As part of the 'Safer Cars for Africa' campaign, Global NCAP has awarded the India-made, African-spec Honda Amaze with 4-star crash test rating. India is the exclusive manufacturer of the second generation of the sub-4 metre sedan.
Global NCAP performs all the tests on the base variants of the cars. The African-spec Honda Amaze comes with standard dual airbags, front seatbelt pre-tensioners and a driver seatbelt reminder. Additionally, the Indian-spec Honda Amaze packs a speed warning system and seatbelt reminders for both front occupants. During the Global NCAP crash tests, the cars are made to crash into a barrier with a 40% offset at a speed of 64 km/h. It is worth noting that the criteria for crash test certification by the Indian authorities is set at a lower crash speed of 56 km/h.
The Honda Amaze was given an assuring four starts for adult safety protection and scored a total of 14.08 maximum points out of 17.00 for adult safety. But at the same time it scored a low one star for child occupant protection, with 8.16 points out of a total 49 points. The test team got evidence of head exposure and the probability of injury on the child test dummies which were used in the process to represent an 18-month old and a three-year old child. Honda-recommended child seats were used in the crash tests.
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The Indian-spec Honda Amaze comes with two engines. One is the 1.2L i-VTEC petrol unit which delivers 90 PS and 110 Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to either a 5-speed MT or a CVT transmission. The other engine option is the 1.5L i-DTEC diesel unit delivering 100 PS and 200 Nm of torque (with 5-speed MT)/80 PS and 160 Nm of torque (with CVT).