Easy On Wallet, Easier In City, Easiest On Highway

By for Volkswagen Ameo 2016-11-26 20:27:06.0
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  • Appearance
  • Performance
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
  • Fuel Economy
  • Overall Satisfaction

First, let's break down the title.

Easy On The Wallet

The Ameo is priced very aggressively unlike other Volkswagens. It's also not at elegant as other VWs but put together just as tightly as we expect a German car to be. The Ameo's diesel engine has more punch than the Polo's and happens to be priced considerably lower as well. It promises a good fuel efficiency of around 20kmpl making it easy to buy and easy to run.

Easier In The City

The option of having an automatic transmission with the diesel engine makes it a rare combination. The good news is that it neither gets a lazy AMT nor a guzzling torque converter. It instead gets the top-shelf, quick-shifting, 7-speed, dual-clutch transmission. It minimises power loss and ensures good fuel economy with taller ratios while relieving you of the gear and clutch duties.

Easiest On The Highway

Put a torquey and refined four-pot diesel engine with 7-speed DSG and cruise control in a blender. You are then left with something that can eat miles on the highway like it's nobody's business. This is where its easy-going skills shine the most as you don't even need to manage the accelerator. It doesn't get any easier than this.

These features make it the only car under 10 lakh to come with a diesel engine, an automatic transmission and cruise control.

Fun fact: Your next best bet also happens to be from the VW group.

Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

The Ameo is a rare compact sedan that's better equipped than its hatchback sibling and till priced lower. It has more features, more power, more space but doesn't look as well-proportioned as the smaller car.

Safety

VW is leading the charge in the safety department by offering ABS and dual airbags as standard equipment on all variants of the Ameo. This makes it one of the rare cars to come with the safety kit as standard.

Drawbacks

The car's back seat is low on legroom. A few parts of the car aren't up to the mark and VW charges a bomb to fix those (e.g. air con vent breaks easily and VW only sells them in set of four). Reliability isn't VW's selling point and the DSG automatic gearbox' track record has quite a few red marks. The resale of VW cars is poor because of the reliability concerns as it costs quite a bit to maintain once the warranty expires.

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