Volkswagen Ameo Overview
Volkswagen will launch a new compact sedan for the Indian market called the Ameo. This is tipped to be the next volumes spinner for the German car brand. The Ameo, which measures under 4-metres, is based on the Polo but borrows a few things from its full-fledged sedan sibling, the Vento, as well. The latter as we are aware was first vehicle designed specifically for the Indian market and now Ameo is the next.The Ameo was unveiled ahead of the 2016 India Auto Expo and will go on sale later this year. Ahead of its official launch, we spent some time with the car (though we did not drive it) and here is what to expect. View offers on Volkswagen Cars from Volkswagen dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop
Volkswagen Ameo Design & Style
The Volkswagen Ameo looks just like the Polo when viewed from the front. It gets a two-slat grille with the large VW logo at the centre while the lower section of the bumper gets chrome garnish that extends below the fog lamps. The Ameo continues to get double barrel headlights along with square fog lamps; the latter might not be standard across all variants.The Ameo is in essence a Polo with a boot. So right up to the B-pillar both cars look identical in profile. The stubby boot extends beyond a revised C-pillar design and marks a change in the roofline as well. Otherwise, the flared wheel arches and forward leaning stance adds a little muscle to the appearance of the car. The all-important rear end gets a lip spoiler, L-patterned lights and the familiar Skoda Rapid like diagonal lines above the number plate slot. We have always rated the Polo as one of the better looking cars in its class even though it is a bit understated. The Ameo has taken some of this and the end result isn’t half as bad given this is a vehicle born out of highly constrained ‘small car’ regulations.
Volkswagen Ameo Cabin & Comfort
On the inside, the Ameo is offering high quality interiors. The fit and finish on the inside is good and even the look and feel of the materials. The cabin feels a bit outdated in design. In terms of features, it gets most of it. There is a touchscreen system, reverse parking camera, Apple Car Play and a lot more features. Dual airbags and ABS is a standard feature across all variants.
The front seats are large and comfortable too. The second row gets tight on knee room and this is a drawback considering most of the competition. Tall people might not be very comfortable at the rear. For this reason, the Ameo is a good option to buy for those who drive themselves. There is a rear AC vent in the Ameo and a bottle holder as well. The boot isn’t the largest, but the rear seats fold and this is a unique feature for a compact sedan.
Volkswagen Ameo Engine & Gearbox
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.
Volkswagen Ameo Ride & Handling
Don’t let the sporty looking flat-bottom steering wheel fool you. The Ameo is a compact sedan, after all, and it handles exactly like it’s supposed to. Like all other cars in its class, the Ameo’s suspension set up has been oriented towards comfort. That said, it has got the second best balance between ride and handling, after the Honda Amaze. The steering on the Ameo feels vague around the straight-ahead position and is slow to turn in. It’s initially light but becomes gradually heavier as more lock is applied. All in all, it lacks the consistency in feel that’s to be found in rivals like the Ford Figo Aspire.
The production-spec Ameo rides on 15-inch wheels as opposed to the bigger 16-inchers seen on the show car at the Auto Expo. Nevertheless, the Ameo’s ride quality is quite good – we sampled it across both pothole-ridden city streets and wide open tarmac on the highway. It deals with undulated surfaces rather well despite transmitting some sharp bumps from on the road into the cabin. So what’s not to like in terms of dynamics? Well, the Ameo, like all other compact sedans, has that inherent floatiness to its high speed ride. One has to make constant steering corrections to keep the thing true to its line.
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Volkswagen Ameo Bottomline
The Ameo TDI’s ride quality is very similar to the petrol version and the Polo’s. The car remains planted and settled even at high speeds. This is the compact sedan you’ll feel confident in while doing over 160kmph. The Ameo does feel like it crashes into pot holes, we faced quite a few on Mumbai’s roads it being the post-monsoon season, but the car still stays the line.
VW has gone for a couple of basic safety features, so, ABS and dual airbags are standard across variants. The DSG variants get ESP and hill hold control too. Some of the top-end variants of the Ameo TDI also get a few segment first features, including cruise control, rain-sensing wipers and static cornering lights. There are three trim levels for the manual and two for the automatic transmission versions. The Ameo TDI is the most impressive diesel compact sedan out there now.