Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 06 Feb 2019
The 2018 festive time of year has come and gone, as we fast make our way through the first quarter of the 2019 year, I reflect on why I am so happy that I decided to make the new Honda Amaze 1.2 Comfort Manual my choice of vehicle over the summer season.
When I think summer holidays, I think sun, fun, time spent with family and friends and sad, but true, a time of many expenses. It, therefore, makes sense to have a vehicle which is affordable, reliable, practical and spacious. The Honda Amaze sedan (formerly Brio Amaze) does just that!
Looks Can Be Deceiving
Despite its compact city slicking dimensions, the Amaze offers a very spacious interior cabin and impressive boot. The use of two-tone materials throughout the cabin make for a much more premium interior feel, a simple yet functional radio interface with the likes of Bluetooth, USB and Aux sockets make driving and living with the Amaze on a daily basis a pleasant experience.
Storage bins can be found throughout the cabin, with places to store your belongings within the 4 door mouldings and cup holders which are conveniently located in the centre console. Space both for front and rear passengers is vast, particularly for the size and class of vehicle.
With its large chrome front fascia and an array of colours including White Orchid Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and Radiant Red Metallic, the Amaze looks youthful and vibrant no matter the scenario.
Power is offered by means of a 4-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engine with 66 kW and 110 Nm of torque. Available as either a 5-speed manual transmission (standard on the entry-level Amaze) Trend and Amaze Comfort derivatives, if you are after an automated transmission, the Amaze is also offered with the option of a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
The Honda Amaze has a curb weight of a mere 900 kg, This low weight adds to reduced fuel economy with Honda claiming a 5.6 L/100 km for the manual and 5.7 L/100 km for the CVT, it also adds some extra fun to the Honda’s overall road handling.
SA Pricing & Warranty
Honda Amaze 1.2 Trend Manual – R179,900
Honda Amaze 1.2 Comfort Manual – R193,900 (As Tested)
Honda Amaze 1.2 Comfort CVT – R208,900
The Honda Amaze is sold with a 5-year/200 000km warranty, 2-year/30 000km service plan and on top of this, a 3-year AA Roadside Assistance package.