Volkswagen came to India with Passat back in 2007 and it was an imported car, later on, it went to import and sell the Beetle and Jetta. Now, India has become an important country for Volkswagen and it manufactures Polo, Vento, Passat and Jetta.
With India being a strong and demanding market, a car which is well packaged makes it through the test of the 'best-selling car' tag. Volkswagen is gearing up to launch the Ameo which stands in the most important segment of the compact sedan.
Let us take a look at five important points to consider before you buy the VW Ameo.
How Does It Volkswagen Ameo Look?
The Volkswagen Ameo is based on the Polo platform and takes all cues from the hatchback, except that it comes with a small and compact boot. The straight lines characterize the Ameo; looks smart, bold and strong.
There isn't any fuss about the designing of the Volkswagen Ameo, it is straightforward and gives you the sedan design a serious thought and not something which is made from a hatchback.
The interior of the Volkswagen Ameo is very much identical to the Polo, except for some minor changes which can go unnoticeable. The most important aspect is the bigger legroom compared to the Polo.
Also, features like rain sensing wipers, cruise controls, cooled glovebox, touch screen infotainment system and the rear AC vents are 1st in the segment in the compact sedan.
Apart from these features, visible designs are the flat bottom steering wheels, steering wheel mounted audio and phone controls, and automatic climate control.
What About Volkswagen Ameo Safety?
Among the compact sedan's available in India, this is will offered with standard dual front airbags and ABS as a standard fitment across variants. Volkswagen does not compromise on the safety front, even its Vento was recently tested for safety and it scored full five stars in the NCAP test.
If you are looking at the top end variants of the Volkswagen Ameo, which could cost you around Rs. 10 lakh, this might be the best safest compact sedan.
What About The Volkswagen Ameo's Power?
The Volkswagen Ameo will come in petrol and diesel variants. The petrol engine is powered by 1.2-litre engine which will produce 104bhp and 175Nm of torque and will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. This is indeed the fastest compact sedan in India currently.
As for the diesel heart, it is powered by 1.5-litre engine and develops 89bhp and 230Nm of torque, here too it scores better than its rivals.
How Is The Volkswagen Ameo Priced?
The Volkswagen Ameo will be positioned in between the Polo and the Vento, hence, the price range will start from Rs. 6 lakh and go on to Rs. 10 lakh for the top variant. This will be confirmed once the price is revealed during the launch in the month of June.
The pricing is indeed in the range of its rivals and will be competitively priced since Volkswagen wants to gain market share and make some significant presence in the country.
What To Look Out For, And Is It Worth Buying The Volkswagen Ameo?
The other main competitors will be Maruti Swift DZire, Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze and Tata Zest. Maruti and Hyundai have the best post sales service in terms of service center network and cheaper spares.
Volkswagen has not been very strong on this front and will need to look into their service center network and spares. The Volkswagen Ameo is a 'Make In India' product and localization is very much a part of the Ameo. You could expect an expansion of the dealer networks and service center to address this issue.
Apart from this, the Ameo has the best in features, Volkswagen's build quality, the list of equipment on the Ameo, and its road presence. If these are something that you are looking for, then you must seriously consider buying the Volkswagen Ameo.