Honda Amaze Diesel Model Review in Detail

Honda launched a lots of cars in Indian market but Amaze is one of the popular sedan car. It makes a elevated promise claiming this to be the most fuel-efficient engine which gives good mileage in Indian road. In terms of quality the Amaze has nice feature and  has something new to offer in terms of power, performance, looks and the price too. Honda Amaze caught a lots of customers for the company since it launched in India.With this sedan, the vehicle has certainly stood ahead of its synchronous. It was designed in different variants to accomplish all the requirements of the customers. It is very affordable for all the price for it is Rs.5.9-7.49Lakh. Here we are sharing our experience of Honda Amaze Diesel Model Review in Detail. So read it and compare it with others before buying it.

Interiors

Honda Amaze Interiors

Honda Amaze Interiors

The compact design and attractive looks make Amaze one of the most suitable vehicle for the Indian market.  The slim front seats from the Brio make a return, fixed headrests and all, and while they are very comfortable, even on longer journeys, they are lacking slightly in shoulder support. The already great driving position and outward visibility can now be enhanced thanks to the addition of driver’s seat height adjustment with a full 50mm of travel. However, only the VX variants get a pair of airbags to round off the safety kit. The seat is all new – wider, longer, with plusher cushioning and a flip-down center armrest with two cup-holders. It’s really comfy, too, with good support for your back and thighs, though a third passenger might make shoulder room a bit tight. The seatback doesn’t fold down like in the Brio because of a strengthening brace behind it. The longer doors have allowed for longer side armrests (which house the window switches), the speakers have been moved from the doors to the rear parcel shelf for more width, and there are one litre bottle-holders on each side. Speaking of which, Honda has managed to cram five bottle holders and four cup-holders into this car.

The space in the rear seat is quite astounding for a sub-four-meter car; the lengthened wheelbase has really paid dividends here. Unless the front and rear occupants are over 6ft tall, there is more than sufficient legroom, and the headroom is better than in the Brio thanks to the roof that stretches further back. Honda has taken on consumer feedback and really worked to improve the ambiance back here. Another reason that makes this vehicle such a huge success is the design which is made well suited for the Indian roads. The edgier character lines flowing through the side profile makes the design aerodynamic, and the sedan looks more sporty. Be it any model, Honda’s design philosophy is unique and distinct in its way, and it is surely unbeatable. The front design is built up with chrome grille, beautifully shaped tail lamps and front fog lamps are also added for enhanced visibility.  The 400-litre boot is big by compact sedan standards and will easily accommodate two medium-sized suitcases. The loading lip is a little high, but the aperture is wide, and the neat packaging means the wheel arches don’t intrude too much.

As with the exterior, the front half of the Amaze’s interior is largely the same as the Brio, while most of the changes have been made at the back. That means the same asymmetric, three-tone dashboard with its circular air-con vents and hooded instrument binnacle. Here too, the design, materials and build quality, while suitable for a compact hatchback, simply do not cut it in a sedan, and neither does the quirky looking rubber boot surrounding the base of the manual gearlever. These days, a number of features, though not essential, have become de-rigueur on sedans, and a lot of these are conspicuous by their absence on the Amaze. The most obvious one is climate control and other smaller omissions are button-operated electric central locking, speed-sensitive auto-locking doors and seatbelt height adjustment. Honda has, however, added electric folding mirrors, which aren’t available on the Brio, to the top Amaze variants, while also giving the sedan a rear defogger and covering up the ugly exposed body panels in the front door pockets.

Exteriors

Honda Amaze Rear exterior

Honda Amaze Rear exterior

The 14-inch alloys are different from the Brio, and there are separate wheel designs for petrol and diesel models. Bigger wheels and tyres could have given the Amaze a better look, a more planted feel and a plusher ride, but Honda says this would have added too much weight. In fact, lightness is one of this car’s biggest strengths, aiding its performance, driving dynamics and fuel efficiency. The grille now has two chrome bars instead of the Brio’s single chrome strip, and higher variants of the Amaze get indicators in the wing mirrors and body-coloured surrounds for the air dam in the bumper, but that’s it. You can sense that most of the development costs have gone into the car’s rear. This is a proper three-box car. Also, the wheelbase is 60mm longer than the Brio’s, which makes rear-seat legroom better. The boot is very upright, but the wrap-around tail-lamps and the thick chrome strip on the bootlid help disguise it. The rear door is much larger than the Brio’s, so there’s a neat second crease running from the tail-lamp through the rear door handle to give some character to the flat sheet-metal.

Handling

Honda Amaze steering

Honda Amaze steering

Honda Amaze has power steering which gives nice driving experience. The front end is particularly soft and the Amaze tends to roll quite a bit mean that the Amaze understeers quite strongly. This isn’t a car that encourages fast driving but instead likes to be punted around town where its compact dimensions and light controls make it an easy car to manoeuvre.  Wider tyres is something this car begs for as they would have reduced the stopping distance even further. The hydraulic power steering is pleasantly weighted and fairly quick but it feels dead around the straight-ahead position and doesn’t deliver the ultimate accuracy we would have liked.

