Honda’s first compact saloon – Amaze- fabricated particularly for India was launched early in 2013. With a sub four metre length, the Japanese car maker gets excise sops while also making this car an affordable option in entry-level sedan segment.
Honda Amaze is available in both petrol and diesel leagues with manual and automatic gearbox options. Let us now look into the features of Honda Amaze E M/T Petrol – the base variant in petrol category.
The consistency of its design sets the Amaze apart from most of its competitors. It does not look prominently chopped from the back and has a compact nose. There are quite a few creases and cuts on the body but these touches blend well with the design. The twin slat front grille even on the base model has chrome finish. Front and rear bumpers get body colour treatment. The windscreen has a greenish tint. Tail lamps look somewhat similar to those used in pre-facelift version of Honda City. Amaze E M/T Petrol runs on steel wheels.
Honda has indeed spent money on lengthening the wheelbase and more space between the wheels implies a roomy cabin. The front seats in Amaze are similar to Brio’s and even if slender, they are comfortable enough for long journeys. It’s a single tone beige colour theme for the fascia. On the whole the interiors are good for an entry level saloon and even if there is some cost cutting here, it’s not quite obvious.
There are cup holders in centre console and bottle holders for both sides of the cabin. Base variant Amaze E M/T Petrol does not get features like music system and accessory socket.
The cabin for Amaze E M/T Petrol has been packaged well with essential features for sufficient comfort. Its power steering is tilt adjustable and all four windows are powered. Headlights can be adjusted as required while driving at night. You also get a central locking facility. One aspect on which this base variant can be marked down is the lack of height adjustment for driver’s seat.
Other elements for comfort include ECO lamp with orange coloured illumination, a tachometer and centre interior light.
Like any other base variant, this one is also equipped with only elementary safety features. There is an engine immobilizer that prevents the engine from running unless the correct (WAVE) key is used. Amaze E M/T is also equipped with high mount stop lamp.
The instrument panel has reminders for driver seat belt, headlights on and ignition key in.
Despite being a sub-4 metre sedan, Amaze looks well proportionate and not abruptly truncated. Its interiors are spacious and it is also nice to drive. This petrol Amaze - E M/T- is powered by 1198 cc 4 cylinder engine mated to 5 speed manual transmission.
The base variant costs 5.05 lakhs (ex showroom price Delhi) and the fuel economy of this Honda saloon ranges between 12.5 km to 18 km/litre.