Honda Amaze Hatchback First Drive

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Honda Amaze Overview

Honda introduced the first ever compact sedan, the Amaze in the year 2013 in India. The car comes under limits of a four-meter length, and the company has managed to carve out an amazingly spacious cabin and boot to make the vehicle a capable and practical package. However, since its launch, many competitors in the extremely competitive segment have come up with their updated models, creating troubles for Amaze. So, Honda responded rather quickly and revealed its all-new Amaze at the Auto Expo 2018. This time around, it has ditched the underpinnings of Brio and has been built on an all-new platform for better results. The inner and outer profile of the car has been updated while the mechanicals remain the same.Check for Honda Amaze price in Pune at Autozhop.

Honda Amaze Exteriors

Honda Amaze now comes in a completely new avatar. It is very different from the outgoing model. The car is underpinned by an all-new platform and the exteriors look appealing. It is now more stylish, and premium looking. The platform has made it longer, wider and the wheelbase has also increased.

Front

It gets the signature thick chrome grille of Honda and the front is flat in design. The grille blends into the headlamps, which are now much sleeker. The headlamps are regular halogen ones and are not projectors, even on the top end VX trim. The car gets LED daytime runnings lights integrated into the headlamp and the turn indicators are also embedded. The fog lamps are round in shape and have a black bezel. The bonnet has grooves which make it look muscular.

Side

The side of the 2018 Honda Amaze looks much more evolved now, especially with the well integrated boot. It looks more like a premium sedan from the side now. The door pillars are blacked out and it also has new door handles which are identical to the City. There is a shark fin antenna as well. The car gets 15-inch ally wheels on the top two V and VX variants. The base E and S variants get 14-inch steel wheels. The spare wheel is a 14-inch steel wheel, across all variants.

Rear

The rear of The new Amaze looks sportier. While the car we has earlier seen at the Auto Expo has a chrome strip on the boot, the production model does not get any chrome at the rear. The tail lamps are attractive and are of a split design. The rear bumper is large and extends low with an integrated skirt.

Honda Amaze Interiors

The second generation Amaze gets a completely new dashboard. Everything inside is new, starting from the 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel, instrument cluster with MID display, automatic climate control buttons, design on the AC vents and a DIGIPAD 2.0 touchscreen infotainment system. The materials used inside the cabin too feel more premium. Needless to say, the dual-tone black and beige treatment on the dashboard makes the cabin feel airy and large. The steering feels good to hold and in terms of features, the new Amaze offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink, cruise control, steering-mounted audio and cruise controls, push-button start, rear parking camera with sensors and electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs.

The front seats provide great comfort and support, the side bolstering deserves a special mention. Cabin space is much improved in terms of headroom, shoulder room, legroom and knee clearance. The rear seat is a much more comfortable place to be in. However, under-thigh support is strictly average for both the front and rear seats. Ingress and egress are comfortable too. The almost flat floor at the rear seat also makes the new Amaze a comfortable 5-seater compact sedan. The AC is pretty impressive and cools the cabin quickly. Honda has increased the capacity of the compressor to ensure quick cooling in our country’s tropical climate. Boot space is up by 20-litres and now measures 420-litres, which is best-in-class. To know more information on Honda Amaze check Bioinformatica

Honda Amaze Engine

The same engines do duty in the 2018 Honda Amaze. One is the 1.2 litre, four cylinder, SOHC engine that produces 89bhp of power at 6000rpm and 110Nm of torque at 4500 rpm. The power and torque are slightly improved now. This engine comes with a 5-speed manual transmission and also a CVT. The engine feels smooth and refined. The manual one, though not outrightly punchy, suits easy driving. The gearshifts are fine and the clutch is light. The CVT transmission focusses more on comfort and is laid back in acceleration. It takes it own sweet time and can get boring as well.

The second engine is the 1.5-litre diesel engine with 99bhp of power at 3600rpm and 200Nm of torque at 1750rpm. The engine is now tweaked to offer better performance and fuel efficiency. It comes mated five-speed manual transmission. The manual diesel is the most fun to drive of the lot. There is good grint in the engine and has sprightly performance. I was quite suprised at the way the NVH levels are controlled now. There is considerably less noise intruding inside the cabin now. Not that its not noisy, but much better than before.

The highlight here is the new diesel CVT which is seen for the first time. I wasn’t so convinced about it, until I drove it. It feels good to drive. Of course, it again focuses on comfort rather than outright performance, but it is not disappointing either. The acceleration is smooth as the speed builds up in a linear fashion. Now this engine has a reduced power of 80 bhp, which is 20bhp less than the manual version and the torque is also 160Nm. The reduction of power and torque is due to the fact that diesel engine has a flatter torque available across a range of rpms, hence unlike petrol, the diesel CVT does not require high power. However, the drive experience of this one was quite impressive and we do recommend it if you prefer long leisure driving.

Honda Amaze Driving

Longer wheelbase, larger wheels and the use of more rigid high tensile steel has certainly improved handling from the previous generation car. The steering offers good feedback at both high and low speeds. The diesel has a better steering feel and is more fun around the corners but tends to understeer on hard cornering. Ride quality has drastically improved, especially for the rear passengers. The Amaze takes potholes well at low speeds but the deep ones do creep inside at high speeds. The suspension is tuned slightly towards the stiffer side but dynamics, like any other Honda are well balanced. Grip from the 15-inch tyres is great while the brakes offer good stopping power.

Honda Amaze Safety

The brakes of the compact sedan come with a nice bite force. Further, the inclusion of ABS with EBD as standard fitment gives it more strength on the roads. Honda Amaze also gets dual airbags and ISOFIX rear child seat mounts as standard across the range. Other safety aspects in the car include engine immobilizer, rear parking sensors and impact mitigating headrests.

Honda Amaze Cost in Pune

Honda Amaze On Road Price is 6,80,004/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,85,900/- in Pune. Honda Amaze comes in 6 colours, namely Majestic Blue Metallic,Alabaster Silver Metallic,Carnelian Red Pearl,Golden Brown Metallic,Urban Titanium Metallic,Taffeta White. Honda Amaze comes with FWD with 1198 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 87 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 109 Nm@4500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Honda Amaze comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Honda Amaze Conclusion

The 2018 Honda Amaze is a much more accomplished package now. Not only has it grown in size, it gets a good number of features and comes with engines which shine on both performance and efficiency front. The icing on the cake is the diesel CVT transmission which is smooth and far superior to the competition. The new Amaze offers ample amount of practicality and we think it should find many takers in the compact sedan segment.

Honda Amaze is available in 4 different variants such as E, S, V and VX. Its base model E is priced at Rs. 5.59 lakh while the top spec variant is available at Rs. 9.0 lakh. The car stands in the most competitive segment and gives tough fight to rivals such as Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Tata Tigor, Volkswagen Ameo, Hyundai Xcent and Ford Aspire.

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