The Honda Amaze was the first car from the Japanese manufacturer in the compact sedan segment. Importantly, it was the first Honda to feature a diesel motor. And both these aspects are extremely important for the modern day smart city sedan.
While we couldn’t be a part of the official media first drive that happened last year, we did get a chance to sample the refreshed iteration of the new Honda Amaze. Just to remind everyone, Honda refreshed the design with larger bumpers and new lights. But that’s not all. They finally heard our long time wish of updating the interiors and the new Amaze gets a modern central console. To top it up, it has got a digital display for both entertainment as well as the air-conditioning unit.
Let’s talk about the design and features of the Amaze. The one that we have is the top of the line VX diesel variant that sits above the entire range and is priced at Rs 8.92 lakh, ex-Mumbai. It comes equipped with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, engine immobilizer along with other features like Bluetooth entertainment system with USB, aux-in connectivity, automatic climate control and multifunction steering wheel.
The first impact of the Honda Amaze is pleasant. The updated design has lent a larger sedan feel. I have always believed Honda is one of the few companies who have got the sub-4m sedan design challenge right. Even with the larger bumper, the Honda Amaze still looks very proportional unlike some of its staunch rivals.
Our Honda Amaze has been doing duty in the city primarily while it has done a few highway dashs too. Our vehicle has barely clocked 5,000km. It’s next servicing due is at 10,000km where it will go through a thorough check along with the changing of engine oil, air and oil filters. Presently, the Honda Amaze has been delivering an overall efficiency of 18.8kmpl. More on the experience in our subsequent chapters.