The Amaze’s suspension is tuned for comfort and the ride quality is outstanding for such a small car; it soaks up bumps with remarkable ease. What adds to the sense of calm is the suspension that works unobtrusively and a stiff, well insulated chassis that filters out any unwanted sounds. It’s only the really big potholes or deep ruts that crash through. The Amaze’s wide stance and relatively long wheelbase means greater stability at speed and grown-up driving manners. The big-car feel the Amaze offers, especially on the highway, instills a lot of confidence in the driver. The brakes are good with the right amount of progression and feel. There was no sign of fade throughout our brake tests and the Amaze managed to stop dead in a reasonably shot distance.

Performance

Honda Amaze diesel engine

Honda Amaze diesel engine

The five-speed manual is a delight to use – very light and accurate, with a compact lever and short throws. The clutch is light too, which should be helpful in traffic. The automatic gearbox is closely related to the one used in just about every automatic Honda car in India. Honda uses a CVT automatic for the Amaze (and the Brio) in Thailand, but has opted to use the five-speed torque converter in India to save on import costs. It’s a good thing they have, too, as this ’box works well with the 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine, with smooth and quick responses off the line. And to combat this issue the company has placed the engine over liquid-filled mounts instead of rubber mounts, this results into absorbing noise to a greater extent. Moreover, to decrease friction, the company went on using thinner and shorter piston fringes, that has even made the engine more refined. Despite the healthy power of 98bhp, highest in its segment, the vehicle is also one of the most fuel efficient car in the country. The 25.8kmpl of ARAI tested mileage has wooed many customers across the country, and has been doing a great business for the company.

There’s a bit of a flat spot in the middle, however, amplified by the engine’s weak mid-range, so fluctuating your pace in stop-go traffic can result in some hesitation in the power delivery. Although the shifts themselves are quick and seamless, the gearbox doesn’t have the sharpest reactions to your throttle inputs. Punch your foot down to overtake and there’s a noticeable pause before it kicks down a gear, but once it does, it’s happy to let the engine soar all the way to its redline before shifting up. We’re familiar with the 1.2-litre i-VTEC motor, having driven it extensively in the Brio and the Jazz. Like all modern Honda petrol engines, it is near-silent at idle and has good overall refinement. Like the Brio, it’s available with either a five-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic. The performance is similar too. Responses low down are great (better still with the automatic and its torque converter push) and it gets off the line eagerly. Unfortunately, it is let down by a weak mid-range, and you will find yourself shifting down every time you want to pick up the pace. This can be very annoying when you’re cruising on the highway, and here’s where you’ll really feel this engine’s lack of grunt.

Its real strength is in its top end and it gets a second wind if you rev it beyond 4500rpm. However, here’s where things get quite noisy, and we can’t imagine too many Amaze owners will be gunning it to its redline in everyday driving. It made a 1.5-litre diesel motor specially for India and plonked it in the new Honda Amaze saloon. The Amaze is less than four meters long, its petrol engine displaces less than 1200cc and its diesel less than 1500cc, so it qualifies for the government’s excise benefit on small cars. There is definitely a lot riding on this car, so let’s see how well it fares on the road. Bringing the bantamweight saloon to a halt very effectively are disc brakes at the front and drums at the rear. The pedal feel is great and the ABS system (standard on the diesels, but available on the A/T and VX petrol variants only) is very well calibrated.

Efficiency & Mileage Review

Honda Amaze mileage test drive pic

Honda Amaze mileage test drive pic

Honda’s claim of 25.8kmpl for the i-DTEC engine is rated on the Indian Driving Cycle test. The good news is this engine still performs admirably in real-world conditions. Our tests returned 20kmpl in urban conditions and 25.8kmpl out on the highway, which is way ahead of its rivals. Honda says this engine’s efficiency belies its cubic capacity thanks to an ultra-low friction design, lightweight internals and a special ultra-low-viscosity engine oil developed specially for it. Honda Amaze has 12 different variants available in Indian Motor Market. Seven are in petrol and five are in diesel.

Honda Amaze E i-DTEC (1498 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives 25.8kmpl average on highway and 20kmpl on city.

Honda Amaze EX i-DTEC (1498 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives 25.8kmpl average on highway and 20kmpl on city.

Honda Amaze S i-DTEC (1498 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives 25.8kmpl average on highway and 20kmpl on city.

Honda Amaze SX MT i-DTEC (1498 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives 25.8kmpl on highway and 20kmpl on city.

Honda Amaze VX i-DTEC (1498 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives 25.8kmpl average on highway and 20kmpl on city.

In this post we share Honda Amaze Diesel Model Review in Detail with you so that you can easily get the knowledge about features, spec, interior, exterior, performance and mileage of Honda Amaze before buying it. I hope you enjoyed it. If you like You can follow us on Google+, Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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