, flared wheel arches and 16-inch alloy wheels. The rear end has split LED tail lamps, a large Nexon badge and a dual-tone bumper.
Both the SUVs have their own appeal and personality, but we think the new WR-V looks more elegant and mature than the Nexon.
New Honda WR-V vs Nexon Dimensions
The new Honda WR-V measures 4060mm in length, 1734mm in width and 1601mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2555mm and a ground clearance of 188mm. It also has a boot space of 363 litres and a fuel tank capacity of 40 litres.
The Tata Nexon measures 3993mm in length, 1811mm in width and 1606mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2498mm and a ground clearance of 209mm. It also has a boot space of 350 litres and a fuel tank capacity of 44 litres.
The table below shows the comparison of dimensions between the two SUVs:
|Dimension||Honda WR-V||Tata Nexon|
|Boot Space||363 litres||350 litres|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||40 litres||44 litres|
As we can see, the new WR-V is longer and has a longer wheelbase than the Nexon, which could translate into more cabin space. However, the Nexon is wider, taller and has more ground clearance than the WR-V, which could give it an edge in terms of road presence and off-road capability. The boot space and fuel tank capacity are almost similar between the two SUVs.
The new Honda WR-V is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine that produces 121PS of power and 145Nm of torque. It is mated to a CVT automatic transmission only. There is no diesel or hybrid option available for the new WR-V as of now.
The Tata Nexon offers three powertrain options: a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine that produces 120PS of power and 170Nm of torque, a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine that produces 110PS of power and 260Nm of torque, and an electric motor that produces 129PS of power and 245Nm of torque. The petrol and diesel engines are available with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed AMT transmission, while the electric motor is paired with a single-speed automatic transmission.
The table below shows the comparison of engine specifications between the two SUVs:
|Engine||Honda WR-V||Tata Nexon|
As we can see, the new WR-V has a slightly higher power output than the Nexon’s petrol engine, but a lower torque output. The Nexon’s diesel and electric powertrains offer more power and torque than the WR-V’s petrol engine. The Nexon also offers more transmission choices than the WR-V, which only comes with a CVT automatic.
The new Honda WR-V comes with a host of features such as a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 4.2-inch TFT display in the instrument cluster, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, push-button start, cruise control, paddle shifters, rear parking camera, six airbags, ABS with EBD, hill start assist, vehicle stability assist and emergency stop signal.
The Tata Nexon comes with features such as a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a digital instrument cluster, fabric upholstery, automatic climate control, push-button start, rear parking camera, dual airbags, ABS with EBD, hill hold control, traction control and electronic stability program.
The table below shows the comparison of features between the two SUVs:
|Feature||Honda WR-V||Tata Nexon|
|Touchscreen Infotainment System||7-inch||7-inch|
|Android Auto/Apple CarPlay||Not Specified||Yes|
|Instrument Cluster||Analogue with TFT Display||Digital|
|Rear Parking Camera||Yes||Yes|
|ABS with EBD||Yes||Yes|
|Hill Start Assist/Hill Hold Control||Yes||Yes|
|Vehicle Stability Assist/Traction Control/Electronic Stability Program||Yes||Yes|
|Emergency Stop Signal||Yes||No|
As we can see, the new WR-V offers more features than the Nexon such as leather upholstery, cruise control, paddle shifters and six airbags. However, the Nexon offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity which is not specified for the WR-V. The safety features are mostly similar between the two SUVs except for the emergency stop signal which is present in the WR-V.
New Honda WR-V vs Nexon Price
The new Honda WR-V is expected to be launched in India in 2023. The price of the new WR-V is not revealed yet, but it could be in the range of Rs. 9 lakh to Rs. 12 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Tata Nexon is currently priced from Rs. 7.80 lakh to Rs. 14.40 lakh (ex-showroom) for the petrol variants and from Rs. 9.60 lakh to Rs. 16.40 lakh (ex-showroom) for the diesel variants. The electric variant of the Nexon is priced from Rs. 13.99 lakh to Rs. 16.85 lakh (ex-showroom).
The table below shows the comparison of prices between the two SUVs:
|Variant||Honda WR-V (Expected)||Tata Nexon (Petrol)||Tata Nexon (Diesel)|
|Base||Rs. 9 lakh||Rs. 7.80 lakh||Rs. 9.60 lakh|
|Top||Rs. 12 lakh||Rs. 14.40 lakh||Rs. 16.40 lakh|
As we can see, the new WR-V could be priced higher than the Nexon’s petrol variants but lower than its diesel variants. The electric variant of the Nexon is the most expensive among all.
The New Honda WR-V and Tata Nexon are two subcompact SUVs that offer different propositions to the buyers. The new WR-V looks more premium and sporty than the current model and offers more features and performance than the Nexon’s petrol variant. However, it lacks a diesel or hybrid option and only comes with a CVT automatic transmission.
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The Nexon has a more quirky and funky design and offers more powertrain and transmission choices than the WR-V.