Ameo vs Amaze Comparison Review

Volkswagen Ameo vs Honda Amaze Comparison Review

Pricing & Features:
The top-end Ameo ‘Highline’ (diesel), costs 9.9 Lakh Rs. on road, Delhi, which is around 50,000 Rs. more expensive than the range-topping, Amaze 'VX' variant, costing 9.35 Lakh Rs. However, the Ameo Highline, has a long list of extra features over the Amaze VX, like Parking Camera, Touchscreen, Cruise Control, Rain Sensing Wipers, Cornering
Lamps, Cooled Glove box, Telescopic Steering Adjust, Remote Controlled Window Operation and Auto-up Anti Pinch Windows. Ameo’s extra features are easily worth around 75,000 Rs. actually making it around 25,000 Rs. cheaper than an equivalent Amaze.

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Pricing of other variants:
Ameo ‘Highline’ petrol-manual costs 7.95 Lakh Rs.
Amaze ‘VX’ petrol-manual costs 8.1 Lakh Rs.
Amaze 'VX AT' petrol-automatic costs 9.2 Lakh Rs.
Ameo ‘Highline’ diesel-automatic costs 11.2 Lakh Rs.
on road, Delhi

Common Features: ABS, Airbags -2, Climate Control, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, 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, Touchscreen, 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 Amaze VX: none

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: Volkswagen is in dire need of an upgrade, of its 1.2-litre, naturally aspirated petrol engine, powering the Ameo and the Polo. It just doesn’t have the grunt, to power the heavily built cars, that it makes. The Amaze on the other hand, is powered by the 1.2 litre, iVTEC mill, which is one of the best petrol mills in the business. The Amaze has 30% better, power-to-weight ratio than the Ameo, giving it far superior performance and overtaking ability than the Ameo. The iVTEC is a bit lacking in low-end torque, but makes up for it, with a blissfully refined and rev hungry character. The Ameo’s 3-cylinder, loses out in terms of refinement as well, with a noticeable thrum at low revs and increasing levels of harshness as the revs rise.

Power (PS@rpm): Ameo – 75@5400, Amaze – 88@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Ameo - 110@3750, Amaze – 109@4500
Kerb Weight (kg): Ameo – 1060, Amaze – 955

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ameo – 71, Amaze – 92 (difference 30%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Ameo – 104, Amaze – 114 (difference 10%)

Diesel: The Ameo diesel, has a slight performance advantage over the Amaze especially in terms of mid-range grunt, as well as outright acceleration. Both cars, have hardly any turbo lag, making them ideal for pottering around city streets. The Ameo, is marginally more refined and rev-happy compared to the Amaze, although, both cars feel a bit noisy, compared to their competitors from Maruti & Hyundai.

Power (PS@rpm): Ameo – 110@4400, Amaze – 100@3600
Torque (Nm@rpm): Ameo - 230@1500-2500, Amaze – 200@1750
Kerb Weight (kg): Ameo – 1160, Amaze – 1065

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ameo – 91, Amaze – 94
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Ameo – 198, Amaze – 188

Fuel Efficiency:
The Ameo (petrol) has an ARAI certified mileage of 17.8 kmpl, which is identical to the manual geared Amaze petrol, but 0.3 kmpl less than the automatic one. The Ameo diesel on the other hand, is around 4 kmpl less efficient than the Amaze diesel, which has an ARAI certified mileage of 25.8 kmpl.
In our real world tests, the petrol powered Amaze-manual, was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the Ameo. Even the automatic geared Amaze petrol was over a kpl more efficient, than the Ameo manual. The diesel Amaze, also was roughly 2 kmpl more efficient than both the manual, as well as the DSG equipped, automatic Ameo diesel.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Amaze (petrol, manual) – 17.8, Amaze (petrol, automatic) – 18.1, Ameo (petrol, manual) – 17.83 (difference 0.3 kmpl)
Amaze (diesel, manual) – 25.8, Ameo (diesel, manual) – 21.29, Ameo (diesel, automatic) – 21.79

