Honda Amaze Expert Review



Honda Amaze

The Amaze started a new phase for Honda in India. The diesel phase to be precise. The compact sedan was the first car to introduce the i-DTEC motor to the market. Though Honda was producing some pretty good cars, their petrol-only portfolio was losing to the diesel alternatives of the competition. Honda also needed to take advantage of the lucrative compact sedan segment, so what better way to introduce a brand first? The Amaze also received a facelift, which corrected some of the drawbacks of the first generation model. Does it tick the right boxes? Let’s find out.

  • Honda’s reliability.
  • Powerful engines for the segment.
  • One of the most fuel efficient diesel cars in the country (25.8kmpl).
  • Inoffensive, but attractive styling.
  • Spacious cabin and generous boot space.
  • Amaze’s diesel has poor NVH level management.
  • Dashboard though better than before, still isn’t as upmarket as some rivals’.
  • Not as feature rich as other cars in the segment.

Stand Out Features

  • CVT automatic transmission.

    CVT automatic transmission.  

  • One of the most efficient diesel engines in its class.

    One of the most efficient diesel engines in its class.

CarDekho Verdict

The Honda Amaze is a well-packaged and compact car with a decent list of features. It also gets potent, but efficient engines and is backed by Honda’s good ownership experience.

"The Amaze is a fantastic all-rounder."

It’s not the best looking/most equipped/best handler in the segment, but what it is, is a fantastic all-rounder.


Earlier, compact sedans were seen as lazy makeovers of the hatchbacks they’re based on, but the trend has changed.

The Amaze looks clean and modern

The Amaze looks clean and modern, while sporting neutral aesthetics that make it appealing to audiences across age brackets. It may not look as good as say, the Ford Figo Aspire, but it has a personality.

From the front, the Amaze looks identical to Honda Brio and sports a thick chrome grille, giving it a little bling. The almond-shaped headlamps blend well with the curvy fascia, with the black fog lamp surrounds cutting the bulk up front.

To the side, the Amaze reflects the Brio image up to the B-pillars and then starts the obvious difference for the sedan sibling. There is no shortage of lines along the Amaze’s body that give it the edgy Japanese touch. The flared wheel arches and a deep waistline add more drama.

The rising window line looks sleek without robbing the rear windows’ size much. Even the door handles are positioned in a rising line to match the side profile.

The rear is both stubby and edgy thanks to a large boot and a contoured rear bumper. The rear glass area is big enough, but the high placement of the parcel shelf cuts into the view.

The 14-inch alloys look good, but the 175/65 tyres are skinny and fuel economy focused.

Exterior Comparison

Tata Zest Maruti Swift Dzire Honda Amaze
Length (mm) 3995 3995 3990
Width (mm) 1706 1735 1680
Height (mm) 1570 1515 1505
Ground Clearance (mm) 165 163 165
Wheel Base (mm) 2470 2450 2405
Kerb Weight (kg) 1155 990Kg 1065

Boot Space Comparison

Tata Zest Maruti Swift Dzire Honda Amaze
Volume 390-litres 378-liters 400-litres


The Amaze received a lot of flak for its sub-par dashboard, but fortunately Honda changed that by employing the more modern dashboard from the BR-V.

The interiors get a black-beige colour treatment with silver accents. The build quality is good and the materials used inside have a good touch and feel. The steering is compact and feels just right to use in choked urban traffic. The three spoke wheel gets silver accents and gets tilt adjust to find that perfect driving position. The driver also gets a height-adjustable seat.

The instrument cluster has a pretty simple layout with a large speedometer in the middle and well-sized MID to the right that reads out information like the trip meters, tank range and average fuel efficiency. In terms of the overall design, it’s essentially a direct lift from the Honda City with the blue backlighting adding a premium touch.

The centre console gets a Bluetooth compatible music system with MP3, USB and Aux-in support. The first edition of the Amaze was available with a touchscreen infotainment system, but oddly, Honda removed the feature from the updated version.

The bottom of the centre console gets the HVAC controls. All the buttons are large and easy to use.

For storage, you get a reasonably sized glovebox, cup holders ahead of the gear lever, two cup holders in the armrest of the rear seats and bottle holders in the front and rear doors.

The Amaze is a spacious car from the inside thanks to some clever engineering by Honda a.k.a ‘man maximum machine minimum’.

The Amaze is a spacious car from the inside thanks to some clever engineering by Honda

Despite being shorter in length and wheelbase than the Swift Dzire, the Amaze offers better space especially at the rear. The front seats offer amazing legroom thanks to the scooped out dashboard. At the rear too, there’s plenty of space for a small car. The rear seats are lower, allowing for better head room.

