Volkswagen Ameo Performance & First Drive

Volkswagen Ameo Overview

The Volkswagen Ameo is being offered with a discount for INR 60,000 in Mumbai. This offer is for a limited period only. After discount, the Ameo becomes even better value for money. The Ameo is based on the Polo hatchback. Volkswagen Ameo is the compact sedan from the German car major. It challenges the compact sedan segment players in a strong way. Read further for our review of the Volkswagen Ameo, to find out how good it is.VW has recently also launched the Ameo Crest edition . It gets a pristine white colour, matte black roof, a stylish heritage Volkswagen side foil and detachable sun roof blinds is a perfect combination for consumers with an uncompromising attitude towards styling. The interiors have beige leather seat covers with diamond stitching. Volkswagen Ameo On road price starts from 5,48,464/-. Check for price details of Volkswagen Ameo in CarzPrice.

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Volkswagen Ameo Design

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.

Volkswagen Ameo Cabin

The insides are again very similar to the Polo. The layout of the dashboard is exactly the same and Volkswagen is offering a dual tone black + beige colour theme. The instrument cluster is easy to read while the Ameo also gets a touchscreen infotainment system which is again fairly user-friendly to use. The equipment list also consists of features like rain-sensing wipers, Climatronic automatic AC, electrically folding and adjustable mirrors, cooled glovebox, cruise control, etc.The front seats feel comfortable to be in and they are very supportive. Under-thigh support could have been a bit better though. Thankfully, Volkswagen is offering a front centre armrest on the Ameo and it comes in a shade of black. Space at the rear isn’t that great but the automaker has freed up some legroom buy scooping out the back rests of the front seats. Also, the rear bench is placed at a better angle than the Polo and hence it feels more comfortable to be in.

Headroom is also slightly better than the Polo. There is a big transmission hump at the centre, thus making the Ameo fit for only 4 people. Storage spaces inside the cabin are pretty decent. There is storage under the front centre armrest. The front doors can hold 1.5-litre bottles while keeping even 500 ml bottles in the rear bottle holders is difficult. The front seat back doesn’t come with magazine holders now. Boot space is average at 330-litres.

Volkswagen Ameo Performance

The Volkswagen Ameo is available with a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine. The petrol is available with a five-speed manual and the diesel even has an option of a seven-speed DSG. The NVH levels on both the engines are a bit off. There is more than sufficient power in the petrol and the diesel is certainly a lot more powerful. The petrol engine is noisy and the diesel engine has a lot of clatter noise. Overtaking is a breeze with the diesel engine, however the petrol needs a downshift. The automatic version of the diesel is a lot more comfortable to drive and convenient to use.Drivability is good on both. The sudden boost after 1800rpm is reveling. There is always the joy of driving the diesel engine. Also, the clutch is a tad deeper than the petrol engine. The diesel clutch is heavy, which makes it difficult to drive in city traffic.

As it is based on the same platform like the Polo and Vento, handling isn’t any problem. The ride is supple and smooth. Volkswagen has been improving the ride quality on its cars and the Ameo gets improved one too. The steering wheel is light and easy to drive in the city. The Highline variant gets leather wrapped steering wheel, which feels nice to grip.

Volkswagen Ameo Rideing

Volkswagen cars have always had good dynamics and the Ameo is no different. The steering has good feel but could do with some more feedback. Handling is sharp and predictable too. The car remains planted always and maintains its composure even at high speeds. The suspension is nicely set-up and ride quality on the Ameo is simply fab. The suspension soaks up whatever is thrown at it with ease. Body movement is also very well controlled while the brakes also offer good performance and pedal bite is also quite positive. Our test car had MRF ZVTV tyres which offer decent levels of grip and performance. Overall, the Ameo impresses when we talk about ride and handling dynamics.

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. View offers on Volkswagen Cars from Volkswagen dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Volkswagen Ameo Price

View offers & discounts on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in India/Hyderabad Ameo Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 5,48,464/- (Ameo 1.2L MPI Petrol Trendline) to 9,07,093/- (Ameo 1.5L TDI Diesel Comfortline DSG AT).

Volkswagen Ameo Verdict

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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