2018 Honda Amaze Review | Finally Dzirable? | ZigWheels.com

2018 Honda Amaze Review | Finally Dzirable? | ZigWheels.com

No this isn’t Honda’s second generation
amaze! Okay what I meant was this isn’t just a sub 4 meter sedan from Honda, the
amaze is a lot more so for those of us who have grown up on the genius of
Honda’s engineering a company that was led by engineers and even as customers
you knew even when you got less from a Honda you got more in that sense the
last two years from Honda have been a bit disappointing but Honda claims they
have corrected course so the Amaze it’s an answer and the
questions are first. Is Honda ready to jump to the front of the sub 4 meter
sedan pack and secondly Is Honda ready to be Honda once again
so let’s find out and for that we need to know does it feel more upmarket?
With the first generation amaze until the facelift came around the experience in
the cabin was really quite disappointing but now with this second generation
amaze things have changed. I’d start off with the downsides first,
first and foremost you can see some of the shut lines like here for the
glovebox it’s not fitting quite as flush and you can see some more along on the
other side as well and the second thing is the design now this isn’t something
that will put you off but it takes some getting used to as well. Some of the
plastics feel a bit flimsy but most of the plastics in the cabin feel tough and
in fact are hard to the touch however the piano black inserts on the
dash and on the dough pads add to a sense of premiumness. Now to the things
that we do like you can see that there’s inspiration taken here from bigger
Honda’s like these aircon vents on the top over here these are straight in
terms of design like you would see on the crv sitting up on the dash over here
jutting out and the same goes for this touchscreen infotainment system with
juts out of the dashboard and looks pretty cool because of that you also
have the gear leaver which has a slightly smarter look, looks more premium
because of that and then you have the steering wheel, a new design looks chunky,
feels nice in your hands and of course you’ve got controls here for your music
system telephony and even for the cruise control the buttons work well but a
small thing here you can see that the fonts look a little fuzzy in here the
plastic quality doesn’t seem as clear and crisp as it should have been now the
new instrument cluster gets a cleaner layout they’re just two dials rpm and
speed and in the center is the mi d it’s got white lighting now just helps
it look a little bit more mature because of
and our next question is is it better equipped in terms of features the new
generation amaze is clearly making a leap forward you’re getting abs with EBD
and dual airbags as standard across the range on the top-end variant you also
get reversing camera along with rear parking sensors that’s something even
the city doesn’t get and another thing which some people will celebrate is of
course the cruise control that’s offered on the Manuel variants but strangely it
isn’t offered on the automatics what else does it miss out on well the amaze
doesn’t have automatic headlamps and why it has LED DRLs it misses out on the wow
factor of LED headlamps of projectors but that’s it
digi pad now that’s been a bad word in our books but Hondo say this is digi pad
version 2.0 what does that mean let’s see one thing we can tell you is that
dust responsiveness is good and we bumped up the brightness on this and
along with that it just becomes easier to see even in bright sunlight and the
colors look richer and of course this gets Android auto and apple carplay the
music system comes with four speakers Oh however the infotainment system lacks in
a smart user interface that allows you to easily set up audio quality which was
all right additionally it also packs in inbuilt maps and there’s more this being
a Honda practicality is very important which is why you get lots of storage
spaces here you’ve got two cupholders here and the place system phones or
coins and you have two USB charging points here one especially for a phone
connection one power point as well and all four door pockets can take one liter
water bottles and of course are large enough to hold bigger items as well you
also get a power outlet here at the rear along with a cubby to store your phone
and on the topic of storage what you also get is a 420 litre boot which is
class-leading it tops the tagore by one liter and as you can see it can pack a
lot Kandee amazed make the leap from being a
compromised sub 4 meter sedan to offering the experience of a proper
sedan the answer to that is here in the
backseat you see how much room is an offer over here the knee room has
increased further because the veal base is longer by 65 millimeters and this
seat is set to a position where I would be comfortable and look at the amount of
room and that’s not the only thing the room under the seat also is plenty so
you can really push your feet forward and stretch out so even if they were too
tall occupants here sitting back-to-back they would be fairly comfortable also
keep in mind that Headroom has increased by a few millimeters and that aside the
newer maze is wider as well so there’s more shoulder room too now the seats by-and-large generous and
the back is scooped out so you get a good amount of support even for wider
frames the only thing missing here is that the headrest isn’t adjustable this
is a fixed address and the cushioning is a bit soft so getting comfy on that
would be a bit tricky of course it has an armrest with two cupholders uh-huh we haven’t forgotten yes there
are no air convents for the second row of seats but Honda has operated the
compressor for the cooling on both the petrol and the diesel significantly so
much so they say that this can tackle Indian summers easily now and in our
