Honda Amaze Review
Honda's 1st Diesel Sedan for IndiaWednesday, November 13, 2013
Honda Cars India launched the Amaze sedan on 11th April and since then they have managed to sell it in very good numbers. It was one of the most anticipated sedan in 2013. It is available in both diesel and petrol. As per the company claims, Honda Amaze diesel is the most fuel efficient sedan in its class with mileage of 25.8 kmpl!! This car will try to snatch the crown of India’s largest selling compact sedan from Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire. Honda India has priced the Amaze very aggressively at INR 4.99 lakhs for the basic model of petrol and INR 5.99 lakhs for the basic model of diesel. Does it have the potential?
- Available in both petrol and diesel
- Amaze is Honda’s 1st diesel sedan for India
- Honda claims that Amaze is the most fuel efficient car in India
- Mileage of Honda Amaze diesel is 25.8 kmpl as per ARAI
- Available in ten variants: 6 of petrol and 4 of diesel
- Petrol engine - 88 bhp at 6000 rpm, 110 Nm at 4800 rpm
- Diesel engine - 98.6 bhp at 3600 rpm, 200 Nm 1750 rpm
- The 1.5 litre diesel engine is the most powerful in its segment
- Transmission - 5 speed manual (Petrol and Diesel), 5 speed automatic (Petrol only)
- Top variants (VX) comes with safety features like 2 SRS airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution)
- Basic variant of Honda Amaze petrol is priced at INR 4.99 lakhs
- Honda Amaze diesel's basic variant is priced at INR 5.99 lakhs
- Available in six shades: Majestic Blue Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Carnelian Red Pearl, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Urban Titanium Metallic and Taffeta White
- Honda Amaze also features heat absorbing front windshield (a first for a car of this segment)
- ABS and EBD is standard in all diesel and petrol automatic variants
In India compact sedan means a hatch car with a boot and Amaze is no different. It’s a Brio based sedan and shares most of the styling bits with its younger sibling. To make it look different and fresh, Honda has restyled the face of this car. The radiator grille and front bumper of this car completely differentiates it from its younger sibling. The twin layered chrome grille makes it look classy and goes well with its pointed headlights. Its bumper has a small air dam but the sharp cuts and lines on it make it look extremely aerodynamic.
In fact, we would say the flowing and noticeable lines are the best part of this car. The shoulder line and wheel arches enhance the sporty stance of Amaze when seen from sideways. Amaze shares it side panels and wheel size with Brio. The biggest difference between Brio and Amaze lies at the back. Honda engineers have paid a lot of attention while fixing its boot and we must say they have done a commendable job. Maruti Dzire may be the largest selling compact sedan but people aren’t much satisfied with its tail looks. The trunk fitment becomes the biggest task while you convert a hatch into sedan without increasing much of its length. This car certainly looks well designed and proportionate than any other compact sedan in India. The tail section features full size clear lens tail lights which sits high on its broad rear bumper. The lip spoiler and chrome plate on its trunk adds premium touch to this car.
Honda Amaze gets the interiors of Brio with no major changes. It doesn’t look premium but can be accepted for an entry level compact sedan. The front seats of Amaze are similar to Brio which gives you enough space and support. This car has a seating capacity of five people and feels quite comfortable thanks to the extended wheelbase. The rear space of Amaze is better than Dzire in terms of head room and knee room. The top variant 'VX' features power windows, AC with heater, central locking, tilt steering, 2 DIN integrated music system with steering mounted buttons, driver seat height adjustment, rear seat armrest, dual tone seat fabric and heat absorbing front windshield (a first in its class).
The Honda Amaze measures 3990mm in overall length, 1680mm in overall width and 1505mm in overall height. The 2405mm wheelbase offer spacious interiors also the ground clearance of 165mm remains same with both the petrol as well as diesel variants. It comes with minimum turning radius of 4.5 m for the petrol variant and 4.7 m for the diesel one. The width between the front wheels is 1470mm and 1460mm between the rear wheels.
Honda Amaze is very spacious and offers enough legroom as well as headroom to its passengers. For the passengers at the back the leg room goes from min 740mm to max 980mm while at the front it stretches from min 620mm to max 840mm. Also the headroom at the front is of 990mm and at the back is of 920mm that makes sure comfort during long journeys. The kerb weight for the manual petrol E variant is measured at 950 kg, for the EX variant it is 955 kg and 965 kg for both the S and the VX variants. Whereas the automatic variants Honda Amaze S and Honda Amaze VX are offered with 1005 kg and 1010 kg respectively. The diesel variants are available only with the manual transmission and it weighs 1060 kg for Honda Amaze E, 1065 kg for Honda Amaze EX and 1075 kg for both the Honda Amaze S and Honda Amaze VX variants.
