It has been the talk of the town for quite some time that, Volkswagen is all set to launch their first compact sedan in Indian market. As the compact sedan is one of the most happening segments of Indian automobile market, the most popular German brand in India cannot afford to keep itself away from the race. Therefore Volkswagen is bringing their compact sedan in the fray, which will be christened as the Volkswagen Ameo, as the German automaker has confirmed.

The name “Ameo” is derived from the Latin word “Amo”, which means “I love”. Volkswagen claims, it will be a game changer in the Indian market and this car will come with a package of best in class safety features great build quality and of course a great driving experience. The sub four metre sedan is manufactured on the VW Polo platform. The German automaker has been testing the car at the Chakan plant since long time. Now they have also confirmed that the Volkswagen Ameo will be showcased at the upcoming 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, the production will be started around middle of the 2016 although. Interestingly, despite having a long Indian model line up, Volkswagen is planning big with the compact sedan in the country. They have earlier announced about investing a total of INR. 1500 crores in the market, while a total of INR. 720 crores were allotted for the compact sedan.

Now before the car gets unveiled at the Auto Expo we took the opportunity to bring you a brief review of the car. Take a look.

Update 30.09.2016:- Volkswagen has introduced the Diesel variant of the Ameo in India today. The article has been updated with all the information

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EXTERIOR

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1. Booking began for Volkswagen Ameo

The Volkswagen Ameo sports a front grille like the Volkswagen Vento, it adorns 3 chrome slats and the air intake at the lower bumper sports sharp slats. The headlamp clusters are also sharp shaped, while the fog lamps at both sides of the lower bumper are also similar. The front bumper protruding from under the camouflaging cover suggests that it would come beefy looking. We hope the Ameo would get some chrome garnishing at the front profile as a styling touch.

The side profile was relatively clearly visible than the front and rear profile. There are not much of character lines visible, while the Vento sports several sharp and deep character lines running through the body. There is a subtle crease running parallel with the greenhouse area, while at the lower part another subtle crease is visible. The pillars are body coloured, while the roof line blends perfectly at the rear. A rooftop antenna is also visible.

Being a sub compact sedan this car clearly sports a small tail section. Volkswagen has just released an image of the tail lamp with the badge visible. The tail lamp looks sharp and the cuts and creases can also be seen surrounding it, which look pretty sharp.

Volkswagen claims the design language of Ameo portrays general bursts of emotion, while the dynamic design was conceptualized to impress everyone. They expect this car will be a game changer in the highly competitive Indian market. The car looks like VW Polo from front and VW Vento from rear, although the side profile tells the tale. The boot seems to come with a short length. The car is built on PQ24 platform of the Polo and Vento.

INTERIOR

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There are no interior spy shots available at the moment. But, Volkswagen would equip it with the usual premium quality features. It is sure, that despite being a compact sedan it won’t be the cheapest model in the segment. Therefore we can expect this car to come equipped with features like chrome garnishing, multi-function steering wheel, 2 din touch screen infotainment panel, digital display at the driver information panel, at least dual frontal airbags etc. We can also expect the car to offer well amount of comfort and space to the occupants inside the cabin. The interior gets an armrest, auto dimming rear view mirror etc. It will also get a first in class rain sensing wiper.

DRIVETRAIN

1. Volkswagen Ameo launching in June

Volkswagen offers their compact and sub compact cars with TSI petrol engine, which is powerful, fuel saver and good at performance. The Ameo comes with a 1.2 litre MPI petrol engine mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox, delivering 74 bhp peak power and 110 Nm peak torque. The diesel variant on the other hand gets a 1.5 litre unit which also comes paired with a 5 speed manual transmission to kicks out 110 bhp peak power and 230 Nm peak torque. The diesel engine has been poaired to a 5 speed manual transmission but also gets an optional 7 speed DSG automatic transmission as well.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

Engine1.2 litre MPI / 1.5 litre TDI
Fuel typePetrol / Diesel
Transmission5 speed MT / 7 Speed AMT
Maximum power74 bhp / 110 bhp
Maximum torque110 Nm / 230 Nm

SAFETY

1. Volkswagen Ameo will receive petrol engine only initially

The Volkswagen Ameo would be equipped with safety features like dual frontal airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP, rear parking sensors etc. Volkswagen cars are always known for offering a great amount of safety. Ameo will also be offered with such safety measurements.

PRICE

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Volkswagen Ameo is priced between INR. 5.24 lakh to INR. 7.05 lakh (ex showroom, Delhi). In Mumbai the car is priced between INR. 5.14 lakh to INR. 6.91 lakh.

Let’s take a variant wise pricing look of the Volkswagen Ameo

TrimsEngine Mumbai (ex showroom) Delhi (ex showroom)
Trendline1.2 litre MPI petrolINR. 5.14 lakhINR. 5.24 lakh
Comfortline1.2 litre MPI petrolINR. 5.88 lakhINR. 6.00 lakh
Highline1.2 litre MPI petrolINR. 6.91 lakhINR. 7.05 lakh

The prices of the Diesel variant has been provided below
1.5 TDI Trendline M/TRs 6,33,600
1.5 TDI Comfortline M/TRs 7,35,150
1.5 TDI Comfortline DSGRs 8,50,150
1.5 TDI Highline M/TRs 8,16,900
1.5 TDI Highline DSGRs 9,31,900

All the above prices are ex showroom, Delhi based prices

COMPETITION

MARUTI SUZUKI SWIFT DZIRE

1. Some basic things we Indians want in our cars

Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire is surely the most popular compact sedan of India. The stylish car from Maruti Suzuki is available in both petrol and diesel powertrain options. The petrol variant gets power from a 1.2 litre 4 cylinder K-series VVT unit, which churns out 83.11 bhp peak power and 115 Nm peak torque. The diesel variant on the other hand gets power from a 1.3 litre DDiS engine which kicks out 73.97 bhp peak power and 190 Nm peak torque.

Read the full review: Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire

FORD FIGO ASPIRE

1. Ford Figo Aspire

Ford Figo based compact sedan was launched a few months back and the car looks really bold and powerful. This car is available in three different powertrain options including two petrol and a single diesel units. The petrol powertrain range consist a 1.2 litre Ti-VCT engine mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox, which delivers 86.79 bhp peak power and 112 Nm peak torque. The high end trims of the petrol variant gets a 1.5 litre Ti-VCT unit paired with a 6 speed dual clutch powershift transmission, which generates 110.46 bhp peak power and 136 Nm peak torque. The only diesel variant Ford Figo Aspire is available in form of 1.5 litre TDCI duratorq engine, which is mated with a 5 speed manual transmission, generating 98.63 bhp peak power and 215 Nm peak torque.

Read the full review: Ford Figo Aspire

CONCLUSION

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Volkswagen is already a very popular brand in India. Volkswagen cars are known for offering great comfort, safety, features. This car will surely give several other car makers run for money. Ameo would be priced a bit higher than several other cars, but it would be popular than many other cars in the segment.

QUOTES

“The Ameo retains the driving attributes of the Polo hatchback”
AutoNDTV

“This is a premium, well designed and likeable car.”
Overdrive

UPDATE HISTORY

Update 21.01.2016:- Volkswagen has confirmed the name of the upcoming compact sedan as Ameo. They released an image of the rear profile of the car with the badge and information as well. We have updated the review with new information’s and image.

Update 08.02.2016:- Volkswagen has launched the sub-4 metre compact sedan Ameo at the 2016 Indian Auto Expo. We have updated the review with new images and information from Auto Expo 2016.