Over the years, the Honda Amaze has grown more mature. The ongoing model has a distinct identity in comparison to the outgoing model. However, its direct counterpart, the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, still tops the sales chart. The reason behind the popularity of the Dzire could be the availability of the CNG variant, as it is popular among fleet owners. Had there been a CNG variant on the Honda Amaze, the scenario could have been different today. Therefore, Honda India had great success with their sub-compact sedan.
But in terms of features and design, the Amaze is ahead of the Dzire. So, can the sub-four-metre Honda Amaze be a better offering in its segment? Let’s find out in this Honda Amaze review.
Honda Amaze: Interior Design and Features
The Honda Amaze’s interior gets a dual-tone scheme of beige and black, accompanied by silver inserts on the steering wheel and the door panels. Depending upon the variant, the Honda Amaze gets power windows, a multi-function steering wheel, an auto HVAC, etc. Additional features include an engine start/stop button, a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an analogue instrument cluster with MID, to name a few. In addition, Honda could have given a cooled glovebox, especially in a country with harsh heat. On the inside, the Amaze also offers lots of storage compartments, so storing things shouldn’t be a problem. The type of fabric upholstery looks premium. The seats are well-cushioned and provide absolute comfort. That means passengers can comfortably enjoy their long journeys.
Despite that, the Honda Amaze is one of the best-selling Honda cars in India.
Honda Amaze: Performance
Unlike its counterparts like the Hyundai Aura, Maruti Suzuki Dzire, and Tata Tigor, the Honda Amaze is the only vehicle that gets a diesel engine. The Honda Amaze specifications remain unchanged since it’s a facelift. However, it includes petrol and diesel engines. The former comes with a 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine that produces 90bhp and 110Nm of torque. The latter engine comes with a 1.5-litre i-DTEC unit that produces 99bhp and 200Nm of torque when paired with the manual transmission. The CVT combination with the diesel engine lowers the output to 80bhp and 180Nm of torque. For its weight, the diesel engine has a good amount of torque.
However, the petrol unit has an automatic transmission as well.
Depending upon the engine and transmission, the ARAI-claimed mileage of the Honda Amaze ranges between 19.5kmpl and 27.4kmpl.
The first generation of the Honda Amaze faced criticism for its fuel efficiency, but the second-gen Amaze carries an enhanced engine. For more on its drivability, check out the Amaze review.
Honda Amaze: Exterior Design and Dimensions
The ongoing Honda Amaze boasts Honda’s latest underpinnings that meet the safety regulations. Therefore, the Honda Amaze did secure a four-star safety rating from the Indian NCAP. Besides that, the Honda Amaze’s dimensions measure 3995mm in length, 1695mm in width, and 1501mm in height, and it sits on a wheelbase of 2470mm. It might indicate better legroom and headroom for the rear passengers with that wheelbase and roof height. The Honda Amaze’s boot space is also pretty adequate, rated at 420 litres.
As mentioned earlier, the second-generation Honda Amaze has a distinctive identity. The top-most variant of the Honda Amaze gets an LED setup at the front and rear and diamond-cut alloy wheels. So, let’s begin with the front fascia. The Amaze consists of a chrome grille with three horizontal slats flanked by projector headlights. The lowest section of the front bumper gets a check red grille flanked by foglamps paired with chrome inserts. However, the front end of the Honda Amaze has an upright position. The side profile of the Amaze gets a sharp and well-defined shoulder line.
At the rear, the sub-compact sedan gets C-shaped LED tail-lights, and the tailgate gets badges of make and model. The lower section of the rear bumper gets a chrome lining flanked by reflectors. You’ll also notice a rear spoiler on the tailgate for better aerodynamics. Now, let’s jump to its safety features.
Honda Amaze: Safety
The Honda Amaze’s standard safety features remain unchanged. It includes dual airbags, a rear parking camera with sensors, and day/night IRVM. Apart from those, you also get ABS with EBD, auto-headlamps, and ISOFIX anchorages, to name a few. As for the reverse parking camera, the company could have provided a better lens.
Honda Amaze: Price and Variants
The Honda Amaze’s variants are E, S, and VX. The Honda Amaze’s price starts at Rs 6.56 lakh for the base model, Amaze E, and goes up to Rs 11.39 lakh for the top model, Amaze VX CVT Diesel. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi. For similarly priced vehicles in its class, you can check out the Hyundai Aura, Maruti Suzuki Dzire and the Tata Tigor.
Since it’s a facelift, you won’t find any substantial difference in drivability or the cabin. The ongoing Honda Amaze gets a fresh exterior at a marginal premium.
To conclude, the Honda Amaze can be a good deal. It will offer the best of both worlds – features and comfort. The sub-compact sedan can also put a smile on your face when you sit in the driver’s seat. For more such car reviews, stay tuned to autoX.