Volkswagen Ameo Overview
Built on the same platform as the premium hatchback counterpart, the sub-four-metre sedan segment is unique to the Indian market. Thanks to the regulations that effectively incentivise cars in this (small car) segment, now popularly called CS or compact sedans, there are number of these cars fighting for a share of the pie. Many manufacturers have reluctantly joined this race begrudging the engineering inputs that are needed to create a vehicle which has no position in their global portfolio. But, they did join the race because the market for these cars has been growing.Check for car loans in Fincarz.
Volkswagen was a late entrant into this CS segment, what with the development of the Ameo, built on the Polo, taking a ridiculously long four years to go into production. When the Ameo finally made it to showrooms it was already short on ammunition because it was launched with only one powertrain option – a petrol engine and a manual transmission. The CS segment is dominated by diesel-engined competitors, and buyer preference is still predominantly diesel.
So, when VW officially announced the Ameo TDI diesel earlier this month, it was good news for the brand and the buyers. And thankfully, this one gets VW’s famous 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox too, in addition to the 5-speed manual option. Last week we got behind the wheel of the Ameo TDI in Mumbai to assess this new offering from Volkswagen.
Volkswagen Ameo Design
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
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 Gearbox
The new Ameo TDI is offered with the same 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine as is the Polo and Vento. Only difference is in the larger turbocharger which has enabled the engine to deliver a tuned-up 81kW or about 110PS of peak power and a peak torque of 250Nm – that is quite impressive for a small car that weighs just over 1,150kgs. With the idling engine rpm level being about 800rpm and the redline starting at about 5,200rpm, the delivery of power and torque is perfectly tuned within the mid-range for power, and low-rpm range for torque. Peak torque kicks in as early as 1,500rpm and turbo-lag is quite minimal. The result is an eager performer for a car in the CS segment. The Ameo’s gear ratios have been spaced just right and from when you slip into first gear, there is enough room to work the gearbox through either a passive city driving cycle or an aggressive mix of cruising and over-taking on the highway. For more info on Volkswagen Ameo visit Tec
While idling and when you are outside the Ameo, this four-cylinder still has the trademark diesel clatter, but step into the cabin and the good insulation package manages to cut out a lot of the noise. You can still hear the engine at cold start and at high revs. The manual gearbox is a clean shifting 5-speeder and can easily be your choice especially with so much low-end torque available to exploit. The 7-speed, dual clutch DSG automatic is another USP altogether in the Ameo. With so many buyers now preferring automatics, it is a good call to go with the DSG. But then this is not just another auto transmission, this is VW’s popular dual clutch gearbox. Shifts are quick and the gearbox is equally adept at offering shifts for economical, slow-paced driving as it is for aggressive, dynamic driving. You don’t get steering mounted paddles, though manual gear selection with the stick is possible. There is a sports mode too.
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
The Ameo TDI’s ride quality is very similar to the petrol version and the Polo’s. The car remains planted and settled even at high speeds. This is the compact sedan you’ll feel confident in while doing over 160kmph. The Ameo does feel like it crashes into pot holes, we faced quite a few on Mumbai’s roads it being the post-monsoon season, but the car still stays the line. For price details on Volkswagen Ameo check AutoZhop
Volkswagen Ameo Safety
The car incorporates disc brakes at front and drums at the rear, just like other vehicles in the class. The brakes have a strong bite and don’t feel trouble at stopping from high speeds. For more braking strength, the carmaker has provided ABS as standard fitment in the car.In terms of safety, the standard features also include dual front airbags, height adjustable head restraints, and rear fog lamps. Move on to the top variants and you will get electronic stabilization programme (ESP) on diesel trims, rear defogger, static cornering lights, hill hold control, rear parking camera with sensors and auto-dimming IRVM.
Volkswagen Ameo Cost in Chennai
Volkswagen Ameo On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 6,60,252 to 11,63,211 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 Chennai. Check for Ameo price in Chennai at Carzprice.
Volkswagen Ameo Verdict
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.
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.