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Honda Amaze 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Saurav Kumar - Senior Editor Mar 17 2020 Share this blog

Honda launched the Amaze in India in April 2013. It was developed at Honda’s R&D Asia Pacific facility in Bangkok, Thailand. The car was developed for emerging markets like India. At the time of the launch itself, the Amaze shared some uncanny resemblances with the car it's based on, the compact Brio. Moreover, the dashboard was a straight lift from the Brio and this did not go down too well with the audiences.

All this aside, everybody, including Honda had high hopes from the Amaze, for they were setting foot in the highly competitive compact sedan segment with this car. The Amaze also marked the debut of Honda’s first, in-house developed Diesel engine.

2020 honda amaze rear view

There were many areas in the first generation Amaze that needed work. The engine was not as refined as the competition, the dashboard was a straight lift off the Brio and the exterior design wasn’t something that would stand out in the crowd.

The second generation was unveiled at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo, and it was a big leap in terms of the overall design and interior theme. The car went on sale in March the same year and was well received by the audiences. Is the Amaze still good enough to pull your heartstrings?


What will impress You?

  • Diesel CVT – a unique combo!
  • Segment best boot space
  • Plush ride quality
  • Refined and Efficient Petrol and Diesel engines
  • A car for everybody – Options of Petrol MT, Petrol CVT, Diesel MT, Diesel CVT


What Won’t? 

  • Below par interior fit and finish
  • Polarizing rear-end design
  • Unrefined Diesel engine
  • Misses out on some essential features


What’s new in 2020 Honda Amaze?

The 2020 Amaze carries forward the same changes that it received in 2018. Some of the noteworthy changes include the following

Following a list of a few features that are new in 2020 Honda Amaze:

  • Option of Diesel CVT
  • All-new Infotainment System
  • More cabin space
  • More boot space
  • Better ergonomics
  • Better NVH levels
  • Smoother gearshifts
  • Bigger (and better) Allow wheels

What are the various variants available in Honda Amaze?

The 2020 Honda Amaze is available in four primary variants, namely E, S, V and VX. All the four variants can be had either with a Petrol MT or Diesel MT. Further, Petrol and Diesel CVT can be had with all the variants, except for the base E. With such a wide array of variants, powertrain and transmission options, the Amaze’s versatility is unmatched. There is a variant for every Amaze buyer out there, be it the budget-conscious or the ones who are willing to splurge.

Variant

VX 

Price – Petrol (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)

Rs. 6,09,900

Rs. 6,81,900

Rs. 7,44,900

Rs. 7,92,900

Price – Petrol CVT (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)

NA

Rs. 7,71,900

Rs. 8,34,900

Rs. 8,75,900

Price – Diesel (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)

Rs. 7,55,900

Rs. 8,11,900

Rs. 8,74,900

Rs. 9,22,900

Price – Diesel CVT (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)

NA

Rs. 8,91,900

Rs. 9,54,900

Rs. 9,95,900

Key Features 


Driver Airbag

Includes features of E Petrol and these:

Includes features of S Petrol and these

Includes features of V Petrol and these

Passenger Airbag

Vanity Mirror

Automatic climate control

Cruise Control

Isofix Child Seat Mounts

Rear Seat Centre Arm Rest

Remote Trunk opener

Navigation System

Chrome Grille

Cup Holders Rear

Engine start-stop button

Voice Control

Tilted Steering wheel

Multifunction Steering Wheel

Dual Tone Door Panels

Rear Camera

Steering Wheel Piano Black Garnish

Adjustable Steering

Fog Lights Front

Audio System Remote Control

Dual Tone Instrument Panel

Keyless Entry

Rear Window Defogger

17.7 cm infotainment system

14 inches wheel

Central Locking

Alloy Wheels

Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

Steel rims with wheel covers

Basic Media player with AUX and Bluetooth and Radio

LED Headlights




15-inch alloy wheels


Honda Amaze is one of the few cars that come standard with a fair share of features including safety in this segment and it only gets better as you go up the table. The top-end trims are laden with an array of aesthetic and creature comfort features that oomph up its overall appeal.


We trim should you go for?

The Amaze’s feature list is impressive, and most of the niceties can be had with the lower variants itself. However, since the brilliant touch-screen infotainment system is available in the VX variant only, we suggest you go with that variant itself. A premium of nearly Rs. 50,000 is justified, especially when you take into additional features in the form of Cruise Control and Reverse Parking Camera.

