Variant-by-Variant Review of Volkswagen Ameo

Is Ameo better than Baleno, Vitara Brezza, EcoSport and Dzire AGS?



Ameo ‘Trendline’ Diesel  NOT RECOMMENDED
Ameo ‘Comfortline’ Diesel – NOT RECOMMENDED
Ameo ‘Highline’ Diesel – NOT RECOMMENDED
Ameo ‘Comfortline’ AT Diesel – CONDITIONALLY RECOMMENDED
Ameo ‘Highline’ AT Diesel – CONDITIONALLY RECOMMENDED

Ameo ‘Trendline’ Diesel NOT RECOMMENDED
The Ameo Trendline is beyond doubt the best car available up to 7.4 Lakh Rs. (on road Delhi) in the market today. Its toughest competitor is the Vitara Brezza 'LDi O', which works out to be 1.45 Lakh Rs. i.e. over 30% cheaper than the Ameo 'Trendline' in terms of Overall Ownership Costs. The difference boils down to their resale value. 5 to 7 years down the line, you will be hard pressed to find a buyer willing to pay a dime over 4.5 Lakh Rs. for your Ameo 'Trendline', but you will find plenty of takers for your Brezza 'LDi O' for 6.5 Lakh Rs. That's a difference of 2 Lakh Rs. in favour of the Brezza. Rest of the comparative evaluation can be found in our Ameo vs Vitara Brezza Comparison. Nobody in their right mind can recommend a Ameo over a Brezza to his/her peers.

Price (on road Delhi): Ameo Trendline – 7.40 Lakh, Vitara Brezza LDi O – 8.25 Lakh
Fuel Cost (for 75,000 km): Ameo Diesel – 2.90 Lakh, Vitara Brezza Diesel – 2.60 Lakh
Resale Value (after 5 to 7 years): Ameo Diesel – 4.50 Lakh, Vitara Brezza Diesel – 6.50 Lakh
Total Cost of Ownership: Ameo Diesel – 5.80 Lakh, Vitara Brezza Diesel – 4.35 Lakh (difference 33%)

Ameo ‘Comfortline’ Diesel – NOT RECOMMENDED
The Ameo ‘Comfortline’ costs 8.6 Lakh Rs. (on road Delhi), which is just 30,000 Rs. lower than the the Vitara Brezza VDi O as well as EcoSport ‘Ambiente’ (diesel).

Common Features: 2-Airbags, AC, Power Steering, Central Locking by Remote, Front Power Windows, Music System with FM, USB, Aux + 4 Speakers, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors

Extra Features in Ameo (Comfortline): ABS, Rear Power Windows, Cruise Control, Auto-Up Anti-Pinch Passenger Windows, Tachometer, Fog Lamps, Telescopic Steering Adjust, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat

Extra Features in Vitara Brezza (VDi O): ABS, Parking Sensors, Rear Power Windows, Tachometer

Extra Features in EcoSport (Ambiente): Telescopic Steering Adjustment

Ameo has the most number of extra features, followed by Brezza, while the EcoSport has the least number of features. But what the Ameo lacks is the real-world suitability to Indian roads, the Brezza & EcoSport have higher Ground Clearance, bigger Wheels and Tyres and sturdier suspension, which makes them immensely more suitable to Indian road conditions than the Ameo. We would recommend sturdier underpinnings over the few extra electronic gimmicks to our readers any day! That is why we cannot recommend Ameo ‘Comfortline’ given the option of Brezza ‘VDi O’ and EcoSport ‘Ambiente’ being available at a miniscule premium over it. Check out our Ameo vs Brezza & Ameo vs EcoSport comparisons for a detailed analysis of the situation.

Ameo ‘Highline’ Diesel – NOT RECOMMENDED The Ameo ‘Highline’ costs 9.5 Lakh Rs. (on road Delhi), which is just 20,000 Rs. lower than the Vitara Brezza ‘ZDi’ & EcoSport ‘Trend’ diesel.

Common Features: ABS, 2-Airbags, AC, Power Steering, Central Locking by Remote, Power Windows, Music System with FM, USB, Aux + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat

Extra features in Ameo ‘Highline’: Parking Camera, Parking Sensors, Automatic Climate Control, Rear AC Vents, Touchscreen, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Auto Dimming Inside Mirror, Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers, Cruise Control, Auto-Up Anti-Pinch Passenger Windows, Fog Lamps, Telescopic Steering Adjustment, Alloy Wheels

Extra Features in Vitara Brezza (ZDi): Parking Sensors, Automatic Climate Control, Fog Lamps, Alloy Wheels, Projector Headlamps, LED DRLs

Extra Features in EcoSport (Trend): Telescopic Steering Adjustment

Here again, the Ameo ‘Highline’ has the most number of extra features followed by the Brezza ‘ZDi’ and then the EcoSport ‘Trend’, but then the Brezza & EcoSport have higher Ground Clearance, bigger Wheels and Tyres and sturdier suspension, which makes them immensely more suitable to Indian road conditions than the Ameo. Features that you really need like Parking Camera can be fitted on to the Brezza & EcoSport later, but you can never change the Ameo’s ground clearance to 200 mm later! We would recommend sturdier underpinnings over the extra electronic gimmicks to our readers any day! That is why we cannot recommend Ameo ‘Highline’ given the option of Brezza ‘ZDi’ & EcoSport ‘Trend’ being available in a similar price range. Check out our Ameo vs Brezza & Ameo vs EcoSport comparisons for a detailed analysis of the situation.

