Volkswagen dives into the value-driven compact sedan segment with its all new Ameo that has been designed solely for the Indian market. Launched recently, Volkswagen Ameo has a lot going for it including the affordable price. Read on this comprehensive Volkswagen Ameo review to find out more about this beauty.
Volkswagen Ameo Overview
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Positioned between Polo and Vento, Volkswagen Ameo is an entry level sedan that is targeted at the budget conscious buyer. It is built on the same platform as Polo and locks horns with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze, Ford Figo Aspire etc.
It is the second product from the company to be ‘Made in India’, the first being Vento. Ironically, Vento became more popular in South America than in India. Ameo, on the contrary, is tailor-made for the Indian market only. Volkswagen has probably jumped in to the compact car segment sensing the Indian buyers preference for sedan even if it is not as spacious as an equally priced hatchback. Just about every big carmaker has a player in this segment like Maruti, Hyundai, Honda, Ford and even Tata.
It is indeed wise on the part of Volkswagen Motors to step out of its comfort zone and deliver what the market demands. The company chose Polo over Vento to base Ameo on since the short wheelbase and overall length work well as a starting point for a compact sedan. The proportionate and elegant design of the car impresses and its interiors are high on style. Volkswagen Ameo specs show it to be high on performance too.
Mr. Michael Mayer, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India, expressed on the launch of Ameo : “Through the Ameo, we are confident of cementing Volkswagen’s strong presence in the compact sedan segment and further expand the Volkswagen India family.”
Ameo uses Polo’s 1.2-litre naturally aspirated, three cylinder motor that churns out 74bhp of power and 110Nm of peak torque. Later this year, the company will launch the diesel version of this car powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine mated with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Volkswagen Ameo Specifications
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The car is available in three trims – Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. Let us take a look at Volkswagen Ameo specs:
|1.2-litre||5-speed manual||74 bhp @ 5400 rpm||110Nm @ 3750 rpm|
|0-100 kmph||Top Speed||Body Style||Mileage|
|14.2 seconds||165 kmph||Compact Sedan||17.83 kmpl|
Volkswagen Ameo Price
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One of the most interesting aspect of Ameo remains the price. The company has reversed its own trend of premium pricing and has gotten aggressive with the pricing of Ameo. The price of the car falls between Rs. 5.24 lakh to Rs. 7.06 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It undercuts all its major rivals with its petrol variant. So much so that it undercuts even the Polo hatch.
|Variant||Price in Delhi||Price in Mumbai|
|Trendline||Rs. 5,24,300||Rs. 5,13,864|
|Comfortline||Rs. 5,99,850||Rs. 5,87,914|
|Highline||Rs. 7,05,900||Rs. 6,91,680|
Volkswagen Ameo Performance
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The performance of Ameo evokes a mixed response. A good initial thrust is offered by the engine but the flow is not maintained at higher speeds. Downshifting is required to overtake fast moving vehicles and the low end power delivery isn’t smooth either. In fact, the engine can be said to be the weakest link in the vehicle. The car has nothing to offer to speed junkies but still things like decent mileage and good refinement level pave way for an acceptable performance. A bit of body roll is evident when tackling corners at fast speeds.
Talking of other performance aspects, the feel and the feedback from the steering is impressive. The car achieves a nice balance between ride and handling, just like all VW cars. The typical feeling of a German car is evoked by the softer suspension that knows how to deal with Indian roads. The brakes are good to use and offer easy hauling down of the vehicle from speeds. The gear shift has a nice feel to it and is smooth to use.
Exterior of Volkswagen Ameo
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Tilo Klumpp and his team, the designers on the job, have done a commendable job of creating a wonderful sub four meter sedan that looks sufficiently proportionate unlike most of the other cars in this segment, the particular case being that of Maruti Swift Dzire. It is indeed a truncated version of a full sized sedan but the simple European styling of Ameo coupled with its awesome paint quality makes it appear superior to its rivals.