experience it’s not been terribly hot here right now in Bangalore but it has
cooled the cabin quickly and we even haven’t dialed it up all the way up to
get the cabin cool but what seals the experience here in
the back is the right quality now this duo platform is lighter its stiffer
suspension has been completely reworked and the result is go really bad stuff
and you don’t feel it those 15 inch wheels the slightly altered geometry for
the suspension everything helps in soaking up the bumps better and that
just makes this a nice of backseat to be now let’s get to the business seat and while the suspension is capable of
keeping the rough stuff away from you letting you just float over it all at
the same time and IV speeds this fields composed and in terms of its high speed
confidence this feels like a car that’s bigger than for me it’s nice to see that
the details have been taken care of with the Amaze the steering is light at low
speeds raised up a high speeds and lets you know what’s happening at the front
wheels which always makes it nicer to drive over longer distances and gives
you more confidence the only thing you need to get used to is the brake pedal
as the bike comes in only as you push a bit deeper than expected and now the
engines Honda continues to offer the 1.2 liter petrol this is offered with a CVT
transmission or a 5-speed manual we focused on the manual transmission
variant now this engine is fine for calm
commuting in the city if you want something to drive fast or if you plan
to make quick overtakes or travel with a full load of passengers and luggage you
will have to work this gearbox because once you put your foot down hard there
is much but on the upside it feels smoother and
quieter now and talking about noise levels Honda’s 1.5 litre idtech diesel
engine is offered here as well but now it’s starting to feel like a Honda okay
the diesel surprised it’s not loud and gruff anymore
sure it’s not whisper quiet either you know it’s a diesel under the hood but
it’s not for me that is a massive bin especially when you continue to get the
full drivability that you had on offer from this 1.5 id Tech from Honda Honda said they made a whole lot of
changes to the way the block was built the internals of the engine lots of
sound deadening on the bonnet inside the engine bay under the engine bay all of
that and the end result yup this doesn’t feel annoying anymore of course you know it’s diesel under the
hood but the lower levels of noise along with that
excellent gravity that it always had makes this a likeable drivetrain now it’s got the punch on the open roads too
and the new five-speed gearbox is slick to use however top speed remains gapped
to an indicated 145 kilometers an hour even now if you had to recommend a
manual in the Amaze family it would have to be the diesel it can do City duties
just fine it can do highway duties just fine with or without a full load of
passengers and of course it is frugal so what remains the diesel engine with the
CVT gearbox and in terms of noise levels that would be an interesting combination
maybe well let’s see what it’s like what it felt like was deja vu now this it is
a pleasant surprise the refinement levels the NVH the noise vibration
harshness levels like you saw on the manual diesel or much lower and here
with the CVT they don’t feel significantly higher and in fact in
terms of drivability this works very well with this combination if you’re looking for a refined diesel
commuter this would definitely be it because there’s so much talk on offer at
lower rpms even when you put your foot down it doesn’t have to rev up that high
and because there’s so much torque on offer it gets the job done really quick in fact Honda claimed that accelerating
from 4200 kilometers in are the CVT is a few seconds faster than the competition
which would be the desire AMT but there are a couple of shortcomings you do not
miss having a manual gearbox or paddles to control it for the most part this
will do what you want as quickly as you want it to do it the fuel efficiency of
this automatic is lower than the manual by about 3 kilometers per liter 4
importantly the CVT s power is down by 20 PS and torque is down by 40 Newton
meters when compared to the diesel manual of course if you’re looking at
doing a lot of higher usage that’s where this engine would fall a little shot
because in terms of overall power and torque
this is capped at a lower level when compared to the manual transmission
option now if you choose to opt for the diesel CVT keep in mind that it’s only
available the B variant which is one below the overall top-end version which
is the VX and this is to keep the price on the right side of 10 lakh rupees so
what do you miss you don’t get the touchscreen infotainment system no
reversing camera of course the diesel cvd does not get paddle shifters and yes
there’s no use either and that is going to be quite
disappointing for what is likely to be the most expensive amaze you can buy so the Amaze sets new benchmarks in some
areas and scores very high in others basically it can’t be ignored but to
really make a mark it needs to be priced alongside the very capable desire and
not above it so the two key questions the Amaze has answered them quite
clearly for sure this honda deserves to be towards the front of the subform
either back it has everything that it needs in terms of spaciousness the right
comfort the features and definitely the sense of preeminence on the inside along
with that it is very practical with the diesel engine options and of course now
the CVT on offer as well what it lacks a bit is on the petrol front that engine
is just fine facili commuting so if you’re looking for something peppy this
won’t quite cut it and on the second front
the amaze shows quite clearly that honda is taking the right steps towards the
honda one spot

