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Honda Amaze review, test drive and video

All-new 1.5-litre 98.6bhp diesel motor in Honda’s first compact saloon, Amaze, claims a record fuel efficiency of 25.8 kpl.

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With the Amaze, Honda embarks on a landmark innings in India. This is the company’s first compact saloon and first diesel car rolled into one and it has enormous potential here. The Japanese carmaker has a lot riding on the Amaze and it could very well catapult Honda to the pinnacle of the entry-level saloon segment. So, have they managed to get it right?

Based on the successful Brio hatchback, the new Amaze is almost specifically targeted at India. Its sub-four-metre length and options of a less than 1200cc petrol motor and less than 1500c diesel engine go towards ensuring that Honda can avail of the excise (tax on manufacturing) sops for small cars and make it affordable for the value-conscious Indian buyer.  

What sets this car apart from other sub-four metre saloons is the cohesiveness of the design. Unlike the Maruti  Dzire, which is the best seller in this class, the Amaze does not look severely truncated or chopped from the rear. The lines of the car flow smoothly over the Brio’s nose, onto the elongated roof and down over what is a very traditional looking boot. The reason it doesn’t look like an afterthought is because it isn’t one. Honda planned this Brio-based saloon from day one. In fact it looks positively attractive, with the two slashes across the side of the car and the nicely styled tail-lights. What allows the Amaze to keep this regular saloon profile is the fact that, unlike the Swift Dzire, it has a very short and compact nose.

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Fact File

Price Range (in lakhs)*

Ex-showroom price Rs 6-7.5 lakh (estimated)

Engine

Fuel Diesel / Petrol
Installation Front, transverse, FWD
Type 4cyl DOHC i-DTEC, 4cyl SOHC i-VTEC
Power 98.6bhp at 3600rpm / 88bhp at 6000rpm
Torque 11.1kgm at 4500rpm / 20.39kgm at 1750rpm

Transmission

Type front-wheel drive
Gearbox 5-speed manual/ 5-speed manual, 5-speed auto

Dimensions

Length 3990mm
Width 1680mm
Height 1500mm
Wheel base 2405mm
Boot volume 400 litres

Chassis & Body

Tyres 175/65R14

Suspension

Front Independent, MacPherson struts
Rear non-independent, torsion beam axle

Steering

Type Electric

Brakes

Front Disc
Rear Drum
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