Honda Amaze is one of the best selling compact sedan, which is available in both petrol and diesel engine options for the buyers. Among the various trim levels available, Honda Amaze EX i DTEC is the mid range variant in its model line up. It is equipped with a 1.5-litre diesel engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1498cc. This mill has the ability to deliver a performance packed performance and fuel efficiency at the same time. It is incorporated with a CRDi fuel supply system that helps in delivering 25.8 Kmpl on the bigger roads. The wheelbase of this vehicle is 2405mm, which is quite large for accommodating minimum of five passengers with ease. At the same time, it is designed with an overall length of 3990mm along with a total width of 1680mm and a decent height of 1500mm. It comes with a minimum ground clearance of 165mm. The spacious boot compartment measures about 400 litres, where we can store ample luggage during long journeys. At present, this compact sedan is available in six exterior paint options, which includes Majestic Blue Metallic, Urban Titanium, Carnelian Red Pearl, Taffeta White, Crystal Black Pearl and Alabaster Silver with metallic finish option. On the other hand, the company is offering this vehicle with two years or 40000 Kilometers warranty, whichever is earlier. At the same time, the customers can also avail two years of extended warranty by paying some extra money to authorized dealers.
The appearance of this compact sedan is eye catching with its aerodynamic body structure and character lines. To begin with the rear end, it comes with a well designed tail light cluster, which is powered by reverse light and turn indicator. The large tail gate is embossed with a variant badging and a windscreen, which has a high mounted brake light as well. The body colored bumper is equipped with a pair of bright reflectors that adds to safety aspects of this vehicle. Coming to its side profile, it comes with neatly carved wheel arches, which have been fitted with a conventional set of 14 inch steel wheels . These rims are further covered with 175/65 R14 sized tubeless radial tyres. It has body colored door handles and external wing mirrors, which are internally adjustable. The side profile of this compact sedan is dominated by the expressive lines that passes through the doors and wheel arches. On the other hand, its front facade is designed with a bold radiator grille, which is embedded with a company logo in the center. This grille is flanked by stylish headlight cluster, which is powered by halogen lamps and turn indicator. The bumper is garnished in body color and it houses a wide air dam for cooling the engine. The windscreen is made of tinted glass and it is integrated with a set of intermittent wipers.
The dashboard is equipped with a few aspects like AC vents , a large glove box, an instrument panel with a number of functions and three spoke steering wheel. The company has incorporated it with some utility based aspects as well like cup and bottle holders in front console, three grab handles, front seat back pockets for storing magazines and other smaller things at hand, sun visors with vanity mirror, an accessory socket for charging gadgets and many other such features. The internal section of this Honda Amaze EX i DTEC variant has an appealing design with single tone beige color scheme and is incorporated with well cushioned seats. These seats are covered with fabric upholstery and provides enough room for all the occupants. The illuminated instrument panel houses a digital tachometer, an electronic tripmeter, fuel consumption display, headlight off reminder and driver seat belt warning.
Engine and Performance:
This variant is fitted with a 1.5-litre diesel engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1498cc . It is integrated with four cylinders and 16-valves using a DOHC valve configuration. This power plant can churn out a maximum power output of 98.6bhp at 3600rpm along with a peak torque of 200Nm at 1750rpm. This diesel motor is coupled with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which allows the sedan to attain a top speed of 175 Kmph, which is rather remarkable. At the same time, it can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in close to 12.5 seconds from a standstill. This diesel mill is incorporated with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system. It has the ability to deliver 25.8 Kmpl on the highways and 21 Kmpl in the city traffic conditions.
Braking and Handling:
The car maker has given this compact sedan an electric power steering system, which is quite responsive and makes handling easier even in heavy traffic conditions. This steering wheel comes with a tilt adjustable function and supports a minimum turning radius of 4.7 meters. On the other hand, front and rear wheels are equipped with a set of disc and drum brakes respectively. It is further augmented by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution . The front axle is assembled with a McPherson strut, while the rear gets torsion beam type of mechanism as well. This mechanism is further assisted by coil spring for keeping it well balanced.
The list of features includes air conditioner with a heater, all four power windows with driver side auto down function, front windscreen in green tinted glass, tilt adjustable steering wheel, ECO lamp, single horn, center interior light, boot compartment light for easy access and three assist grips as well. Apart from these, it also has a 1-DIN music system , which is integrated with CD/MP3 player, USB interface, Aux-in port, radio (AM/FM tuner) along with two speakers in front.
This Honda Amaze EX i DTEC trim is incorporated with a number of protective aspects like ABS and electronic brake force distribution, which prevents the vehicle from skidding in case of sudden brakes are taken. It has an engine immobilizer, driver seat belt reminder notification, WAVE key, a high mounted stop lamp, central locking system and day/night internal rear view view mirror.
1. Decent fuel economy is a big plus point.
2. Spacious boot compartment.
1. A few more safety features can be added.
2. Exterior appearance can be made better.