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Honda Amaze VX (O) review, test drive

We drive the new top-end variant of the Honda Amaze.

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The Honda Amaze VX(O) is the new top-of-the-line variant in the Amaze line-up. What it essentially adds is a 15.7cm (about 6.2-inch) touchscreen interface that’s borrowed from the Mobilio, and more aesthetically pleasing white-painted dials instead of the earlier orange ones. All of which adds around Rs 45,000 to the previous top-spec model. So the VX(O) trims are priced at Rs 7.32 lakh for the petrol manual and Rs 8.20 lakh for the diesel version.

Honda organised a 400km drive for us in the VX(O)s from Ahmedabad to the salt flats of the Rann of Kutch. My first thought was, that’s quite a drive to test a new infotainment system, but then the distance helped refresh my memory of what the Amaze is all about. Before I get into that, let’s look at the biggest addition on the car. The touch-based infotainment screen, Audio Visual Navigation (AVN) system as Honda calls it, adds a wide range of sound and video support that includes a CD/DVD player, USB input, Bluetooth telephony and audio (that’s easy to pair with) and a voice-guided GPS system with preloaded maps. 

I started the drive towards the Rann of Kutch in the diesel Amaze — a car we’ve given a fair bit of stick to for being a bit too noisy. However, as part of their continuous improvement process, Honda says they’ve been working on improving the refinement of the Amaze. The car I was about to drive is supposed to have benefitted from this.

 

Fact File

Price Range (in lakhs)*

Ex-showroom price (Delhi) 7.33 lacs- 8.21 lacs

Engine

Fuel Petrol, Diesel
Type 1197 cc, SOHC / 1498 cc, DOHC
Power 74 bhp @ 4000 RPM / 99 bhp @ 3600 RPM
Torque 11.11 kgm @ 4500 RPM / 20.39 kgm @ 1750 RPM

Transmission

Type 5-Speed manual

Dimensions

Length 3990 mm
Width 1680 mm
Height 1505 mm
Wheel base 2405 mm

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