1199cc, 16V, i-VTEC Petrol
Front: McPherson Strut Coil Spring
Rear: Torsion Beam Coil Spring
160 kmph/ 15 seconds
Rs. 8,19,900 (ex showroom Delhi)
Honda first launched the Amaze back in 2013 it was an instant success. Consumers
looking to buy a car in the compact sedan segment finally had another choice
apart from Maruti Suzuki’s Swift Dzire. Not only did the Amaze offer consumers
a refreshed design but it also brought Honda’s engineering prowess to the
table. Almost three years went by and the car did not see any changes until the
morning of March 3, 2016.
announced the official unveil of the facelifted 2016 Amaze. The car has
undergone some not so subtle changes like a new front grille, new front bumper,
new fog lamps, new taillamps and a brand new dash. The car does leave hints of
the old Amaze but has definitely got some zing to it. The front grille now has
a single bold chrome wing which bears the Honda badge while the bumper gives
the car a more modern and aggressive look. Moving to the rear end of the car
one can see a brand new taillight design. The overall design of the casing
remains the same but the interior casing has been revamped. Honda has given a
more symmetrical look to the layout and I feel it is a much welcome change.
interior of the car is where we can see some real changes. Contrary to the
previous design the dashboard on the new Honda Amaze is much more contemporary.
However it does remind you of the Honda City and the design has definitely been
borrowed from the City as well. It now features a Bluetooth enabled audio
system with steering mounted audio controls. The car also gets an optional
fully automatic climate control system which I found to be one of the better
ones in the segment. The quality of plastics, however, is a letdown and has not
seen too much improvement. The overall package of the Amaze has definitely got
some handy features like electrically foldable and adjustable ORVMs, rear
reading lamp, Bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity but one does feel the need
for parking sensors or a rear view camera as well.
technologies are increasingly becoming popular in urban areas and most of the
contenders in this segment have brought forth their champions. While Maruti Suzuki
has the Dzire AMT, Tata Motors introduced the Zest AMT. But Honda had other
plans. Along with the launch of the facelifted Amaze, Honda also launched the
CVT version of the car. This is the first time any manufacturer has brought in
a CVT in this segment in the country and we just had to find out how good it
CVT version of the car gets a minutely bigger engine but is one smooth cat. The
Amaze CVT is powered by a 1.2 Litre, 16 Valve, petrol mill which churns out
88.7bhp and 110Nm of torque. Now it does take time for the car to reach the
meat of the power band but once it does it is all smooth sailing. However this
configuration is for pocket friendly driving and will return a decent mileage
of 18.1 kmpl. You have the option of throwing the stick into Sports mode and
squeezing some more power out of the engine to make for a zippier ride. While I
was cruising on the streets of New Delhi I couldn’t help but admire how easy
and comfortable it was to drive this car. The Honda Amaze probably has the
shortest turning radius in this segment set at 4.7 meters. It makes for a very
manoeuvrable ride while driving in congested traffic or parking in tight
spaces. The CVT just lets you glide through traffic without the hassle of
clutching and I did not feel a single jerk.
comfort and quality are also commendable on this vehicle and Honda has done a
fine job with the suspension set up in the car. The front features a McPherson
Strut while the rear has a torsion beam setup. The tuning of the suspension is
a tad bit stiff but I felt it to be perfect for Delhi roads. We went over some
really rough patches and I did not have to worry too much about the smaller pot
holes. The steering on the Amaze does feel a bit wooden but is very well
weighted and constant at all speeds. Honda is offering the top end CVT version
of the car with driver and passenger airbags as well as ABS. The car is
available for Rs. 8,19,900 (ex-showroom Delhi) which I feel is definitely worth
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