All new Honda Amaze - things which have room for improvement
Honda Cars India has recently launched the all new avatar of its highly popular Amaze sedan. The 2018 second generation Honda Amaze subcompact sedan is set the bar high in order to beat the cutthroat market competition and boost the sales of the brand. The all new Amaze is really an all-new car with a new platform (not based on Brio anymore), more matured design, more premium interiors and a longer list of features, and is all braced to give the all-time segment ruler the Maruti Suzuki Dzire some serious competition.
The all new Honda Amaze is certainly a better package with more premium look and feel than the first-gen model, and it is really a worthy car for the Indian small sedan buyers, but there’s still room for some improvements.
Here are the things that Honda could do to make the second-gen Amaze almost impeccable:
Offer CVT On Top-end Trim
The CVT automatic option on both petrol and diesel version of the Amaze is simply great. However, the CVT choice is available only on the mid-range S and the second-top V variants. Surprisingly, the fully loaded top-end VX variant comes with only the manual transmission.
In comparison, Amaze’s arch rival Dzire gets an automatic gearbox (although the less refined and cheaper AMT) option on all variants, excepting the base model.
Since, the top model VX Amaze comes with features such as Cruise Control, 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, it would have been nice if Honda could offer the CVT in this variant.
Honda didn’t offer a VX CVT trim, most likely to keep it competitively priced to suite the Indian small sedan buyers.
2. Make Highway Efficient Diesel CVT
The Amaze diesel CVT trims are less powerful than the manual variants, for the longevity of the CVT and to allow it function properly. The diesel mill has been tuned to offer 20 PS and 40 Nm lesser when paired to the CVT. This is unnoticeable on city roads, but can be felt on highways, while there’s its noisy on high speeds as well.
3. Offer Livelier Petrol Engine
The Amaze’s 1.2L i-VTEC petrol engine has a strong mid-range, but feels slow on lower-range. It order to feel the power, the engine needs to be rushed which is quite difficult on busy city roads and need very frequent gear changes.
4. Few More Feel Good Features
The new-gen Honda Amaze certainly has a higher premium quotient than its predecessor with better fit and finish, materials and added new features like cruise control, infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, etc. Nevertheless, it still misses out popular features like LED projector headlamps, LED DRLs, machined alloy wheels, LED tail lamps that the Dzire offers.
Honda could really add these bells and whistles on a new top-end trim on the Amaze, given that the current range topping model undercuts the Dzire top-end trim by around Rs. 40,000.
5. More Rear Headroom
The Amaze has been always a spacious and comfortable car, and the new-gen model’s longer wheelbase (by 65 mm) really adds to the rear legroom, which is one of the largest in this segment. Nevertheless, the rear headroom is disappointingly limited, which is highlighted by the non-adjustable rear headrests.