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. What is the top speed of the 2018 amaze diesel? I see few reviews says its locked to 140kmph. Is that true with new model???

  2. Hi, nice review. can you put light on petrol CVT gearbox performance while driving uphill? How to avoid rolling back in traffic while driving uphills?

  3. Which one should be better a honda wrv vx petrol or honda amaze diesel auto..
    Both offer good ride quality. But shall i prefer performance of amaze or the huge features list of wrv??? I mostly travel in city.

  4. Very worst review.. this guy is over actingπŸ‘ŽπŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ» video quality is very bad 😈😈😈😈 please learn more from auto portal..

  5. You are the best auto journalist in India atleast as far as video reviews are concerned, loved this review to bits, but what's your take on the petrol cvt?

  6. What’s the point of adding background music when the person is talking and reviewing about the car?? Silly mistakes.

  7. Finally Honda's international design language is here for the Indian sedan. A turbo cvt variant would kill the Baleno RS and perhaps quench the thirst for the sporty Civic

  8. Why only honda maruti hyundai nissan throw cars with low kerb weight justifying with bettrr engineering. Are fiat ford volkwagen are fool that they are not able to reduce kerb weight. Definitely i will prefer to sit in fiat tata for safety as are tough build guys open you mind and prefer tough solid car for safety of fam rather these fancy toy cars

  9. Hi sir I am kamal from tamilnadu, I sold my santro petrol car, is it worth to buy Honda amaze 1.2liter petrol S variant, because I am a middle class person, kindly reply me sir, pls mention fuel economy for highway and city.

  10. Hi I am planing to purchase v cvt petrol, is that a good choice. I am totally new and this is my first car and not good in driving that's why looking for cvt, had a test drive and felt petrol cvt nit that good. Please comment.

  11. Background music is so disturbing that the reviewer's voice is not clear, unnecessary music could be avoided

  12. Please suggest me a petrol sedan or compact sedan under 9 lac. My requirements are as follows:
    1) powerfull engine as I stay in a hill station
    2) Enough space inside the car
    3) Comfortable sitting and shoulder room for all the three passengers in back seat.
    4) High speed stability specially in highways

  13. I test drive both Dzire as well as Amaze. In petrol variant it is Dzire far better and In Diesel no doubt it is amaze 2018.

  14. Great review sir.. I am planning to buy a car arnd 8-9 lacs in petrol mt and my priority is a feature packed spacious car. Can you help me choose between i20 active facelift vs baleno vs amaze 2018? Which has the best rear seat comfort and space?

  15. Bro miss ur kickass motorcycle reviews… but seeing u back makes auto review worth the watch all over again.. best of luck..

