Sub four metre cars are not essentially ‘saloons’ but the strange excise rules in India have necessitated some changes in designing of sedan cars. And Honda was no exception. So like its closest rival Maruti Suzuki Dzire, the Amaze also measures less than 4 metres in length. However the Japanese car maker has worked well on the design and with a large wheel base (resulting in roomy cabin) and spacious boot, this saloon fits well in the Indian sedan market.
Here’s an account of the features for Honda Amaze S – MT Petrol, the mid segment variant of this car:
The Amaze does seem attractive and with its short nose, two slash lines across the sides of the car and the nicely devised wrap around tail lights, it maintains the look of saloon.
While sharing the essential styling features with E MT and EX MT, this version of Amaze comes with a couple of extra elements - It has mud flaps for both front and back. And the full trim wheels make for some cosmetic upgrade.
With some further work on aesthetics and functional features, Amaze S MT looks more mature than its younger siblings (E MT and EX MT). Airvents in the cabin are surrounded by chrome rings and there is silver garnish on the steering wheel. There is a 2 DIN integrated audio system in this version as against 1 DIN audio with coin box in EX MT. Audio control switches mount the steering wheel. Speakers are provided at both front and back. You also get an accessory socket in the cabin. Further, the rear seat has centre armrests with cup holders.
There are quite a few extra comfort features in this variant of Amaze MT petrol. Most importantly, the driver’s seat can be adjusted for height. There is a keyless entry facility and the outside rear view mirrors are electrically adjustable. A pocket has been provided behind front passenger’s seat and there is a vanity mirror with lid.
All other features for comfort and convenience are same as in base models.
The set of elements for a safe and secure ride with Amaze S MT is precisely the same as in E and EX MT. The engine immobilizer would not let the engine run unless your unique WAVE key is used. There is a high mount stop lamp and instrument cluster has indicators and reminders for driver seat belt, switched on headlights and ignition key in.
Priced at Rs 5.72 lakhs (ex showroom price Delhi), Honda Amaze 1.2 S MT Petrol has its fair share of features for a mid segment petrol sedan. It gives a fuel economy of up to 12.5 km / litre in the city and 18 km/ litre on highways.
Overall, it’s a nice compact saloon albeit a little more attractive in its diesel avatar.