Honda has recently relaunched its widely popular sedan, Honda Amaze in a new avatar. This beautiful car was first introduced in the Indian market in the year 2013 and in a very short span of time, it became the second best car in the Indian market. To give you an idea of its popularity, you can just look at the sales chart of this sedan. In a short period of five years, the company has managed to sell more than 2.5 lakh unit of this model. To understand why people find it so interesting let us examine this beauty up close and personal.
The newly launched model of Honda Amaze is very different from the earlier one that the company introduced in the Indian market on 2013. While the earlier model was based on the Brio platform, the new model is a completely new design that gives it a more refined look. While the earlier model looked like a poor man’s sedan, the new model with its vertical engine grille and softer character line sloping gently upwards improves its elegance dramatically. The designers have even increased the size of the wheels from 14 to 15 inches and redesigned its wheel arches to give it a better profile. Even at the back, you will find that the taillight has also undergone a makeover and the newly designed C style LED cluster seems to be inspired by the Mini Civic model.
The designers of this beautiful sedan have incorporated some of the latest comfort and technological feature to ensure that you enjoy your ride in this car thoroughly. You can open the front doors of this car by just putting your hand behind the handles and with inbuilt sensors, it is ‘open sesame’ the doors will open without you putting any effort to push any buttons. Inside the car, thanks to the beige colour, you will get a feeling of space and airiness that will surely improve your mood. The seats are ergonomically designed and the front seats come with neck rests, which allows you to lean back comfortably while driving the car. In Honda Amaze, the front seats are height adjustable, whereas the back seats are not, and they are placed very low. Therefore, if you are rather tall, then you will find it a bit uncomfortable to go on long drives sitting in the back. Additionally, the back seats do not come with adjustable neck rests, which would be of immense importance in saving the riders from any whiplash in an accident. Other than this, the overall riding comfort in this car is very good for both the front as well as the back riders. For the driver, the entire layout of the instrument panel is very intelligently done, and every single switch is within easy reach. While the overall quality of interior furnishing has improved immensely from the first edition of Honda Amaze, it is still not in the class of Hyundai Xcent. There is a lot of plastic (high quality) on the dashboard and no sign of leather or wood that would have given it an upmarket look. The build quality can also do with a little more refinement as we found that the glove box lid opened up repeatedly whenever we took a hard turn. Nevertheless, these are minor factors in an otherwise excellently designed and engineered mid-range sedan. However, there is one point where we have serious issues with this car, which is the level of noise insulation inside the passenger cabin. Honda has to make a serious effort in reducing the noise level so that the riders can have a greater comfort whilst travelling this car.
The engineers at Honda have equipped this beautiful looking sedan with different engine models. One of them is a 1,199cc, four-cylinder petrol motor and the other is a 1,498cc four-cylinder diesel motor. If you want to buy the petrol model, then you will get the maximum power of 90hp, resulting in a hammering 110Nm of torque. On the other hand, if you want to buy the diesel model, then you will get 100hp of power and 200Nm of torque. Both these engines are attached with the five-speed manual transmission (base model) and AMT for the upper-end trims. With the new engines, you will find that the engine noise is more refined compared to the earlier variant. However, you can still feel the vibration in the steering wheel and the pedal of the car. When you drive the diesel model, you will be wonderfully surprised by the response that you get when you press down on the pedal as a pretty big engine is powering a light car. Therefore the weight to power ratio is much better, which improves the handling and acceleration of this beautiful car. Talking about the engine, when you rev it up, you will find that it goes smoothly until 4300 rpm, after which the power seems to be switched off suddenly. The whole thing feels as if it has more power than it is expressing. The petrol engine, on the other hand, gives you a lot of power at your command. The car engines perform flawlessly beyond 5,000rpm and will let you go all the way to 6,700rpm without any hitch. The overall power packages of both these engines make this car a dream to ride.
The base price of the petrol model of the Honda Amaze is Rs. 5.81 lakhs (approximate) and the upper trim costs Rs. 8.11 lakhs (approximate). If you are interested in the diesel model, then you can buy the base model and the price of Rs. 6.91 lakhs (approximate) and the upper-end trim at a price of Rs. 9.11 lakhs (approximate). If you are looking for alternatives to Honda amaze, then you can look at Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Ford Aspire, Hyundai Xcent, or Volkswagen Ameo.