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Volkswagen Ameo Overview

Volkswagen seems to have gotten most of the things right with its debutante entrant in the compact sedan segment. The Ameo can easily outsell its rivals when it comes to features. Volkswagen has loaded it to the brim. Even mechanically it comes with one of the best engine and transmission options.The Ameo is not a boot-pasted Polo. With the kind of built quality on offer along with potent engines under its hood, this sub-compact sedan from Volkswagen does stand out. Yes, it does reflect Polo’s identity but that again is not a bad thing at all.

Considering its competitive price-point with regards to the several class-leading features on offer, it makes its own identity in this mass-runner segment. Ameo offers a solution to buyers who are looking to upgrade to a car that offers a premium look and feel at a price point that doesn’t put a big hole into their pockets.

Volkswagen Ameo Look

If you are already a fan of the crisp and clear lines of the Polo, chances are you will appreciate what Volkswagen has done to the Ameo. In fact, it took VW around 2 years to develop this car which may seem a lot, given that the Ameo looks pretty much the same as the Polo right from the front till the rear doors. Its only when you move past the rear doors that you recognise the three-box form.

The biggest challenge for Volkswagen was to accommodate a boot-lid onto the Polo which is already a fairly large hatchback, one that just about manages to fall under the crucial 4-metre mark. Naturally, VW had to come up with some pretty radical measures including shaving 35mm off the front bumper to add more sheet metal above the rear overhang. What’s more, the rear portion of the roofline has also been altered for better design flow into the rear glass. For all we know, the Ameo could have turned out to be a slightly different vehicle, as revealed by senior VW designer Tilo Klumpp whose initial drawings were that of a fastback. Volkswagen India execs, however, were only keen to commission the more popular three-box configuration.

The Ameo, then, exudes typical VW styling cues with its neatly designed front-end, taut shoulder lines and flared wheel arches. If you’re wondering about the colour, it’s called Blue Silk. It’s even got those multiple sharp creases right at the bottom for a more streamlined appearance. That said, it falls short of being impressive where it counts i.e. at the rear. Sure the Polo-like taillights are well detailed and look nice and so does the subtly designed spoiler but the lack of muscle on the rear bumper is too glaring to miss. Like most compact sedans that have had their rear ends cut-short to leverage on sub-4 metre excise benefits, the Ameo’s boot is a bit too stubby and the end result just doesn’t cut it.

Volkswagen Ameo Comfort

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. To know more information Ameo visit Scriptcafe

Volkswagen Ameo Gearbox

1.2L Petrol

The Ameo will be powered by a 1.2-litre MPI naturally aspirated petrol and a 1.5-litre TDI turbo diesel. Transmission options include a standard 5-speed manual, while the diesel will also come with a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission option. The 1.2-litre unit in the Ameo churns out 75PS and 110Nm of peak torque, while the diesel is expected to put out 90PS and 230NM of max torque. The diesel powered Ameo’s specs have not been revealed by the automaker, however, it is said to get the updated 1.5-litre TDI oil burner. Initially, the German automaker has only introduced the 1.2-litre petrol.

This petrol engine doesn’t offer neck-snapping acceleration and frankly it’s not meant to do so either. However, it does offer a certain level of refinement but the low-end delivery is not as smooth as you would expect. It does require constant throttle inputs especially when you perform an overtaking manoeuvre or if you are at an incline.

Diesel

The diesel Ameo is poles apart compared to the petrol variant. Unlike the petrol Ameo that feels underpowered and lethargic, the diesel is quite a performer. The 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine gets an upgraded turbocharger, that has bumped its power up to 110PS, while peak torque is rated at 250Nm. There’s a hint of lag under 1500rpm, post which the Ameo diesel pins you to the back of your seat. Power delivery is seamless, and eggs you on to drive enthusiastically.

The short-throw 5-speed manual does well to add to the experience, but the hard clutch does take some getting used to. We preferred the 7-speed DSG, for its butter-smooth shifts and its ability to change personas at the drop of a hat. Drive sedately, and the automatic transmission shifts up early aiding fuel-efficiency. Go throttle heavy or slot into Sports, and the gearbox holds the revs right up to the redline letting you exploit all of the 250Nm.

Although, once you put your foot-down on the accelerator pedal, the engine does open up post 3000rpm and all the way to the red line. But, in result, you get a noisy cabin as the engine sound increases gradually. On the good side, the manual gearbox is a delight offering smooth shifts. The clutch is also quite light and nimble but it’s not as light as a Hyundai or a Maruti product. Speaking of the fuel efficiency, the petrol gets an ARAI certified mileage of 17.83 km/l, while the diesel will return around 20-21 km/l.

Thanks to a solid built chassis, balance and handling of the Ameo is sublime. Like other Volkswagen cars, the ride quality is on the stiffer side, but that is something that Volkswagen audience accept quite happily.

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.

Volkswagen Ameo Safety

This is one of the areas where Volkswagen usually scores over its rivals in most of the segments. The Ameo is the only vehicle in its class to come with dual-front airbags along with ABS (anti-lock braking system) as standard. The diesel automatic also offers ESP (electronic stabilisation programme) and Hill-Hold Control. The Ameo is Volkswagen’s first Made-for-India offering and will compete with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, the Hyundai Xcent, the Honda Amaze, the Ford Figo Aspire, and the Tata Zest.

Volkswagen Ameo Price in Pune

Volkswagen Ameo On Road Price is 8,30,994/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,00,000/- in Pune. Volkswagen Ameo comes in 5 colours, namely Blue Slik,Candy White,Carbon Steel,Riflex Silver,Toffee Brown. Volkswagen Ameo comes with FWD with 1498 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 108 bhp@4000 rpm and Peak Torque 250 Nm@1500-3000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Volkswagen Ameo comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .Check for Ameo price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

Volkswagen Ameo Bottomline

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.

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