It measures 3998mm in length, 1682mm in width and 1469mm in height. Volkswagen Ameo’s front face bears close resemblance to Polo but 35mm has been reduced from the front bumper to lend it a more proportionate look. The front wheel arches and the 15 inch wheel are also picked from Polo. The similarity with Polo remains up to the A pillar, after which the car has its own unique styling. The Roofline of the car has been lowered by 50mm to make it appear proportionate to the rest of the design. Features such as strong shoulder line, unbroken beltline and hint of chrome on door handles contribute to the side profile further.
The rear sees major changes with a distinctive tail light cluster and laser wedded roof. The shape of the tail lights and the slash lines on the boot lid go a long way in minimizing the visual bulk of the new boot.
The vehicle is available in a choice of five colours namely- Blue Silk, Reflex Silver, Toffee Brown, Candy White and Carbon Steel.
Volkswagen Ameo Interiors
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The interior quality of Volkswagen Ameo is among the segment best. The design is from the same family, picking up heavily from Polo and Vento. Sporty, flat bottomed steering wheel, well crafted switchgear and the large, clear dials make the cabin look stylish. The instrument cluster is nicely designed and the metal-lined centre console steal the show. Top that with beautiful fit and finish and you get a fantastic looking cabin.
The front seats are supportive and are covered in fabric upholstery. The rear seats of Ameo are also borrowed from Polo. The headroom and thigh support is satisfactory but the legroom leaves much to be desired. The car misses out on a rear arm rest but does offer rear AC vents, which up till now were available only in Hyundai Xcent in this segment. The top end trim gets leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob. The comfort level offered by Ameo is at par with its rivals.
The front offers plenty of cubby holes but there is lack of storage spaces at the rear. Nestled between the front seats is a foldable arm rest with storage. The boot space stands at 330-litres – that is 77mm short of segment best. It has a wide aperture that facilitates easy loading of luggage.
Volkswagen Ameo Features
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Some of the cool Volkswagen Ameo features like Cruise Control and Automatic rain sensing wipers are the first in the segment. Other features to be found in the car are ‘Climatronic’ automatic air conditioning, reverse parking camera with sensors, anti-pinch windows for all four doors, multi-functional steering wheel, Auto dimming interior rear view mirror, Front fog lights with static cornering, rear demister, window operation from key fob, cooled glove box, ambient lighting, seats with adjustable head-rests, and sunglass holder inside glove box. The car also hosts a 4 speaker audio system that is CD/MP3/USB/iPOD/SD Card/Aux compatible. Bluetooth connectivity feature is also present on board.
If it is Volkswagen, it has to be a safe car. Such is the trust the buyers place on all VW vehicles. Ameo too comes with advanced safety features that reinforce that trust of the buyers. Volkswagen has thrown in two airbags and ABS as standard in all the variants of Ameo. It has been loaded with features like rear de-fogger, front fog lamps with static cornering lights, auto-dimming interior rear view mirrors on its top end Highline variant. Other standard safety features include electronic immobilizer with floating code, 3-point seat front and rear seat belts, front and rear height adjustable head restraints etc.
Volkswagen Ameo Competitors
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Maruti’s Swift Dzire is the number one in this segment registering an average sale of 20,000 units every month. Honda Amaze is at the second slot with sales of 4500 units each month. Volkswagen faces stiff competition from both these bigwigs. Hyundai Xcent, Tata Zest and Ford Aspire are other players that will challenge Ameo. It is too early to comment on the chance that Ameo stands against its competitors but with 35mm more boot space than Polo and at Rs. 30,000 cheaper, it has a solid chance of becoming the best-selling car in India from the carmaker.
VW Ameo Verdict
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Ameo is dynamically up to the mark, robust as well as very competitively priced. Volkswagen Ameo features are at par with the best cars in this segment. On the flip side, the mediocre engine performance and cramped rear threaten to snatch its sheen. For those looking for an affordable sedan, it ticks most of the boxes right. It would be interesting to see the diesel version of Volkswagen Ameo as that stands a better chance in this highly competitive segment.