Ever since Honda Cars India announced the launch of its first diesel car Amaze in the country, a discussion started whether the Amaze could actually eat into the segment topper Swift Dzire's sales. And the debate got even more furious, when the company announced its pricing yesterday at its launch in Delhi. Priced at Rs 5.99 lakh, the Amaze proves it to be a great value for money product due to its best-in-class power output figure of 98.6bhp (around 25bhp more than Dzire) and mileage of 25.8kmpl, which make also makes it the most fuel-efficient car in the country today. Not just the Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze diesel can be a threat to the newly launched Chevrolet Sail Sedan as well, which has priced its base diesel variant at Rs 6.29 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the most expensive of all three.
So, we are doing a quick review to help car buyers to choose the best of all on the basis of our road test experience.
Honda Amaze vs Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire
Having powered by a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine, the Amaze belts out the power output of 100PS (98.6bhp), which makes it around 25bhp more powerful than the Dzire, which produces 74bhp. In fact, with the torque of 200Nm against the Dzire's 190Nm, the Amaze proves it to be better at pulling as well.
When it comes to the most important factor, the fuel efficiency, the Amaze not only produces over 3kmpl than that of the Dzire, it beats all the cars today sold in the country in this department. So here is BIG advantage Amaze has over the Dzire.
We will compare the base diesel variants of both the cars to check which one has more to offer to its buyers in the least price. The Swift Dzire scores here, it offers more goodies to its buyers including Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts, Accessory Power Outlet and some more, however Amaze offers all four power windows and ABS as standard on all its diesel variants. While top-end variants both the cars should be kept on the same leve, although the Amaze misses the climate control. In terms of interior feel and looks, the Dzire scores more than the Amaze, however the Amaze is more spacious and offers you a boot space of 400-litres as against the Dzire's 316 litre.
So according to us, the Amaze scores slightly more than the Dzire in the race to become better value for money product.
Honda Amaze vs Chevrolet Sail Sedan
The Chevrolet Sail sedan diesel derives its power from the similar 1.3-litre MultiJet unit used by the Swift Dzire, however the later is found to be more responsive. On paper, the Sail Sedan proves it to be more powerful with 76.9bhp and 205Nm torque as against the Swift Dzire's 74bhp and 190Nm. But when we compare the Sail Sedan with the newly launched Honda Amaze, its lesser powerful vehicle, the Amaze produces around 24bhp more.
Like we mentioned above the Amaze with the fuel economy of 25.8kmpl is the most fuel efficient car we have in the country today, so it does 'beat' the Chevrolet here. But sail sedan's 22kmpl mileage is not a bad figure either for a car that costs Rs 6.29 lakh.
When it comes to features offered on the base diesel variants of both the cars, we will keep both the cars at the same level. While the Amaze offers all four power windows, and adjustable headlights (Sail sedan has front power window and no adjustable headlights), the Sail sedan has features like Rear Seat Headrest, Rear Seat Centre Arm Rest, Cup Holders both at the Front and the Rear, power adjustable rear view mirror. But the Amaze is a safer car to drive as it offers ABS, Brake Assist and Central Locking that the Sail sedan diesel base variant lacks in. In terms of interior space and feel, the Amaze with slightly better plastic quality and fabric, scores more than the Sail Sedan.
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