Volkswagen has entered the sub compact sedan segment in India with Ameo, and it is a class-apart launch sold at a price of Rs 6.2 to 8 lakhs. The highly acclaimed German automobile manufacturer introduced the car recently in the country, and it is among the most sensational new launches in the market, what is so mysterious about the vehicle? let us find out.
Volkswagen is a pioneer in the automobile design technology market, and the Ameo looks amazing, it has a neat compact sedan architecture and it can never look boring from any angle. View the car from the front and it looks elegant with fantastically structured long headlights and grille. The side profile of the car looks pristine as well, defined by the neat cut that builds the high value style and elegance quotient of Ameo. View the rear segment of the car and it is impressively distinctive visible on the arty L shaped tail light and stretched boot.
When you first enter the Ameo, you will be completely blown away by the vibrancy and aesthetic nature of the interiors. The dual tone beige and black color theme looks fantastic and the center console is layered with shiny silver trim. Anyone who sits in the car can feel the depth of richness, it is packed with features such as rear air-con vents, electronically adjustable rear view mirror, premium multi-function three-spoke steering wheel, automatic climate control, remarkable 2 Din audio system with Bluetooth and central infotainment multimedia display.
Consumers can hope to feel incredibly safe in the Ameo, it is loaded with advanced safety features such as electronic anti-theft immobilizer and defogger, front and rear fog lights, lane change indicator, rear view camera with parking sensors, rain sensing wipers, cruise control, and all variants have dual airbags and anti-lock braking system. Volkswagen has uplifted the feature luxury of the compact sedan segment with Ameo, for the first time there is a cruise control and rain sensing wiper features in a compact sedan car. There is ample 330-liter boot space to luck in tons of luggage making it just amazing to head on a life-remembering vacation.
Ameo is equipped with an efficient 3-cylinder 1.2-liter Multi-point injection petrol engine that yields fierce energies of 110Nm and 74bhp and is connected to five-speed manual gearbox. The company is also working on a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbocharged direct injection TDI diesel engine that will generate 110Nm and 74bhp.
For people who desperately want to own the Ameo, the car is sold in three variants, Trendline, Comfortline and Highline and in order to get a clearer picture about which car to buy, let us browse through the features of all three variants.
Volkswagen Ameo Trendline:
This is the basic variant, and it is packed with sufficient features to enjoy a safe and comfortable drive. It has ABS, central locking, dual front airbags, tilt and telescopic steering, flat-bottomed steering wheel, foldable rear seat backrest, front power windows, heat-insulating windshield, body colored wing mirrors and door handles, wing mirrors with turn signals and body colored bumpers.
Volkswagen Ameo Comfortline:
Along with Trendline features the car has advanced features such as Hill hold, electronic stability program, front and rear fog lights, cruise control, remote central locking, height adjustable driver’s seat, chilled glovebox, front and rear power windows, world class music system with four speakers, iPod, Bluetooth, AUX, USB and CD connectivity, electrically adjustable wing mirrors and dual-beam headlights.
Volkswagen Ameo Highline:
This is the high-end variant of Ameo and along with features present in the Comfortline car, it has reverse camera and sensors, automatic climate control, premium leather covering on gear knob and steering wheel, front arm rest with rear air con vent, world class touchscreen Mirror Link system, glossy aluminum accents, front fog light with static cornering lights, rear defogger, electrically-retractable wing mirrors, auto-dimming interior rear view mirror, automatic wipers and alloy wheels.
The power of Ameo over competitors:
For a compact sedan the Ameo is loaded with features and it is an affordable car as well, Volkswagen has indeed engineered a significant Ameo package where customers can enjoy fantastic luxury, convenience and safety for a fairly reasonable price. How amazing does it sound? and it is indeed not surprising to learn that the car is in huge demand. The company has indeed set a benchmark with the car, and now how does it fare against rivals, the Ameo is a fierce contender to Tata Zest, Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, Hyundai Xcent and Honda Amaze.
Tata Zest is a stylish car, but the layout of the exterior is not as swanky as Ameo, Zest is a comfortable car to drive, with comfy seats, ample storage spaces, rear power windows, central locking, rear parking guide display, rear defogger and so on. The basic Tata Zest Quadrajet 1.3 XE car does not have the essential safety features such airbags and ABS.
The base Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire LXi variant is packed with features, it has remote fuel lid opener, three-spoke steering wheel, chrome door handles and powerful 12V air conditioner with heater. When compared to the basic Trendline variant of Ameo, the feature range is certainly limited, the Trendline car has ABS and airbags, heat insulating windshield and power windows which is absent in Swift DZire LXi.
The base 1.1 CRDI car of Xcent has essential comfort features such as power steering, central locking, air-con with heater, adjustable steering column, rear window de-fogger and rear air-con vents. The base Trendline variant of Ameo on the other hand has more features and it even has the essential ABS and airbag safety features.
The base E I-DTEC car has front seat belt pre-tensioner, power outer rear view mirror with indicators, front dual airbags, alloy wheels, heat absorbing front windscreen and dual tone interiors. The Ameo base Trendline car is packed with more features and it has airbags and ABS.
The most important aspect about Ameo that pushes it ahead of its competition is the presence of rain sensing wipers and cruise control, and for the first time such features are available in a compact sedan.
After browsing through the features of Volkswagen Ameo and the power Volkswagen has with the car over the competition, it is definitely an exclusive and great car to buy, and you certainly can’t find a better product with greater value for money. Volkswagen has indeed set a new benchmark in the compact sedan market.