Ameo vs Dzire Comparison Review

Volkswagen Ameo vs Maruti-Suzuki Dzire Comparison Review

Pricing & Features:
The top-end, Ameo ‘Highline’ (diesel), costs 9.9 Lakh Rs. on road, Delhi, which is 80,000 Rs. more, than the range-topping Dzire 'ZDi', costing 9.1 Lakh. However, the Ameo Highline, has a long list of extra features over the Dzire ZDi, like Parking Camera, Touch-screen, Cruise Control, Rain Sensing Wipers, Cornering Lamps, Cooled Glove box, Telescopic Steering Adjust,
Remote Controlled Window Operation and Auto-up Anti Pinch Windows while the Dzire has Push Button Start & Smart Key, which is absent in the Ameo. Ameo’s extra features, are easily worth around 60,000 Rs. making it roughly 25,000 Rs. more expensive than an equivalent Dzire.

Ameo vs Dzire Video Comparison Review:



Pricing of other variants:
Ameo ‘Highline’ petrol-manual costs 7.95 Lakh Rs.
Dzire ‘ZXi’ petrol-manual costs 7.75 Lakh Rs.
Dzire 'VXi AT ABS' petrol-automatic costs 7.8 Lakh Rs.
Ameo ‘Highline’ diesel-automatic costs 11.2 Lakh Rs.
Dzire ‘ZDi AGS’ diesel-automatic costs 9.65 Lakh Rs.
on road, Delhi

Common Features: ABS, Airbags -2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Climate Control, Parking Sensors, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Fog Lamps, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Electrically Adjustable ORVM, Rear Defogger, Alloy Wheels, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat

Extra Features in Ameo Highline: Parking Camera, Touch-screen, Cruise Control, Rain Sensing Wipers, Cornering Lamps, Cooled Glove box, Telescopic Steering Adjust, Remote Controlled Window Operation, Auto-up Anti Pinch Windows

Extra Features in Dzire ZDi: Push Button Start & Smart Key

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: Ameo’s petrol engine, is just too underpowered for its considerable kerb weight. It feels grossly underwhelming to drive, in comparison to the Dzire. It has decent drivability around town, but as the road opens up, the Dzire opens a big lead over the Ameo. The Dzire is a good 24% more powerful and 14% more torquey than the Ameo, in terms of power & torque-to-weight ratios. Suzuki’s 4-cylinder K12 mill is also far more refined and free revving, compared to Ameo’s 3-cylinder unit.

Power (PS@rpm): Ameo – 75@5400, Dzire – 84.3@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Ameo - 110@3750, Dzire – 115@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Ameo – 1060, Dzire – 965

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ameo – 71, Dzire – 88 (difference 24%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Ameo – 104, Dzire – 120 (difference 14%)

Diesel: Ameo’s potent diesel mill makes it surprisingly quick, both in terms of outright acceleration as well as the roll-ons compared to the slightly weak performance of the Dzire. The Dzire has especially poor drivability around town, with immense turbo-lag anywhere below 2000 rpm. The Ameo on the other hand has hardly any turbo-lag making it easier to pilot around city streets. However, the Ameo’s diesel power-plant is a bit on the vocal side compared to the Dzire’s Fiat sourced Multijet unit.

Power (PS@rpm): Ameo – 110@4400, Dzire – 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Ameo - 230@1500-2500, Dzire – 190@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): Ameo – 1160, Dzire – 1055

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ameo – 91, Dzire – 71 (difference 28%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Ameo – 198, Dzire – 180 (difference 10%)

Fuel Efficiency:
In our real world tests, the petrol powered Dzire manual was almost 2 kmpl more efficient than the manual Ameo, even the automatic geared Dzire petrol was half a kmpl more efficient than the manual Ameo. Both the manual as well as automatic Dzire diesels were consistently 2 kmpl more efficient than the diesel Ameos.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Dzire (petrol, manual) – 20.85, Dzire (petrol, automatic) – 18.5, Ameo (petrol, manual) – 17.83 (difference 3 kmpl)
Dzire (diesel, manual & automatic) – 26.59, Ameo (diesel, manual) – 21.29, Ameo (diesel, automatic) – 21.79 (difference 4.3 kmpl)

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Dzire (petrol, manual) – 3.55, Dzire (petrol, automatic) – 4.00, Ameo (petrol, manual) – 4.15
Dzire (diesel, manual & automatic) – 2.35, Ameo (diesel, manual) – 2.90, Ameo (diesel, automatic) – 2.85

Space & Comfort:
The Ameo’s cabin feels well-appointed and classy compared to the Dzire’s. However, both cars fall short in terms of cabin space compared to their rivals. Especially the rear seat is not big enough to accommodate three adults, although the Ameo at least has enough leg-room unlike the excessively cramped Dzire. Ameo has 330 lit. of boot-space, which is hardly any bigger than Dzire’s 316 litres and significantly less than other sub-4 meter sedans.

