The Volkswagen Ameo is surely late to join the party of the hot compact sedan segment.But this one come with an improvement from all the compact sedans outhere. it had brought along — plenty of segment-first creature comforts and more importantly a decent kit of standard safety equipment for the price range its being offered.
The fly in the ointment, however, was the 1.2l 3-cylinder petrol motor. the engine seems good enough only for urban commutes. On the highway or on hill climbs it is not so impressive.Well that could change now, with the Ameo diesel. It doesn’t look any different from its petrol-powered sibling save for the TDI badge.
The Ameo diesel is powered by a 1.5l 4-cylinder motor from the family that most of us are used too in the Volkswagen range. It, therefore, starts off with the typical gravely note and settles into a fairly silent idling speed of 800rpm.The engine is tuned well. The 1.5l TDI engine now chunks out 110PS under the hood – which is 20PS more than the Polo and five more than the GT TDI.
It also has a healthy torque output of 250Nm which, though similar to the GT, is available across a wider rev-band. The result is an improvement in driveability in conditions like city commutes, overtakes and twisties where the mid-range grunt makes all the difference.
It does display the typical shortcomings of the entry-level DSG boxes from VW. It’s slow to upshift when responding to part or even full throttle. It is a tad bit better in the S mode, Downshifts, however, are quick and aid in brisk engine braking as well. On the highway, the Ameo diesel automatic can cruise at 100kmph at a relaxed 1,800rpm in D mode or 2,200rpm in S mode. In the latter, the gearbox also chooses stick to sixth gear instead of seventh, in order to remain alert for quick roll-ons or overtakes
Volkswagen is offering this engine with two gearbox options — a 5-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG automatic. Ameo diesel easily outclasses other compact sedans with its quicker and more seamless dual-clutch operation.
The GT TDI managed a 0-100kmph sprint in about 11.4s in our tests, the Ameo diesel automatic did the same in 10.9s! The manual was 0.1s quicker than its automatic counterpart and becoming the quickest diesel compact sedan.
Stability at highway speeds is excellent. The suspension is slightly on the stiffer side
the Volkswagen Ameo kept its promise of delivering a premium and feature-rich product in the compact sedan space. The diesel variant cements that commitment further and in the process also ends up impressing both sides of the market — the economy conscious and the enthusiasts. Further, a healthy list of standard safety features and creature comforts make it a more valuable offering than its petrol counterpart.