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VW Ameo vs Honda Amaze Road Test Comparison Review

VW’s entry into compact sedan segment in form of Ameohappened close on the heels of launch of 2016 Honda Amaze. We pit both these new arrivals against each other to find out which one is worthier of the two. 


VW Ameo vs Honda Amaze Road Test

VW has thrown down the gauntlet by launching its first ever compact sedan, the Ameo in the market.  Incidentally just before the Ameo debut, Honda updated Amaze in an attempt to win over new customers looking to become member of this exponentially growing category. As atypical VW, Ameo turned out to be excellent value for money despite boasting many first in class features and equipment. German automaker has further endowed it with vault like build quality which makes this proposition even more compelling. Honda, on the other hand, has also left no stone unturned in making new Amaze more desirable. Facelifted Amaze features upmarket looks and luxurious interiors although mechanically car continues to feature same underpinnings. VW is quite confident to humble new Amaze however running down very spacious, practical and feature packed Amaze won’t going to be an easy task. Ameo has to play fullest to its strengths to emerge victor in this contest. Whether it will be able to topple Amaze; we find in this road test review.  

Design, Style & Interiors

Being new kid on block, Ameo does have newness advantage.  It looks fresh and appealing although there is no giving away the fact that VW feels more absurd from the back. Honda has accomplished the job more cunningly.   Keen observers won't have any difficulty in finding inspiration of the Amaze to upcoming BR-V. Fit and finish however feel more polished on VW and so is the accuracy of paint job. Build quality too is far solid on German contender than Japanese warrior.  Overall VW wrests first round of bout without much effort though inside the cabin, it's more a close call.
 

               
 

While VW continues to retain its dominance on quality and finishing, Honda stepped up the attack with flair and ambience.  Amaze cabin feels fuller than VW and despite of a notch lower quality, feels plusher and upmarket.  Equipment front is well prepared by VW which has equipped Ameo with class leading features like reverse camera and sensors, automatic headlamps and wipers, cruise control etc. Further, Ameo range occupies high moral ground on safety with dual front airbags and ABS being standard fitment across the model range.


          
 

On critical space aspect, Amaze lunges forward with exceptionally spacious and roomy cabin.  The biggest disappointment in Ameo’s package is its cramped rear which offers just about average space. VW hasn't changed the Polo’s wheelbase and hence, Ameo falters alarmingly in back seat space. 

Honda Amaze: *****  VW Ameo: ***** 


Engine, Transmission & Driving Dynamics

Amaze completely outshines Ameo in power train department.  1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine is a gem and VW’s 3-pot motor is no match for it. Either in city or on highway, Honda Amaze is miles ahead. VW Ameo doesn't disappoint in isolation though back to back run on two cars tilts the scale heavily towards the Honda.  The only consolation prize for Ameo is its slick shifting 5-speed manual gearbox.  Honda transmission although very competent though lags behind the VW in direct comparison.


             
 

Ride quality of both the cars is almost similar although Ameo is better driving car. Experience from behind the wheel is more communicative involving in Ameo and its high speed stability instill confidence and faith in the driver. Steering wheel of Ameo is more communicative and although both Amaze and Ameo offers light wheeling experience in interest of practicality, we felt Ameo a bit better on driving dynamics.


                 
 

Honda Amaze: *****                  VW Ameo: ***** 

Overall Verdict

By pricing Ameo very competitively, VW has ensured that its compact sedan won't lose on value for money.  Truly, Ameo symbolizes the most holistic offering from the German stable and strikes right balance between mind and heart. It has got lot of things going for; be its contemporary looks, quality cabin, and long list of equipment or good ride handling combo. That said the car stumble upon many critical areas like performance and more importantly, the cabin space.  And this is exactly where Honda Amaze comes in and scores off a six. It may lag behind the Volkswagen in build quality and feature list, there is no denying that Amaze offers an optimum combination of the entire critical aspects Indian customer look while buying a compact Sedan. It looks good, has got spacious cabin, powered by very well happy petrol motor and dynamically strikes a good balance between ride and handling. Both cars come with their own added advantages and share of disappointments although we feel Honda Amaze a bit more accomplishing out of these two. 

Honda Amaze: *****                  VW Ameo: ***** 

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