Ford India launched its Freestyle CUV (Compact Utility Vehicle) on April 26th. The Freestyle is based on the Figo facelift and looks more rugged and even a tad more premium than its hatchback sibling. The Ford Freestyle takes on vehicles like the Hyundai i20 Active and Honda WR-V. Our Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Honda WR-V comparison here should help you choose between the three.
Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Honda WR-V – Price
Ford Freestyle Prices
- Petrol – Rs 5.09 – 6.94 lakh
- Diesel – Rs 6.09 – 7.89 lakh
Hyundai i20 Active Prices
- Petrol – Rs 7.04 – 8.70 lakh
- Diesel – Rs 8.10 – 10.11 lakh
Honda WR-V Prices
- Petrol – Rs 7.86 – 9.09 lakh
- Diesel – Rs 8.09 -10.00 lakh
As can be seen above, the new Ford Freestyle has a great advantage over both competitors in terms of pricing. A quick look at the prices reveals that the top-end diesel variant of the Freestyle costs Rs 7.89 lakh, which is cheaper than the base model of the diesel-powered i20 Active. Also, it’s a full Rs 20,000 cheaper than the base model of the diesel-powered Honda WR-V.
In a similar fashion, the fully-loaded petrol model of the Ford Freestyle is slightly cheaper than the base petrol model of the i20 Active. It’s also Rs 92,000 cheaper than the base model of the petrol-powered Honda WR-V. It’s very clear that the latest Ford car in India has been priced really very competitively. It ends up being significantly cheaper than its rivals. You can buy a fully-loaded Freestyle for less than what the base models of the i20 Active and WR-V command. This makes the new car an amazing value-for-money buy.
Ford Freestyle Vs Hyundai I20 Active Vs Honda WR-V Specifications
Ford Freestyle Specs
- Petrol – 1.2-litre, 97 PS – 120 Nm
- Diesel – 1.5-litre, 100 PS – 215 Nm
Hyundai i20 Active Specs
- Petrol – 1.2-litre, 83 PS – 115 Nm
- Diesel – 1.4-litre, 90 PS – 220 Nm
Honda WR-V Prices
- Petrol – 1.2-litre, 90 PS – 110 Nm
- Diesel – 1.5-litre, 100 PS – 200 Nm
The Ford Freestyle enjoys a slight edge in terms of performance. The new car is available with two engine options – a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine that churns out a maximum power of 100 PS and a new 1.2-litre petrol engine from the company’s Dragon series of motors that offers 97 PS. Both the motors come mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
The i20 Active gets a 1.2-litre petrol engine that outputs 83 PS and a 1.4-litre diesel engine that offers 90 PS. Hence, it has a clear disadvantage when compared to the Freestyle. The Honda WR-V’s 1.2-litre petrol engine outputs 90 PS. Its 1.5-litre diesel engine offers 100 PS. While the difference in power is only marginal, the Freestyle enjoys some advantage over its rivals at least on paper.
Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Honda WR-V – Ground Clearance
Ford Freestyle Ground Clearance
- 190 mm
Hyundai i20 Active Ground Clearance
- 190 mm
Honda WR-V Ground Clearance
- 188 mm
Among the strongest USPs of these pseudo-SUVs is their high ground clearance. The increased ground clearance helps these cars easily tackle rough roads. In terms of ground clearance, all three cars here are equally matched.
Ford Freestyle Vs Hyundai I20 Active Vs Honda WR-V Design
While none of these three cars looks anywhere as rugged as a typical SUV, they carry enough styling updates to justify the crossover tag. The Freestyle, like we said, is based on the Figo. However, it carries enough updates to look significantly bolder than its donor hatchback. The plastic cladding and the bolder stance from the increased ground clearance help this car look more masculine.
The Honda WR-V is based on the Jazz and hence, looks a lot like the B2-segment hatchback. However, Honda seems to have gone the extra mile to give this car its own unique identity. The styling revisions it carries, give it a SUVish stance and a more muscular look than the Jazz. The Hyundai i20 Active too gets a similar treatment. Basically, all three cars come with bits like plastic cladding, roof rails and higher ground clearance that lend them a SUVish look.
As shown by our Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Honda WR-V comparison here, the Freestyle holds a clear edge over the i20 Active and the WR-V in most aspects. Hence, don’t be surprised to see it eating into the sales of the older hatchback-based crossovers.