Ameo ‘Comfortline’ AT Diesel – CONDITIONALLY RECOMMENDED
The problem with the Ameo Automatic is that it is a very risky proposition. Its high-tech dual-clutch DSG gearbox is incredibly smooth and responsive, the Dzire’s AMT is just no match to it. But, the DSG has developed a scary reputation for premature failure and exorbitant cost of replacement. Ameo’s higher torque output of 250 Nm makes it even more of a risk. On the other hand Dzire ZDi AGS is cheaper, more efficient and retains excellent residual value making it 25% lighter on the pocket than the Ameo ‘Comfortline AT’ even if the Ameo runs as reliably as the Dzire ‘AGS’, which it won’t.

Price (on road Delhi): Ameo Comfortline AT – 9.90 Lakh, Dzire ZDi AMT – 9.70 Lakh
Fuel Cost (for 75,000 km): Ameo AT – 2.70 Lakh, Dzire AMT – 2.20 Lakh
Resale Value (after 5 to 7 years): Ameo Comfortline AT – 4.25 Lakh, Dzire ZDi AMT – 5.25 Lakh
Total Cost of Ownership: Ameo Comfortline – 8.35 Lakh, Dzire ZDi AMT – 6.65 Lakh (difference 26%)

Both cars have a few extra features that are absent on the other car. Notably the Ameo has Hill Hold Control over the Dzire, which is a real life saver if the car is going to be driven by novice drivers. Ameo also has immensely better performance, better dynamics and a more luxuriously appointed cabin than the Dzire.

Common Features: ABS, 2-Airbags, AC, Power Steering, Central Locking by Remote, Power Windows, Music System with FM, USB, Aux + 4 Speakers, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat, Fog Lamps, Rear Defogger

Extra Features in Ameo (Comfortline AT): ESP, Hill Assist, Cruise Control, Auto-Up Anti-Pinch Windows, Telescopic Steering Adjust

Extra Features in Dzire (ZDi AGS): Parking Sensors, Automatic Climate Control, Steering Wheel Switches, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Alloy Wheels

All things said and done though, we just cannot recommend any car with reliability issues to our readers. If Volkswagen manages to sort them out, and we don’t get to see any horror stories on India’s top automotive forums in the next 6 months, we will reverse our verdict. But until then, we recommend you the Dzire ‘ZDi AGS’ over the Ameo ‘Comfortline AT’, unless it is going to by a novice driver, in which case it’s the cheapest car with Hill Hold feature in the market. Check out our Ameo vs Dzire Comparison for detailed analysis.

Ameo ‘Highline’ AT Diesel – CONDITIONALLY RECOMMENDED
The problem with the Ameo Automatic is that it is a very risky proposition. Its high-tech dual-clutch DSG gearbox is incredibly smooth and responsive, the Dzire’s AMT is just no match to it. But, the DSG has developed a scary reputation for premature failure and exorbitant cost of replacement. Ameo’s higher torque output of 250 Nm makes it even more of a risk. On the other hand Dzire ZDi AGS is cheaper, more efficient and retains excellent residual value making it a whopping 40% lighter on the pocket than the Ameo ‘Highline AT’ even if the Ameo runs as reliably as the Dzire ‘AGS’, which it won’t.

Price (on road Delhi): Ameo Comfortline AT – 10.85 Lakh, Dzire ZDi AMT – 9.70 Lakh
Fuel Cost (for 75,000 km): Ameo AT – 2.70 Lakh, Dzire AMT – 2.20 Lakh
Resale Value (after 5 to 7 years): Ameo Comfortline AT – 4.25 Lakh, Dzire ZDi AMT – 5.25 Lakh
Total Cost of Ownership: Ameo Comfortline – 9.30 Lakh, Dzire ZDi AMT – 6.65 Lakh (difference 40%)

Ameo Highline has a long list of extra features that are absent on the Dzire ZDi AGS. Notably the Ameo has Hill Hold Control over the Dzire, which is a real life saver if the car is going to be driven by novice drivers. Ameo also has immensely better performance, better dynamics and a more luxuriously appointed cabin than the Dzire.

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

Extra Features in Ameo (Highline AT): ESP, Hill Assist, Parking Camera, Cruise Control, Auto-Up Anti-Pinch Windows, Telescopic Steering Adjust, Rear AC Vents, Touchscreen, Auto Dimming Inside Mirror, Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers, Cruise Control, Auto-Up Anti-Pinch Passenger Windows, Telescopic Steering Adjustment

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

All things said and done though, we just cannot recommend any car with reliability issues to our readers. If Volkswagen manages to sort them out, and we don’t get to see any horror stories on India’s top automotive forums in the next 6 months, we will reverse our verdict. But until then, we recommend you the Dzire ‘ZDi AGS’ over the Ameo ‘Highline AT’ unless it is going to by a novice driver, in which case it’s the cheapest car with Hill Hold feature in the market. Check out our Ameo vs Dzire Comparison for detailed analysis.

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