March 2020 Deals and Offers on Honda Amaze

Honda Amaze is available with discounts on both exchange of your old car or even a fresh buy. The automaker is offering extended warrenty period along with an exchange bonus in case of one, or with an additional 3 year AMC maintenance pack at a minimal cost.

Variant(On BS6 models)

Offer

Buying on exchange

5 Year Warranty + Rs 20K Exchange Bonus

Buying without exchange
5 Year Warranty + 3 Year AMC Maintenance Pack @ 50% cost in just Rs 8000


Also Read,

How does Honda Amaze hold up against Maruti Suzuki Dzire?

Does Hyundai Xcent stand a chance against Honda Amaze?


What are the various powertrain options on offer?

Honda hasn’t made any mechanical changes to the Amaze, and it continues to be powered by the same set of engines. The Petrol is standard fare, 1.2-litre i-VTEC four-cylinder, which generates 89 bhp of power and 110 nm of torque. This engine is available in the same state of tune with other Honda vehicles like Brio and Jazz.

Power and torque figures are in the segment ballpark. As is the case with an i-VTEC engine, low-end drivability is acceptable, however, the engine rewards you only when you push it. Top-end is where all the performance and action lies. Enthusiasts will truly enjoy pushing the engine to its redline, and why not? The sweet sound of the engine will bring a wide grin on your face. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, channelling power to the front wheels.

2020 honda amaze petrol engine

The manual tranny is slick-shifting, with well-defined gates. One can also opt for the CVT, which brings relief to your left leg. The CVT is for those who seek convenience, those who enjoy pushing their cars to the limit will opt for the MT.

Coming to the Diesel motor, it is the same 1.5-litre Earth Dreams engine, which is tuned for 99 bhp of power and 200 nm of torque. Specs are unchanged, however, Honda claims to have worked on the NVH levels of this engine. Although not very evident, that change in NVH levels is noticeable. The typical Diesel clatter does filter into the cabin, however, it is much lesser than the outgoing model. This engine was always ranked on top for the drivability, and nothing has changed! Negligible turbo lag and the peak torque comes in at just 1750 RPM.

2020 honda amaze diesel engine

Low-end drivability is superb, and so is the mid-range, however, power tapers off above 3500 rpm and the engine too, sounds very boomy after that. This engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Interestingly, the Jazz and the City get the same Diesel engine, however, they get the six-speed transmission. Product differentiation? Maybe! This five-speed gearbox is a joy to use, with smooth shifts and very well-defined gates.

Models

Honda Amaze

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Ford Aspire

Hyundai Xcent

Ex-Showroom Price, Delhi(in INR)

6.09-9.95 lacs

5.82-9.52 lacs

5.55-8.49 lacs

5.81-8.75 lacs

Engine (Petrol)

1.2-litre iVTEC four-cylinder

1.2-litre K12B VVT four-cylinder

1.2-litre Dragon three-cylinder

1.2-litre Kappa VTVT four-cylinder

Power (bhp)

89 @6000 RPM

82 @6000 RPM

95 @6500 RPM

82 @6000 RPM

Torque (Nm) 

90 @3500 RPM

113 @4200 RPM

120 @4250 RPM

114 @3500 RPM

Transmission

5-Speed Manual/  CVT

5-Speed Manual/       5-Speed AMT

5-Speed Manual

5-Speed Manual/    4-Speed AT

Engine (Diesel)

1.5-litre i-DTEC four-cylinder

1.3-litre DDiS         four-cylinder

1.5-litre TDCi four-cylinder

1.2-litre U2 CRDi three-cylinder

Power (bhp)

99 @ 3600rpm

74 @ 4000rpm

99 @ 3750rpm

74 @ 4000rpm

Torque (bhp)

200 @ 1750

190 @ 2000rpm

215 @ 1750rpm

190 @ 1750rpm

Transmission

5-Speed Manual/CVT

5-Speed Manual/5-Speed AMT

5-Speed Manual

5-Speed Manual

Another interesting thing about this Diesel engine is the other transmission on offer. With the second-generation Amaze, Honda has mated the engine to a CVT. Yes, a Diesel engine with a CVT! This convenience comes at a cost of drop in the power and torque figures. While the Diesel MT is rated at 99 bhp and 200 nm of power and torque respectively, the Diesel CVT is tuned for 79 bhp of power and 160 nm of torque, respectively.

