Honda Cars India launched the second-gen Amaze after five years of launching the first-gen model which had been a game changer for the company. The Indian sub-4 metre compact sedan segment is highly competitive with several capable models. The all new Honda Amaze will thus have to fight afresh will the all-time segment king Maruti Suzuki Dzire also in its all-new avatar, Hyundai Xcent facelift, Volkswagen Ameo, Tata Tigor and the Ford Aspire that will receive a refresh very soon. All the subcompact sedans in India have received some update or the other (except Aspire) to survive the tough competition.
Now let’s see how the new-gen Honda Amaze fights with its rivals when specs are concerned:
The second-gen Honda Amaze is based on an all-new platform which makes it lighter by 40kg and stronger than its predecessor. The all new Amaze has grown in every dimension than its predecessor and has a longer wheelbase.
All the sedan models in this segment has exactly the same length of 3995 mm, except the Tata Tigor which is shorter at 3992 mm. The Maruti Dzire is the widest at 1735mm. The Amaze and Ford come second with a width of 1695 mm. The Volkswagen Ameo and Tigo are 1682 mm and 1677mm wide, respectively, while the Hyundai Xcent is the narrowest of the lot at 1660 mm. Height-wise the Amaze measures 1498-1501 mm, Dzire has 1515 mm, Xcent has1520 mm and Aspire is 1525 mm tall. The Tigor is the tallest at 1537 mm, while the Ameo is the shortest at 1483 mm.
When wheelbase is concerned, the Aspire has the longest wheelbase at 2491 mm, the new Amaze and Ameo have a wheelbase of 2470 mm. The Dzire and Tigor’s wheelbase measure 2450 mm long, while the Xcent’s wheelbase is shortest at 2425 mm.
So, the all new Amaze matches up to its rivals nicely, but doesn’t lead or lose in the dimension score.
The new Honda Amaze gets a 1.2L petrol mill offering 90hp and a 1.5L diesel motor offering 100 hp. Both mated to a 5 speed a manual and automatic transmission option. The new-gen Amaze is the segment’s first diesel CVT model, although it is less powerful than its manual counterpart (offering 80hp) to offer smoother performance.
The new-gen Maruti Suzuki Dzire packs in the 1.3L DDiS diesel mill generating 75hp and the 1.2L petrol offering 83hp. Both get paired to a 5 speed manual and AMT gearbox options.
The Hyundai Xcent facelift packs in a 75hp 1.2L diesel engine and a 83hp 1.2L petrol mill. Both get a 5 speed manual transmission, while only the petrol gets a 4 speed automatic transmission.
The Tata Tigor gets the smallest and least powerful 70hp 1.05L diesel motor of the lot; while a 85hp 1.2L petrol mill is also there. A 5 speed manual transmission, while the petrol version gets a 5 speed AMT option.
The Volkswagen Ameo gets the most powerful 110hp 1.5L diesel mill in the segment and is mated to a 5 speed manual and 7 speed dual-clutch automatic transmission options. However, it also has the least powerful 75hp 1L petrol mill paired with only the 5 speed manual gearbox.
The Ford Aspire has two petrol engines – a 88hp 1.2L and a most powerful 112hp 1.5L unit in the lot. The diesel version gets a 100hp 1.5L TDCi motor. The 1.2L petrol and 1.5L diesel mills are mated to a 5 speed manual transmission, while the 1.5L DCT automatic transmission.
So, here too, the new Amaze scores average.
The Amaze petrol claims to offer a fuel efficiency of 19.5kmpl and 19km (CVT variant), while the diesel’s claimed fuel efficiency is 27.4kmpl and 23.8kmpl (CVT). Its diesel manual is the second most frugal in the segment.
The Dzire in all its variants is the most fuel efficient in the segment with the petrol offering 22kmpl, and the diesel delivering 28.4kmpl and the same mileage is offered by the AMT variants.
The Aspire petrol returns 18.16kmpl, while the diesel version offers 25.83kmpl.
The Xcent petrol’s mileage is rated at 20.14kmpl, while diesel returns 25.4kmpl.
The Ameo petrol has a fuel efficiency of 19.44kmpl and diesel delivers 21.66kmpl -21.73kmpl.
Thus, going by the specs, it seems that the all new Honda Amaze is definitely a worthy subcompact sedan and is going to fight its rivals neck to neck. However, it is not the best car in the segment from any aspect.