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Volkswagen Ameo
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Customer Rating
: 4/5
Expert Rating
: 7/10
Warranty
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Ex-showroom price in 
Delhi
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5.24 Lakhs-9.32 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Practical Demeanour
  • Luxurious Interiors
  • Solid Build Quality 
  • God Dynamics 
     

Weak Areas

  • Spartan Dash 
  • Limited Space
  • Average Performance 
  • Absence Of Diesel 
Volkswagen Ameo
 

VW Ameo Diesel Compact Sedan Road Test Review

VW Ameo diesel has now joined the rank with its petrol counterpart. We get behind the wheels to find out what unique this oil-burner brings to the table.


VW Ameo Diesel Compact Sedan Road test Review

Months after the launch of a new petrol variant, Volkswagen has now driven in diesel variant of this Sub 4-meter compact Sedan. Company wanted to launch both the petrol and diesel variants in the very first place simultaneously however the necessity to make possible amendments in the oil burner has pushed back the launch of Ameo Diesel variant. The German car maker has made the necessary changes in the 1.5-liter oil burner which now makes more power and performance has also taken a Quantum jump in refinement as well as efficiency.

             Volkswagen Ameo

And the timing of launch could not be more suitable as festivity is running in full swing. Company believes that with the launch of a new Diesel variant in both manual and automatic transmission, it has got a good chance to stand against the likes of Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze, Tata zest and Ford Figo Aspire among others. We get behind the wheel of this newly launched Ameo diesel variant and brings you the most comprehensive and unbiased road test review.

Design, Style & Interiors

VW took two years for development of Ameo with Polo acting as starting base. As length restriction is prime motive, its optimum decision to take Polo hatchback as starting point rather Vento sedan. Right up to the rear doors from the front, Ameo follows Polo sketching though in profile; difference in roofline becomes subtly apparent.  Integration of boot is done meticulously though rear end still land in some awkward profile.  Host of chiselled surfaces break off the bulk however trunk feel chopped off. Overall the Ameo does come across as a nicely designed car though it's not as balanced as Honda Amaze. 
           Volkswagen Ameo Dual Front Airbags
Inside the cabin too, Ameo feels similar to Polo hatchback.  Quality is of top notch and so is the fit-finish. Cabin can be easily considered as benchmark in material quality. However, overall scheme of interiors in Ameo lack the flair of modern and contemporary design.  Large dials, sports steering wheel with flat bottom, very sturdy stalks etc. are some of the highlights of the cabin.  Front seats offer good support and although there is no leather upholstery on offered, this still image as a winner in the comfort and convenience factor. Unfortunately the same story doesn't hold true for the back seat which is seriously cramped and lack in all types of space. Ameo uses the same wheelbase as Polo and this is a reason company couldn't able to succeed to liberate more space for the passengers. This Limited room behind could very well prove detrimental to the prospects of this Volkswagen.


               Desert Beige Seats with Height Adjustable
 

Boot space, on the other hand, she is adequate for the weekend trips. It measures 330 litres and also short of the segment benchmark, we have no complaint to make about this trunk space. The intrusions are minimum all the loading lip could be a bit lower in order to make loading / unloading more comfortable.
Worth mentioning here is the equipment level, something that Volkswagen is not known for till now. In its latest offering, company hair gone all out to the extent that Ameo emerges as best equipped car in segment. Top of the line highline variant comes equipped with rear camera and sensor, automatic headlamps and wiper, cruise control, automatic climate control, cooled glove box, anti-pinch Windows on all the seats which can be operated from the key fob and electronically operated outside Mirrors.


             Volkswagen Stylish Dashboard
For the company has also provided touchscreen infotainments system which is capable of playing the music formats along with extending convenience of USB, Aux-in, Bluetooth, card reader etc. To highlight the safety of the car, Volkswagen has made dual Frontier bags and anti-Lock Braking System as a standard part of equipment across the variants.

Engine, Transmission & Driving Dynamics

Under the Hood, Ameo is powered by 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine which is capable of putting out 110 PS and 250 NM of Max Power and max torque respectively. Transmission options include both manual and DSG automatic which is really good for getting gains in the market. Performance is very strong and we are happy to confirm that over the previous model, this new Diesel motor is very much powerful and right up there in the leagues of best performers. Both refinement as well as fuel efficiency is also expected to be on the higher side and we are happy at last, VW has got a powerful motor which can hold on its own against the very competitive Fiat DDiS and Renault dCi.

As expected, 5-speed manual transmission is very slick unit and does its duty with perfection. Gear shifts are very smooth and throws are short for shifting convenience. Undoubtedly in the transmission department Volkswagen Ameo shines through. Ride quality of Ameo is extra ordinary sorted out. It does feel like a German car with invincible sense of security and safety. Highway stability is extraordinary and this Volkswagen sets benchmark for the flat ride quality on open stretches. Most of the road and duration and broken patches are dispatched with aplomb and it is very rare that car gets disturbed by the road condition. Handling of the car is also very predictable and also it lacks the finesse of afford or Honda for that matter, it is more than acceptable and handles better than many of its rivals.

Overall Verdict

By pricing the Ameodiesel very competitively in the range of Rs 6.33 – 9.31 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), Volkswagen has demonstrated that it can provide high quality German engineering in a competitive price. No doubt the biggest USP of the car is its value for money offers which is really very hard to resist. Take in the components like solid German engineering, quality interior, good combination of ride and handling and you will be getting maximum bang for your buck. Further the new 1.5-liter diesel engine is extremely competitive and finally Ameo has got what it really deserves under the hood.That said the only chink in armor is the car average cabin space. Volkswagen seems to fail to recognize that compact sedans are often used for family purposes and thus requires spacious rear seat. Still there is no denying that overall Volkswagen Ameo is a complete package and now, with the diesel joining the ranks, we think this proposition have got stronger and better.

Style & Substance                                                            4/5            Ride & Handling           3.5/5
Interiors & Ergonomics:                                                 3/5           Safety & Equipment       4/5
Power-Plant &Transmission                                           4/5           Fuel Efficiency            3.5/5
Value for Money                                                                4/5

 

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