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Honda Amaze Review & First Drive

Honda Amaze Overview

Honda’s stellar image in India was first affected by the miscalculated positioning for Jazz. The lacklustre initial market performance of the premium hatch made it seem like Honda had made its first wrong call after having made years of error-free judgements about what suits the Indian market.But, the company’s operations have returned back to normal and production has limped back up since. However, there has been one other deficiency in Honda’s portfolio in India – a very key ingredient for success in today’s skewed market scenario. And, that is a diesel engine in its most vital models.Honda has always meant petrol for Indian car buyers and that hasn’t stopped them from buying cars such as the CR-V or the Accord. But with the overwhelming majority of small car buyers now choosing diesel over petrol and Honda increasingly relying on its hatches for volumes, a diesel engine in its grasp is being sorely missed. Book a test drive for Amaze in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

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Honda Amaze Exterior & Style

The Amaze’s Exterior and as you all can clearly notice has received few minor updates. The cosmetic changes to the exterior of the facelift Amaze compact sedan includes an updated grille with lots of chrome treatment. The other changes to the facelift car’s front profile include a new sportier looking front bumper as well with bigger air vents.

As you can already notice that the side profile of the car is actually clearly visible in the images and as you all can notice there are absolutely no significant changes made there. Even the alloy wheels pattern has not changed either. The rear profile of the car however has received some subtle updates though which actually comes in the form of redesigned taillamps and the number registration area.

Honda Amaze Interior & Space

Straight-off, we appreciated the fresh styling of new dashboard. It gets a dual-tone black-beige shade with glossy black trim and silver accents highlighting the air vents, stop/start button, gear lever and air-con controls. You’ll also notice the refreshed climate-control layout that now has rotary knobs. Then there’s the large seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a new instrument cluster with twin dials, 1-litre bottle holders on all doors and the centre console, and a chunkier three spoke steering.When it comes to quality along with fit and finish, although it is similar to Maruti’s Dzire, it isn’t a match for the Hyundai Xcent. That said, we felt that the matt-black trim on the dash and steering didn’t really gel with the rest of the interior trims. Plus, the misaligned shut-lines of the glove box on our test car didn’t look promising either. Let’s move on to the seats now. The large front ones have good cushioning with acres of headroom, just about enough contours, adequate knee room and the right amount of shoulder support for a comfortable drive. However, it is slightly short on thigh support.

That said, the well cushioned rear bench has a nice backrest angle with lots of legroom and adequate thigh support on tap. Even the long side window makes for an airy cabin experience. On the flipside, seating for three felt cramped and headroom could get tight for tall occupants. As for the boot, the 420 litres of luggage space is reasonably deep and can swallow most of your baggage requirements.Some of the new features include integrated LED turn indicators on the door mirrors, new design alloy wheels, smart entry and a shark-fin antenna. It also gets safety features such as dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD and Isofix child seat anchors. Other unique bits are the large touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, paddle shifts for the petrol CVT model, a multi-function steering with cruise control and push button start. The CVT will not be available in the top-of-the-line variant.

Honda Amaze Engine & Performance

As already mentioned earlier the facelift Amaze updates will only be cosmetic and it won’t have any mechanical; changes under its hood. Thus the soon to be launched sub-4m sedan will get its power from the 1.2 Litre i-VTEC petrol unit while the diesel variant will be powered by the much talked about i-DTEC DOHC diesel mill.

The 1.2 Litre petrol unit is actually capable of producing about 88 Ps of peak power and 109 Nm of torque. The engine comes paired to both 5 speed manual as well as automatic transmission, the engine of capable returning a claimed mileage of 18 kmpl for the 5 speed manual and 15.5 kmpl for the automatic variant. The 1.5 Litre diesel mill on the other hand is capable of producing about 100 Ps of peak power and 200 Nm of torque, this motor comes paired to a 5 speed manual transmission and promises to return about 25.8 kmpl certified by ARAI.

Honda Amaze Driving Dynamics

The ride quality in the Amaze is just about right. There is a bit of body roll, but the suspension is overall tuned to handle city roads. Compared to the Brio, though similar, the suspension set up at the front and the rear have been tweaked in the Amaze to handle the increased weight.We can’t expect this entry-sedan to compete with the likes of its bigger sibling – the City – in this department. But, compared to similar sedans the Amaze manages to make the cut. The bulkier Swift DZire may just be a bit more agile than the Amaze. But that could change by the time the car makes it here. My test car came with 14-inch wheels and 175 / 65 R14 MRF radials. The final trim levels may include 15-inch rims too.

The steering felt well weighted and wasn’t unusually light or oriented towards being over-assistive. Though it was difficult to test the car at high speeds on the short track with a speed limit also being enforced, there were a few corners where the steering’s abilities could be tried out and I liked the fact that I could direct the car precisely.

Honda Amaze Braking & 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.Some of the new features include integrated LED turn indicators on the door mirrors, new design alloy wheels, smart entry and a shark-fin antenna. It also gets safety features such as dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD and Isofix child seat anchors. Other unique bits are the large touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, paddle shifts for the petrol CVT model, a multi-function steering with cruise control and push button start. The CVT will not be available in the top-of-the-line variant.

Honda Amaze Cost in Chennai

Honda Amaze Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 5,62,960/- (Amaze E MT Petrol) to 8,99,900/- ( Amaze V CVT Diesel). Get best offers for Honda Amaze from Honda Dealers in Chennai.Check for Amaze price in Chennai at Carzprice

Honda Amaze Conclusion

We believe, this is going to be a popular car in the segment with its overall appearance and this compact sedan will certainly throw tough challenge to the rivals.For now, hold on to your questions about whether there will be an automatic transmission variant of the Amaze and whether the new 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine could be used in Honda’s other cars like the Jazz and the City. We will get answers to those questions soon.

Author Since: Aug 04, 2018

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