Volkswagen Ameo Performance & First Drive

Volkswagen Ameo Overview

Volkswagen entered India more than 7 years back but initially they offered only premium vehicles in the country. Later on, the company started offering the Polo and Vento which are locally made products, targeted towards mass-market segments. The Polo and Vento brought in decent sales but they were still far lower than expectations. Volkswagen has now come up with a new product which is made solely for India and it is positioned in the crowded compact sedan segment, competing with a lot of established rivals. The Ameo is based on the Polo hatchback and here’s how it fares. Request a test drive for Ameo in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

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Volkswagen Ameo Design & Look

The Volkswagen Ameo sports a front grille like the Volkswagen Vento, it adorns 3 chrome slats and the air intake at the lower bumper sports sharp slats. The headlamp clusters are also sharp shaped, while the fog lamps at both sides of the lower bumper are also similar. The front bumper protruding from under the camouflaging cover suggests that it would come beefy looking. We hope the Ameo would get some chrome garnishing at the front profile as a styling touch.

The side profile was relatively clearly visible than the front and rear profile. There are not much of character lines visible, while the Vento sports several sharp and deep character lines running through the body. There is a subtle crease running parallel with the greenhouse area, while at the lower part another subtle crease is visible. The pillars are body coloured, while the roof line blends perfectly at the rear. A rooftop antenna is also visible.

Being a sub compact sedan this car clearly sports a small tail section. Volkswagen has just released an image of the tail lamp with the badge visible. The tail lamp looks sharp and the cuts and creases can also be seen surrounding it, which look pretty sharp.Volkswagen claims the design language of Ameo portrays general bursts of emotion, while the dynamic design was conceptualized to impress everyone. They expect this car will be a game changer in the highly competitive Indian market. The car looks like VW Polo from front and VW Vento from rear, although the side profile tells the tale. The boot seems to come with a short length. The car is built on PQ24 platform of the Polo and Vento.

Volkswagen Ameo Cabin & 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. Check for Volkswagen Ameo in tec.net.in

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 & Gearbox

The Volkswagen Ameo has been launched with only the 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder, MPI petrol engine. This engine produces 75 PS of power and 110 Nm of torque and it comes mated to a 5-speed transmission. The German is not offering the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine from the Polo and Vento in the Ameo yet. Also, the Ameo will be getting a 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine mated to 5-speed manual and 6-speed DSG transmissions but this oil-burner will be launched only during the festive season. Volkswagen is offering the Ameo with a petrol engine initially just to get sales going.

Talking about the MPI engine, it comes across as a major disappointment because it has a very poor low-end and mid-range. In fact, the engine doesn’t impress even at the higher spectrum of the RPM range. City drivability is just about average and this mill is just not meant for highway driving. Redline comes in early at 6000 RPM. To keep the car moving, you always need to keep the engine on the boil. The engine also gets very vocal and at higher RPMs, a lot of noise filters inside the cabin. 100 km/hr comes up in 3rd gear while in top gear, the Ameo touches the ton at 2900 RPM.

If you’re looking for performance, you better stay away from the Ameo because the engine feels the most inferior in its segment which consists of the Maruti Swift DZire, Tata Zest, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent and Ford Figo Aspire. Gear shifts are pretty slick though but the MPI mill doesn’t impress even in terms of fuel efficiency. The ARAI-rating of 17.83 km/l is also the lowest in its segment. We are really waiting for the updated diesel engine to arrive because it will be a blast to drive with 108 PS of power.

Volkswagen Ameo Ride & Handling

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 & Security

The Volkswagen Ameo would be equipped with safety features like dual frontal airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP, rear parking sensors etc. Volkswagen cars are always known for offering a great amount of safety. Ameo will also be offered with such safety measurements.In terms of safety features, the Volkswagen Ameo comes with dual front airbags and ABS as standard fitment on all variants which is really impressive. The compact sedan also gets other stuff like rain-sensing wipers and static cornering lights which are good to have. Volkswagen has a decent service network across India but their service quality standards aren’t really all that high and owners are often left wanting for more, rather better quality levels.

Volkswagen Ameo Cost in Chennai

Volkswagen Ameo On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 6,44,474 to 11,25,855 for variants Ameo 1.2L MPI Petrol Trendline and Ameo 1.5L TDI Diesel Highline DSG AT respectively. Volkswagen Ameo is available in 15 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Volkswagen Ameo variants price in Chennai. Check for Ameo price in Chennai at Carzprice

Volkswagen Ameo Conclusion

Volkswagen is already a very popular brand in India. Volkswagen cars are known for offering great comfort, safety, features. This car will surely give several other car makers run for money. Ameo would be priced a bit higher than several other cars, but it would be popular than many other cars in the segment.The Volkswagen Ameo is unlike any other compact sedan. While its rivals have a lot of space and are far more practical, the Ameo excels in terms of equipment, quality, build, value-for-money factor and also the fact that Volkswagen is considered a premium brand. The Ameo loses out on space and the rear seats are best kept for children. The vehicle also has below average performance. Most people who buy a compact sedan over a premium hatchback only do so because they get the snob value of a sedan and the Ameo fulfils that requirement properly. The Volkswagen Ameo can be a good choice for someone who wants a German car on a budget because this is also the only German car in its segment currently.

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