Honda Amaze Performance & First Drive

Honda Amaze Overview

What you are looking at here is the all-new Honda Amaze and by all new we do mean all new. It still ducks under the crucial 4 meter mark yet it doesn’t look like the old car at all. That’s because Honda has completely changed the look of it. While they were at it, the brand has also updated the mechanicals besides adding a segment first CVT gearbox for the diesel option. Here’s how all the changes and updates fare in the real world. View offers on Honda Cars from Honda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Honda Amaze Exterior & Style

The New Amaze is not a major facelift. The front grille gets a thick chrome slat. gets The headlamps are also new, which are borrowed from the Mobilio. A new bumper also finds its way here. It remains the same from the side though. The only differentiation is the new set of alloy wheels and some tweaks to the ORVMs. The rear of the Honda Amaze now looks a lot more smart with the new chrome strip running across between the new tail lamps. The rear bumper is also new.

The antenna of the Honda Amaze facelift has been changed too and it is the new magnetic one. The tyre size on the Amaze facelift remains the same with 14-inch tyres (175/65/R14) and for the top variants it is 185/60/R15, with alloy wheels.

Honda Amaze Interior & Space

The changes thus though not extensive, do give the car a fresher appearance. It’s the changes to the insides that impressed me the most though. This is the area where owners would spend the maximum time and Honda has reworked the cabin well to offer a better in-car experience. The highlight is the new dashboard, which looks more appealing with its two-tone beige and black appearance. Fit-finish levels are high as expected from Honda, and the cabin exudes a more premium feel. On the whole, the new dash looks nice with its thoughtfully executed, clutter-free layout. I wish the infotainment system screen was bigger and colourful instead of monochrome though. The Amaze also gets Bluetooth connectivity now, apart from the AUX and USB. It gets automatic climate control too, with a large display for the air-conditioning unit.

The steering wheel is the same, but its rim uses a thicker, better feeling material which makes it chunkier to hold. The revised clocks look better too, which means the cockpit is a better feeling place now. The Amaze also gets redesigned door trims which give it a more upmarket feel, and do a good job of it. These interiors are the same as the upcoming BR-V, and work well in offering a more

Honda Amaze Engine & Gearbox

Under the hood the Amaze still uses the same 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines as before. We got to drive the manual petrol version, and the petrol engine in the Amaze has always been a likeable unit with its refinement. I would have expected some more pep from the motor but that’s not saying it doesn’t feel lively in its current avatar, offering 88PS and 109Nm of torque. The Amaze feels adept at its job of being a compact, zippy car to drive, especially in the city. We got to experience it in South Delhi’s traffic, which can be quite a challenge even in the afternoon. And that’s the typical domain for the Amaze, since most buyers will spend most of their time driving in traffic. The five-speed manual transmission is as slick as ever, offering precise shifts.

The ride quality is plush as before and the suspension continues to offer a likeable blend of handling and comfort. The Amaze is indeed a comfortable car if you are a family of four with its kind of space inside as well, which is another important reason behind the car’s success. Further, Honda is claiming NVH levels on the diesel version of the Amaze are better than before now, but sadly we did not get to experience the car thanks to the petrol getting allotted to us. The 1.5-litre diesel engine offers 100PS and 200Nm of torque, which is impressive for the segment. I did not get a chance to drive the CVT-equipped version either – something I was keen on experiencing since Honda is saying the transmission has been worked upon extensively to offer good efficiency.

Honda is also offering dual airbags as an option even on the base variant of the Amaze, and in fact will offer dual airbags as standard on all its cars to be launched the next financial year onwards. Finally, pricing for the new Amaze begins at Rs 5.30 lakh ex-showroom New Delhi for the base petrol variant. The VX (CVT), the top of the line petrol costs Rs 8.20 lakh ex-showroom. The base diesel variant of the Amaze is priced at Rs 6.41 lakh, while the top of the line diesel version, though manual, costs the same as the CVT petrol at Rs 8.20 lakh. That might be a small premium over the older car, but is negligible when you consider the new features and the enhanced feel inside, which makes it feel more upmarket. It is nice to see how a rather mild facelift and the addition of new-age features have brought the Amaze back in the game.

Honda Amaze Driving Dynamics

Because of the suspension’s long travel, the saloon handles larger bumps and craters very well, but because it is a bit stiffly set up, smaller undulations do unsettle it slightly. The relatively small 14-inch wheels don’t help either. To find a middle ground, Honda engineers tuned the springs for stiffness and the dampers for comfort, and added a stabiliser bar at the rear. The front dampers and springs have also been retuned for the diesel Amaze to cope with the extra weight of the bigger engine, but the difference is barely perceptible. The suspension itself is pretty quiet, but the car’s poor overall sound insulation means you will hear a lot of road and wind noise – the downside of Honda’s interior space maximising efforts.

All this suspension work has not come at the expense of handling, however. In fact, the longer wheelbase only adds confidence as you go faster, and when you’re going around corners. The electrically assisted steering is very accurate, and although it’s very light at low speeds, it does weigh up a little when you go faster. The diesel’s steering has been given added power assistance to handle the greater weight in the nose, but it still feels a touch heavier, and more reassuring, than the petrol.

Honda Amaze Price in Chennai

Honda Amaze Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 5,57,381/- (Amaze E MT Petrol) to 8,99,900/- ( Amaze V CVT Diesel). Get best offers for Honda Amaze from Honda Dealers in Chennai. Check for Amaze price in Chennai at Carzprice

Honda Amaze Conclusion

With the launch of new rivals in the compact sedan segment, the Honda Amaze started looking old amongst the fresher lot that come with new styling and latest equipment. However, getting some drastic changes inside out, the Honda Amaze facelift now offers a much more appealing package that can fend off some of its competitors. The heavily revised interiors are a fresh breath of air but the only chink in its armour is the lack of rear parking sensors that are only available as an accessory. The updated front and rear profile get sleek design elements that give it a broader stance and makes the Amaze’s presence felt on the road. Honda has marginally increased the price but it’s worth the extra penny spent.

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