Honda has firmly placed itself once again as a strong contender in the ever-growing compact sedan segment with the launch of the all-new Amaze. Adhering to their missive of becoming a premium manufacturer in India, the new Amaze brings in premium styling, premium technology (read CVT gearbox for both petrol and diesel). But the pricing, although introductory, seems to be bang on, taking on its biggest rival, the Dzire, trim-on-trim. But if you haven’t zeroed in on a compact sedan yet, here is a list of cars that you can look at for the money that you would spend on the Honda Amaze.
Beginning with the petrol base trim, at Rs 5.59 lakhs, you can opt for the top-spec trims of the compact hatchbacks like Wagon R, the Celerio and the Tiago. For about a lakh more, where you can choose between the S petrol and the base, E diesel trims, or you could switch to regular hatchbacks like the Swift or the Hyundai grand i10 and trade more features for the boot-space.
At about Rs 7.5 lakhs ex-showroom, you can choose between buying the top-spec petrol Amaze, the VX, or the comfort of driving an automatic. At this price, you are already in the range of premium hatchbacks like the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, the Hyundai i20 and the Honda Jazz. There is also mid-trim, the S with a diesel engine which offers low running costs.
The top-spec petrol automatic, the V AT i-VTEC comes at Rs 8 lakhs along with the similar-spec V MT i-DTEC. This price range also makes available compact SUVs like the Vitara Brezza, the Ford Ecosport, the Tata Nexon and Honda’s own WR-V. Finally, the top-spec Honda Amaze, the V AT diesel’s price tag of Rs 8.99 lakhs exceeds the fully loaded VX MT. For this kind of money, you can opt for the full-size sedans like the Honda City, the Hyundai Verna, Maruti Ciaz and the likes of the Volkswagen Vento and the Skoda Rapid.