Volkswagen Ameo Overview
If you are out looking for a practical compact sedan, there’s a new entry heading your way from the land of the hyper speed autobahns and beer gardens or ‘Biergarten’, as the locals would say.The Volkswagen Ameo, which will be delivered to customers starting next month, is the long overdue result of VW attempting to crack the escalating compact sedan segment. Essentially a boot-ed version of the Polo, the Ameo is the first ever VW model to be designed purely for the Indian market and the brand has made no bones about the fact that it’s betting big on this car. Check for SBI car loan.
On paper the Ameo checks most of the right boxes and it certainly looks and feels the part. But going beyond what’s apparent, how well does it behave out on the road and more importantly, is it a worthy alternative to the current crop of compact sedans? A brief drive across the scenic route towards Wai suggests it just might be.
Volkswagen Ameo Design
In terms of looks, the Ameo appears to be a carbon copy of siblings Polo and Vento. This is indeed a good approach as it gets the signature face. But on the other hand, there is nothing unique or no major element to differentiate it from other cars in the family. There are differences but they are so minuscule to be noticed. For example, the front overhang of Polo measuring 35mm has been reduced to add more length and provide better flow to the sedan profile.
At the front, the car boasts of dual barrel halogen headlights and multi-slat grille. The revised front bumper which was incorporated in the Polo facelift makes its way into Ameo as well. The bumper also features a chrome strip that runs along the length while the fog lamps at each side are loaded with static cornering lights. The side profile is also identical to the sibling however, things start to vary after the C-pillar with the integration of the boot. Further, the car sits on 15-inch wheels which are also borrowed from the Polo hatchback.
While compact sedans are infamous for their disproportionate viewing angles, Volkswagen Ameo is an exception. Yes, the carmaker has done a near-perfect job in integrating the boot to the rear profile. The taillights with faux-LED graphics have their distinct design and with the lines on the boot lid, it seems it’s an attempt to lend a wider appearance to the car. Moreover, there are some interesting bits including laser welded roof which gives a classic look from the rear. Overall, the carmaker has done its best to execute the design of Ameo.
Volkswagen Ameo Cabin
Coming to interiors, the Ameo is ditto to Polo hatchback and it’s not a bad approach at all. From clocks to flat-bottomed steering and the touchscreen infotainment, all are familiar. The sense-good feel is evident as the car appears to be expensive from the inside. The quality of material is way above every other car in the segment and the touch & feel and fit-finish levels are also nice, thanks to the pearl black and desert beige colour scheme used on the fabric. What’s really interesting is the arm rest with under storage space created for the driver. However, Ameo doesn’t come with rear arm rest, but the carmaker has compensated that feel-good factor with the rear ac vents.
Talking about the seating and space, for a car measuring less than 4-meter, creating maximum interior space is a challenge for every carmaker. Volkswagen too has done its bit to ensure maximum comfort inside. The front seats offer good support while the back of the front seats has been scooped out in order to give more knee room. And while you won’t get leather upholstery like in other rivals, the fabric seems to have been lifted from the segment above cars. The legroom and the knee room at the rear is decent for a car of this stature.
In terms of equipment, Ameo gets automatic climate control, cooled glovebox, auto-dimming IRVM, rain sensing wipers, cruise control and power one-touch up/down facility on all the four windows. The center console houses a touchscreen infotainment system that not only care of your entertainment aspect with USB, Aux-In, SD-card and Bluetooth connectivity, but also relays feed from the rear parking camera. However, the inclusion of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay would have been the icing on the cake. Other comfort aspects include height adjustable driver seat, electrically adjustable ORVM and multi-functional display that provides info such as distance traveled, traveling time, average speed, digital speed display and fuel economy.
Volkswagen Ameo Performance
Behind the Ameo’s sleek triple slat grille sits a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine – the only engine option for Ameo buyers for now. Fret not; you will also be able to buy this car with an entirely new 1.5-litre, 110bhp diesel engine by the festive season.
