Volkswagen Ameo vs Vento Comparison Review

Volkswagen Vento vs Ameo Comparison Review

Pricing & Features:
The top-end, Ameo ‘Highline’ (diesel) costs 9.9 Lakh, on road, Delhi, which is a mammoth 3.4 Lakh Rs. cheaper, than the Vento 'Highline', costing 13.3 Lakh. In spite of the enormous price difference, the Ameo has each and every feature present in the Vento.

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Pricing of other variants:
Ameo ‘Highline’ petrol-manual costs 7.85 Lakh Rs.
Vento ‘Highline’ petrol-manual costs 11.6 Lakh Rs.

Vento 'Highline' petrol-automatic costs 12.9 Lakh Rs.
Ameo ‘Highline’ diesel-automatic costs 11.4 Lakh Rs.
Vento 'Highline' diesel-automatic costs 14.7 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, Cornering Lamps, Cooled Glove box, Telescopic Steering Adjust, Remote Controlled Window Operation, Auto-up Anti Pinch Windows, Parking Camera, Touchscreen, Cruise Control, Rain Sensing Wipers, Auto Dimming Inside Mirror

Extra Features in Ameo Highline: none
Extra Features in Vento Highline: none

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: The Ameo, pales in comparison to the sheer performance of both the manual, as well as the automatic Vento petrols. The manual geared Vento, is powered by the 1.5 litre, naturally aspirated, petrol engine, which is an average performer overall, but it copes with the heavy weight of the Vento-Polo platform, much better than the feeble 1.2 litre mill of the Ameo. Performance is far better than the Ameo at all speeds, even the drivability around town is much better than the Ameo. But that’s not all, even the refinement of Ameo’s 3-cylinder engine leaves a lot to be desired compared to the Vento’s 4-cylinder unit.

The Vento automatic, is powered by the 1.2-litre TSI engine, which gives you a glimpse into the future of motoring. It feels a bit weak at low revs, due to the turbo-lag, but once the turbo starts whistling, it has superb mid-range grunt, making light-work of overtaking heavy vehicles on the highway. Coupled to the cutting-edge DSG gearbox, it makes the Vento incredibly easy to drive, under any circumstances, be it the urban crawl, the highway jaunt or the mountain road sprint.

Power (PS@rpm): Ameo – 75@5400, Vento 1.5 – 105@5250, Vento 1.2 TSI – 105@5000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Ameo - 110@3750, Vento 1.5 – 153@3800, Vento 1.2 TSI – 175@1500-4100
Kerb Weight (kg): Ameo – 1060, Vento 1.5 – 1140, Vento 1.2 TSI - 1174

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ameo – 71, Vento 1.5 – 92, Vento 1.2 TSI – 89 (difference 34%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Ameo – 104, Vento 1.5 – 134, Vento 1.2 TSI – 149 (difference 52%)

Diesel: Diesel powered versions of both the cars have very similar performance, as they are essentially powered by the same powertrain. The Ameo has a slight edge over the Vento, thanks to a lower kerb weight. The Ameo also feels, better sound deadened than the Vento. Overall, the turbo-lag is kept well under check, and roll-on performance of  Volkswagen’s, 1.5 litre diesel, is by far the strongest in the segment. The refinement though does feel a bit lacking compared to its competitors.

Power (PS@rpm): Ameo – 110@4400, Vento – 105@4400
Torque (Nm@rpm): Ameo - 230@1500-2500, Vento – 250@1500-2500
Kerb Weight (kg): Ameo – 1165, Vento – 1233

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ameo – 91, Vento – 85
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Ameo – 198, Vento – 202

Fuel Efficiency:
The petrol powered Ameo manual has an ARAI certified mileage of 17.8 kmpl, which is 1.7 kmpl more than the Vento manual, and 0.4 kmpl less than the automatic Vento petrol. The manual geared Vento diesel has an ARAI certified mileage of 20.6 kmpl and the automatic version has 21.5 kmpl, which is over a kmpl less than the Ameo.In our back-to-back tests, the Ameo petrol was roughly 1 kmpl more efficient than the manual geared Vento petrol and just as efficient as the automatic. Both the diesel versions of both the cars were more or less similar in terms of fuel efficiency and almost 4 kmpl more efficient than their petrol counterparts.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Vento (petrol, manual) – 16.09, Vento (petrol, automatic) – 18.19, Ameo (petrol, manual) – 17.83
Vento (diesel, manual) – 20.64, Ameo (diesel, manual) – 21.29, Vento (diesel, automatic) – 21.5, Ameo (diesel, automatic) – 21.79