  16. You seemed quite excited about this Honda ! I really loved the premium additions and yes Honda is back again with a bang . Good for end users

  17. man they need to replace that diesel engine on their entire line up. they make amazing petrol motors but that diesel is very annoying

  18. Hello sir, I am kamal hyundai elite i20 sports petrol, new honda amaze 1.2 SMT variant, ford freestyle titanium petrol, which one I have to buy sir, I need good mileage, quality safety stability control and low maintenance cost car, kindly reply me sir

  19. Dude i love the way u review bikes and cars. I feel you should be the one reviewing all the cars and bikes from zigwheels πŸ˜€

  20. https://www.carwale.com/honda-cars/amaze-2013-2016/userreviews/43452/

  21. What a review. U truly nailed it. Was always a fan of powerdrift reviews,but u guys rocked it better. Karthikeya is a sensible and greatπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

  22. Friends please advice me on this.., which is best Tata tigor, tata zest, ford aspire, hyundai xcent, honda amaze, vw ameo. Pls…..

  23. Great video Karthik. But, I have heard some serious complaints about the new Honda Amaze with respect to mileage and its pick up. The figures that the company is claiming seem to be false. Can you share your thoughts on this.

  24. Many reviewers talking about features but not about suspension and quality of chassis. Still now none gave the review about the full load performance about car.

  25. hi Bro .. how much driving characteristics ll change when we buy 14 inch s petrol model?? is it worrysome ?

  26. Bro happy to see you. Tomorrow planning to book a compact seden. Confused with either Dzire or Amaze. Planned to go with the third variant petrol MT. Which is better in terms of comfort, smooth and efficient driving. Please reply ASAP,😊

  27. Is there any issue with reverse gear of this car as check some user comments on Honda official facebook page and they all complaint abt huge vibration while reversing and dashboard etc please check this point as well

  28. Is dere any prblm for petrol version as u suggest diesel for manual , y not petrol variant vx version .pls reply me becz i wnna book it. Petrol version.

  29. Karthik, I was initially planning to get a Honda Amaze Diesel Top for my 1st car as my budget was in the range of 10 lakhs. But, after checking out this, when I just checked out the Hyundai elite i20, it just had blown me. Ever since no turning back to Honda Amaze and now waiting for my i20 delivery next Sunday.

  30. Hi Kartikeya, I want to know how does the diesel CVT feels like to drive on steep inclines, hill climbs? please reply.. Thanks

  31. should i go for amaze or ford freestyle i know botha are from different segment but stil i am confused between them , can you please help me out , which one is the best buy?

  32. Bro I am interested in v CVT diesel and I am afraid of peoples saying that CVT technology sucks its a failure after buying I may be spending money again and again on repairs of CVT gear box please help me I need a automatic car in diesel πŸ™πŸ˜€ thanks in advance reply please

  33. This is the most underrated automobile review channel.. But u keep working hard. Hard work will definitely pay off.

  34. How frequently Honda Amaze Petrol Service needs to be done. Can it be done once a Year instead of 6 months.How much will be the service cost?

  35. Sir ji..
    Sab bol hai ke Amaze ko reverse gear prblm hai..??? Glowbox bhi automatic nikalta hai kharab road pe…?
    Kya sach mai ye prblm hai kya..?? Plz rply

  36. ONE mistake most of the car review videos are having that they show the interior sideways,from outside the door, which don't gives us the look of the car as one would be sitting inside the cabin.

  37. Ar jasti disom khobor mendo Jammu kashmir,pakistanre surgical strike R bordor situation empe.Our people should know.Orelse they will remain behind.From Sudhir Chandra Soren Atu-Bhulbeda Dt-Mayurbhanj,Odisha

  38. hello
    My name is Neelam Ramteke.
    I have Honda amaze S variant car and Tyre are 175/65/14.
    My question is can I upgrade to Variant Tyre 175/65/15
    Plz guide.

  39. Always whining about the quality of plastics. Are you paying more than 10 lakhs for this car to keep raving about some cost cutting measures by Honda ?

  40. This Honda Amaze it is Riksha for Indians , just better one than Indian made.
    The smaller Honda should be Civic , that's it !

  41. Can you please suggest which car is good to select from below two models
    1) AMAZE V MT Petrol
    2) VENUE S 1.2 Petrol
    I like Amaze comfortnes ,but thinking again to take venue bcz it is new one in market. Please suggest.

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