Volkswagen has been in India since 2008. German engineering and advanced features are the best highlights in Volkswagen cars. Volkswagen gave us the Passat, Jetta, Touareg, Polo, Vento, Polo Cross. Volkswagen advocated safety by introducing innovative technologies and new designs. In 2016, Volkswagen desired to not only enter the compact sedan segment, but also do something for India. After a series of "German engineering with an Indian heart" ad campaign on social media, television and print media, Volkswagen launched the Ameo, a car made exclusively for the Indian market on 5th June. This car plugs the gap between the Volkswagen Polo and Volkswagen Vento. The Volkswagen Ameo comes in 3 variants of Trendline, Comfortline and Highline and 5 colour options of Blue Silk, Reflex Silver, Toffee Brown, Candy White and Carbon Steel. MYNEWCAR.IN recommends the top of the line Highline in Blue Silk colour. The Ameo is Volkswagen's effort to manufacture the car locally in India with highly localised parts in its Chakan factory in Pune, which made the car affordable.
A car made in India, by Indians, for Indians, here are the features of the Volkswagen Ameo-
|Ex-showroom Price Range||5,60,200 - 9,89,600|
Volkswagen cars are known for its trendy style and the Volkswagen Ameo is no exception. It has a length of 3995mm, width of 1682mm and height of 1483mm. The wheelbase is 2470mm, but Volkswagen has ensured that the rear passengers does not suffer discomfort at all, so they have made arrangements for the same. The front looks stylish thanks to the dual-beam halogen headlights in black finish and chrome detailing on the air dam and fog lamp housing too. On the sides, the car looks truly modern. The ORVMs have turn indicators, and the Highline variant comes with 185/60 R15 alloy wheels. The Trendline variant has 175/70 R14 steel wheels while the Comfortline variant has 185/60 R15 steel wheels. The rear looks wow as the stylish taillights make an inviting statement.
Volkswagen cleverly designed the Ameo's interiors and the results are truly impressive. The dual-tone black and beige interior is trendy. Ameos gets height adjustable driver's seat, the tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel is flat and sporty with audio control buttons. The Volkswagen Ameo is the first car in the segment to have cruise control in Comfortline and Highline variants and front centre armrest and rain-sensing wipers in the Highline variant. The driver side has a dead pedal to rest the feet in long drives. The front doors get storage compartment with cup holders. The Comfortline and Highline trims get multi information display in the instrument panel. The touchscreen infotainment system with reverse parking camera is seen only in the Highline variant. The rear seats come with first in segment single folding backrests. Other features include ambient lights with theatre dimming effect, chrome interior accents, cooled glove box, first in segment power windows with one touch operation,, auto-dimming inner rear view mirror, "Climatronic" climate control, rear AC vents and luggage compartment lighting. As well as first in segment opening and closing of windows by using key remote.
The petrol Volkswagen Ameo gets the 1.2litre unit from the Volkswagen Polo. When compared to the diesel engine, the petrol mill being 3 cylinder, is not peppy and gives considerable performance at low revs. At high revs, the engine gets loud. At lower to mid range, the car gives a strong performance, but rev it further than 4500rpm, the engine gets tired and hates to be being revved. The petrol Volkswagen Ameo is ideal for city driving, but not for long highway drives.
The diesel variant has an improved 1.5litre TDI engine. At start-up and high revs, it is a bit noisy but thanks to the insulation in the interior, the car's noise is absorbed quite well. The manual transmission shifts superbly well and from 2000rpm to 5000rpm, the car's powerband can be experienced. There is also less lag. The disappointment comes in the automatic DSG gear, it has more lag than the manual counterpart. At sub-1800rpm, the motor feels sluggish as it is designed in such a way to take off smoothly in lower gears. So, here the manual 5-speed transmission is the king.
Stiffened suspension makes this car go through bumps and potholes with ease but expect to hear the occasional thump if you do so at high speeds. The steering is light and accurate, however lacks the quickness to make a sharp turn.
The Volkswagen Ameo has 2 engine options with 2 transmission options-
The petrol engine is the 1.2liter MPI engine. It is a 1198cc and 3 straight cylinder engine which delivers a power of 73.76bhp at 5400rpm and torque of 110Nm at 3750rpm. It is mated with a 5-speed manual transmission and has a fuel efficiency of 17.83km/litre.
The 1.5litre Turbocharged and Intercooled TDI engine is the Volkswagen Ameo's diesel powerhouse. It is a 1498cc and 4 staright cylinder engine. It delivers a power of 108.62bhp at 4000rpm and torque of 250Nm at 1500-3000rpm. This engine has 5-speed manual transmission in all variants which delivers a fuel efficiency of 21.66km/liter, and the Comfortline and Highline trims get the 7-speed DSG Automatic transmission which gives a fuel efficiency of 21.73km/litre.
Safety is paramount in Volkswagen. So, the Ameo comes with dual front airbags and ABS with EBD as standard feature across all variants. The galvanized steel body enclosed by the laser-welded roof is a superb example of German engineering. On the Comfortline and Highline variants (with DSG automatic transmission), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Hill Hold Control are superb safety features. The stability is provided by McPherson strut with stabiliser bar suspension in front and Semi-independent trailing arm suspension in the rear. Disc brakes in front and drum brakes in rear provide the braking power to the Volkswagen Ameo. Other safety features include first in segment anti-pinch power windows, fog lamps and engine immobilizer.
Volkswagen, for the first time strayed away from its habit of premium pricing with the Volkswagen Ameo. With so many first in segment features and premium quality for a sedan in this segment, one would expect to be priced from Rs. 6 lakhs. But the reality is that the Volkswagen Ameo is priced from Rs. 5.49lakh to Rs. 9.71lakh. If you strip the automatic transmission versions, the range stops at Rs. 7.72lakh which makes the Volkswagen Ameo the most affordable car in its class. Volkswagen Ameo is to be bought in manual transmission mode only if one is buying the diesel version.
Suppose the car is driven for 1,000km a month i.e. 12,000km yearly. So, the cost of ownership for Volkswagen Ameo can come upto Rs. 70,157 for one year, which includes Rs. 16,400 of insurance cost, Rs. 6000 of maintenance cost and Rs. 47,757 of fuel cost. Here the loan interest is not factored in as it depends on person to person and the percentage of amount taken in loan.
The Volkswagen Ameo is keen to take on its rivals which includes the likes of Maruti DZire, Tata Zest, Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze and Ford Figo Aspire. Volkswagen has crammed so much in an affordable compact sedan. Already it has won many hearts since its launch, let's see how many more heart it wins and make an impact on the future sales.