The Volkswagen Ameo has been just launched and is already raking in bookings due to its mouth watering price tag. We compare the Ameo with its closest rivals, the Maruti Suzuki DZire, Honda Amaze and Hyundai Xcent on paper.
All cars here duck under the 4-metre mark which puts them in the small cars category even though they are designed to look like sedans. They all are based on their respective hatchback siblings with a pasted boot job. The Honda Amaze and the Hyundai Xcent seem to make the best out of the 4 metres they get to play with. The boot seems neatly integrated and have a short bonnet. The DZire on the other hand has a long bonnet which leaves it with a short rear overhang. Likewise is the story with the Volkswagen Ameo but according to us is the one which will age much more gracefully over time than any other car in this class.
The Honda Amaze offers the most space on the insides while the Volkswagen Ameo offers the most equipment in this lot. The Honda Amaze recently received a thorough revamp with an all new dashboard and a new instrument cluster. The new infotainment system offers Bluetooth, AUX and USB connectivity just like any other car here, although it misses out on the touchscreen infotainment system that is offered on the Volkswagen Ameo. The Maruti DZire and the Ameo feel the most cramped in the rear seat due to small glass area. The Hyundai Xcent feels the second best after the Amaze and Ameo in terms of space and equipment respectively. Hyundai recently launched the 20th Anniversary Edition Xcent which added equipment like a 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a sportier interior theme. The Xcent also offers Rear AC vents like the Ameo but the Ameo clearly is the winner here in terms of equipment. The Volkswagen offers cornering lights, rain sensing wipers, cruise control and MirrorLink connectivity making it the most loaded car here.
Boot space on this mini sedans is of the utmost importance. The Hyundai Xcent disappoints the least here with a very spacious 407-litres of boot space. The Honda Amaze, Volkswagen Ameo and Maruti DZire follow with a boot capacity of 400-litres, 330-litres and 320-litres respectively.
Engine and Gearbox:
All cars here are offered with a 1.2-litre petrol engines. The one in the DZire and Xcent develop 83 BHP and 82 BHP respectively while the Honda Amaze is the most powerful at 87 BHP. The Volkswagen Ameo on the other hand is the least powerful here with its petrol engine developing just 74 BHP. All cars get a 5-speed manual gearbox and all cars except the Ameo offer an automatic gearbox too. The Volkswagen Ameo again does not come with a diesel engine for the time being. Although it is expected to launch in the upcoming festive season with a 1.5-litre motor mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox. The Maruti DZire is powered by a 1.3-litre diesel that develops 75 BHP while the 1.1-litre diesel in the Hyundai Xcent develops 71 BHP. The Honda Amaze again has the most powerful diesel engine in this lot with 99 BHP from its 1.5-litres of displacement. All come with a 5-speed manual gearbox while only the Maruti DZire offers an AMT automatic gearbox in this bunch.
The petrol manual variants of the Volkswagen Ameo, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent and Maruti DZire deliver a fuel efficiency of 17.83 kmpl, 17.80 kmpl, 19.1 kmpl and 20.85 kmpl respectively. The diesel manual variants of Amaze, Xcent and DZire on the other hand deliver 25.80 kmpl, 24.4 kmpl and 26.59 kmpl respectively.
The Volkswagen Ameo is offered with 2 airbags and ABS as standard across its range while the Maruti DZire offers the same as an option starting from the base variant. The Honda Amaze gets ABS on all variants but 2 airbags are only offered on top variants. The Hyundai Xcent likewise is offered with a driver airbag and ABS as standard across the range while a passenger airbag can be had on higher variants.
The Volkswagen Ameo undercuts most of its competition and moreover its own sibling the Polo hatchback at a very attractive starting price of Rs. 5.14 lakhs which goes upto Rs. 6.91 lakhs. The Maruti DZire petrol manual range starts at Rs. 5.55 lakhs and goes upto 7.23 lakhs, while the diesel ranges between Rs. 6.86 lakhs and Rs. 8.36 lakhs. Prices for the Honda Amaze start at Rs. 5.65 lakhs for the base petrol and goes up to Rs. 8.71 lakhs for the top-end diesel, while the Hyundai Xcent is priced between Rs. 5.60 lakhs and Rs. 8.41 lakhs (All prices ex-showroom, Mumbai).
At a starting price of Rs. 5.14 lakhs, the Volkswagen Ameo is a brilliant value for money proposition especially as the car offers many first in class features. The diesel variant too will be launched soon and will be available with the brilliant 7-speed dual clutch autobox in two variants. The car comes out on top amongst its closest competitors but wait for our comparison road test review of these cars coming soon!