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Honda Amaze Overview

This is the all-new Honda Amaze. Everything from the chassis to the body shell, the interior design, the features, safety equipment and, very importantly, the transmission has been changed. The engines are not all-new but get improvements of their own for improved driveability, fuel efficiency and comfort. Honda says the goal for their R&D Asia Pacific department was to make a ‘one-class-above’ sub-4 metre sedan based on the feedback from both existing owners of the previous-gen sedan as well as potential customers of the all-new one.

Honda also had to take into account how the competition has intensified in the past five years, especially with Maruti Suzuki stamping its authority on the segment with the Dzire. It says the Amaze is not just a better product, but also offers a better ownership experience. Here’s our impressions of the new Amaze based on a hectic drive schedule in Bangalore’s varying weather.Check for Honda Amaze price in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Honda Amaze Exteriors

The exterior design of the 2018 Amaze divides strong opinions. Well it certainly did when we discussed it among fellow motoring journalists during the first drive event. That slab-like profile of the front-end is bold and sharp looking. While there are some elements, like the overly aggressive nose and the thick chrome bar, which may not go down well with everyone, the new Amaze does get some nice touches like the LED daytime running lights and the upsized 15-inch aluminium alloy wheels. Thanks to its short hood length and a well extended boot-lid, the Amaze fits under the crucial 4-metre length without looking disproportionate. The same certainly cannot be said for some of its rivals.

Honda Amaze Interiors

Straight-off, we appreciated the fresh styling of new dashboard. It gets a dual-tone black-beige shade with glossy black trim and silver accents highlighting the air vents, stop/start button, gear lever and air-con controls. You’ll also notice the refreshed climate-control layout that now has rotary knobs. Then there’s the large seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a new instrument cluster with twin dials, 1-litre bottle holders on all doors and the centre console, and a chunkier three spoke steering.

When it comes to quality along with fit and finish, although it is similar to Maruti’s Dzire, it isn’t a match for the Hyundai Xcent. That said, we felt that the matt-black trim on the dash and steering didn’t really gel with the rest of the interior trims. Plus, the misaligned shut-lines of the glove box on our test car didn’t look promising either. Let’s move on to the seats now. The large front ones have good cushioning with acres of headroom, just about enough contours, adequate knee room and the right amount of shoulder support for a comfortable drive. However, it is slightly short on thigh support. For more details on Honda Amaze check Icassp2003

That said, the well cushioned rear bench has a nice backrest angle with lots of legroom and adequate thigh support on tap. Even the long side window makes for an airy cabin experience. On the flipside, seating for three felt cramped and headroom could get tight for tall occupants. As for the boot, the 420 litres of luggage space is reasonably deep and can swallow most of your baggage requirements.

Some of the new features include integrated LED turn indicators on the door mirrors, new design alloy wheels, smart entry and a shark-fin antenna. It also gets safety features such as dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD and Isofix child seat anchors. Other unique bits are the large touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, paddle shifts for the petrol CVT model, a multi-function steering with cruise control and push button start. The CVT will not be available in the top-of-the-line variant.

Honda Amaze Engine

Given that most of you probably are keen to know about how the diesel CVT works, we will get on with it first. To begin with, Honda has detuned the 1.5-litre diesel engine to make it work more efficiently with the CVT gearbox. As a result, it makes 80bhp and 160Nm (as against 100bhp/200Nm as standard). However, within minutes of driving the CVT equipped variant you can feel the improvements in driving comfort. Firstly, Honda has put in some work to make the engine less noisy and improved the sound deadening. The diesel clatter, as a result, is well subdued compared to the old car.

Secondly, the turbo lag has gone down considerably compared to the manual. Sure, there is still that strong pull around midrange and the car will effortlessly climb up to highway speeds but the difference here is that the CVT masks nearly all of the lag with the way it works. That said, just like every other CVT, this one has a rubber band effect too which means flooring the pedal will have the revs climb up immediately. The gearbox even has an S mode which keeps the revs high for better pulling power. However, under heavy throttle you can hear a lot of diesel clatter in this mode compared to when you put it in drive.

All in all, this engine gearbox combination works better than the petrol CVT Amaze if you are after effortless performance and efficiency In the corners, the Amaze isn’t as sharp as the Ford Aspire or even the Maruti Dzire but feels balanced nonetheless and offers good body control and feedback from the steering which contribute to above average dynamics in this segment. As for the ride quality, the car absorbs most of the rough stuff with ease thanks to the well calibrated dampers. Still, expansion joints and sharp-edged inconsistencies can be felt in the cabin and at high speeds there is some amount of vertical movement especially when the car is loaded. It’s not a deal breaker though just a point worth making.

Honda Amaze Driving

The ride on the new Amaze is comfortable. The well-judged dampers absorb most bumps with ease and it is only over the harsh ones that the suspension noise thuds through into the cabin. The suspension setup is quite absorbent regardless of whether you’re crawling in the city or doing highway speeds. But it is on the softer side which also results in some amount of up and down motion when you pick up the pace.

We remember noise insulation (road noise) to be was one of the biggest concerns on the outgoing Amaze. Although it felt improved in the new car, we shall reserve our final judgement after driving it on concrete roads, since we mostly drove on tarmac in Bangalore. When it comes to the steering, it had a progressive feel which in turn suffices for regular city and highway manoeuvres. Although it isn’t particularly engaging while driving fast, we believe that it does the intended job well.

Honda Amaze Safety

Forget about the bumps and speed breakers on the road, as you would hardly feel any when driving a Honda Amaze car. This car comes with powerful Macpherson strut coil springs for the front suspension and Torsion beam coil springs for the rear. You hardly feel a bump because these springs absorb every load to ensure you get the most comfortable ride ever.

A crucial aspect of safety for any vehicle is its braking system. Honda Amaze has ventilated disc brakes for the front wheels and drum brakes for the rear to ensure that the car comes to a smooth halt every time you use them to stop the vehicle. Apart from these brakes, Honda Amaze has ABS and EBD to prevent any skidding of the wheels when you apply sudden brakes under slippery road conditions. A manual handbrake provided near the gearshift handle helps you to avoid the rolling down of your car when you park it on a steep slope. Honda Amaze has a strong body capable of absorbing the toughest of shocks. All Honda Amaze models come equipped with dual airbags for both driver and front-seat passenger. Besides these safety features, Honda Amaze has engine immobiliser, child safety locks, a central locking system, and rear parking assists. ISOFIX Child seat mount is another additional safety feature that you do not get in any other model.

Honda Amaze Cost in Hyderabad

Honda Amaze On Road Price is 6,82,974/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,80,500/- in Hyderabad. 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

Honda certainly has a winner on its hands, but it needs to be very aggressive with the pricing of the new Amaze if it wants to compete for the crown in the sub-4 metre compact sedan segment. It looks excitingly different, has a comfortable and feature-laden interior, and the potential to become the most appealing city-centric sedan in its class with its diesel-CVT variant. It also promises a premium ownership experience without the costs involved.

The 2018 Amaze feels like an all-rounder and, at least with its diesel MT/CVT variants, makes a good case for itself as one of the better offerings in the segment. While the exterior design may not appeal to everyone, the interior design, space and equipment on offer certainly will. Couple all this with one of the best ride-and-handling packages on any car in the sub-4 metre sedan segment, the Honda Amaze should feature on top of your list if you are looking to buy one in the near future.

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