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2018 Honda Amaze – expert review

2018 Honda Amaze – expert review

Snapshot: The all-new Honda Amaze impresses with ‘mini-City’ like looks, lots of cabin space and clever engine options.

The Honda brand has always stood for excellence in engineering and cars that offer an engaging drive along with a strong mix of fun and practicality. The outgoing Amaze was well appreciated by buyers for its nice mix of cabin space, practicality and fuel efficient engines. However, as is the case with most cars, fresher rivals ensured that sales slowed down and Honda’s diesel engine was also found wanting for more refinement. Honda knows all this and has decided to launch a completely new car instead of upgrading the outgoing one. And from the looks of it the company has done a decent job of it.

 

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Exteriors:

The new Amaze now follows the rest of the family when it comes to the face. You get the same slender headlamps like the City and Jazz and the grille also gets the sleek chrome effect. The open winged theme is evident on the front of this car. The heavily sculpted bumper as well as LED lamps will be much appreciated by buyers. On the side the boxy shape helps liberate loads of room inside the cabin. The car now has an elongated wheelbase and also gets better width than before. All this ensures that the new Amaze looks better balanced in its silhouette and also has better proportions all across.  Unlike the older car which looked like a hatchback with a boot slapped on the new one clearly looks like a proper sedan.

Interiors:

Step inside the cabin and you will immediately appreciate the quality of this cabin. Honda can now easily take on the likes of the Maruti Dzire and Hyundai Xcent with the new Amaze for sheer quality levels. You also get Apple Carplay and Android Auto as part of the standard kit. The seats have been improved as well and get good support all across.

Rear occupants will truly love stretching in the back because leg room is more than adequate and better than its main rivals. Head room is decent too but in case you are a tall passenger over 6’3” you might find your head brushing against the roof. Still, for everyday average Indians, headroom is more than enough. Special mention has to be made of the big 420-litre boot. It’s the biggest in class now and has a wide loading aperture and generous width for the longest of long trolley bags.

Engine, performance and gearbox:

You get the same 1.2-litre engine with 90bhp in the petrol version but the diesel has been reworked on. You can choose the diesel with 100bhp on the manual and 80bhp on the CVT automatic.

Talking about the CVT diesel first, power is sufficient and you will truly appreciate that the car has a generous spread of torque. In fact, because of the CVT, the Amaze automatic is a lot better to drive than the AMT-Dzire. There is no jerkiness in the gearbox, power delivery is linear and refinement levels are very good. In fact refinement is good on the manual diesel as well. Honda has used new age materials for main engine components and has also worked on newer sound deadening materials to cut noise levels. It’s hard to imagine this same engine made quite a racket in the older car.

The petrol engine is still great for sheer refinement. It’s a nice package for people who enjoy driving. The manual gearbox is sporty, precise and offers short throws. The engine loves to be revved and remains quiet even when you rev the motor hard. The CVT on the petrol does have the same yo-yo rubber band effect that the bigger City displays but it’s never really a big irritant.

Honda claims excellent fuel economy too for the Amaze. The petrol will offer you 19.5kpl on manual while a strong 19kpl on the auto, while the diesel will deliver 27.4kpl with the manual and a strong 23.8kpl with the auto.

Ride and handling:

Honda has managed to achieve a strong mix of comfort and agility with the new Amaze. The steering offers a very positive and involving experience while managing to be light to operate. You will also enjoy the planted high speed ride and the composure that the car displays when dealing with badly patched up roads. Though not an out-and-out driver’s car, the Amaze offers an engaging driving experience.

Summary:

Don’t just think of the new Amaze as an alternative to the Dzire and Xcent, but think of it as a miniature version of the City. It offers almost 90 percent City like qualities for around 75 percent of the price, making it a solid buy.

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