At 400-litres, the Amaze’s boot is quite accommodating, though the wheel arch bulges do take up some space. The Amaze’s boot space is only bettered by the Hyundai Accent, but only by a small margin.


Honda Amaze is available with a choice of a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. While the petrol gets the option of a 5-speed manual or CVT automatic gearbox, the diesel version gets only the 5-speed manual gearbox.

Amaze Petrol

The 1,198cc petrol engine of the Amaze produces 88PS of power at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 109Nm at 4,500rpm. ARAI has rated the fuel economy for the manual version at 17.8kmpl while the automatic delivers 18.1kmpl. The petrol unit is typically Honda in its refinement and is rev happy. The low end torque delivery is acceptable and in city driving is effortless. On the highways, you do need to get generous with the accelerator inputs to get into the powerband.

Performance Comparison (Petrol)

Maruti Swift Dzire Honda Amaze Tata Zest
Power 82bhp@6000rpm 86.7bhp@6000rpm 88.7bhp@5000rpm
Torque (Nm) 113Nm@4200rpm 109Nm@4500rpm 140Nm@1500-4000rpm
Engine Displacement (cc) 1197 1198 1193
Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Top Speed (kmph) - 160 Kmph 154 Kmph
0-100 Acceleration (sec) 12.6 Seconds 15 Seconds 17 Seconds
Kerb Weight (kg) 895Kg 955kg 1115kg
Fuel Efficiency (ARAI) 22.0kmpl 17.8kmpl 17.57kmpl
Power Weight Ratio 91.62011173184358 bhp/ton 90.78534031413612 bhp/ton 79.55156950672645 bhp/ton

Amaze Diesel

The 1,498 cc diesel engine of the Amaze got all of us talking and being the first diesel for Honda in our country, it’s not surprising. The smallest diesel in Honda’s history pumps out 100PS at 3,600rpm and a maximum torque of 200Nm at 1,750rpm. While petrol Hondas love to be revved hard and are about the top end power delivery, this 1.5-litre diesel unit is all about the low-end torque. The Amaze feels very driveable at low speeds and in higher gears, aiding in efficient city driving. The turbo lag is minimal, but the NVH levels could have been managed better. The Amaze diesel doesn’t want to be left behind on the highways and feels at ease at high speeds. 

Performance Comparison (Diesel)

Tata Zest Honda Amaze
Power 88.7bhp@4000rpm 98.6bhp@3600rpm
Torque (Nm) 200Nm@1750-3000rpm 200Nm@1750rpm
Engine Displacement (cc) 1248 1498
Transmission Automatic Manual
Top Speed (kmph) 158 Kmph 140 Kmph
0-100 Acceleration (sec) 15 Seconds 17 Seconds
Kerb Weight (kg) 1170kg 1050kg
Fuel Efficiency (ARAI) 21.58kmpl 25.8kmpl
Power Weight Ratio 75.8119658119658 bhp/ton 93.9047619047619 bhp/ton

Ride and Handling

The Honda Amaze gets a conventional McPherson strut setup at the front and a torsion beam at the rear. The suspension offers a comfortable ride quality, while the handling is neutral i.e. neither inspiring nor dull.

The light steering aids driveability in the city.

The light steering aids driveability in the city. It does weigh up well at highway speeds, but there’s no real feedback.


The safety features of Honda Amaze include front dual airbags, an engine immobiliser, pre-tensioner seatbelts with load limiters and ABS with EBD.

Safety Comparison

Tata Zest Maruti Swift Dzire Honda Amaze
Airbags righticonClose righticonClose righticonClose
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  • Diesel
  • Petrol
Variants Features Price
SX i-DTEC Front Dual Airbags, Power ORVM With Indicators, Front Seat Belt Pretensioner, 8.13 Lakh*
VX i-DTEC [ In adition to SX i-DTEC ] Dual Tone Interiors, Heat Absorbing Front Windscreen, Alloy Wheels, [ Variant SX i-DTEC price ] + 37,274 =  8.5 Lakh*
Variants Features Price
SX i-VTEC Front Seat Belt Pretensioner, Front Dual Airbags, ABS With EBD, 7.06 Lakh*

Honda Amaze will be available in four variants - E, S, SX, VX. All the diesel variants of the Amaze get ABS with EBD as standard (for some bizarre reason, petrol variants don’t).

The E is the most basic variant, but you do get a front chrome grille, body coloured bumpers, power steering, air-conditioning and four power windows. It meets the most basic requirements quite well and isn’t’ barren for the price.

The SX variant though, makes for the best buy. You get ABS with EBD, automatic climate control along with the niceties from the S grade. The top-end VX variant makes sense for people looking to buy the automatic transmission.

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*Ex-showroom price


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