The cabin, like the exterior, is derived from the Polo which a great. So you get the same simple yet elegant dashboard. As expected, the fit and plastic quality is top draw and the Ameo definitely sets a benchmark in this respect. The sporty flat bottomed steering is wrapped in leather and the even the plastic graining and the silver finish on the centre console looks genuine and upmarket. Of course lower down, the quality deteriorates a bit, but it never comes down to being cheap.
The only place where VW has cut corners is on inside of the boot lid, which lacks any kind of cladding. The front seats have good bolstering and thigh support, making them comfortable on long drives, the steering can be adjusted for height and reach and the driver’s seat can be raised and lowered too. So finding a good driving position is easy. We would have liked leather upholstery at least as an option on the top-of-the-line variant though. Although the fabric used is quite nice, the light beige colour is susceptible to getting soiled easily.
Rear space is not the Polo’s strongest suit and the same goes for the Ameo too. Yes, they have tried to liberate more room by scooping the front seat back but still it’s not enough. With two relatively tall guys sitting one behind the other, space at the back is just about enough and this is where its disadvantage lies. However, the rear bench has good underthigh support and thanks to the more reclined backrest makes it slightly more comfortable than the Polo. Where the lack of rear space in the Polo is excusable as it is predominantly going to be self-driven car, but the Ameo is supposed to be a practical family sedan and it doesn’t fulfill its role really well.
The boot at 330 litres is not the biggest but thanks to the wide opening and well-shaped bay it is very usable. The Ameo redeems itself by offering loads of standard equipment. The Ameo has been launched in three variants — Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. The base variant gets body-coloured bumpers and mirrors, central locking, air-conditioning and tilt and telescopic steering adjust.
The Comfortline adds cruise control, height adjustable driver’s seat, powered mirrors, trip computer, power windows with auto up and down for all four sides, music system and an auto dimming rear-view mirror. The Highline, the one you see here, has alloy wheels, leather wrapped steering and gear knob, rain sensing wipers, reverse camera with sensors, rear AC vent, climate control, auto folding mirrors, fog lamps, Mirror Link and Voice command capability. VW are also offering the Ameo with two Airbags and ABS standard across the range.