Coming back to the engine that you can have right now, the three-pot motor develops 74bhp of power and 110Nm of torque which translates to a 0-100kmph sprint time of around 15 seconds. With such figures to its credit, the Ameo is barely a speed machine. If anything, its lack of grunt is immediately noticeable when it comes to overtaking on the highway or mid-gear acceleration from 70kmph to about triple digit speeds. What adds to the woes is the way this engine builds up revs. That typical three-cylinder thrum is always present and the overall engine refinement levels aren’t too nice either. Under heavy acceleration, the Ameo’s engine is clearly more vocal than the Xcent’s and round about the same as the Amaze. For more information on Volkswagen Ameo check Stsoft
Don’t let the sporty looking flat-bottom steering wheel fool you. The Ameo is a compact sedan, after all, and it handles exactly like it’s supposed to. Like all other cars in its class, the Ameo’s suspension set up has been oriented towards comfort. That said, it has got the second best balance between ride and handling, after the Honda Amaze. The steering on the Ameo feels vague around the straight-ahead position and is slow to turn in. It’s initially light but becomes gradually heavier as more lock is applied. All in all, it lacks the consistency in feel that’s to be found in rivals like the Ford Figo Aspire.
As both the engines are inherited from Polo hatch, they are excellent on fuel efficiency. The 3-cylinder petrol engine is able to make ARAI certified mileage of 19.44kmpl. On the contrary, the diesel one reads 21.73kmpl in automatic and 22kmpl in the manual version which is fantastic from a VW car.
Volkswagen Ameo Riding
The exact performance figures will come in picture once the car starts to spend some time in the actual driving conditions. Until then, we can expect it to offer a comfortable drive even in tough driving conditions. The ABS is definitely a benefit when it comes to handling of the car. The power steering with tilt and telescopic features further make things easier for the driver. Request Volkswagen Ameo Test drive.
Volkswagen Ameo Safety
Volkswagen Ameo 2016 features ABS as a standard across all variants along with dual front airbags. The Hill Hold Control and front fog lamps are featured in the Comfortline and Highline variants, whereas the rear fog lamps are available across all Volkswagen Ameo variants. The top-end variant, Highline, also features rear defogger, front fog lamps with static cornering lights and an auto-dimming interior rear view mirror. The front wheels have disc brakes to give the car that extra power so that one can handle the car well even in tough situations with ease.
Volkswagen Ameo Price in Hyderabad
Volkswagen Ameo On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 6,71,832 to 11,74,273 for variants Ameo Anniversary Edition Diesel and Ameo 1.5 L TDI Diesel Highline Plus AT respectively. Volkswagen Ameo is available in 14 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Volkswagen Ameo variants price in Hyderabad. View offers on Ameo at Autozhop.
Volkswagen Ameo Verdict
Our brief time behind the wheel of the Volkswagen Ameo has showed us that this new German offering has plenty of bang-for-buck. Pitched firmly at the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire and the Honda Amaze, the Ameo is surprisingly good value (the petrol powered model is, anyway). In the overall scheme of things though, it will be interesting to see how well VW India plays the pricing card for the upcoming DSG-equipped diesel powered model. The Ameo may not be as well-rounded and spacious in the back as the Amaze or as sharp to drive as the Figo Aspire, but it does bring to the table plenty of value and a really well put together cabin. Take a spin before you inevitably head towards that Maruti Suzuki dealer, at least.
Volkswagen Ameo is offered in four variants: Trendline, Comfortline, Highline and Highline Plus. As far as the pricing is concerned, Volkswagen Ameo’s base trim Trendline gets the price tag of Rs. 5.62 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 6.65 lakh for the diesel variant. Its mid-range trim Comfortline gets the price tag of Rs. 6.16 lakh and Rs. 7.59 lakh for the petrol and diesel variants respectively. The top-selling trim 1.0L MPI Highline is available at the price tag of Rs. 7.15 lakh while the range-topping Highline Plus variant is tagged at Rs. 7.58 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 8.71 lakh for the diesel trim, ex-showroom, New Delhi.