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Amaze (petrol, manual) – 3.85, Amaze (petrol, automatic) – 3.85, Ameo (petrol, manual) – 4.15
Amaze (diesel, manual) – 2.30, Ameo (diesel, manual) – 2.75, Ameo (diesel, automatic) – 2.75

Space & Comfort:
The way in which Honda, has managed to package, a big, 1500cc diesel mill, a spacious rear seat, and, on top of that, a 400 litre capacity boot, in a sub-4 meter vehicle, is no mean feat. Ameo’s rear seat is far less spacious and comfortable than the Amaze, be it in terms of leg room, head-room or shoulder space. With four adults on-board, the Amaze does have, some room left over, to squeeze in a fifth guy, but in the Ameo, it is no less than a punishment. Ameo’s 330 litre boot is also a good 70 litres smaller than the Amaze. Amaze’s big windows and windshields, make for an airy ambience, but even its facelifted interiors, do not feel as premium and well-appointed as the Ameo’s.

Boot-space: Ameo – 330, Amaze – 400

Length (mm): Ameo – 3995, Amaze – 3995
Width (mm): Ameo – 1682, Amaze – 1680
Height (mm): Ameo – 1483, Amaze – 1505

Ride Quality & Handling:
The Ameo, has a slight edge over the Amaze, in terms of dynamics. The Ameo, has a more mature ride than the Amaze, with slightly better bump absorption and rock solid stability at high speeds, fit for the Autobahn. The Amaze also has a decent ride, but transmits some of the impact to the occupants, while going over sharp bumps and undulations. Both cars have excellent handling manners, with balanced chassis, complemented by well-weighted, and feel-some steering setups.

Ground Clearance (mm): Ameo – 165, Amaze – 165

Tyre Size:
Ameo – 175/70R14 (Trendline), 185/60R15 (Comfortline & Highline)
Amaze - 175/65R14

Reliability and After Sales Service:
The Japanese are way ahead of the Germans, when it comes to Product Reliability & Service Support in our country. Honda’s products have proven to be faultlessly reliable over the past 20 years in our market. In contrast, Volkswagen’s reliability record has been quite patchy. The DSG gearbox, deserves a special mention here for failing spectacularly in numerous cases recorded on team-bhp. But that’s not all, Volkswagen’s cars are also painfully expensive to repair and service. Hondas on the other hand are surprisingly affordable to service and moderately expensive to repair.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
The Ameo is bound to depreciate marginally more than the Amaze over a usage of 5 to 7 years, thanks to Honda’s superior reputation for hassle free ownership in India.

Amaze VX (petrol, manual)4.60, Amaze VX AT (petrol, automatic)5.25, Ameo Highline (petrol, manual)4.30
Amaze VX (diesel, manual)5.95, 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 petrol costs around 50,000 Rs. more than the equivalent Amaze manual and identical to the Amaze automatic in Overall Ownership Costs. The diesel powered Ameo manual will cost 50,000 Rs. more than the equivalent Amaze. The Ameo diesel-automatic though works out to be 1.6 Lakh Rs. more expensive than the manual Amaze and over 1 lakh Rs. more than the manual Ameo.

Amaze VX (petrol, manual)7.35, Amaze VX AT (petrol, automatic)7.75, Ameo Highline (petrol, manual)7.80
Amaze VX (diesel, manual)6.30, Ameo Highline (diesel, manual)6.80, Ameo Highline (diesel, automatic)7.90

It is a very close call between these two cars. The Ameo, is Volkswagen’s best priced car to date, undercutting it established competitors by a fair margin. It is filled to the brim with gadgets and its fit and finish can shame cars from two segments above it. It has a punchy diesel engine and excellent dynamics to boot. Fundamentally it is definitely a superior automobile to the Amaze. This marks the end of the story for all the enthusiasts.

However, for the majority of actual Car Buyers, the Amaze makes a better match. The diesel Amaze is lighter on the pocket, has got the reliability to last decades and space to accommodate a family of five along with all of their luggage. The CVT ‘box equipped Amaze is just perfect for urban commuters. It is much more practical and magnificently refined than the Ameo, which is just what mainstream car buyers require and thus is our pick of this test.

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