Front: McPherson Strut / Rear: Semi Independent trailing arm
Front: Disc / Rear: Drum
Rs. 5.24 lakh (ex
Volkswagen’s new compact sedan
Ameo will be pitting itself against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Hyundai
Xcent, Honda Amaze and Tata Zest. Will it give its competitors a run for their
money? Let’s check out the small dream car from the Volkswagen stable.
The Ameo is primarily based on the platform of the Polo hatchback
and derives most of its qualities from the Polo. It is also powered by the same
1.2 L MPI petrol engine which is in the Polo with the 1.5 L TDI diesel engine
to be offered around the festival season this year. This 1.2 L petrol mill puts
out 74bhp at 5400rpm and 110Nm of torque at 3750rpm. The power from the engine
peaks close to the end of the power band leaving you wanting for much more at
the lower revs.
We took the Ameo to approximately 150kmph and it did take the
vehicle a while to get up to that mark. However it climbs to 120kmph easily after
which the buildup of speed does seem a bit stretched. On steep inclines and through some hilly roads
the Western Ghats had to offer, the Ameo threw in some surprises. The 110Nm of
torque sent to the front wheels was adequate for these steep gradients.
The Ameo stands at the 3995 mm mark thus putting it in the compact
sedan segment. But despite being under 4 meters the Ameo offers a boot space of
330 litres which we felt was more than adequate for your weekend luggage. The
Ameo does resemble the Polo in all respects except for the addition of a boot.
The distinct C pillar is clearly visible in the Ameo.
The company designers have done a good job of giving the Ameo smooth
flowing lines which make the boot look somewhat symmetrical to the rest of the
car. When looked at from the side the boot however does seem smaller and
disproportionate but that is a common phenomenon on all cars of this segment
barring the Honda Amaze.
The Ameo has a softly sprung suspension which is facilitated by a
McPherson Strut in the front and a Semi Independent Trailing Arm in the rear.
The suspension is quite adept at taking on bad roads and occupants in the cabin
don't get tossed about too much. The Ameo rides on 185/ 60 R15 tyres which are
very sticky and grip the road quite well. We put this compact sedan through
some really sharp corners at speeds in excess of 60kmph and the Ameo was able
to take it all in its graceful stride. It has a turning radius of just 4.97
One of the striking aspects of the Ameo is that it will be offered
with ABS and dual front Airbags as a standard feature. Braking on the Ameo is
facilitated by discs in the front and drum brakes in the rear.
Once nestled inside the cabin of this compact sedan the German build
and finish quality is quite evident. The quality of plastics is good and the
overall design of the cabin is quite contemporary. The first thing you will
notice is the sleek looking three spoke steering wheel with a piano black
finish. The touch and feel of the steering itself lends a very premium appeal
to this vehicle putting it ahead of its competitors.
The steering mounted controls have been ergonomically placed to ease
the use of the infotainment system. The Ameo also comes with a single folding
back rest, cruise control, automatic rain sensing wipers, one touch power
windows, remote opening of windows, AUX, USB and bluetooth enable touch screen
infotainment system, automatic climate control apart from other features.
On the safety front the vehicle comes with ABS, Dual airbags,
Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Hill Hold control and other safety aids.
The Ameo is also available in 5 different color schemes and promises of a fun
and thrilling driving experience. The 1.2 L petrol mill returns almost 17.83kms
to the litre which is decent by industry standards. The current mapping is very
practical for city driving where one does not have too much scope of crossing
120kmph. On highways this vehicle may just leave you a little disappointed but it’s
definitely city smart!
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