The sub-4 m sedan segment in the country is facing frenetic action. As Hyundai India, the second largest automaker in the country, launched its compact sedan, the Xcent, it’s surely going to face stiff competition from Honda Amaze, an old timer.
Look-wise, the Honda Amaze has a nicely integrated design and the side profile has strong character lines that sweep across giving it a distinctive look. The Xcent design is the most fluidic and natural, but it has less road presence as it looks narrower. The Honda Amaze comes in the price range of Rs. 5.25 lakh to Rs. 7.82 lakh.
When compared to the Xcent, the Amaze does not have the best cabin and the dash board looks cheap and plastic. The music system and air conditioning unit look timeworn while the equipment list is sparse. However, the driving position is spot on. The seats have great under thigh support and a nice incline at the perfect angle. At 400 L, the boot space is good.
Speaking of boot space, Xcent gets a 407 L boot. The back seat width is a tad on the lower side when compared to the Amaze. The smaller windows make the cabin look smaller, but the back seats have adjustable head rests and there are rear A/C vent ducts. The arm rests come with cup holders. There is a charging point for the rear passengers. The dashboard looks that it is made of good quality materials and the equipment list is endless. The top variants have automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, rear view camera, cooled glovebox, steering mounted audio control, Bluetooth, 1 GB of on board music storage, electric-folding mirror, and push-to-start button.
Both the cars are available in petrol and diesel variants.
The petrol version of Amaze has a 1.2 litre 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine which delivers a maximum power of 87 bhp and a peak torque of 115 Nm. The diesel cars get power from the 1.5 litre i-DTEC Earth Dreams engines. The diesel gives a maximum power of 99 bhp and a peak torque of 200 Nm.
The diesel unit of the Xcent is a three-cylinder 1.1 L U2 CRDi engine with a maximum power of 71 bhp @ 4000 rpm and peak torque of 180 Nm @ 1750 rpm and is mated to 5-speed manual transmission system. The 4-cylinder 1.2 L Kappa dual VTVT petrol engine has a displacement capacity of 1197cc and generates 82 bhp @ 6000 rpm and has 114 Nm of peak torque @ 4000 rpm and mated with either 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission gearbox. The Xcent has been placed marginally lower than the price of the Honda car in the Rs. 4.65-7.38 lakh range.
Another hot selling car is Toyota Etios Cross at price 5.7 lakh onwards in the Indian market.