The second-generation Honda Amaze has landed in SA to take on rivals such as the Ford Figo, Suzuki Dzire and Toyota Etios in the budget small-sedan market, in which all are trying to capitalise after the recent exit of the segment-leading VW Polo Vivo sedan. Aimed at first-time buyers as well as empty-nesters, the India-built Amaze is based on the Brio five-door hatchback and is offered in three derivatives priced from R179,900 to R208,900. The car has grown in length and wheelbase to offer expanded passenger room. The little sedan is surprisingly spacious, offering comfortable space for four adults. It also has a handy 420l boot (which includes a full-size spare wheel), which Honda says is class-leading in size, although it’s unfortunately not expandable as the rear seats don’t flip down. Stretching the wheelbase by 65mm has given this compact Honda a relaxed ride quality that avoids the choppy feeling of some small cars, as I discovered when driving the Amaze at its media launch i...

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