May 17, 2018
Honda has launched the 2nd gen Amaze, pricing starts at Rs. 5.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It's available in petrol and diesel engines along with an option of an automatic transmission. Each engine gets 4 trims. Additionally, two automatic variants are also available for both the motors. Let's quickly look at the car's pros and cons:
1) Honda Amaze offers a first-in-segment combo of diesel motor mated a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). Plus, Amaze is offered with an auto-gearbox with the petrol motor for the first time. It’s CVT as well. Both the motors are carried forward with some tweaks, more so with the diesel.
2) Unfortunately, the diesel engine, that’s mated to the CVT box, is detuned by 20 percent in terms of HP and torque! This automatic variant offers 79 HP and 160 Nm of torque while the regular manual avatar produces 99 HP with 200 Nm of torque. Petrol engine develops 89 HP and 110 Nm torque.
3) Fuel efficiency of the diesel-automatic variants is less by 15 percent compared to their equivalent manual siblings! Have a look at the mileage numbers:
i) Diesel+Automatic: 23.8 kmpl
ii) Diesel+Manual: 27.4 kmpl
iii) Petrol+Automatic: 19 kmpl
iv) Petrol+Manual: 19.5 kmpl
4) Sadly, the automatic variant isn’t available in top-most variant, VX.
5) Standard safety kit includes Dual Airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat anchors and rear parking sensors. In the top-most trim, Honda could have offered 6 airbags.
6) Adjustable headrests for the front passengers have been finally added (on all variants except base one). However, the rear passengers, with fixed headrests, are given step motherly treatment.
7) Last two variants are loaded with features such as PEPS (Passive Entry Push-Button Start), automatic climate control, LED pilot lamps, rear defogger, fog lights and alloys. Additionally, the top-most variant gets cruise control, 7” touch screen infotainment system with reverse camera, GPS, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and voice recognition.
8) Shockingly, some basic features like auto-dimming IRVM, telescopic steering wheel adjustment, rear AC vents, projector headlights and front armrest are given a miss. We believe, some of these features should’ve been provided, if not all.
9) Jazz and WRV, gets a 6-speed manual gearbox while Amaze retains the same old 5-speed unit. Why Honda?
10) With a capacity of 420 litres, it has still got segment best boot space. Fuel tank is capacity is 35 litres, a larger fuel tank would be more practical in our view.
CarHunt Verdict: An Impressive effort, but competition has moved on with an extensive feature list whilst improving on value factor. It's Honda playing catch-up now with quite a rounded product. We believe Amaze can comfortably slot in for a penultimate position in its class.