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Honda Amaze
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Customer Rating
: 3/5
Expert Rating
: 8/10
Warranty
: 2 Yrs / 40,000 kms (Whichever is earlier)
Ex-showroom price in 
Delhi
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5.93 Lakhs-9.66 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Stylish Demeanour
  • Convenience Of CVT
  • Powerful Performance
  • Superior Dynamics

Weak Areas

  • Lack Comfort Features 
  • Average Quality
  • Mediocre Ride Quality
  • High Engine Noise
Honda Amaze
 
 

Honda Amaze Expert Review

Honda Amaze has reached the market in its 2nd generation model. It is based on a new platform and carries an updated design package. There is a choice between 1.2 litre petrol and 1.5 litre diesel engines both of which come with 5 speed manual and CVT options. Honda brings Amaze in 4 trims.


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Honda brought the new Amaze to the Auto Expo 2018 and it was launched to the market on May 16, 2018. This is the second generation of the sedan after the first model was introduced in 2013. The taxation benefits given to cars under 4 meters in length encouraged Honda to make the most of its abilities in creating space utility and designing an economy sedan package.

         Honda Amaze Expert Review 2018

Within the limitations of 4000 mm length the Japanese car maker created pretty spacious interiors and boot for the amaze making it a strong competitor against the Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Hyundai Xcent. However the original model of Amaze was underpinned by the Brio platform and that was to adhere with the cost targets. This is why it did not feel as premium as some of its competitors. There were nips and tucks later bringing quite a few improvements but the Amaze never felt exclusive enough for its price. 

In 2018 Honda has brought out the second avatar of its sedan and has redesigned it completely. Amaze is not a Brio with a boot anymore. It is a new compact saloon created from ground up. 

The two engine options with the car include:

?    1.2 litre petrol engine generating 89 bhp and 110 Nm of torque 
?    1.5 litre diesel engine generating 99 bhp and 200 Nm of torque 

Both of these are offered with a 5 speed manual gearbox and CVT. With the CVT however the 1.5 litre diesel engine is tuned for 79 BHP 79 bhp and 160 Nm of torque.  

There are four variants available as E, S, V and VX. Safety features such as dual airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, ISOFIX child safety seat anchor points and reverse parking sensors are standard across variants. 

Here’s a detailed report on the design and performance of the new Amaze: 


The External Impression

Built on an all-new platform the new Honda Amaze measures 3995 mm in length and has a wheelbase of 2470 mm. It is 1695 mm in width and 1498-1501 mm in height. 

        Honda Amaze 2018

The front grille has thick lining of chrome and the swept back headlamps merge into it. These headlamps are integrated with LED daytime running lights (DRLs). The front bumper with rectangular fog lamp housings and black grille design adds a refreshing look to the recreated sedan.  There are creases on the sides of the bonnet creating a raised appearance. 

           Honda Amaze Shark Fin Antenna

In its profile look, the Amaze again seems more attractive than the older model. The B pillar has been blacked out. The sides are largely clean and there is just one character line on the door panel. The pull type contemporary design door handles are in body colour. The powered outside rear view mirrors (ORVMs) have integrated turn indicators. This sedan gets 15 inch wheels with 175/65 R15 tyres for the top end variant. Its lower trims get 14 inch steel wheels.

       Honda Amaze Power Folding ORVM LED Turn Indicators

At the rear
Honda Amaze gets a sharp silhouette with a broad bumper. It has C shaped split tail lamps and a shark fin radio antenna is positioned towards the rear. The boot has a capacity of 420 litres which is an increase by 20 litres from the older model. And the tank takes in 35 litres of fuel. 

Inside the Cabin 

The dimensions of the new Amaze sound great. But what difference do they actually create inside the car? The cabin is more spacious and feels ergonomically better. All controls are in easy reach from the driver’s seat. The dashboard has a piano black treatment and its plastic quality has improved when compared to the last model. And the upholstery of the sedan is in beige and black that makes the cabin feel more spacious airy.
 
            Honda Amaze Sophisticated Dashboard

For its top end variant VX,
Honda Amaze gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also has navigation and automatic climate control. The infotainment system comes with a 7 inch touchscreen which is called the Digipad Version 2. It is the updated version of the system that we get in WR-V, BR-V and City. It is simple and intuitive to manage. Unfortunately these elements are not provided in the CVT version that for cost control gets a basic music system with FM radio, USB, Bluetooth and Aux input.
 
         Honda Amaze Feel the Bigness

This sedan’s steering wheel is also a thoroughly revised unit with audio controls. It gets cruise control as an option.

            Honda Amaze Big On Safety

The functioning of the air conditioner is more effective now with the volume of compressors revised to 83 cc (from 58 cc) in petrol and 120 cc (from 110 cc) in diesel. The AC cools much faster. And taking advantage of this improvement (in cooling capacity), Honda desisted from providing separate vents for the rear seat occupants.

With the wheelbase increased the space in the car has expanded especially for the rear. The seats are comfortable and there is adequate knee room. The headroom may not seem adequate to tall people but that’s because of the sloping roof design. A centre arm rest has been provided and it gets two cup holders. There are quite a few cubby holes to keep knick knacks both in the front and rear parts of Honda Amaze’s cabin. You can put 1 litre water bottles in the door pockets. A charging point has also been provided for the rear seat passengers. 


