From one of the most successful auto-makers in the entire world comes the fascinating compact sedan, Honda Amaze . Marking the first step of Honda Cars India into the extremely popular domains of compact sedan, the Amaze is no doubt an extremely significant member of the legendary automotive clan from Japan, which is probably the reason why the car has been designed so brilliantly that it has emerged as one of the most perfect blends of power, performance, comfort, style and space that the segment has ever seen. Just like many other popular hatchbacks and sedans of the Indian auto-market that have been built on the smart concept of platform-sharing, Honda Amaze also draws inspiration from its peppy and popular hatchback brother, Honda Brio. With interiors loudly echoing the influence of Honda Brio, the exteriors of Honda Amaze too have a stark resemblance to those of the hatchback to display. The petrol engine that drives the sedan also has been adopted ‘as it is’ from the smaller sibling and shows the same brilliance in its performance like it does on the Brio. In addition to that, Honda Amaze has been claimed by its makers to be blessed with the best interior space and the largest boot that the segment has to offer at present. With the car having been made available in 6 petrol and 4 diesel variants , Honda Amaze E petrol is the very basic model of its petrol range and comes equipped with a manual transmission gearbox.
The exteriors of Honda Amaze E petrol can easily be described as one of the most smartly designed in the entire segment of sub-4 metre sedans. The side profile, in particular, looks simply fantastic with bold character lines running across it right from the nose up to the C-pillar, beautifully portraying the ‘Smart Micro Limousine’ concept that has been employed for the car’s outfit. What makes the side view all the more attractive is the seamless manner in which the boot blends with the car ahead of the C-pillar, which is something that is quite rare in the segment of compact sedans. As for the front facade, it looks quite similar to that of Brio except for the grille that has been given a dual-slat look instead of the single-slat one that Brio sports and the bumper which gets completely body-toned, dropping the black hue that Brio features on its bumper. The teardrop-shaped headlights, however, have been adopted without any changes on the Amaze E petrol . As far as the rear-end is concerned, a shining band of chrome runs across the width of the boot-lid, imparting a distinctly classy look to the car, while the smartly-designed combination tail-lamps that flank the boot-lid complete the look of the car perfectly and make it look wider than it actually is.
The interiors of Honda Amaze E petrol, especially its dashboard, show a stark resemblance with the cabin of Honda Brio. However, it is features like the unique amber glow for the instrument console, the larger legroom that results from a much longer wheelbase (by 60mm) of the sedan and a remarkable trunk space of 400 litres that can easily accommodate 2 large and 2 small travel kits that make the Amaze stand superior to its hatchback sibling. In addition to all this, the compact sedan comes fitted with seats whose cushioning has been thickened by 96mm to provide excellent comfort and ample support for the back and thighs of the occupants. The ingress and egress has also been made very comfortable for all the seating positions , and the spaciousness that has been achieved in the cabin and boot areas by intelligently restricting the length of the engine bay is the best that the class has to offer. However, being a base-end variant, Honda Amaze E petrol does not get equipped with audio system of any kind.
Engine and Performance
Sitting under the hood of Honda Amaze E petrol is the same 1198cc, 4-cylinder, 16-valve, SOHC, i-VTEC petrol engine that does duty on the Honda Brio series . Mated to an efficient 5-speed manual transmission system, this brilliant powermill promises a peak 86.8bhp at 6000rpm along with a maximum of 109Nm of torque at 4500rpm. While the power and torque figures delivered by this engine are evidently quite impressive, the fuel-economy of 18kmpl that it claims to offer is simply fantastic. What adds to the excellence of this petrol engine is the fabulous Honda-characteristic refinement and smoothness that it displays all across the rev-range. The top speed that this engine enables the Amaze EMT to attain is around 180kmph.
Braking and Handling
Disc brakes at the front and Drum brakes at the rear end have been employed for Honda Amaze E petrol, which together make up an effective braking system for the compact sedan. Advanced features of ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) have been reserved for models higher in the Amaze series and are not present on this particular model. As far as handling is concerned, that is something that has always been exceptionally good in Honda cars, and the same goes for this one too. Equipped with a well-weighted Collapsible Electric Power Steering that helps the driver in having a confident drive, Honda Amaze E petrol enhances the entire handling performance manifold with its fabulous suspension system composed of a front-end McPherson strut and a rear-end torsion beam.
Being a base-end variant, Honda Amaze E petrol gets loaded with only, but all, the basic comfort and convenience features that a compact sedan of its class is expected to encompass. Beginning with the cockpit area, it gets to feature a whole lot of exciting and advanced fitments including an electric power steering with tilt function, front power windows with auto down function, a day/night inside rear view mirror , a green windscreen and an instrument console that comprises of fuel consumption display, head light off reminder, ignition key reminder and tachometer. Other than this, the car also includes an AC/heater unit, power windows for the rear compartment, cup holders in the centre console and bottle holders positioned all over the cabin for the passengers’ convenience.
From the safety point of view, Honda Amaze E petrol, despite being a low-end variant, is almost as good as the other variants in the series. Central locking, engine immobiliser, WAVE key, high-mount stop lamp and driver seat belt reminder - all these features and fitments have found their way into the safety arsenal of Honda Amaze E petrol, making it an extremely safe and secure car to ride.
Excellent engine refinement and performance, exceptional handling, comfortable and classy interior feel, stylish exteriors and reasonably equipped safety arsenal.
Lack of several convenience and some advanced safety features, steering wheel lacks rigidity at high speeds.