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Volkswagen has a new compact sedan, the Ameo, and we look at its five outstanding features

AFTER a few years of rumours, Volkswagen has finally unveiled its new compact sedan, the Ameo. The German manufacturer has clearly pegged it as a vehicle made specifically for India—after all, the sub-4 metre ‘small car’ classification doesn’t quite exist anywhere else in the world. So what you get with the VW Ameo is a Polo with a boot. Most of the design is shared with the hatchback, but there’s a little more to it than meets the eye

The namesake
Most Volkswagen names have traditionally been inspired by the wind—Jetta, Passat and Vento being some examples. The Ameo,
though, derives its name from the Latin word Amo, which basically translates to ‘I love’ in English.
Considering how much we love our sedans over regular hatchbacks in India, Ameo seems like the
perfect name for this made-in- India compact car.

Under the hood
The Ameo has the same 1.2-litre MPI petrol three-cylinder engine as the Polo. It’s a good engine for regular use and delivers 75PS of power and 110Nm of torque, but coupled with the five-speed gearbox, it makes for some very good driveability— you won’t really be shifting too many
gears in traffic. There will also be a diesel engine option, but that will come in later, along with a DSG gearbox thrown into the mix.

Gadget galore
The car also packs in all the gadgets you’d expect from a car in the compact sedan segment today—touchscreen entertainmentsystem, Bluetooth phone connectivity and electricallyadjustable mirrors. But that’s not all; there’s cruise control, rainsensing wipers, antipinch power windows and even window operation from the key fob.

Tail end
At just 330 litres of luggage space, it may not have a very big boot, but it does have the capacity to load up a few suitcases with ease. If you’re ever running out of space, you can always fold down the backrest on the rear bench and create more space for your luggage.

Price tag
The Ameo will be available in bthree trim levels when it hits showrooms this July—Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. With a price range from Rs 5.4 lakh to 7.2 lakh (ex-showroom, Chennai), it is right in the thick of the competition. To its credit, it offers quite a few gadgets in that price, along with sturdy build quality, ABS and two airbags as standard fare in every variant. That’s good value for money.
Details: volkswagen.co.in
—Muntaser Mirkar

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