Volkswagen Ameo Overview
Volkswagen Ameo is Volkswagen’s first attempt to enter into the compact sedan segment. The Volkswagen Ameo price in India starts at Rs. 5.24 lakh and goes upto Rs. 7.05 lakh for its top-end variant – Highline. The looks up front are quite similar to the other VW cars. Even when you step inside, the dashboard will remind you of Polo. In terms of comfort, the front seats are as usual perfect even for long drives.Starting from cruise control to automatic rain-sensing wipers, Volkswagen Ameo 2016 brings with it some features that are introduced for the first time in this segment. Power windows with one touch operation, iPod connectivity, Voice Command and single-fold rear seat backrest are other eye-catching features of the new Volkswagen Ameo. ABS as well as dual-front airbags are a standard across all variants making the Volkwagen Ameo 2016 quite a sensation in its segment.Book a test drive for Ameo in Tryaldrive
Volkswagen Ameo Exterior
It is hard to differentiate between the Polo and the Ameo, especially if you’re looking at the front profile. Although, its sub-4m dimensions allows it to qualify for fewer taxes, makes the car look disproportionate from certain angles. The same applies to the entire segment the Ameo belongs to. As mentioned above, the front is a carbon copy of the Polo hatchback and there’s nothing you have not seen before. To begin with, it features dual-barrel halogen headlamps and multi-slat grille. The re-styled front bumper which was offered with the Polo facelift has been lifted and now is also featured in the Ameo. The bumper comes with a chrome strip which runs along its length and the fog lamps come with static cornering lights.
Like the front fascia, the side profile is also similar to the Polo, up until the C-pillar. Things start to differ after the C-pillar as the company has incorporated a boot. Furthermore, the production-spec Ameo features 15-inch alloy wheels, which are borrowed from the Polo — unlike the 16-inchers which were shown at the time of its debut. Compact sedans do have a stubby boot and this in-turn makes them look disproportionately from certain angles. There are good and bad examples but no one has certainly perfected the art of incorporating a boot in restricted dimensions. The Ameo is no exception either! On the brighter side, you do get an integrated spoiler and faux-LED graphics in the taillamps much like the Polo and the Vento.
Cabin gets dual tone colour scheme and a square-shaped centre console with AC vents sitting at the top and a touchscreen placed beneath it. Volkswagen has given prime significance to storage space offering multiple storage points inside cabin. Ameo packs in plethora of features including some of the segment first goodies. Some of the other significant bits Volkswagen has worked on include the silver garnish around centre console, gear shift knob, steering wheel and inside door handles.
Volkswagen Ameo packs in some segment first features like cruise control, rain sensing vipers, anti-pinch front/rear power windows, static cornering light, single folding rear seat backrest, front/rear power windows with one-touch operation and opening and closing of windows with key remote. On the outside, the sedan gets black finished halogen headlamps, wing mirrors with integrated turn indicators, body coloured bumpers/ORVMs, chrome detailing on air-dams and chrome finished outside door handles available exclusively on the top-spec variant. Inside, it sports high quality scratch resistant dash, sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel, 12V outlet on the centre console, storage compartment on front doors including bottle & cup holders, ambient lights with theatre dimming effect, leather wrapped gearshift knob and leather wrapped steering wheel among various others.
Volkswagen Ameo Performance
Under the hood is the familiar three-cylinder, 1.2-litre petrol for now. The diesel will come in later, which will be the 1.5-litre four cylinder motor. The three pot petrol is refined, but performance isn’t exactly what would make you go bonkers. Performance is decent and the Ameo though not the sprightliest, offers decent acceleration – be it from standstill or through the gears.
The engine has a nice tone to it at the top of the rev range, but at low and mid revs it doesn’t sound too good, sounding a bit gruff like a typical three cylinder engine. The five-speed manual transmission is slick to use and gets quite a workout around twisties or when driving through traffic, as swift overtakes calls for a downshift or two. they expect the DSG gearbox to find its way into the Ameo later though
Volkswagen Ameo Driving
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.Braking power is derived from disc brakes at front and drum units at rear. Anti-Lock-Braking system and electronic brakeforce distribution are standard across range.
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 Cost in New Delhi
Volkswagen Ameo Ex-Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 5,48,522/- (Ameo 1.2L MPI Petrol Trendline) to 9,87,765/- (Ameo 1.5L TDI Diesel Highline DSG AT). Get best offers for Volkswagen Ameo from Volkswagen Dealers in New Delhi. Check for Ameo price in New Delhi at Carzprice
Volkswagen Ameo Conclusion
The Ameo on the whole is a pretty nice car, especially when you consider the equipment you get for the money you pay along with the fact that it is a Volkswagen, and is thus a very well-engineered car. Volkswagen has learnt from its previous mistakes and is offering a bucket load features this time which adds to the Ameo’s value for money quotient.
Build quality and quality of materials used is pretty good, which gives the Ameo a more premium feel. What’s more, it is a familiar looking car though that’s something which works in its favour but could also be a bit of a turn off for some. Not a deal breaker though, especially since it drives well, has a good balance of ride and handling, and of course the fact that this car has been made specifically for India. A little thing to be proud of, no?