Volkswagen has recently launched the sub four-meter sedan Ameo and this is among the best launches to happen. It is a super stylish sedan sold for a great value priced between Rs 5.4 to 8.6 lakhs implying that it is more reasonable than even Polo. The demand for Ameo is enormous considering the fact that it has been just over two months since launch. In July it has among the top five sellers in the compact sedan market.
In 2016 July Volkswagen recorded a 6.75% gain in India and the main profit contributor is Ameo. The company sold 2,200 units of the car, now with the huge demand and sale turnover, Ameo is a fierce threat to its competition, and its arch rivals are Hyundai Xcent, Tata Zest, Ford Figo Aspire, Honda Amaze and Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire. At the moment only the petrol Ameo model is on sale and soon there is going to be a diesel car on offer.
Within just a short period post launch Ameo is among the top five bestselling sedans in July, with 2,200 units. Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire is a top selling car with 19229 units, and the other good selling compact sedan cars during this month are Hyundai Xcent with 4585 units and Honda Amaze with 2309 units. Ameo has generated greater profits than Tata Zest with 1927 units and Ford Figo Aspire with 748 units.
Ameo is the top-selling car within the stable of Volkswagen and the next biggest seller is Polo with 1047 units. The company sold 947 units of Vento, 98 units of Jetta and 9 units of Beetle, Ameo has generated impressive sales in just few months’ post launch, and this is a highly desired car. Let us browse through the interesting features and pluck out the reasons that makes the Ameo desirable.
Ameo is engineered on an advanced PQ25 platform and this is the same platform as Polo. View the front portion of the vehicle and you will notice a professional design architecture contributed by re-designed bumper and horizontal fog lights. On the rear too you will notice distinct features compared to Polo visible on bumper and new tail lights. The car on the whole has a professional design and the feature that enhances the sophistication value of the vehicle is a neat character line that starts from headlights and merges on to tail lights. There are also supportive lines that blend in with wheel arches.
The top-end Highlight variant has alloy wheels, outer rear view mirrors and body-colored bumpers. In order to withstand extreme weather conditions, the car has trendy fog lights in front and rear defogger. All variants have heat-insulating glass windshield and halogen headlights covered in a neat black shade.
The interior of Ameo is grand, covered in a stunning beige and black décor, the top-end Highline model has a plush center console decorated in a neat aluminum finish, leather covered gear knob, posh leather covered steering wheel decorated with piano black material. The layout of the dashboard is amazing and it engineered with top quality material and an important point to remember is it is scratch resistant.
Ameo runs on a powerful MPI 1.2-liter engine linked to five-speed manual transmission, and this engine is present in all three variants, Highline, Comfortline and Trendline. The diesel car is built with a robust TDI 1.5-liter engine and it is connected to five-speed manual transmission. There is another 1.5-liter TDI diesel power-train and this is linked to seven-speed DSG transmission and this is offered only in Highline and Comfortline models. The engine power of Ameo is top-class with minimal room for noise vibration and harshness levels and driving the car is a great experience.
The mileage offered by Ameo petrol is 15kmpl on ideal city conditions and on highways it is 18kmpl. The fuel-efficiency of the diesel car is 18kmpl on city roads and on highways it gives 22kmpl. Overall the ARAI certified mileage figures of petrol car are 17.83kmpl and the diesel model gives 24.5kmpl.
Braking and safety:
Volkswagen has ensured to engineer Ameo with adequate safety feature to ensure maximum occupant protection. In all variants there are dual front airbags and ABS and these are standard features. The Highline and Comfortline models have front fog lights and hill hold control, and all variants have back fog lights. The most loaded Highline car has auto-dimming interior rear view mirror, front fog lamps with static cornering lights and rear defogger. The front disc brakes induce additional power into the car to handle tough roads effectively.
Performance and Handling:
The handline capacity of Ameo is smooth, and it can withstand tough roads and wet lanes, the ABS gives the car additional thrust with respect to acquiring good balance on straight roads and highways, and the handling and performance is further improved with the aid of telescopic and tilt kind of power steering.
Ameo is sold in vibrant and youthful shades of reflex silver, carbon steel, night blue, copper orange, flash red and candy.
Volkswagen has generated so much fortunes with Ameo compact sedan alone, it is a sub-compact sedan built on Polo platform and sold at a reasonable value. The car looks classy from any angle, and the interiors are grand with top-quality material. The car scores well on the safety and handling front and it moves on a robust engine as well.
Ameo is perfect for people who enjoy a combination of luxury, sophistication and youthfulness, and now it has been just few months’ post launch, and in the near future it is likely to be a game changer. For those who are keen on buying this car, it is a great model to buy and you will simply feel good driving it and you can take the car on a spin irrespective of road conditions. The car has overshadowed the popularity of Tata Zest and Ford Figo Aspire. This is among the best compact sedans to own.