The all-new Honda Amaze has finally been launched in the Asian market. We do a price comparison with its closest rivals and check out how well does it score on the value-for-money quotient.
Base variants – The 2018 Honda Amaze and the Maruti Dzire are closely matched in terms of price here with a difference of approximately Rs. 3000/-. The Volkswagen Ameo comes as the most expensive proposition. Even when we take the prices of the diesel, the Dzire still is the most affordable. All the three cars offer ABS and dual airbags as standard across the range while Maruti and Honda also offer EBD and ISOFIX child seat mounts starting from the base variant. The new Amaze also gets rear parking sensors as standard.
Mid variants – Surprisingly, the Ameo undercuts the Dzire and the Amaze in the mid variant prices but only on the petrol version. The German compact sedan (petrol version) is approximately Rs. 21,000/- cheaper than the Maruti and the Honda but the diesel variant of the Maruti Dzire is approximately Rs. 16,000/- cheaper than the Honda Amaze and Rs. 26,000/- cheaper than the Ameo. In terms of features, all the three vehicles offer a regular audio system, steering mounted audio controls, Bluetooth telephony, manual AC, front and rear power windows, height adjustable driver’s seat and electrically adjustable ORVMs. While the Ameo and Amaze offer power foldable ORVMs, the Dzire gets a rear AC vent.
Coming to automatic variants, though the Ameo petrol isn’t available in an automatic gearbox option, Honda and Maruti offer automatic gearboxes on the petrol as well as diesel versions and that is the reason why we have included only these three cars in this price comparison. The Dzire mid automatic variant is more affordable when compared to the Amaze but we will have to keep in mind that the Amaze gets a CVT which is superior when compared to the Dzire’s AMT gearbox. However, it is the Ameo which gets the best automatic gearbox here which is a 7-speed DSG unit.
Top variants – The Honda Amaze VX and the Volkswagen Ameo Highline are identically priced while the Dzire’s top variants are divided into two, ZXi and ZXi+. The ZXi+ variant is close to Rs. 38,000/- expensive than the Amaze VX and Ameo Highline Plus. Coming to the diesel variants, the Amaze undercuts the Dzire and Ameo by approximately Rs. 29,000/- and Rs. 14,000/- respectively. Talking about the diesel automatic variants, the Ameo is the priciest of the lot all thanks to its advanced DSG gearbox. The Dzire is the second priciest vehicle and the Amaze stands out as the most affordable diesel automatic compact sedan. Mind you, the diesel CVT isn’t offered in the top-end VX variant and what that means is few features have been given a miss. The range-topping variants of the compact sedans get touchscreen infotainment system, push-button start, automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and reverse parking sensors with camera. A unique feature in the Ameo is rain-sensing wipers while the Dzire gets automatic projector headlights. Both the Amaze and Dzire get LED DRLs which the Ameo misses out on.
Verdict – It goes without saying that when we compare these cars variant to variant, Maruti knows how to offer the most value with the Dzire being an extremely well-priced product in its segment. Base and the mid variants of all the three cars are similarly priced but the top end automatic variant of the Ameo diesel is outright expensive. However, it does offer the bang for your buck if you are looking for a sharp performing car. All the top-end manual variants of the Amaze, Dzire and the Ameo are closely priced. If you are looking for features and a car with less maintenance costs, then you won’t go wrong picking either the Maruti Dzire or the new Honda Amaze.