Mahindra Verito Vibe Petrol/Diesel MT Vs Honda Amaze Petrol/Diesel MT

Monday 30 Dec 2013, 11:27 PM

Honda Amaze was the most anticipated car by the Japanes car makes on many grounds. It was based on Brio and was an entry level sedan in the C segment of cars. The most important part about the Brio was it marked Honda’s foray in diesel car segments in India with the revolutionary i-DTEC engine. This engine was claimed as the most fuel efficient engine at 25.8 Kmpl. Amaze is available in both petrol and diesel fuel options. It is also offered in an automatic variant. The Honda Amaze is priced between Rs. 5,51,853 to Rs. 8,20,245 (Ex-Showroom Mumbai)

Honda Amaze Petrol image 2
Honda Amaze Petrol image 2

Mahindra Verito Vibe was a different product from Mahindra otherwise known for making utility cars. Vive broke the normal tradition and was the first hatch to be based on a sedan platform. This was Mahindra’s answer to the booming sub 4m car by working on the Verito platform. The Vibe was a hatchback for those who wanted a small car but without feeling cramped. It is available in three variants and is priced between Rs. 5,70,259 to Rs. 6,57,001(Ex-Showroom Mumbai)

Mahindra Verito Vibe Vs Honda Amaze Exteriors

Honda Amaze does not look very different from Brio hatchback as it is based on the same platform. 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.

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

Mahindra Verito Vibe 53
Mahindra Verito Vibe 53

Verito Vibe too borrows heavily from its sedan sibling. It does not look modern and instead has a very dated design. There is no character or uniqueness to the design. It is merely straight lines and cuts. Not that all Mahindra vehicles look bad, example the Bolero which looks extremely rugged and the XUV500 which as an international feel to it. Verito Vibe too desperately needs a proper redesign so that it can look desirable.

Mahindra Verito Vibe Vs Honda Amaze Interiors

The Verito Vibe takes a beating when it comes to premium interiors. There is no connect whatsoever between the occupants and the vehicle. Though, an area where it does manage to score some points is the spacious cabin. The front row space is grand and it does not get any more spacious than this. In fact, this area will put other hatches and sedans to shame. The headroom is simply fantastic. Even the knee room recess for the driver is plenty. The rear passengers too are not disappointed with generous breathing area in the rear section. Unlike in other cars, where the rear passengers can sit comfortably only by putting the front row passengers under certain discomfort, the Vibe’s rear occupants will never crib about space.

Honda Amaze carries the tradition of offering premium upholstery and interiors with top notch quality fabrics and leather. The interiors of Honda Amaze have been designed with the “man maximum machine minimum” concept which concentrates on allotting more space for occupants by minimizing the space required for mechanical components. This design philosophy also makes the interiors very spacious yet compact at the same time.

Mahindra Verito Vibe Vs Honda Amaze Performance

The Verito Vibe is powered by a 4 cylinder 1461cc dCi CRDi Diesel engine. This unit produces a peak power of 65PS at 4000 rpm and a torque of 160Nm at 2000 rpm.

This not just any sedan cut into a hatchback project by excusing the extreme third box. In the Verito Vibe, the third box has been reduced to the maximum limit. The overall length of the Verito has been brought down from 4277mm to 3991mm but the wheelbase stays intact at 2630mm. The Kerb weight of the Vibe has shot up too by 15 kgs.

In Amaze, 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. 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.

Mahindra Verito Vibe Vs Honda Amaze Conclusion

These are two different cars pitched in different segments. Honda Amaze has been doing extremely well in the market. The company has also increased its production capacity to meet the ever increasing demands on the sedan. Premium interiors, efficient diesel engine, optional automatic transmission and then Honda brand all clubbed together makes the Amaze car a better buy. Mahindras have proven it that utility vehicle is their primary domain but then it still needs to work hard to establish itself in the passenger car segment.