Volkswagen Ameo Hatchback Review & Test Drive

Volkswagen Ameo Overview

The Volkswagen Ameo might have been built specifically for India but the Diesel Ameo DSG, on the other hand, was designed for Delhi. Not officially, but it does tend to feel like it. For one, it’s a Volkswagen, which for the brand conscious among us is couture and chic. The Ameo is one of the most expensive cars in its segment, for reasons that we are yet to ascertain considering that it shares most of the features that you might find on it’s Japanese, Indian or Korean counterpart. The Volkswagen fan-boy in the audience, however, will be quick to point out that your extra pennies are going towards giving you a touch of German quality. And this is true as the buttons are damped better, the doors close with a premium sounding thud and NVH level are in control even when pushing the engine. Having spent more than a month in the Ameo, the DSG is one of the things that makes the car more comfortable if you’re driving it daily. Book a test drive for Volkswagen Ameo in hyderabad at Tryaldrive

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Volkswagen Ameo Design

In terms of looks, the Ameo appears to be a carbon copy of siblings Polo and Vento. This is indeed a good approach as it gets the signature face. But on the other hand, there is nothing unique or no major element to differentiate it from other cars in the family. There are differences but they are so minuscule to be noticed. For example, the front overhang of Polo measuring 35mm has been reduced to add more length and provide better flow to the sedan profile.

At the front, the car boasts of dual barrel halogen headlights and multi-slat grille. The revised front bumper which was incorporated in the Polo facelift makes its way into Ameo as well. The bumper also features a chrome strip that runs along the length while the fog lamps at each side are loaded with static cornering lights. The side profile is also identical to the sibling however, things start to vary after the C-pillar with the integration of the boot. Further, the car sits on 15-inch wheels which are also borrowed from the Polo hatchback.

While compact sedans are infamous for their disproportionate viewing angles, Volkswagen Ameo is an exception. Yes, the carmaker has done a near-perfect job in integrating the boot to the rear profile. The taillights with faux-LED graphics have their distinct design and with the lines on the boot lid, it seems it’s an attempt to lend a wider appearance to the car. Moreover, there are some interesting bits including laser welded roof which gives a classic look from the rear. Overall, the carmaker has done its best to execute the design of Ameo.

Volkswagen Ameo Cabin

Coming to interiors, the Ameo is ditto to Polo hatchback and it’s not a bad approach at all. From clocks to flat-bottomed steering and the touchscreen infotainment, all are familiar. The sense-good feel is evident as the car appears to be expensive from the inside. The quality of material is way above every other car in the segment and the touch & feel and fit-finish levels are also nice, thanks to the pearl black and desert beige colour scheme used on the fabric. What’s really interesting is the arm rest with under storage space created for the driver. However, Ameo doesn’t come with rear arm rest, but the carmaker has compensated that feel-good factor with the rear ac vents.

Talking about the seating and space, for a car measuring less than 4-meter, creating maximum interior space is a challenge for every carmaker. Volkswagen too has done its bit to ensure maximum comfort inside. The front seats offer good support while the back of the front seats has been scooped out in order to give more knee room. And while you won’t get leather upholstery like in other rivals, the fabric seems to have been lifted from the segment above cars. The legroom and the knee room at the rear is decent for a car of this stature.

In terms of equipment, Ameo gets automatic climate control, cooled glovebox, auto-dimming IRVM, rain sensing wipers, cruise control and power one-touch up/down facility on all the four windows. The center console houses a touchscreen infotainment system that not only care of your entertainment aspect with USB, Aux-In, SD-card and Bluetooth connectivity, but also relays feed from the rear parking camera. However, the inclusion of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay would have been the icing on the cake. Other comfort aspects include height adjustable driver seat, electrically adjustable ORVM and multi-functional display that provides info such as distance traveled, traveling time, average speed, digital speed display and fuel economy.

Volkswagen Ameo Performance

The Ameo shares its motor 108 hp 1.5 litres 16V TDI Diesel Engine with the Polo GT, making it one of the most exciting cars to drive in its segment. Paired with the Volkswagen’s 7-Speed DSG, the Ameo gets a wonderful range of performance. It’s great for crawl-pace through rush hour traffic, thanks to the absence of the clutch and the DSG ’s inherently quick-throttle response. This is thanks to the Ameo’s more than generous 250 Nm of torque, which kicks in as low as 1500 rpm staying all the way up to 3,000 rpm. The Ameo Diesel already is the most powerful car in out of the current crop of sub-compact sedans and the DSG just adds a bit of pizzazz.

The engine is quite refined when warm, but on a cold morning, you are likely to hear that very familiar diesel clutter, which stays for quite a while till the engine gets warm. Proper insulation on the cabin and a good focus on User experience mean that this problem can be largely resolved by just rolling the windows up. Push the Ameo a bit and the combination of a torquey engine and a quick to react dual clutch DSG unit turns hot. The DSG will not hesitate to drop a gear or two even to move out quickly whenever you want it to. This almost telepathic response from the DSG is something that really makes the Ameo one of the best drivers’ car in the segment. The Ameo’s engine will happily sit in the upper triple digits on the highway and is quite smooth as well. The addition of cruise control is a big boon for those who intend to use their Ameo for touring.

Volkswagen Ameo Driving

The exact performance figures will come in picture once the car starts to spend some time in the actual driving conditions. Until then, we can expect it to offer a comfortable drive even in tough driving conditions. The ABS is definitely a benefit when it comes to handling of the car. The power steering with tilt and telescopic features further make things easier for the driver.The suspension set-up features McPherson strut with stabilizer bar at the front and semi-independent trailing arm at the rear. This sweet combination is perfect for markets like India. At low speeds, the car feels solid and sophisticated just like a German car should be.The compliant suspension absorbs road undulations and bumps quite easily and the daily drive to work is never hindered. The handling dynamics are certainly superior to its counterpart.

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 Price in Pune

Volkswagen Ameo Ex-Showroom Price in Pune ranges from 5,50,950/- (Ameo 1.2L MPI Petrol Trendline) to 9,87,975/- (Ameo 1.5L TDI Diesel Highline DSG AT). Get best offers for Volkswagen Ameo from Volkswagen Dealers in Pune. Check for Ameo price in Pune at Carzprice

Volkswagen Ameo Verdict

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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