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Vento (petrol, manual) – 4.30, Vento (petrol, automatic) – 4.05, Ameo (petrol, manual) – 3.90
Vento (diesel, manual) – 2.80, Ameo (diesel, manual) – 2.80, Vento (diesel, automatic) – 2.80, Ameo (diesel, automatic) – 2.80

Space & Comfort:
The Vento has a 64mm longer wheelbase than the Ameo, liberating some much needed legroom and knee-room inside the cabin. Although, in both cars, the rear seat does not have adequate width for seating three occupants. The Vento's 494 litre boot is 164 litre bigger than the Ameo. Although the Ameo’s 330 litre boot is good enough, for a family road trip or the usual airport run. Thanks to a shorter boot, the Ameo does have a distinct advantage in terms of maneuverability, and ease of parking, over the Vento.

Boot-space: Ameo – 330, Vento – 494

Length (mm): Ameo – 3995, Vento – 4390
Width (mm): Ameo – 1682, Vento – 1720
Height (mm): Ameo – 1483, Vento – 1467

Ride Quality & Handling:
Vento’s longer wheelbase, gives it an edge over the Ameo, in terms of ride quality, with slightly lesser impact from bumps and ruts, getting transferred to the occupants. It also inspires a bit more confidence, around high speed bends, than the Ameo.
 The Ameo though, feels more nimble around tighter bends, albeit by a very small margin. Overall, the handling of both the cars is one of the best in the segment, aided by a well weighted and feel-some steering rack. Stability at highway speeds, as well as under hard braking, is certainly the best-in-class. Only worry is the lack of ground clearance, especially in the longer wheelbase endowed Vento, which requires the driver to be extra careful while tackling broken roads.

Wheelbase: Ameo - 2469, Vento - 2553

Ground Clearance (mm): Ameo – 165, Vento – 163

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

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Volkswagen has been struggling, to discipline its dealers, into giving good service support to its customers. Firstly, its products itself, have been riddled with quality issues since launch, which its dealers, try to brush-off under the carpet, to save themselves, from the warranty claims. Volkswagen’s service and repairs, are also exorbitantly expensive, especially if something like the DSG gearbox packs-up, as many customers have reported on various forums. Volkswagen’s service reach, is also quite limited, with just 120 outlets in the country and no plans of rapid expansion, on the horizon.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Thanks to Volkswagen’s iffy record at reliability, neither the Vento nor the Ameo are bound to hold mediocre resale value over an ownership period of 5 to 7 years.

Vento Highline (petrol, manual) – 6.25, Vento Highline (petrol, automatic) – 6.60, Ameo Highline (petrol, manual) – 4.25

Vento Highline (diesel, manual) – 7.60, Vento Highline (diesel, manual) – 5.60, Ameo Highline (diesel, automatic) – 7.95, Ameo Highline (diesel, automatic) – 6.15

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Ameo Highline diesel-manual is 1.6 Lakh Rs. cheaper than the equivalent Vento in the long run. Interestingly, even the Ameo diesel-automatic has a 50,000 Rs. lower Cost of Ownership than the Vento diesel-manual and 1.5 Lakh Rs. lesser than the automatic.

Vento Highline (petrol, manual) – 9.65, Vento Highline (petrol, automatic) – 10.40, Ameo Highline (petrol, manual) – 7.50

Vento Highline (diesel, manual) – 8.60, Vento Highline (diesel, manual) – 7.00, Ameo Highline (diesel, automatic) – 9.50, Ameo Highline (diesel, automatic) – 7.95

The Ameo wins this test with consummate ease. First and foremost it is absurd to spend lakh and a half Rs. extra on the Vento, when the Ameo offers the exact same mechanicals and features as the Vento. The Vento does have that extra bit of boot space over the Ameo, but then it loses out on the maneuverability, around town. Vento also has some extra leg-room over the Ameo, but it’s the shoulder-room, not leg-room which is in short supply in the Ameo and that is no better in the Vento, either. It seems ridiculous that Volkswagen charges such a heavy premium, for the Vento over the Polo, to cash in on Indian Car Buyer’s penchant for 3-box sedans, but with the advent of the Ameo, it seems the Vento's days are truly numbered, unless Volkswagen gives it a serious upgrade.

Amongst the different versions of the Ameo, the petrol one makes a very weak case for itself, it doesn't have the performance, the refinement or the frugality of the diesel. Amongst the diesel versions, the DSG diesel is a dream to drive, but its reliability record makes it a risky proposition, making the diesel-manual our pick of this test.

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