Honda Amaze – Autoportal reviews the first diesel car from Honda

The Japanese automaker Honda has a good name in the Indian car marketin terms of brand recall, product reliability, quality, durability and overall enhancement of their cars. It has a long line-up of good looking and efficient petrol cars here, but its name somehow never came up in the diesel cars segment. The year 2014 saw Honda’s entry into the diesel cars segment with its Amaze sedan. Here is more on the fresh sedan.

Honda Amazing looks

The Amaze is a beautifully designed car based on the Brio hatchback. It falls under four metres in length, but gets a well proportionate and properly integrated bootunlike the usually seen compact sedans. Beefed up wheel arches, rear mounted roof antenna, ORVMs with blink indicators, prominent creases and large tail lamps further add to its looks.2

Comfortable interiors

The interior cabin gets a black and beige dashboard, orange light illuminated instrument cluster, 3-spoke steering wheel with mounted controls and comfortable seats with integrated head rests and arm rests. The 400 litres boot space is complemented by smart storage spaces inside the cabin as well. Amaze is blessed with most of the modern comfort and safety features like an effective air conditioner, music player with Aux, USB and FM, stylish door panels, sun visors with vanity mirrors, ABS, airbags, keyless entry and many more.

Under the hood

Honda engines are always very reliable and the Amaze is no different. Amaze’s petrol variant is powered by a 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine and gives a fuel efficiency of 18 kmpl. The diesel variant, on the other hand, comes with a 1.5 i-DTEC engine. This gives a mileage of 25.8 kmpl, making it the most fuel-efficient diesel car in the Indian market. Very recently a new model fitted with CNG kit was also introduced. . The controls, the clutch, the throttle, the steering and reversing all require less effort compared to other cars in the same segment. Pick-up and acceleration is also commendable.

Price

Amaze is the cheapest offering from Honda into the country. At a price of just Rs 4.9-7.6 lakhs, Honda Amaze is a good choice especially for the first time sedan buyers. The company was able to achieve this cost competitiveness through high level of localisation and focus on local research and development (R&D).

Market share

Before 2013, Honda’s name was heard only in the petrol segment and it operated in only 12 per cent of the Indian passenger car industry. With the introduction of diesel technology and by entering into this new segment of entry-level compact sedans, this figure instantly rose to 51 per cent. The launch of the all-new Jazz in both petrol and diesel variants will further boost its market share.

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