Honda Amaze Review & First Look


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 Honda Amaze price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

Honda Amaze Look

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 Comfort

For starters, the all-new Amaze’s cabin is nothing like the old car. While it gets a double layered dash that’s finished in black and beige, this dual-tone theme is also carried over to the door pads. An important highlight here is the piano-black trim and silver accents splashed all over, which go a long way towards lending a premium feel to this cabin.Then again, the interior experience is also enhanced by a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system (both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible), a new instrument cluster with clear dials, and a thick-centred steering. On the flipside, the matt-black trim used on the steering and dash felt out of place. And even the shut-lines of the glove-box on our test car was way off the mark.

Succintly put, although the all-new Amaze is similar to the Maruti Dzire in terms of overall quality, it is no match for the Hyundai Xcent which still sets a benchmark in the segment. On to the seats now. The front ones now have better shoulder support than earlier apart from lots of cushioning and contours, adequate legroom, and ample headroom even for tall occupants. Having said that, thigh support could have been better.

At the rear, the seat is comfortable thanks to superior cushioning, lots of legroom, adequate thigh support, and an appropriate backrest angle. However, headroom is cramped for tall passengers and seating for three will be a tight proposition. If sitting in close proximities had you worried, at least Honda has come up with an increased compressor volume (over earlier Amaze) for better cool-down time, and we have to admit that the air-con did its job quite well on our drive. When it comes to the 420-litre boot of the all-new Amaze, there’s enough space for it to swallow four pieces of airline cabin baggage plus a few soft bags.

New exterior features on the Amaze include smart entry, LED turn indicators on the external mirrors, a shark-fin antenna and a newly styled alloys. Then there’s the a multi-function steering with cruise control, paddle shifts for the petrol CVT model, a large touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, reverse camera with guide lines, and push button start. Safety is taken care of by the ABS with EBD, dual-front airbags, and ISOFIX child seat anchors. Since all the CVT Amazes on our drive were ‘V’ versions, there’s reason to believe that the automatics will not be offered in the top-of-the-line ‘VX’ variants.

Honda Amaze Transmission

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. To know more details on Honda Amaze visit Rbts

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 new Amaze is based on an all-new platform that uses more high-tensile steel, helping it reduce weight while improving torsional rigidity. The suspension, both at the front and rear, get revised geometry, camber angles, damper angles and use urethane bump stops to improve the ride in all areas. These changes can be felt when driving over all kinds of surfaces. Some of our colleagues termed it ‘European’ without the negatives associated with such a ride. The Amaze handles potholes with aplomb, ironing them without a single squeak. The urethane bump stops transmit fewer vibrations into the cabin and reduce the suspension noise to a very large extent, letting only the sharpest of bumps to be felt inside. Road undulations do not seem to unsettle the Amaze, even when driven at triple-digit speeds.

This is not to say the Amaze is very smooth at high speeds. In a straight line, the Amaze will hold its line and not bounce even when it encounters sudden bumps on the road. But try to change lanes at these speeds, or go around a corner, and the Amaze showcases a significant amount of body roll. It is never unnerving, but it forces you to change direction in a gentle manner at high speeds. The steering does not weigh up as much as we would have liked at higher speeds but feels direct nonetheless.The good news for the rear passenger is that the Amaze will not feel like a boat ever; while comfortable, the suspension doesn’t tend to bob over high-speed undulations, making highway runs very relaxing. In the city, the Amaze will feel like a car from another segment altogether in its ability to smoothen out uneven roads, which makes it a great car to be chauffeur driven in!

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 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 Final Word

Let’s take it for granted that you’re reading this review since a petrol fits your bill, be it the manual or the CVT. So refinement is up there in the list of expectations. However, what you need to know is that Honda could have strengthened the noise insulation jobs on the petrol to make it sound more refined and less coarse. And the rear head room can get cramped for tall passengers.

Nevertheless, what goes in the favour of the petrol Amaze’s favour is the crisp gearbox shifting action with a light clutch pedal (manual), the ease of driving offered by an automatic transmission (CVT), a new lighter platform with more resistance to collisions, an upmarket look with more relevant features, and a better ride quality. Plus, Honda is betting hard on the standard three years ‘unlimited’ km warranty, fourth and fifth year ‘unlimited’ km extended warranty, a service interval that spans 1 year/10,000km and the annual maintenance package AMC that costs just Rs 3500 for the petrol.So, then it all boils down to the all-important factor – its price. And that we’ll know when the all-new Honda Amaze launches on 16 May.

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