The compact sedan segment of India is highly competitive and is constantly expanding with the introduction of exciting, brand new models. In order to grab customer attention and to beat growing market competition, Toyota Kirloskar Motor India has launched the new upgraded Toyota Platinum Etios compact sedan which is essentially a mid-life facelift model of the very capable Etios. The Toyota Platinum Etios comes with great new improvements and fresh appeal which justifies its new Platinum prefix in its name. The recently introduced Platinum Etios has been pitched against many highly successful models in its own segment which include the all-time favorite Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, Tata Zest, Hyundai Xcent, Ford Figo Aspire, Volkswagen Ameo and Honda Amaze. Here we are comparing the new Toyota Platinum Etios with the recently refreshed Honda Amaze in order to get a good idea on the updated versions of both these popular cars, as well as to find out which one is a superior new facelift model.
Toyota Platinum Etios Vs Honda Amaze
The new Platinum Etios flaunts considerable exterior styling upgrades to offer a bolder and more stylish visual appeal. Toyota has done a good job in making the new Platinum Etios look really stylish with a fresh appeal for the buyers. The updated compact sedan is bestowed with a new front façade owing to a newly designed wide V-shaped chrome accented front grille, redesigned muscular front bumper, wider air intake, fog lamps and beefy side skirts. On its side profile, the car flaunts chrome accented wing mirrors with integrated turn blinkers and stylish 15-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, while at the rear the car gets a rear spoiler and newly designed rear bumper.
On the other hand, the Honda Amaze facelift shows off a dual slatted chrome finished front grille, stylish front bumpers that houses fog lamps and a wide air-dam. On the sides, the car flaunts body hued door handles, a couple of prominent character lines and new stylish alloy wheels. At its rear end, the sedan gets newly designed tail lights as well.
Looks-wise, the Platinum Etios does get more points for its sportier looks.
In terms of dimensions are concerned, the Toyota Platinum Etios is a bigger car than the new Amaze. The facelift Etios measures 4255 mm in length, 1695 mm in width and 1510 mm in height and it rides on a longer wheelbase of 2550 mm and ground clearance of 174 mm.
The Honda Amaze’s dimensions are – 3990 mm in length, 1680 mm in width, 1505 mm in height. The car stands on a wheelbase measuring 2405 mm and a ground clearance of 165 mm.
So, in terms of dimensions and interior space, the Toyota car is definitely superior.
Interiors & Features
The already sophisticated interior of the Etios sedan is further enhanced in the updated Platinum Etios that features a new premium all-black interior design. The car features classy piano black finished centre console, new premium fabric seat upholstery, automatic climate control and touchscreen infotainment system along with GPS navigation system.
On the other hand, the refreshed Honda Amaze offers a new soft-touch dual tone dashboard borrowed from the BR-V and a new instrument cluster that is lifted from Jazz. These two definitely add a premium touch to the previously criticized interiors of the Amaze. The car also features a touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, steering wheel mounted controls, redesigned air conditioner vents and automatic climate control.
In terms of interior styling and comfort, the updated Etios is better than the Amaze.
Toyota is increasing its focus on car safety in India and has endowed the new 2016 Platinum Etios with front dual airbags and ABS which are offered as standard across all variants. Other safety equipments include keyless entry and engine immobilizer among many others. The Honda Amaze also gets ample safety features that include front Dual Airbags, ABS along with EBD, engine immobilizer, Rear Defogger and more.
The new Platinum Toyota Etios retains the engine range of the previous model and comes powered by the same choice of petrol and diesel engines. The petrol version gets a 1.5L mill that is good to generate 88 bhp of power 132 Nm of torque, while the diesel avatar gets packed with a 1.4L D-4D engine which is capable of delivering 67 bhp of power and 170 Nm of torque. Both the motors are coupled with a 5 speed manual transmission.
The Honda Amaze on the other hand, also comes in both petrol and diesel versions. The petrol variants of the sedan are equipped with a 1.2L i-VTEC engine, while the diesel version is powered by a 1.5L i-DTEC motor. The petrol engine is able enough to produce a peak power of 87 bhp and top torque of 109 Nm, while the 1.5L i-DTEC motor is good to pump out 99 bhp of max power along with 200 Nm of peak torque. The car offers a choice of a 5 speed manual transmission gearbox and a 5 speed CVT gearbox.
When fuel efficiency is concerned, both the cars are quite frugal. While the Toyota Platinum Etios sedan delivers a good fuel efficiency of 16.78 Kmpl in the petrol version and 23.59 Kmpl in the diesel version; the Honda Amaze offers a maximum mileage of 18.1 Kmpl in the petrol version and 25.8 Kmpl in its diesel version.
In terms of fuel efficiency, the Honda Amaze is better than the Etios.
eThe newly launched stylish Toyota Platinum Etios is available in the Indian car market with a price range that starts at Rs. 6.54 lakhs for the base petrol model and goes up to Rs. 8.98 lakhs for the top of the range diesel model. On the other hand, the Honda Amaze has been priced at a more competitive price range. This sedan is priced at Rs. 5.48 lakhs for the base petrol model, while the top of the range diesel variant has been tagged at Rs. 8.38 lakhs.