Honda Amaze Petrol/Diesel MT Vs Volkswagen Vento Petrol/Diesel MT

Tuesday 21 May 2013, 1:50 PM

The Honda Amaze was the most anticipated car in India as it was the first diesel car of the company. After being stubborn over a diesel launch, Honda finally decided to give in the diesel demands of the country and launch the Amaze in both engine trims which is petrol and diesel. The petrol variant shares the existing Brio’s unit while the diesel gets an all new 4 cylinder, 1498cc i-D-TEC diesel engine. Honda claims a mileage of 25.8kmpl for the new diesel engine. Honda Amaze is available in 10 variants and it priced between Rs. 5.35 - Rs. 8.02 lakhs

The Volkswagen Vento is a sedan based on the Polo. The Vento was launched primarily against Honda City which sits at an important position in the premium sedan market. The Vento boasts of German precision Volkswagen is famous for. Edgy design and good performance are Vento’s selling point. The Vento is available in 9 variants and in priced between Rs. 7.52 - Rs. 10.24 lakhs.

Honda Amaze Vs Volkswagen Vento Exteriors

The Honda Amaze has cuts and creases in right quantities at the right places. The design is based on Honda’s Smart Micro Limousine concept which emphasizes on strong present with compact dimensions. Seem from certain angles the Amaze looks like a mini-Honda City. The length of it has been limited to 3990 mm making is a sub 4 metre sedan. Smaller dimensions mean no sweat in finding parking lots.


Honda Amaze Vs Volkswagen Vento
Honda Amaze Vs Volkswagen Vento

The front face of the Honda Amaze is similar to the Brio. It gets a twin storey chrome garnished radiator grille which looks nice with the contrasting dark mesh in the background. The bonnet has a short and stout stance with two profile lines running on it. It has a wide stance in front hinting of a larger sedan but then dimensionally it is as wide as the Honda Brio so the wide stance is just a visual feel. The tight meshing of the bonnet line with the bumper line is seamless

Volkswagen Vento, the luxurious sedan from German automaker, has sophisticated and well-designed exteriors. The car has dynamic appearance and sporty character, which can impress any car lover. Its front is identical to the hatchback Volkswagen Polo, featuring chrome radiator grille. The front grill bags Volkswagen logo, adjacent to the detailed headlights. Moreover, top-end variant also feature fog lamps close to the air dam. Among other notable exterior features of New Volkswagen Vento are large fenders, robust wing mirrors, 6-spoke alloy wheels and exquisite tail lamps.

Honda Amaze Vs Volkswagen Vento Interiors

In the Amaze, from the driver’s view, the sight is very confident and the pillars by no way form an obstruction to the vision. The cushioning of the seats is adequate for both rows. Front seats come with an integrated headrest which stand firm at a slight inclination. However, the angle of inclination should have been a bit more to protect against whip lash retardation. The front driver seat has a height adjusting arrangement which can elevate the seat manually by 50mm.

The rear seats are decently thick and offer good legroom and headroom. The wheelbase of Honda Amaze has been extended by 60mm as compared to Brio. This extension in wheelbase means a lot of room to stretch your legs which is needed in long journeys.

The high-end variant of Volkswagen Vento comes with a Livon fabric seating arrangement in beige colour. Among contrasting interior features of new Volkswagen Vento are detailed instrument panel featuring tachometer, digital odometer, and digital clock along with leather wrapped steering wheel.

Honda Amaze Vs Volkswagen Vento Performance

The Amaze petrol borrows the Brio’s heart. It has a 16 valve 4 cylinder SOHC i-VTEC engine with a displacement of 1198cc. This engine produces a peak power of 88PS at 6000 rpm and a torque of 109Nm at 4500 rpm. The petrol engine is offered in 5 speed manual as well as 5 speed Automatic transmission options. When it comes to a smooth refined and a performance engine, i-VTEC is one of my strong favorite. The i-DTEC 1.5L Diesel unit has been designed in such a way that the power delivery remains in tandem with torque delivery. It produces a peak power of 100PS at 3600 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1750 rpm.


Honda Amaze Vs Volkswagen Vento.
Honda Amaze Vs Volkswagen Vento.

Inside the Vento, rhe petrol variants are powered by 1598 cc, 4-cylinder, in-line DOHC engine that has power output of 105 bhp at 5250 rpm and has maximum torque of 153 Nm at 3800 rpm. Whereas, diesel variants are loaded with same capacity engine that delivers maximum power of 105 bhp at 4400 rpm and churns peak torque of 250 Nm at 1500 to 2500 rpm.

Honda Amaze Vs Volkswagen Vento Conclusion

The Honda Amaze has all it takes to be a class leader with its longer wheelbase, compact dimensions, interior comfort and mileage conscious diesel engine. This finally marks an end to the long wait for a Honda diesel car. The Amaze will not just be a strong contender in its own segment but then it can be considered by even those who want a City but don’t want to spend as much. Let's hope the i-DTEC spreads across all segments of Honda cars and we finally gets to see a complete diesel line up by the company.

Loaded with several comfort, convenience and safety features, Volkswagen Vento has been successful in earning the trust and confidence of the target group. With introduction of Volkswagen Vento, Volkswagen Group is working on a strategy to strengthen its foothold in the competitive car market of India.