Honda Amaze is a compact sedan series that comes from one of the most successful auto-makers in the entire world. There is no doubt that this model is a significant member of the legendary automotive clan from Japan. It marked the company's first step into the extremely popular compact sedan segment. Though being an entry level variant, the Honda Amaze E i VTEC trim has good set of features in it. External appeal is mainly dominated by the chrome plated front radiator grille and the body toned bumpers. When it comes to the comfort that it offers, the list starts with elements like a power assisted steering wheel, front as well as rear power windows, an air-conditioner unit with well placed vents. Safety quotient is addressed by functions such as central locking system, an engine immobilizer, a specially coded WAVE-key and driver seatbelt reminder. Storage spaces like front and rear bottle holders along with cup holders in the console only add to the convenience. It is already available with a massive trunk room space of 400 litres, which additionally has a boot compartment lamp too for extra assistance. With a mileage of 18Kmpl and such superior amenities to drive in, this hatch is one of the good options available in the market for daily commuting.
The exteriors of this compact sedan can easily be described as one of the most smartly designed in the entire segment of sub-4 meter sedans. What makes the side view all the more attractive is the attractive lines and radiant window frames, which is something that is better than other cars 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. the bumper which gets completely body-toned, dropping the black hue that Brio features on its bumper. The headlight cluster has the tear-drop design, which is equipped with halogen lamps along with turn blinkers. 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. The rear section has smartly-designed combination tail-lamps that flank the boot-lid complete the look of the car. Both the front and rear bumpers are layered in the body color for further blending into the overall structure.
The interiors of this trim, where especially its dashboard, show a stark resemblance with the cabin of its sibling hatchback. However, its features like the unique amber glow for the instrument console, the larger legroom and a remarkable trunk space of 400 litres make this car 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. The spaciousness been achieved in the cabin and boot areas by intelligently restricting the length of the engine bay. However, being a base-end variant, it does not get equipped with audio system of any kind.
Engine and Performance :
This petrol mill is the same 1.2-litre i-VTEC 4-cylindered engine that has a displacement capacity of 1198cc. It is based on single overhead camshaft valve configuration, but features 16-valve. Mated to an efficient 5-speed manual transmission system, this brilliant power-mill promises a peak power of 86.8bhp at 6000rpm along with a maximum torque of 109Nm 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 attains is around 150kmph, while it can break the 100 Kmph barrier in 11.3 seconds only.
Braking and Handling :
Disc brakes at the front and Drum brakes at the rear end have been together make up an effective braking system for the compact sedan. As far as handling is concerned, it 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. It also enhances the entire handling performance manifold with its fabulous suspension system composed of a McPherson strut at front and torsion beam type of suspension at the rear.
Comfort Features :
Being a base-end variant, it 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 and a green windscreen. It also has an advanced instrument cluster that is equipped with aspects like fuel consumption display, head light off reminder, ignition key reminder and tachometer. Other than this, the car also includes an AC/heater unit, front power windows, cup holders in the center console and bottle holders positioned all over the cabin for the passengers' convenience.
Safety Features :
From the safety point of view, despite being a low-end variant, it is almost as good as the other variants in the series. It is blessed with aspects like central locking, high-mount stop lamp and driver seat belt reminder. In addition to these, it also gets engine immobilizer, WAVE key, which enhances the security of the vehicle. All these features and fitments have found their way into the safety arsenal making it an extremely safe and secure car to ride.
1. Excellent engine refinement and performance.
2. Comfortable and classy interior feel.
1. Lack of several convenience and some advanced safety features.
2. Steering wheel lacks rigidity at high speeds.