Boot Space and Capacities
Honda Amaze offers comfortable sitting arrangement for 5 passengers. While the boot space for the Amaze sedan is very spacious at 400 litres. Also the interiors are being offered with two cup holders as well as four bottle holders. The fuel tank capacity of 35 litres is also the same for both the petrol as well as the diesel powered Amaze.
Comfort and Convenience
Honda Amaze comes with all the essential comfort features like power windows, power steering, music system, remote central locking (keyless entry), powerful AC and defogger. The top variant also features front fog lights, electrically operated outside rear-view mirrors and adjustable power steering, rear seat centre armrest with glass holders and front fog lamps.
Dashboard and Storage
The neatly designed dual tone dashboard of Brio can also be seen in Amaze. Its small central console features circular AC vents on either sides. Its instrument console and three spoke steering wheel is very stylish and futuristic. The dashboard of Honda Amaze has an integrated spacious glove box which can be used to carry essentials. Amaze has two cup holders in its gear console while it features roomy pockets on its all four doors. Boot capacity of Honda Amaze is 400 litres and it certainly looks more spacious than any other compact sedan available in India.
The 'EX' variant of Honda Amaze features a single DIN music player with Aux-in and USB port. The 'S' and 'VX' variants of Honda Amaze come equipped with a double DIN music player with Aux-in and USB port. It also comes equipped with steering mounted controls similar to Brio. The basic variant 'E' comes with an option to get music system installed by making extra payment (1 DIN or 2 DIN).
Engine and Gearbox
Honda Amaze is available with two engine options; one each of petrol and diesel. The 1.2L petrol motor is already doing duty in its hatch variant, Brio. It generates maxmimum power of 88 bhp at 6000 rpm while its maximum torque of 110 Nm, which arrives at 4800 rpm. Amaze is Honda’s first car to feature a diesel engine in India. It is a 1.5L i-DTEC engine, which has been specially designed for Indian market. It generates maximum power of 98.6 bhp with a peak torque output of around 200 Nm. The diesel engine features Honda's Earth Dreams Technology. Honda's 1.5 litre i-DTEC diesel engine is India's one of the most clean and fuel-efficient engines. The engines are mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. There is also an option of 5-speed automatic gearbox in petrol model.
Acceleration and Performance
The petrol engine has already been tested and the performance is almost similar to the Brio hatchback. Honda Amaze takes around 13 seconds to reach 0-100km/hr. It’s a very refined engine which performs best at high rpms. The light weight of this car will help it get the best power to weight ratio in its segment. The 1.5 litre i-DTEC diesel engine of Honda Amaze is very powerful and most fuel efficient in its class. As far as performance is concerned it can easily outrun its main diesel compact sedans including the Maruti Swift DZire, Chevrolet Sail and Toyota Etios.
Honda cars have always been popular to be very frugal and environment friendly. Honda Amaze is no different; Honda claims that Amaze diesel is the most fuel efficient saloon in India with mileage of 25.8 kmpl!! The petrol motor is also very fuel efficient with respectable mileage figures. Amaze petrol with manual transmission returns mileage of 18 kmpl and automatic petrol variant returns mileage of 15.5 kmpl.
The top variant 'VX' of Honda Amaze sedan comes equipped with safety features like front fog lamps, engine immobilizer, 2 SRS airbags and ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution). ABS plus EBD is standard in all diesel and automatic (petrol) variants.
Suspension and Brakes
Honda Amaze shares the suspension and braking system with Brio. Honda is offering ventilated disc brakes at its front with drum brakes at the back. The front suspension is Independent McPherson Struts and rear features Torsion Beam Axle.
Ride and Handling
The increased wheelbase (2405mm) makes this car different than Brio in terms of ride and handling. Amaze has the electronic steering of Brio which add the right feel to this car. The low ground clearance (150) increases its aerodynamics and we expect it to be more stable than its rivals.
Honda is providing 40000kms/2 Years warranty on Honda Amaze, whichever is earlier. The customers can also get 40000 kms/2 Years maintenance package for Honda Amaze.
Honda Amaze is available in ten variants: 6 of petrol and 4 of diesel. The basic variant of Honda Amaze petrol is E, then EX, S and VX. Same is with diesel - E, EX, S and VX. The petrol model is also available with automatic transmission and it is available in two variants: S and VX.
The basic variant of Honda Amaze is ‘E’ and it comes equipped with electric power steering, front & rear power windows, manual AC with heater, central locking, tilt steering, front chrome grille, body coloured front and rear bumpers, immobilizer, rear micro antenna, eco lamp, fuel consumption display. The next variant is ‘EX’, in addition to the features of ‘E’ it comes with 1 DIN music system with front speakers, body coloured door handles and body coloured outside rear-view mirrors.
