Ameo, the company’s first offering to India’s compact sedan segment, is here to try its luck in the hotly contested sub 4-meter sedan segment and the most challenging competitors it will have to face are Honda Amaze and Ford Figo Aspire. Volkswagen Ameo is offered in only petrol version as of now and its diesel version is going to be launched soon. This Volkswagen Ameo vs Honda Amaze vs Ford Figo Aspire comparison will let you into the nitty-gritties of the battle between the petrol versions of these three sedans.
VW Ameo vs Honda Amaze vs Ford Figo Aspire Spec Comparison
Ameo is available in only petrol version and the carmaker is yet to launch the diesel version of the car. Just three variants of the car are on offer. The petrol mill has been combined with just manual transmission while Honda Amaze and Ford Figo Aspire come equipped with an automatic gearbox as well. In future, Ameo, is likely to get an automatic gearbox paired most probably to diesel engine. Ford Figo Aspire is available in five petrol trims while Honda Amaze comes in as many as nine petrol trims.
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Volkswagen Ameo petrol picks its engine from Polo hatchback which is a 1.2-litre MPI mill that produces 74 bhp of power @ 5400 rpm and 110 Nm of peak torque @ 3750 rpm.
Amaze hosts one of the best petrol mills in business that is the 1.2-litre SOHC i-VTEC engine. The power output of Amaze is higher than that of Ameo at 87 bhp @ 6000 rpm but the torque is slightly lesser at 109 Nm @ 4500 rpm.
Ford Figo Aspire is powered by a 1.2-litre DOHC Ti-VCT engine that churns out 87 bhp of power and 112 Nm of peak torque. The top end trim of Figo aspire gets a bigger 1.5-litre engine that emits 110 bhp of power and 136 Nm of peak torque. It has been combined with a 5-speed automatic transmission. This clearly takes it ahead of its other two rivals.
Crux – Both the petrol engines of Figo Aspire are more powerful than those of Honda Amaze and Volkswagen Ameo.
Interestingly, the manual versions of both Honda Amaze and Volkswagen Ameo offer a similar ARAI certified mileage of 17.8 kmpl. The automatic trims of Amaze offer a higher fuel economy of 18.1 kmpl. In comparison, the manual version of Figo Aspire offers a better mileage of 18.16 kmpl while its automatic version returns 17 kmpl of fuel economy.
Crux – In the manual version, Ford Figo Aspire offers better mileage while in automatic avatar, it is Amaze that wins.
Ford Figo is the largest vehicle of the three in terms of wheelbase that spreads to 2491 mm. Next in line of Ameo with a wheelbase of 2470 mm and Amaze is the last of the three with wheelbase measuring 2405 mm. While the length of both Ameo and Figo Aspire stands at 3995 mm, Amaze is shorter by 5 mm. Figo Aspire is also the widest and tallest of the three cars with width measuring 1695 mm and height of 1525 mm. It also has the highest ground clearance of 174mm compared to 165 mm of both Ameo and Amaze.
Crux – In Volkswagen Ameo vs Honda Amaze vs Ford Figo Aspire dimension comparison, Ford Figo Aspire is the clear winner, with the largest wheelbase, highest ground clearance and largest dimensions.
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Based on the platform of Polo, Ameo shares most of its design elements with its younger sibling. The carmaker has added projector headlamps, a revised bumper and horizontal fog lamps to distinguish between the front profile of both the siblings. It is very well built, solid European sedan that registers a very graceful presence with its sharp creases and strong lines. But the only flaw in the design is the awkward looking boot.
Honda Amaze, after the recent facelift, gets a more balanced design than before but still does not match up to its other two rivals in the looks department. Grille with large chrome slats, beefy front bumper, wide air dam, smoked headlamps, and a well designed boot are some of the design features hosted by Amaze.
Aspire, the Figo hatchback sibling, boasts of a tall boot deck and looks more proportionate of the three. Features like swept back headlamps and chrome slatted grille lend it a muscular appeal that is lacking in both Ameo and Amaze.
