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Many of us enthusiasts have grown up revering the genius of Honda, a company led by engineers. In a highly value-conscious market brand Honda won over car buyers even while striking a hard bargain. Remember the no-diesel years, or the City without a CD player? But, over the last few years Honda’s magic wore thin. The good news is, Honda says they have corrected course, the proof of which should lie in the second generation Amaze. So, can the new Amaze jump to the head of the sub-4 metre sedan segment? And can it prove that Honda is ready to be Honda once again? Let’s find out.

Is the Amaze more upmarket now?

2018 Honda Amaze
The cabin experience in the previous Amaze was quite disappointing — that was, until the facelift came about. The second generation Amaze is taking this challenge head on. It takes a leaf out of its elder siblings’ design book to make a unique statement. The face, depending on where you stand, reflects the BR-V or City. On the outside the stubby boot gets split tail lamps that are inspired from the new Accord. The new Amaze looks larger than the outgoing model. While it is wider by 15mm and just 5 mm longer, the flat hood and stubby rear come together to make it look more substantial.

2018 Honda Amaze
On the inside, like the new CR-V, the vents that sit on top of the dashboard and the touchscreen jut out to give it a more technical look. The chunky steering wheel also looks like it could have been borrowed from a bigger Honda. Drivers will appreciate the new, cleaner looking instrument cluster which has just two dials with the MID in the centre. A white backlight makes it more soothing too.

2018 Honda Amaze
The steering wheel feels great to hold and the different three dimensional profiles for the switches makes it much easier to “feel” out the right one even while driving. However, the hazy finish of the plastic buttons is a bit disappointing. The overall dashboard design is simple if a little tall, with the piano black band adding a sense of premiumness. A few irregular shut lines, especially around the glovebox, a very flimsy plastic panel on which the USB ports are mounted, and the hard plastics on the dash dampen the otherwise more appealing cabin experience.

So, is it better equipped?

2018 Honda Amaze
The Amaze is making a much needed leap forward on this front. With regards to safety, ABS with EBD and dual airbags are offered as standard. Adjustable headrests on the front seats improve the protection level. The driver also gets treated to a reversing camera along with rear parking sensors. The latter is a feature even the City doesn’t have! Cruise control is also on offer here, however, only on the manual variants.

2018 Honda Amaze
In terms of features, the Amaze misses out on a few wow elements offered by the competition. The Honda has LED DRLs, but it misses out on LED headlamps or projectors, and it doesn’t have automatic headlamps either.

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Saksham Bakshi

Saksham Bakshi

I'm a crazy person who likes to take up new things for experiencing. Writing creations on technology is a new experience to me. Not a perfect tech savvy but can go till some extent. #milyindevotees


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Saksham Bakshi · 29th May 2018 at 2:29 pm

OK mr. owner


Milyin · 28th May 2018 at 5:38 pm

Well nice one. Starting now you can add headings, and fonts to your post also they would get oublusged immediately from now on

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