Honda Amaze Features, Performance &Test Drive

Honda Amaze Overview

Honda entered the compact sedan segment with the Amaze in the year 2013. It was a very important product for Honda as it was debuting their first ever diesel engine for India. The 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine propelled the Amaze into the second best selling car for the Japanese automaker in India (first being the Honda City). Now, Honda is set to launch the second generation Amaze in India. We have already seen the car at the 2018 Auto Expo and expectations are high. Moreover, for the first time in India, Honda is bringing a diesel-CVT engine-gearbox combination.

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The first generation Honda Amaze was based on the Brio Platform which was developed by Honda R&D Japan. However, the second generation Amaze is based on a completely new platform developed by Honda R&D in Thailand. The global production of this car was started in India at Honda’s Tapukara Plant in Rajasthan. The Amaze is exclusively made for the Asia Pacific market and this new platform will see a host of new products in the near future. View offers on Honda Cars from Honda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Honda Amaze Exteriors

Speaking about the exterior, the 2018 Honda Amaze comes with a completely redesigned appearance compared to the old model. It gets a flat and muscular looking front fascia with sharp headlamps featuring integrated LED positioning lights. There is a thick and wide chrome bar and bold bumper with black housing boasting the fog lamps.

At the side profile too, the boxy look of the front fascia is visible and it comes with sporty alloy wheels, body coloured door handles, large glass area, LED turn indicator integrated ORVMs. Moving to the back, the taillights get a C shaped look inspired from the tenth generation Honda Civic sedan. A muscular bumper is also there, while the boot-lid gets a slightly protruding lip spoiler like part.

Honda Amaze Interiors

Honda has really gone to town with the new Amaze. Even the cabin has been fully updated with a sleek new layout and new materials. You get a nicer looking instrument cluster with plenty of driving related information and a new multimedia display with built in navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Amaze now even gets push button start, keyless entry and LED turn indicators on wing mirrors. The quality of plastics are on part with the segment, however, it isn’t as consistent as the Hyundai Xcent.

Moving onto space and comfort, the front seats are wide and well padded, however, we would have liked some more thigh support. On the plus side, we didn’t have any complaints with the rear seat comfort as the bench itself is nicely contoured and the seat base is long enough to keep under thigh support in check.

The only downside is that the cabin isn’t wide enough to have three people at the back in total comfort. Visibility all around is pretty good, with a large windscreen along with plenty of glasshouse with the front and rear windows. All the controls up front are logically laid out and easy to use although we found the steering mounted controls a little too small for our liking. Finally, the 420-litre boot is slightly larger than the old car but the loading height isn’t the best in its class.

Honda Amaze Performance

Powering the Amaze are the tried and tested engines – 1.2-litre petrol and a slightly reworked 1.5-litre diesel. The petrol i-VTEC loves to be revved and produces 90 PS of power and 110 Nm torque. This engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission which has been tweaked for improved transmission efficiency. Shifts are smooth and slick with maximum power available in the mid-range and high-end of the rev band. Power seems adequate in the city but you do wish that the more powerful 1.5-litre i-VTEC from the Honda City would do more justice on the highways. But then, fuel efficiency is also a matter of concern for us Indians. You also have an option of a petrol CVT which offers smooth acceleration but does have the usual rubber band effect. Good thing is that you get paddle shifters with this variant.Check for Honda Amaze in kazembassy.in

The 1.5-litre diesel motor produces 100 PS of power and 200 NM torque. The 5-speed manual transmission has well spaced out ratios and there is plenty of power on tap. Gearshifts are smooth and you will really have fun pushing the car as the i-DTEC doesn’t disappoint when it comes to performance. But the biggest talking point is the all-new CVT gearbox. With the CVT, the diesel engine runs a lesser tune and produces 80 PS and 160 NM and on paper, you wonder, is that enough? But once you get behind the wheel it doesn’t feel underpowered at all. This has been done in the interest of smoother and more linear power delivery.

There is no jerkiness and we were surprised on how well this diesel CVT performed. Most impressive was the elimination of turbo lag completely and the linear power delivery is a boon in almost every situation. The sad thing, however, is that CVT is not available in the top trim. Reason being the cost and it will escalate the price by a considerable margin. The Japanese automaker’s diesel motor wasn’t known to be the quietest one and Honda has tweaked the engine to reduce friction and NVH levels and it has worked. There is no diesel clatter now and along with better cabin insulation, it means that NVH levels are far better than we have known in the past.

Honda Amaze Driving

All in all, this engine gearbox combination works better than the petrol CVT Amaze if you are after effortless performance and efficiency. In the corners, the Amaze isn’t as sharp as the Ford Aspire or even the Maruti Dzire but feels balanced nonetheless and offers good body control and feedback from the steering which contribute to above average dynamics in this segment. As for the ride quality, the car absorbs most of the rough stuff with ease thanks to the well calibrated dampers. Still, expansion joints and sharp-edged inconsistencies can be felt in the cabin and at high speeds there is some amount of vertical movement especially when the car is loaded. It’s not a deal breaker though just a point worth making.

Honda Amaze Safety

The new Honda Amaze gets several safety features that include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, child seat anchor points and seatbelt warning. The structure itself is capable of absorbing impact offering better protection to the occupants.

Honda Amaze Price in Mumbai

Honda Amaze On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 6,43,755 to 10,45,550 for variants Amaze E MT Petrol and Amaze V CVT Diesel respectively. Honda Amaze is available in 12 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Honda Amaze variants price in Mumbai. Check for Amaze price in Mumbai at Carzprice.

Honda Amaze Round Up

The 2018 Honda Amaze is a much more accomplished package now. Not only has it grown in size, it gets a good number of features and comes with engines which shine on both performance and efficiency front. The icing on the cake is the diesel CVT transmission which is smooth and far superior to the competition. The new Amaze offers ample amount of practicality and we think it should find many takers in the compact sedan segment.

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