Honda has finally launched the Honda Amaze compact sedan in India at a starting price of Rs. 4.99 lakh for the base petrol going up to Rs. 7.60 lakh for the diesel . To put it in perspective, the Maruti Dzire, the Amaze’s key competitor, is priced between Rs. 4.93 lakh and Rs. 7.51 lakh ex-showroom, more or less evenly matched on price variant for variant.
The Honda Amaze is available in 10 variants, four in diesel and six in petrol, including two petrol automatic variants. The most exciting thing about the launch of the Honda Amaze is that it is the first car from Honda to be available with a diesel engine and with a record-shattering claimed fuel efficiency of 25.8 kmpl, making it India’s most fuel-efficient car.
Prices and variants
(All prices ex-showroom Delhi. Comparison with two competitors)
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Good value for money proposition
The Honda Amaze is one of the most spacious compact sedans in its class. It measures just 3,990 mm in length, yet it manages to be one of the most spacious cars in its class with rear-seat legroom being a lot more than its key competitor the Maruti Dzire. It matches the Maruti Dzire’s price variant for variant, and offers better passenger space, luggage space and better fuel economy.
In terms of features too, the car is evenly matched with the Dzire – the top-end Dzire offers automatic climate control, has a CD player and rear fog lamp, which the Honda Amaze doesn’t. On the other hand, the Amaze offers power-folding mirrors and a heat-absorbing front windshield, which the Maruti Dzire doesn’t.
It also packs in a lot more boot space at 400 litres, which can hold about two medium suitcases and two small bags, compared to just 316 litres on the Dzire. And when you look at the diesel variant – it packs in nearly 25% more power at 98.6 bhp (100PS) compared to 74 bhp for the Dzire diesel, and yet gives nearly 2 kmpl more claimed mileage than the Dzire. Keeping the space vs features comparison in mind, buyers looking for more space will prefer the Amaze, although those who want features may still look at the Maruti Dzire.
Will appeal to performance seekers
Although the Honda Amaze is not the most refined of Honda cars when it comes to noise, vibration and harshness levels, this small shortcoming can be ignored when it comes to performance. The 1.5 litre diesel engine puts out 98.6 bhp of power at 4000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque from 1750 rpm onward, making it powerful and yet very drivable with minimal turbo lag. The diesel gets a five-speed manual transmission, with well-spaced ratios minimizing the need to shift gears.
The petrol Honda Amaze is powered by the 1.2 litre engine that powers the Honda Brio (and Honda Jazz), putting out 87 bhp of power at 6000 rpm and 110 Nm of torque at 4600 rpm. This engine comes with a five-speed manual transmission as well as a five-speed automatic transmission option. The automatic transmission is the best in its segment right now as the only other automatic is the Maruti Dzire VXI AT, which is a four speed automatic. The petrol Amaze variants have a claimed mileage of 18 kmpl for the manual transmission and 15.5 kmpl for the automatic.
Decent feature list
The Honda Amaze comes with a decent feature list. The top end VX variant features two airbags, alloy wheels, fog lamps and power folding mirrors. The S variant upward all have a double DIN music system. All diesel variants feature ABS, while in the petrol the S variant upward has ABS. The EX variant gets a single DIN music system. All variants have height adjustable driver’s seat, tilt power steering and all-round power windows.
What we think
The Honda Amaze has already clocked up over 25,000 registrations on its website apparently before launch, and this car is likely to keep Honda’s production line really busy over the next few months. Waiting periods will go to at least 8 weeks very soon, but the initial lot should be getting delivery within a week as Honda has already dispatched nearly 2,600 cars to dealerships around the country, mainly of the petrol model. The diesel dispatches started last week. If you are looking for a fuel-efficient compact sedan that can comfortably seat four, the Honda Amaze is among the better choices here. So far we know of a few CarToq community members who have cancelled their Maruti Dzire bookings and switched to the Honda Amaze, even before its launch. Is this a sign of things to come?
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Honda Amaze VX diesel vs Maruti Dzire ZDI diesel specifications
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