Sam says it’s a good option
When Honda launched their Amaze in 2018, they aimed to set new standards for the compact sedan segment. It is a refreshing take on a car in that range. It offers an attractive option as a company car where extra boot space would not go amiss.
Honda is targeting the Amaze at young singles, start-up families or the mature audience. This I am not quite sure about. I foresee it being a good option as part of a fleet or for young parents who need an affordable car with the boot space that a hatch cannot offer them. As a young single, likely with a high expendable income, I do not see the Amaze appealing to them on the same level that a hatch would.
My first trip in the Amaze was an unexpected one but so I did not have time to look over the specs nor was I that familiar with the car. Thus, I was quite ‘amazed’ to find that it only featured a 1.2L engine. I have driven other, slightly smaller-bodied cars, that have struggled much more than the Honda Amaze.
Honda’s i-VTEC intelligent valve timing management system is present in the car allowing for optimum performance and fuel efficiency. The tested vehicle was the 1.2 Trend Manual with a power output of 66 kW and a maximum torque of 110 Nm.
The fuel-efficiency was not bad but not quite on the same level that other cars have been presenting recently. I manged to fleetingly reach 5.9L/100km but mostly remained at 6.1L/100km for the majority of the time. This was with open road driving for most of the trips. The claimed fuel efficiency is 5.6L/100km, making the achieved figures not too far off.
Honda describes their upgrade to the exterior as bold. Compared to the previous model, it definitely looks like it has leapt forward a generation. I also felt that it was miles ahead of other sedans in terms of design. While it is not breath-taking, it does have a more modern and appealing look that not many manufacturers succeed in incorporating into their sedan designs.
I seldom pay attention to the colour of the seats as this is variable in most vehicles but these seats bothered me a bit. The Honda Amaze Trend appears to come with only one trim option, with the higher speced vehicle offering two. The seats in the Trend are a pale beige that I do not foresee looking good within a few months, never mind years. If the vehicle is part of a fleet, where drivers are not as likely to pay as much respect to the car or carrying children around this is something you do not want.
At MasterTorque, there are three things we look for to qualify the vehicle as meeting basic needs: electric windows, Bluetooth and steering controls for the radio. The Amaze has all three of these features, making sure it fulfils the basic needs of all drivers. It also has a USB port which is important for employees on the road.
The interior is comfortable and spacious and the boot offers what few other economy cars do. It could easily fit a pram as well as some groceries. Alternatively, reps who need to carry products around with them, will find the Honda Amaze more than suitable.
Overall, I was impressed with the Honda Amaze. It fits the niche for fleet vehicles or young families extremely well. If you are in the market for a vehicle like this, it would be well worth your while to have a look.
Good to know
The specs of the Honda Amaze Trend
Engine: 1.2 litre
Transmission: 5-Speed manual
Power: 66 kW
Torque: 110 Nm
Claimed fuel efficiency: 5.6L/100km
Price: from R179 900
Warranties: standard with a 5-year/200 000km warranty and a 2-year/30 000 km service plan, with services scheduled at 15 000 km intervals. Three-year roadside assistance with the AA included.
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