With the Amaze, Honda Car India finally added a diesel motor to their portfolio in India. Adding to it, the Japanese automaker also entered into the highly competitive compact sedan segment. Based on an extended platform of the Brio hatchback, this new compact sedan from Honda has emerged as a tough competition for its rivals. This sub-4 metre sedan directly rival against the likes of the Maruti Swift Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Zest and the Ford Figo Aspire.
Honda has succesfuly achieved the task of giving the Amaze a well-proportioned and smart exterior profile even though its a sub 4 meter sedan. The front appearance of the vehicle largely resembles to that of the Brio. The major difference that catches the eye is the air dam on the front bumper which is now body coloured as compared to the black one placed on the hatch. Also the grille, although similar in shape, now features 2 chrome strips rather than a single one with the Honda logo finding its place in between them. The front bumper still gets a sharp crease which runs along the side profile of the car and ends on the back door. The Amaze gets an addition crease, which originates from the back door and merges brilliantly with the taillights. The back end of the car is fairly simple. The boot lid gets a chrome strip above the housing for the licence plate, which somewhat resembles to the one on the Swift. The taillights are modest and compact as well.
The Honda Amaze compact sedan is available in six exterior shades including Majestic Blue, Urban Titanium Metallic, Carnelian Red Pearl, Tafeta White, Crystal Black Pearl and Alabaster Silver Metallic.
The Amaze shares its interior design elements with the Brio. It gets beige and black dual tone interiors. The dashboard is largely made up of black plastics with the glove box, steering wheel and door panels given the beige treatment. The cabin quality feels premium although it lacks style and is a bit dull if compared to what the completion has to offer. The car gets ample cup and bottle holders. The top spec variants come with steering mounted controls and a standard multimedia system, although they miss out on automatic climate control and speed sensing central locking. Amaze comes with a best in class 400 litres of boot space.
Engine and performance
The gasoline version of the Amaze compact sedan is powered by the same 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine that also powers the Brio hatchback. This engine is capable of producing 86bhp of power along with a top torque of 108Nm. The oil burner is a fuel efficient 1.5-litre i-DTEC unit that churns out 98bhp of power and 200Nm of torque. A five-speed manual gearbox is available as standard, while the petrol version also get a 5-speed automatic gearbox.
Price and Competition
The Honda Amaze compact sedan is priced in the range of INR 5.23 lakh for base variant and goes up to INR 8.25 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. The compact sedan competes against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Zest and the Ford Figo Aspire.