A drop of 20 bhp and 40 nm! While this drop is significant, start driving the car and you’ll realise that the difference is negligible. Honda claims that Diesel CVT’s engine is re-tuned to nullify the rubber-band effect that’s associated with a CVT. Just like the Diesel MT, the CVT has negligible turbo-lag and offers extremely good drivability. Being a unique engine and transmission combo, this helps Amaze emerge as a game-changer in this segment.


How quick is the Honda Amaze from 0-100?

Honda has done a good job on engine and they have made the engine power delivery more linear, especially with the Diesel. While the Diesel’s specs may look underpowered in front of the Ford Aspire, the Amaze isn’t an underpowered car, since the peak torque comes in very low-end of the rev-range.

2020 honda amaze acceleration 0-100

The added kerb weight takes away from its will to pull harder and it is a bummer given the impressive duo of engines it has under the hood. The mid-end is beefy in both petrol and diesel motors and that helps in navigating easily through traffic.

Models

Honda Amaze

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Ford Aspire

Hyundai Xcent

Engine (Petrol)

1.2-litre iVTEC four-cylinder

1.2-litre K12B VVT four-cylinder

1.2-litre Dragon three-cylinder

1.2-litre Kappa VTVT four-cylinder

Transmission

5-Speed Manual

5-Speed Manual

5-Speed Manual

5-Speed Manual

0-100 kmph (seconds)

13

12.36

13.5

13.28

Engine (Diesel)

1.5-litre iDtec four-cylinder

1.3-litre DDiS 190 four-cylinder

1.5-litre TDCi four-cylinder

1.2-litre U2 CRDi three-cylinder

Transmission

5-Speed Manual

5-Speed Manual

5-Speed Manual

5-Speed Manual

0-100 kmph (seconds)

12

12.93

9.72

15.85

It is very evident on papers, which car will have the least time for 0-100 while which will have the most. Unsurprisingly, Ford Aspire outshines all the cars, while Honda Amaze manages to do 0-100 run in about 11.5 secs, which is respectable.


How well does the Amaze handle Indian roads?

The overall changes for Honda Amaze have resulted well in the ride and handling too. The comfort inside the cabin has well improved over the previous generation. The front has MacPherson Strut suspension while the rear has Torsion Beam suspension which helps the car glide over the major city bad roads without pain in the back. Overall growth in dimension has helped the car to gain more rigidity and the driver will now feel more confident at both high and low speeds, but the car is still not a corner carver. The steering will not provide a perfect response and may feel far off course.

2020 honda amaze handling

The spacious and roomier cabin makes rides even more comfortable for the driver as well as the passenger. Knee room is abundant for the rear passenger and two tall passengers can sit in a row comfortably. The seats have good side bolstering and help to tackle the body roll when taking a turn enthusiastically. Big cabin space and big windows help to not feel claustrophobic on long journeys.


How sure-footed are the brakes on Amaze?

The braking has remained the same for this generation model as well. There is nothing fancy or exceptional about the braking capabilities. The car takes it’s expected sweet time to come to a halt without any hassles in a straight line but one can often ask for more bite to be offered. ABS + EBD is standard for all the models of Amaze, also to comply with the BNVSAP safety norms.

2020 honda amaze braking setup

The disc-drum combination helps in providing with ample of braking confidence while curbing on its cost-cutting methods. The low slung geometry of the car makes it less susceptible to nose-dives which is all the better.

Model

Honda Amaze

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Ford Aspire

Hyundai Xcent

Front Brakes

Disc

Disc

Disc

Disc

Rear Brakes

Drum

Drum

Drum

Drum

Kerb Weight (kg)

945-1039

895-990

1015-1048

1100-1200

All the cars perform similarly in braking. All three come with ABS + EBD equipped as standard for all the variants. But as the Maruti Suzuki Dzire is the lightest of all, it will take lesser efforts for momentum change and is expected to stop sooner than the other two in competition.


How fuel-efficient is the Honda Amaze?

The new Honda Amaze is built on a lighter platform, so it helps the car gain momentum easily with lesser efforts. Rework on the engine has been done to reduce the friction and return the highest efficiency it could. The 2020 Honda Amaze, in the Petrol guise return about 19.5 Km/L while the Diesel will return an amazing mileage of about 27.4 km/L which makes it a very likeable choice for the buyers in this segment.

2020 honda amaze gearbox

Another mileage friendly feature is the CVT gearbox that is coded to chuck out maximum efficiency figures. It has been tuned to work optimally and shift in the sweet spots to give you satisfaction on every look at the "Avg. Fuel Consumption"!