Length (mm): Ameo – 3995, Dzire – 3995
Width (mm): Ameo – 1682, Dzire – 1695
Height (mm): Ameo – 1483, Dzire – 1555

Ride Quality & Handling:
Dzire has more effervescent handling manners, compared to the Ameo, but the Ameo has better grip and a well weighted, feel-some steering rack. Overall they make up the best handling pair of cars in their segment anyways. Ameo trumps the Dzire in ride quality though, with better bump absorption and stability over a series of undulations compared to the Dzire. However, both cars need to be driven with caution over broken roads and big potholes to avoid damage to their underpinnings.

Ground Clearance (mm): Ameo – 165, Dzire – 170

Tyre Size:
Ameo – 175/70R14 (Trendline), 185/60R15 (Comfortline & Highline)
Dzire - 165/80R15 (L & V), 185/65R15 (Z)

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Suzuki has an immensely superior track record compared to Volkswagen, when it comes to product reliability as well as Service Support in our country. Volkswagen’s products have often been fraught with product quality and part failure issues, which have been compounded by their novice dealers. On top of that Volkswagen’s spares can be frighteningly expensive, especially if something like the DSG dual clutch gearbox, packs up and it is known to do so. Then there is Maruti’s sheer service reach courtesy of its 2000+ touch points compared to Volkswagen’s limited reach with just 120 outlets.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
The Dzire is bound to depreciate considerably lesser than the Ameo over the next 5 to 7 years.

Dzire ZXi (petrol, manual) – 4.45, Dzire VXi AT ABS (petrol, automatic) – 4.25, Ameo Highline (petrol, manual) – 4.05
Dzire ZDi (diesel, manual) – 5.45, Dzire ZDi AGS (diesel, automatic) – 5.80, Ameo Highline (diesel, manual) – 5.35, Ameo Highline (diesel, automatic) – 6.05

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
The Ameo Highline petrol works out to be 1.2 Lakh Rs. more expensive than the Dzire ZXi manual and surprisingly around 50,000 Rs. more than the Dzire VXi AT ABS automatic, in terms of Total Cost of Ownership. Diesel powered Ameo Highline manual works out to be 1.5 lakh Rs. more expensive than the Dzire ZDi. The Dzire ZDi AGS automatic works out to be 1.8 Lakh Rs. cheaper than the diesel powered Ameo Highline automatic and interestingly even 1.2 Lakh Rs. cheaper than the Ameo Highline diesel-manual.

Dzire ZXi (petrol, manual) – 6.85, Dzire VXi AT ABS (petrol, automatic) – 7.60, Ameo Highline (petrol, manual) – 8.05
Dzire ZDi (diesel, manual) – 5.95, Dzire ZDi AGS (diesel, automatic) – 6.20, Ameo Highline (diesel, manual) – 7.45, Ameo Highline (diesel, automatic) – 8.00

Verdict:
It is an extremely close call between the two cars on test today. Ameo is sure to appeal to the enthusiastic minority of the buyers. It has the most potent diesel mill in the segment, giving it outstanding real-world performance at any speed in any gear coupled with fantastic dynamics, luxurious interiors and loads of gizmos, enough to make it worth the premium over the Dzire in the eyes of the enthusiast.
However, for the majority of mainstream car buyers, the Dzire AGS automatic is a better match. It is significantly cheaper to buy, run and maintain than the Ameo. The cutting-edge CVT gearbox takes care of the turbo-lag, making your city commutes incredibly fatigue free. Though performance is not as strong as Ameo it is way more than what regular drivers are going to utilize anyways. It is great fun around twisty roads as well. Last but not the least, the Swift platform has proven to be incredibly trouble free over the last decade and is backed by the greatest Service network in the country. It remains our pick of this test.

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