Volkswagen Ameo First Look Review

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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.Check offers on  Volkswagen Ameo in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Volkswagen Ameo Exteriors

Now, coming to the Volkswagen Ameo exteriors, the car gets body-coloured bumpers and ORVMs, and the top-end variant, Highline, gets alloy wheels. Highline also features a rear defogger and front fog lamps for better driving even in extreme conditions. All the variants get halogen headlamps in black finish as well as heat-insulating glass windshield, a welcome feature, especially looking at the rising temperatures these days. Volkswagen Ameo colours include a Candy, Flash Red that is the same as in the Volkswagen Polo, Copper Orange, Night Blue, Carbon Steel and Reflex Silver.

Volkswagen Ameo Interiors

Being similar to the earlier launched petrol version means that the interiors of the Ameo diesel gets the same dual toned dashboard thatspells an elegant design. The feel good factor is easily the best in the segment, andthings that contribute to this is the buttons and stalks, chromeinserts, and the leather flat bottomed steering.

That said, the air-con controls, dashboard anddoor plastic could have been better finished to mirror the quality levels ofthe rest of the cabin.One will find the light beige fabric front seats to offergood cushioning and support, along with ample thigh support. Even tall occupants will find the knee room and head room in the front portion of the cabin to be adequate. With this in mind and as a result of the adjustable driver seat, and steering column (rake and reach), a comfortable driving position is easy to achieve.

The rear section of the Ameo is a totally different story as it feels cramped especially for tall occupants and the front seats are just too close which makes it feel a bit claustrophobic too. Nevertheless, the well cushioned rear seat does offer a good amount of thigh support and the backrest is angledslightly upright. With a boot that can swallow only 330litres, it can be decently accommodating thanks to the design of the bay and boot opening.

Just like the manual gearbox will be available in the Trendline, Comfortline and Highline variants, the DSG is offered inthe Comfortline andHighline trims. Expect the top-end variant to get central locking, tilt andtelescopic steering, cruise control, height adjustable driver’s seat, tripcomputer, power windows with auto up and down for all windows, music system, MirrorLinkand Voice command capability, auto dimming inner mirror, and climate control.There’s also electric mirrors with folding function, alloy wheels, rain sensingwipers, reverse camera with sensors, fog lamps, two airbags (standard) and ABS (standard).Unique to the DSG variant is the ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Program) and Hill Hold Control.

Volkswagen Ameo Engine

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. For more information on Volkswagen Ameo visit Icassp2003

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.

Volkswagen Ameo Driving

With the VW Ameo, buyers will get a slightly firm low speedride and also hear the suspension bits working away while encountering arough patch. Pick up the pace and the suspension soaks up road unevenness withaplomb, but it is over the sharper bumps that there’s a fair bit of vertical movement and the front end even tends to bottom out especially on large bumps. Straight line stabilityis good and the Ameo holds its poise despite a shade of body roll when pushed hard. We noted that while the steering responds accurately to inputs, it also tends to weigh up nicely as speeds rise, however, drive it spiritedly and you’d be left wanting more feedback especially around bends. That said the brakes bite sufficientlyand offer just about the right feedback in return to give one enough confidence evenunder panic braking situations.Apply car loan for Volkswagen Ameo at Fincarz.

Volkswagen Ameo Safety

Volkswagen Ameo 2016 features ABS as a standard across all variants along with dual front airbags. The Hill Hold Control and front fog lamps are featured in the Comfortline and Highline variants, whereas the rear fog lamps are available across all Volkswagen Ameo variants. The top-end variant, Highline, also features rear defogger, front fog lamps with static cornering lights and an auto-dimming interior rear view mirror. The front wheels have disc brakes to give the car that extra power so that one can handle the car well even in tough situations with ease.

Volkswagen Ameo Cost in Hyderabad

Volkswagen Ameo On Road Price is 8,27,348/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,00,000/- in Hyderabad. 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 .

Volkswagen Ameo Conclusion

The Ameo looks pretty decent but quite similar to other Volkswagen cars, though the sides are rather plain. The rear end of the car lacks some curves that would have given the car a better look. In terms of comfort and interiors, Ameo seems to be very promising. Even in terms of engine and handling, there seems to be a lot of positivity about the car. However, the car needs to perform in regular driving conditions to be able to make a mark for itself in this tough segment that is currently ruled by Maruti, followed by Honda and Hyundai.

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