Crux – Ford Figo Aspire not only looks proportionate but also more stylish. Ameo gets the second place in this respect.
Honda Amaze truly amazes us by fitting in a spacious rear seat and a large 400 litres boot area in its petite sub 4-meter frame. The rear appears a bit cramped but so is the case with Ameo too. Amaze also offers a better head room, shoulder room and leg room than Ameo.
Ford Figo Aspire, having the largest wheelbase among the three and also the tallest, is the top scorer on the comfort parameter. It offers ample space at the rear for three passengers. The top trim offers leather upholstery as well. But wait, Ameo has its good points too. It looks more premium from inside and the quality of materials is a notch higher than the other two.
Talking of boot space, Amaze leads the pack followed by Figo Aspire and Ameo at 359 litres and 330 litres respectively.
Crux – Ford Figo Aspire wins hands down in the interiors department by offering an optimum comfort level and a well appointed cabin.
While Ameo lags behind Figo Aspire and Honda Amaze in exterior and interiors fronts, it makes up for the loss by offering a bucket full of features. Leaving its opponents far behind, it comes with several segment first features like cruise control, anti-pinch power windows and automatic rain sensing wipers. It also offers rear centre armrest and rear AC vents. Ford Figo Aspire and Honda Amaze lag behind VW Ameo in this respect. Figo Aspire does get some points for SYNC technology while Amaze sticks to just basic features like USB, Radio, Bluetooth, AUX-In etc.
Ford Figo Aspire comes forth as the safest car of the three as it offers as many as six airbags in its top end trim along with features like ABS with EBD, ESP, Traction Control System, Hill Launch Assist, etc. Ameo offers dual airbags and ABS as standard safety features. Honda Amaze offers these as optional features.
Crux – Undoubtedly, Volkswagen Ameo scores the highest in terms of equipment but safety wise, Ford Figo Aspire impresses more.
Volkswagen Ameo has a fairly responsive steering that results in decent handling. The brakes offer a good bite and the suspension is tuned on the softer side. But it’s 1.2-ltre MPI mill lags behind the other two in terms of performance. It is full of noise and vibrations. The car has been found to struggle on Highways and does not offer as aggressive a driving feel as Amaze and Figo Aspire.
A 30% better power-to-weight ratio of Amaze combined with its more powerful petrol engine makes Amaze a good performer. Its engine is blissfully refined and rev hungry. But its suspension set-up is stiffer than that of Ameo and Figo Aspire.
Ford Figo Aspire, sticks to the Ford DNA and offers a more sorted driving experience. It’s steering is highly communicative, the gearbox offers a precise feedback and is the best handler in the segment.
Crux – Ameo and Amaze lag behind Ford Figo Aspire in the performance department.
VW Ameo vs Honda Amaze vs Ford Figo Aspire Price Comparison
Volkswagen has reversed its own trend of premium pricing with Ameo. The car is quite affordable with a price range of Rs. 5.24 lakh to Rs. 7.05 lakh. Honda Amaze comes close with a price ranging from Rs. 5.41 lakh to Rs. 8.31 lakh. Ford Figo Aspire also sits in the same price bracket with the base petrol trim priced at Rs. 5.28 lakh and going up to Rs. 8.20 lakh.
Crux – Ford Figo Aspire is the most affordably priced car but going by the feature list, Ameo offers a better value proposition.
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Volkswagen Ameo vs Honda Amaze vs Ford Figo Aspire Verdict
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Overall, Volkswagen does offer good value for money by offering a long feature list and great build quality in a stylish package. The facelifted Amaze too comes across as a good option and the Honda stamp makes it highly desirable. Going by this Volkswagen Ameo vs Honda Amaze vs Ford Figo Aspire comparison it is Ford Figo Aspire that takes the crown among the three cars. It presents a strong case for itself with larger dimensions, more powerful engine, superior interior comfort, better performance and excellent safety features.