The Engine, Transmission and Performance 

Diesel 

Testing the manual version of the diesel first we found that the 1.5 litre engine displays similar behaviour as in the older model. It is responsive to accelerator inputs and builds up power in a linear way. Even though the spike comes at about 1800 rpm, there is adequate power available even before that.  City driving is easy and you don’t face the problem of delayed power delivery.
 
         Honda Amaze 2018 Petrol-and-Diesel-Engine

The performance stays strong and smooth even after the peak power output at 3600 rpm. It dulls down after 3800 rpm although you can rev it up to 4300 rpm on the highway. The good thing is that this diesel engine does not sound gruff at high revs. Honda has worked in this zone by using an engine undercover and changing the engine block design. It also made several alterations to filter out the vibrations and sound. Therefore, even if the diesel drone can still be heard inside the cabin, the rattling noise has been done away with.  The 5 speed manual gearbox also does a good job with its exact throws and the clutch is pretty light to use. 

The next version of Honda Amaze to drive was the diesel CVT. This is a segment first and Honda itself has offered a diesel CVT for the first time. Here, the power and torque of the diesel unit have been reduced by about 20%. On a positive note the sedan does not feel underpowered in this variation.  The CVT also works well and manages the oil burner’s responsive nature satisfactorily. 

This automatic does offer brisk and smooth performance. And the CVT keeps the engine spinning in the peak of its powerband.  You can drive the Honda Amaze smoothly with revs held at 3700 rpm even as the speed rises quickly. Yes, the power is less than that of the manual but the CVT variant does not feel under powered at all.

There is some rubber band effect and the engine also starts to drone when you take it up to the higher revs but with a light foot on the pedal, the CVT does work to bring the revs down and that makes the sedan cruise pleasingly without any drama.
 
         Honda Amaze CVT the Ultimate Automatic Now in Diesel

The ARAI certified fuel efficiency for the diesel manual stands at an impressive 27.8 km / litre and for CVT it is 23.8 km/ litre. 

Petrol 

With the old 1.2 litre petrol engine, the Honda Amaze does not feel very different to drive than its previous version. If you use the accelerator gently, the engine will offer smooth and refined drive experience in the city. However the weak mid range of the unit that was fly in the ointment for the original model is again felt here. And that implies frequent gear changes to keep up with the city traffic. 

The lack of punch is quite apparent in the 4th gear when you try to overtake on open roads. And if you press the A pedal hard in the 4th gear the power will not help and it becomes rather necessary to shift down to the 3rd for any progress. One reason for this issue is Honda using taller 4th and 5th gear ratios to improve the overall fuel economy. Indeed, for the petrol version, they managed to enhance the fuel efficiency by at least 10% to 19.5 km / litre. 

Like other petrol cars by Honda, the new petrol Amaze likes to be revved and there is a sharp spike in the performance after 2500 rpm. You can rev it all the way up to 5500 rpm. 

While the 5-speed manual can be driven easily in city and on highways, you also get the CVT option with petrol Amaze. This works even better for commuting in the cities. However when aggressively driven on open roads, the automatic transmission holds on to revs at higher rpms which makes the engine feel stressed. The problem is even more acute if the car is carrying load of all 5 occupants and luggage. To avoid straining the engine it is advisable to stay light on throttle inputs. 

Honda has provided paddle shifters for manual gear changing. There is also a Sports mode on the lever. It may be mentioned here that the diesel CVT does not get paddle shifters but is has a low gear mode marked L – it allows the car to get into the lowest possible gear ratio and that helps on steep inclines. 

The fuel efficiency for petrol CVT is 19 km / litre. 


Ride and Handling 

The new model of Honda Amaze continues to offer admirable ride comfort. It can still handle uneven tarmac efficiently and does not give jerks to cabin occupants on roads riddled with potholes. 

Its body movements are also pretty controlled. There is however one concern. With passengers on all seats and luggage, the rear of the sedan tends to bottom out on speed breakers. This is due to soft rear suspension and a long wheelbase.  

There is some vagueness in the steering around the centre position. However the unit itself is well weighted and it feels better at speed. On the whole the stability is good and the Amaze gives the feel of a large, planted car. It can go around the corners confidently and despite being a family car it can be enthusiastically driven on the winding rounds.


Verdict 

The price for Honda Amaze petrol starts at Rs 5.59 lakhs (Variant E MT) and goes up to Rs. 7.99 lakhs (Variant  V CVT). For the diesels, the price range is between Rs. 6.69 lakh (Variant E MT) and Rs. 8.99 lakh ( V CVT). 

With a new platform and all the design changes, the new Amaze is indeed miles ahead of its old model. It looks better and has more spacious cabin with a cluster of features. It is now more powerful to take on is segment competitors Dzire, Xcent, Ameo and Zest. For compact segment buyers particularly the ones who have experienced Honda cars earlier, it will be a good buy. 

Comfort: 3.5/5
Refinement: 3.5/5
Safety: 3/5
Ride: 4/5
Handling: 3.5/5
Value for Money: 3.5/5

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