With the Amaze, Honda Car India finally added a diesel motor in their product portfolio in India. Based on an extended platform of the Brio hatchback, this new compact sedan from Honda has emerged as a tough competition for its rivals.
From the outside this car looks well-proportioned and properly styled, keeping in mind the fact that it is a sub 4 meter sedan. The front appearance of the Honda Amaze largely resembles to that of the Honda Brio. The major difference that catches the naked eye is the body coloured air dam on the front bumper rather than the black finish one found on the hatch. Also the grille now has 2 chrome strips rather than a single one with the Honda logo placed in between them. The front bumper still gets the sharp crease which runs all the way back till the rear three quarter. The Honda Amaze gets an additional crease, which originates from the back door and merges brilliantly with the taillights. The rear end of this 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 Maruti Suzuki Swift. The taillights are modest and compact as well.
Honda 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 and certain fitting on the steering wheel being in beige colour. The cabin quality feels premium though it lacks style and is a bit dull when compared to what the competition has to offer. The vehicle gets small door pockets but offers ample of cup and bottle holders. The top spec variants come with steering mounted controls and a multimedia system. Certain features like automatic climate control and speed sensing central locking have been giving a miss even on the top spec variants.The Amaze comes with a best in class 400 litres of boot space.
Engine and performance
The petrol powered Honda Amaze uses the same 1.2 litre i-VTEC engine available in the Brio which produces 86bhp and 108Nm or torque. The diesel motor on the other hand is the all-new 1.5 litres i-DTEC engine which produces the best in class 98bhp and 120Nm of torque. Its petrol engine is available with either a 5 speed manual transmission or a 5 speed automatic one, while the diesel motor only comes with a 5 speed manual transmission.
Honda Amaze pitches against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Toyota Etios, Hyundai Xcent and TATA Zest.