Volkswagen Ameo Test Drive

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 HDFC car loan at Fincarz.

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 Style

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 Space

Compact sedans rarely impress when it comes to interior quality and feel good factor. The Ameo, however, is different. For starters it gets the same interior as the Polo and the Vento which means everything works in a rather precise manner. It’s all very Germanic. For the price the Ameo can be deemed top-notch, with well-integrated displays and high-quality materials throughout the cabin. Next to the Hyundai Xcent or the Ford Aspire, the Ameo’s cabin does look a bit dull, but when it comes to quality and fit and finish of plastics, the VW is hard to match. The black and beige dual-tone upholstery, beautifully made steering wheel and the rotary switches on the dash, which are solid in feel and operation, all help give the Ameo a genuinely premium feel. Those supremely clear dials are a nice touch too as is the large front armrest.

Sitting high up in the wide and comfortable front seats, visibility outside is good thanks to the thin A-pillar. The front seat themselves are perfectly contoured and offer adequate back and thigh support. As for the rear, things aren’t as impressive since the rear bench is taken straight off the Polo – one of the least spacious hatchbacks around. Couple that with a wheelbase that is unchanged and what follows is a car with the least amount of knee room in its segment. The 330-litre boot is reasonably spacious for day-to-day use but it cannot beat the Honda Amaze (400-litre) or the Hyundai Xcent (407-litre) for capacity.

The Ameo though strikes back big time on equipment. Available in three trim levels, the base Ameo Trendline covers pretty much all the basics, featuring power windows, central locking, tilt and telescopic adjustment for the steering wheel, air-conditioning and turn indicators on wing mirrors. The top-spec Ameo Highline, on the other hand, is loaded to the brim and comes with quite a few segment first features such as cornering lights, rain sensing wipers and cruise control as standard. Besides these, it also gets alloy wheels, rear parking camera with sensors, climate control, rear AC vents, electrically foldable wing mirrors and a touchscreen audio system with steering mounted controls. In terms of safety, Volkswagen is offering ABS and dual airbags as standard across all three trims of the Ameo.

Volkswagen Ameo Engine

The Polo traits continue under the hood as well. The petrol unit is the 1.0L MPI engine which replaced the 1.2L engine working earlier. The BS-VI compliant 999cc engine makes 76PS and 95Nm of max torque while the transmission duties are handled by a 5-speed manual. Lack of an automatic gearbox in the petrol engine is surely a downside. The overall output of the new 1.0L engine is almost similar to the earlier 1.2L one, however, the torque throughput has been reduced by 15Nm. This will surely disappoint many buyers as the earlier engine was already rated underpowered. This is a chink in the German automaker’s armor.

The 1.5L 4-cylinder TDI diesel engine is also the same working in Polo, capable of producing 110PS and 250Nm of peak torque. The diesel engine with this immense power outpaces every other rival in the segment. The engine can be availed with the option of 5-speed or 7-speed DSG automatic transmission. As opposed to the petrol engine, the diesel one is quite a player. The motor gets updated turbocharger which makes it a good companion in both city and highways. The 7-speed further elevates the fun-to-drive factor transmitting adequate power with smooth gear shifts.For more info on Ameo visit Trauma2011

Volkswagen Ameo mileage is around 15 kmpl for petrol when being driven in the city and around 18 kmpl on the highway. The diesel variants should deliver a mileage of around 18 kmpl in the city and that of about 22 kmpl on the highway. The ARAI-claimed Volkswagen Ameo mileage is 17.83 kmpl for the petrol and 24.5 kmpl for the diesel engines.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 Driving

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.

The production-spec Ameo rides on 15-inch wheels as opposed to the bigger 16-inchers seen on the show car at the Auto Expo. Nevertheless, the Ameo’s ride quality is quite good – we sampled it across both pothole-ridden city streets and wide open tarmac on the highway. It deals with undulated surfaces rather well despite transmitting some sharp bumps from on the road into the cabin. So what’s not to like in terms of dynamics? Well, the Ameo, like all other compact sedans, has that inherent floatiness to its high speed ride. One has to make constant steering corrections to keep the thing true to its line.

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 Cost in Ahmedabad

Volkswagen Ameo On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 6,37,092 to 11,20,779 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 Ahmedabad. Check for Volkswagen Ameo price in Ahmedabad at Autozhop.

Volkswagen Ameo Conclusion

The Ameo looks pretty decent but quite similar to other Volkswagen cars, though the sides are rather plain. The rear end of the car lacks some curves that would have given the car a better look. In terms of comfort and interiors, Ameo seems to be very promising. Even in terms of engine and handling, there seems to be a lot of positivity about the car. However, the car needs to perform in regular driving conditions to be able to make a mark for itself in this tough segment that is currently ruled by Maruti, followed by Honda and Hyundai.

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.

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