Model

Honda Amaze


Maruti Suzuki Dzire


Ford Aspire

Hyundai Xcent

Mileage (Petrol/Diesel, kmpl)

19.5/27.4

22.0/28.40

18.16/25.83

19.10/24.40

Fuel Tank Capacity (litres)

35

37

42

42

Range (Petrol/Diesel; km)

683/959

814/1051

763/1085

802/1025

This is a sector where Maruti has been ruling for years. Honda has tried well to return good numbers in this department, however, the Dzire will still be the blue-eyed boy of the segment when it comes to fuel economy. Moreover, the Amaze has the smallest fuel tank in its class, which does take a toll on the overall tank range.

How has Honda updated the new Amaze's looks?

The new Amaze is completely different from the previous generation and does not feel connected to it in any way. The design now offered is much cleaner. Unlike those curves offered on sides of the first generation Amaze, this generation model gets a single strong shoulder line running across the side of the car. 

2020 honda amaze side profile

The front of the car is more SUV inspired and the nose does not dive in like the previous model but stands upright. Even the front is now bolder than before. The derriere of the car is either a love it or hate it design. The back has been pushed inside to keep the car under the sub-four meter sedan category but the overall dimensions are better than before for sure.

Model

Honda Amaze

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Ford Aspire

Hyundai Xcent

Length(mm)

3995

3995

3995

3995

Width (mm)

1695

1735

1695

1660

Height (mm)

1501

1515

1525

1520

Ground clearance (mm)

170

163

174

165

Wheelbase (mm)

2470

2450

2491

2425

The new Honda Amaze has grown up in all dimensions. The increase in exterior dimensions means there is more space on the inside. All the cars in this segment have an identical length, to keep them under four meters. The front carries a big chrome grille to line it up with other Honda siblings such as Honda City and Honda Civic. In competition, Amaze is not the lightest of all but certainly lighter than the Ford Aspire. Honda Amaze has better ground clearance with 170mm to offer which is 7mm better than its nearest rival, the Dzire.


Exterior Features:

  • Front Fog lights
  • 15 inches Alloy Wheels
  • Big chrome grille
  • Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror
  • Bolder Design
  • Wrap around tail lights

How well-laden is the cabin of Honda Amaze?

Honda redesigned Amaze in its second avatar to be more spacious than ever. The increased dimensions of the car have resulted in more cabin space. The increment in length has resulted in an abundance of knee room and legroom, especially for the rear passenger. The interior is in typical Honda fashion, clean and functional.

2020 honda amaze Cockpit

The top-spec VX variant carries a dash-integrated infotainment system. The instrument cluster is also redesigned and gives enough information required, but it lacks an engine temperature gauge, and only a warning light is provided for that. One flaw in the CVT model is the lack of a light on the gear lever. It would take some time realising which gear your car is in, especially at night.

2020 honda amaze cabin
The dashboard also gets the dual-tone treatment of black and beige and the overall cabin feels more airy and comfortable. Seats are pretty comfortable and hold the front passengers around corners. In the rear, there is a centre armrest provided and adds elegance to the rear cabin area. However, cost-cutting can be seen in the fit finish of the car. There are some minor panel gaps here and there, which do spoil the overall ambience. The steering is well finished, and in the trending fashion, is functional with buttons laid on the left and right side of the horn pad.

Model

Honda Amaze

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Ford Aspire

Hyundai Xcent

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

The trapezoidal AC vents function well, and the silver finish around them lends a very upmarket look. There are plenty of storage spaces provided in the car to park items like your phone, cups et al. Overall the interior is good and space inside the car is impressive, however, a few fit and finish issues could have been fixed to make it even better.


What are the various infotainment features on offer?

On the top of the dash, sits a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, called the DigiPad. This system is also seen in other Honda cars like City, Jazz and WR-V. However, the Amaze features DigiPad 2.0, which means it gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, which its elder siblings don’t get. The display is user-customizable and the options available are in a tiled format, making everything easy to read. Sound output is via four speakers, and the overall quality is strictly average. There are no tweeters on offer, unfortunately. The audio system is just satisfactory for a stock system and the sound modulation provided is good by OEM standards.

2020 honda amaze infotainment system

The infotainment also comes with a navigation system, that does the job well and is pretty easy to use. The rear camera also projects the view on this display. What’s interesting on offer is a low-light camera, which provides a good view at night and reversing at night can be done without any hassles. 


