In a never-ending marathon of throwing the best sedan to the market, Volkswagen launched its all-new Ameo in May 2017 at a price of Rs. 10.5 lakhs and initiated a fierce competition in the market. Some are also saying it is the best sedan one can catch at this price due to its dual-clutch automatic transmission engine.
But since the likes and dislikes are subjective, we will try to present a raw picture of what it actually is and shall end with a brief conclusion.
Engine Displacement: 1498 cc
Max Power: 110 Bhp @ 4000 rpm
Maxi Torque: 250 Nm @ 1500-3000 rpm
Gearbox: 7-Speed DSG
Mileage (ARAI): 21.73 kmpl
Top Speed (KMPH): 185 kmph
Ground Clearance: 165 mm
Kerb Weight: 1184 kg
Boot Space: 330 litres
Fuel Tank Capacity: 45 litres
In terms of the design and features, the diesel powered Volkswagen Ameo is quite similar to its petrol counterpart. The smoked headlamps, chrome along the bumper and the outside rear view mirrors with integrated indicators do give it a premium look. The flat-bottomed steering wheel gives a sporty feel and the touchscreen infotainment system supports almost everything, along with Mirrorlink. It gets a rear AC vent and even a front centre armrest, albeit only in the top-end model. However, with all these pros, a few of the basic things misses the counts, like as a seatbelt warning.
In terms of the variety of features offered, the Ameo is extremely competitive to its peers. With cruise controls, reverse parking camera with sensors, rain sensing wipers and a cooled glove box, the car has some of the best features in the segment.
The gearbox has been tuned for better efficiency over performance and the figures proves that. Going by tests on real life conditions, the car offers around 18 kmpl on the highways. There is also a ‘Sports mode’ in case the driver prefers performance over efficiency, which makes shifting gears at higher rpm smooth. The automatic transmission works smoothly too, without much noticeable jerks. There is a bit of turbo lag which can be felt below 2,000 rpm, but once you get past to it, there will be ‘automatic transmission’ of smile on your face.
When it comes to safety, the Ameo does assures the worth for every buck. It is offered with dual airbags and ABS in all variants. It also possess Hill Hold Assist and Electronic Stability Control(ESC). However, the assists are only available in the top-end variants.
Summing up, it can be said that Volkswagen has managed to pack a lot in this car, and the efforts show. The diesel variant, which is always a good option to have, completes its spectrum with the DSG.
But restricting our conclusion particularly to the Ameo automatic trims, we can say that the driver has got enough to go for at the price it is offered in. And going by the Volkswagen Ameo price, we can safely say it is very competitive to its peers like the Hyundai Xcent and the best-selling MarutiDzire.
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