Even though this car only develops 79bhp of max power on paper, Honda has definitely worked their magic in syncing this engine and gearbox. Now, Honda has had to detune this engine from 99bhp and 200Nm to 79bhp and 169Nm for the CVT transmission to be able to deal with the power and torque. But the way the electronics and gearbox extract the most amount of usable power from the engine is truly impressive. There is none of that rubber band effect associated with typical CVT automatic transmissions. The end result is seamless acceleration which to be honest feels rather brisk for an 80 horsepower car. It even has a Sport mode for more spirited driving.
The positives for this drivetrain don’t end there as this car is equally impressive to drive in the city with its smooth operating mannerisms that make light of our gruesome peak traffic conditions. All in all, the Amaze diesel automatic isn’t just a great diesel automatic car, it is a pretty good diesel driver’s car too thanks to its transmission and performance. So if you are in the market for a sub-4 meter diesel car that’s fun to drive, you must look here. This truly is an amazing car to drive in the city and on the highway.
Of course, I’d have liked the Amaze to have more high-rent design elements to lend more pizzazz to its appeal, but you can’t have it all can you!
When it came: August 2019
Current Odo reading: 12,874kms
Mileage this month: 1,715kms
Fuel efficiency: 18.63km/l
What’s good: Great automatic gearbox, performance
What’s not: Glovebox lid rattles
Also read - Honda Amaze Long Term Report: September 2019