The list of various features provided in the car infotainment system are:

  • 7” Touchscreen Infotainment system
  • Apple Car Play and Android Auto connectivity
  • Bluetooth, FM, AM
  • Voice Command
  • Built-in navigation system
  • 4 Speaker Audio System with good bass
  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity
  • Smooth and customizable UI


Is the boot in Honda Amaze weekend friendly?!

Cars in this segment have to have big boots to make them more practical. The boot space of the Amaze is improved by 20 litres over the outgoing car, and the boot capacity stands at 420 litres. Not only the size has been increased but the carpeting has also been done to hide all the loose wirings. However, there are areas where the cost has been cut.

2020 honda amaze cargo capacity

For example, the underside of the boot lid is naked, and one can see the bare sheet metal. The visible wires can be a risk when carrying uneven luggage bags with hooks out. Honda should have provided a basic plastic cover to not let them be visible.

Model

Honda Amaze

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Ford Aspire

Hyundai Xcent

Boot Capacity (litres)

420

378

359

407

The Amaze has the best in class boot capacity and outshines the competition by a good margin. This Honda’s boot space is 42 litres more than the Dzire and 61 litres more than Aspire. Honda has done a fabulous job in interior packaging of this car and smart cabin space management.

What are the various safety features on offer and how reliable is it?

Safety is now a big consideration in car designing as well as in the buyer's decision. The Honda Amaze also has many safety features to offer. The car comes with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat mounts and seat belt reminder as standard. The fuel tank is centrally placed to reduce the risk of the blast during a crash. There are also impact beams inside and in front of the car to absorb all the damage in case of a collision.

2020 honda amaze safety features

There are fog lamps provided for maximum visibility during rains and fogs. Moreover, the doors will automatically lock at a speed of 20 km/hr and will unlock in case of a collision

The Honda Amaze achieved a solid four stars for Adult Occupant Protection in the frontal crash test at 64 kmph in the NCAP test which is best in the segment. However, it only achieved only one star for child occupant protection in the same frontal crash test. The frame is declared stable by the Global NCAP.


Safety Features:

  • Speed-sensing door lock
  • Dual airbags
  • ABD with EBD
  • Rear Parking Sensor
  • Reverse Parking Camera
  • Driver and passenger side Load Pre-tensioner and limiter
  • Driver and passenger seat belt reminder
  • Door unlock at Crash
  • ISOFIX child seat mounts

On the reliability front, the Amaze is a Honda at the of the day. It is reliable, and will probably outlive the owner as well.

How does Honda Amaze tackle its competition?

Honda Amaze Vs Maruti Suzuki Dzire

2020 maruti suzuki dzire
Maruti Suzuki Dzire is one of the oldest cars of the segment and has been doing well in the market even in its third generation. In its second generation, the Amaze has grown up, in dimensions and features as well. The new upgraded and reworked Diesel and Petrol mills of the Honda Amaze have better and more linear power delivery. Honda also offers a Diesel CVT engine option which is the first time in the world! Needless to say, the CVT in this car is far better than the AMT offered in the Dzire. A few fit and finish issues inside and outside do spoil the overall experience. Overall, both the cars are evenly matched, and one will have a hard time convincing themselves to choose either of the cars.


Honda Amaze Vs Ford Aspire

2020 ford aspire
The biggest disadvantage of the Aspire is the Ford badge, which is not associated with long term reliability and peace of mind. While the Aspire does have the most powerful engines, it isn’t a looker by any means, nor it is the most practical one. The lack of a Diesel AT is another downer. However, this car remains the go-to choice of enthusiasts, and the Amaze can’t stand a chance against it when it comes to performance and dynamics.


Honda Amaze vs Hyundai Xcent

2020 hyundai xcent
The Xcent has gained quite a popularity in the fleet segment, due to its frugal engines and extremely practical nature. In terms of looks, both the cars aren’t going to win any beauty contests. In terms of performance, however, the Amaze trumps the Xcent, be it in terms of power or efficiency. The driving dynamics of the Xcent are nothing to write home about either.


So, is the new Honda Amaze worth the hustle?

The Honda Amaze is quite an all-rounder. It is well packaged, offers good interior space, is extremely practical and the punchy, yet efficient engines work like icing on the cake. Add to that the unique combo of Diesel CVT and one begins to realise how much Amaze has grown in terms of technology as well. The Dzire might be more efficient, the Aspire might be more fun to drive, however, nothing comes close to the Amaze when you consider the overall package on offer.

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