1. Build quality
All you have to do is close the doors on the Ameo to know how solid it is. And inside, the fit all around, the way the dials and the buttons operate, and even the look and the feel of plastic - the steering in particular - leaves you with the feeling of a car that’s built to last. But we won’t exactly call the interiors plush.
2. Driver centric
The seating position, particularly for the driver is spot on. The seat is adjustable for reach and recline, as well as height. And then the steering too adjusts itself for rake and reach. As a result, it’s easy to find the right driving position.
The driver has good visibility too. The A-pillar isn’t too thick, the dash isn’t very high, and the glass section in the C pillar just makes it easier to spot trouble when changing lanes or joining on to the main road.
The Ameo has one of the most powerful Diesel engines in its class. No wonder it accelerates to 100kmph in just a little over 10 seconds. It is significantly quicker than the Dzire, in case you were wondering.
The engine is a 1.5-litre diesel. It makes almost 110bhp and 250Nm of torque. And this torque comes in early, at 1500rpm. So unless you drop to 1000rpm or lower, the Ameo pulls like a train! And it doesn’t sound too bad when revved either. What’s more, it still managed to return over 14kmpl in our city test.
This one here is mated to a 5-speed manual. And it is a lovely shifting manual as well. Short throws, precise shifts, and the shifter fall easily to the hand as well.
4. Driving dynamics
Volkswagen has always got the dynamics of its car right. The Ameo, even with its shortened boot, is no different. For starters, the steering, though heavy, is precise, quick and talkative. And when you turn into a corner, the front end bites, the car doesn’t roll much, and there’s no dramatic understeer either.
It’s also planted in a straight line, which is good because it gets to three-digit speeds in such a hurry, that most of the time you don’t even realise you are there. Brakes again, have good bite and feel.
5. Multimedia system
Ameo’s multimedia system isn’t anything exotic, we will give you that. But, it’s the touch interface that has us completely floored. The response, the lack of delay, and the exactness of the system makes it lovely to use.
And of course, there’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well. Now, I am no expert in the realm of sound quality, but I think this system does well in that regard as well. It plays my Punjabi playlist at a high volume without cracking or destroying my eardrums, and it has a good voice control.