Honda Amaze

Model VX

Auto Today - - Road Test -

Let’s be­gin with Honda’s re­worked Amaze. Right from the word go, the new car stands out as a sig­nif­i­cantly dif­fer­ent ma­chine. In its ear­lier avatar it wasn’t as edgy. Now af­ter a com­plete makeover, the Amaze has re­turned to its roots. We liked the new de­sign and abrupt look­ing front end grows on you with time. The large chrome trim and eye pop­ping lights give the sedan a sporty hue. In pro­file, the ev­i­den­tally large wheel­base is hard to ig­nore. At the back, the wrap around tail lights look smart, so much so that from cer­tain an­gles, it could also be mis­taken for a City. The boot of­fers a 420-litre large cargo space. As for the in­te­ri­ors, The dash is brand new and there is a up-to-date touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem on top vari­ants.

Then, there’s a new in­stru­ment panel as well and the new Amaze is also flaunts cruise con­trol on top vari­ants and the over­all qual­ity of plas­tics used is far bet­ter than be­fore. We loved the min­i­mal panel gaps within the dash area. The other thing which the Amaze of­fers in spades is space. The cabin is huge for pas­sen­gers both up front and back; which means pas­sen­gers seated in the rear will not com­plain about tight legroom or knock­ing knees. How­ever, an ob­vi­ous miss by the car maker, are rear AC vents. The sedan con­tin­ues to use the 1.5litre i-DTEC mo­tor and, the cabin is silent thanks to the up­graded NVH pack­age. One can barely hear the en­gine at lower revs. The mo­tor also of­fers a gen­er­ous dose of torque de­liv­ered in a lin­ear fash­ion.

This means one doesn’t con­stantly have to shift gears with man­ual trans­mis­sion. We also achieved excellent fuel econ­omy on this vari­ant. Fi­nally, the Amaze also gets up­graded sus­pen­sion. The strut an­gles are dif­fer­ent and Honda en­gi­neers tell us that the new ge­om­e­try works won­ders. On the road it feels com­fort­able take­ing on ob­sta­cles ef­fort­lessly. The steer­ing adds to the sporty feel and is as quick as it is light.

THE STEER­ING WHEEL IS SPORTY AND IS AS QUICK AS IT IS LIGHT. THE CABIN IS SILENT THANKS TO THE UP­GRADED NVH PACK­AGE MAK­ING IT AL­MOST IN­AUDI­BLE AT LOW REVS

The 1.5-litre oil burner of­fers excellent fuel econ­omy and at the same time good power as well

Di­men­sion check

The Amaze can ac­co­mo­date 420 litres of cargo. The boot is largeand the open­ing wide mak­ing load­ing easy. The Amaze is also the largest 1. The new dash looks smart and now the Amaze of­fers most ameni­ties. 2. Lots of space at the back. How­ever lacks rear AC vent. 3. Honda has moved to a 5-speed box. 4. New IP is in­for­ma­tive and easy to read

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