In addition to the features of ‘EX’ variant, the Honda Amaze ‘S’ features 2 DIN integrated audio system with steering mounted audio controls, driver seat height adjustment, rear seat armrest with glass holders, keyless entry, power adjustable outside rear-view mirrors and full wheel covers. The top variant is ‘VX’ and in addition to the features of ‘EX’, it comes with front dual SRS airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution), alloy wheels, power foldable outside rear-view mirrors with turn indicators, front fog lamps, rear defogger, dual tone seat fabric, heat absorbing front windshield and dual horn.
Honda has priced the Amaze very competitively; the basic variant of petrol (E) s available for INR 4.99 lakhs and basic model of diesel (E) is priced at INR 5.99 lakhs. The price of Petrol EX is INR 5,24,000, Petrol S is INR 5,62,000 and Petrol VX is priced at INR 6,60,000. The Diesel EX is priced at INR 6,24,000, Diesel S at INR 6,67,000 and Diesel VX is priced at INR 7,60,000. The Automatic S is available for INR 6,62,000 and Automatic VX is priced at INR 7,50,000.
Honda Amaze is available in six shades: Majestic Blue Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Carnelian Red Pearl, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Urban Titanium Metallic and Taffeta White.
Pros and Cons
Pros: The Amaze sedan is equipped with a powerful diesel engine that offers best in class fuel efficiency. It has excellent cabin space that makes sure comfortable ride for the passengers as well as the driver. Also the sedan comes in proper three-box proportion arrangement that is the boot integration does not look abrupt or truncated as with the other sub-four metre sedans.
Cons: The powerful diesel engine beyond 4500rpm becomes too noisy. Also the basic petrol variants lack the basic safety features such as ABS, EBD and airbags. The petrol motor has weak mid-range that makes you to shift down the gear every time you need to accelerate quickly.
Honda Amaze vs Maruti Dzire
Styling: Both the Honda Amaze and the Maruti Dzire are based on a hatchback. The Amaze is based on the Brio and the Dzire on the Swift hatchback. With the proper three-box design the Honda Amaze looks like a saloon designed from the very beginning. Whereas the Swift DZire is not the best looking car in our country with the boot unwillingly slapped on it, which makes it look very odd. The 400 litre boot of Amaze lets you squeeze more than that of the 310 litre boot on the Dzire. Amaze features a 25mm shorter wheelbase than the Dzire but still is very spacious from the inside thanks to clever packaging.
Interiors: Both the cars carry the same dashboard as their hatchback siblings. The moment you get inside the Dzire the stylish dashboard is much more pleasing than in the case of Amaze. The Amaze’s dashboard lacks in style as it looks a bit basic and doesn't give any classy feel. The Amaze offers typical Honda fashioned driving position, with lower dashboard which results in great visibility. But the front seats are better in Swift Dzire with superb cushioning as well as the driving position. Move on to the back the Dzire is not that good. It does not offer much legroom and headroom as that of the Amaze's. The Amaze can get a third passenger comfortably at the rear but not so in Dzire.
Performance: Honda has packed its first diesel sedan with an all-aluminium, common rail, twin-cam 1498cc diesel motor. Tuned to deliver 98.6 bhp at 3600 rpm with 200 Nm of torque at 1750 rpm, it pulls clearly from the 1200rpm and has a strong mid-range. The Amaze is significantly powerful, drives much better and also has very little turbo lag. Which is not the case with Dzire, though it features a 1248cc Multijet diesel engine that belts out 75bhp power at 4000 rpm and 190 Nm of peak torque at 2000 rpm. But it has noticeably more turbo lag and it also waits till 1800rpm to get full turbo boost.
The Amaze is quickest of the two with hitting 100 kmph in 12.97seconds which is half a second quicker than 13.40 seconds taken by Dzire. Press on to the 140kmph mark the Amaze extends the gap to 3.2 seconds. But the biggest disappointment with the Amaze is that the diesel engine gets vocal when you accelerate hard. Whereas the Dzire motor is much quieter and smoother than the Honda Amaze. Both the diesel engine delivers almost same mileage figures. Amaze returns 15.2kmpl in the city and 20.8kmpl on the highways. Maruti Swift Dzire returns mileage of 14.6kmpl in the city and 19.8kmpl on the highways. But the major difference here makes is the fuel tank capacity. Dzire has a 42 litre tank to the Amaze's 35 litre, which means the Dzire can travel a 100km more than the Amaze.
Honda India has priced Amaze very aggressively at INR 4.99 lakhs for the basic model of petrol and INR 5.99 lakhs for the basic model of diesel. This segment is soon to become the most popular segment of cars in India and to mark its strong presence; Amaze has an acceptable price tag. At this price point it is for sure that Honda Amaze is going to sell in huge numbers.