The Honda Amaze was always regarded as a practical vehicle that was reliable and offered a good amount of space. Its 25.8 kpl mileage figure (diesel) is something that appealed highly to Indian car buyers. Having said that, it should also be noted that the automaker has not failed to maintain reputation when it comes to comfort and finishing of Honda Amaze. This sub-4 metre sedan was a great product for developing markets like that of India. The Amaze comes in 4 basic trim levels and 7 paint colour options.
Powertrain & Performance
Honda has scored high in the powertrain and performance department by developing a highly fuel efficient engine. Honda claims that they have done this by reducing friction and developing better cooling systems. Power for this vehicle comes either from a 1.5 litre, 4 cylinder diesel engine that produces 99 bhp and torque of 200 Nm @ 1750 rpm or a 1.2 litre i-VTEC petrol motor that puts out 87 bhp and a torque figure of 109 Nm @ 4500 rpm.
The Honda Amaze petrol is available with a 5 speed manual and a CVT automatic gearbox options. The diesel variant only gets a manual transmission. The sedan has good handling characteristics and a short turning radius. McPherson Struts and Torsion Beam come as front and rear suspension systems respectively for this compact sedan.
Build & Styling
The new Honda Amaze continues to retain its identity but, it also has a fresher appeal now. The large headlamps and the more prominent front grille with generous usage of chrome look good. The side body carries two character lines, one starts from front bumper and ends at second door and the other alphas from second door and runs around the trunk lid. The rear of Amaze looks more attractive now thanks to its new tail lamp clusters.
Space within the cabin is something that will impress anyone when they step into the Honda Amaze. The comfort levels offered by seats are comparable to Honda City. The design of the dual tone dashboard is more upmarket than before. There is abundant boot space, legroom and headroom at the rear to make even long journeys comfortable. An automatic AC, Honda Connect, a 12 volt power socket, a multi info display (MID), steering mounted controls, push button engine ignition, an audio system with USB, aux-in and bluetooth support and power windows are standard features in this car.
The Japanese auto giant has made sure to include some important safety features in this sedan. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with EBD, airbags and engine immobiliser take care of the car and passengers. The skeleton of Honda Amaze is built using what Honda calls Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) which allows the force of a crash to deviate away from passengers so that they do not get injured.
The Amaze was one of the very first players in the compact sedan segment of the Indian car market. However, many more highly capable rivals have arrived in India in recent times and, with this new version of the car, Honda has a vehicle that can take them on. The Honda Amaze is better than it ever was and all the more bang for your buck.