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Volkswagen developed the Ameo specifically for the Indian market and built it there to avoid costly import taxes.

After its successful experience with the European Polo Sedan, Volkswagen considered it to repeat the same success with a three-box version of the Polo MKV on the Indian market. After adding a trunk to the small-segment hatchback, the result was a competitive product that had to fight against Honda Amaze, Maruti Suzuki Dzire, and Ford Aspire.

The front fascia was carried over from the Polo hatchback but had a few differences. Depending on the trim level, the carmaker added a chromed trim on the bumper, underlining the fog lights and crossing from side to side above the lower front grille. At the back, a small window added in the C-Pillar increased the rear three-quarter visibility adding more safety to the vehicle, while a tall trunk ended the car with a straight line.

Inside, the carmaker offered a few trim options. Volkswagen carried over the dashboard from the rest of its Indian range, with an LCD fitted between the tachometer and speedometer. Depending on the options, an infotainment unit adorned the center stack flanked by the volume and tuning knob on the lower side and a few buttons on the upper side. The car's drawback was the rear passengers' legroom, where its small wheelbase and interior layout didn't allow too much room in the back. The trunk was also smaller than its competitors.

Under the hood, Volkswagen relied on three engine choices: two with gasoline and one turbo-diesel. Depending on the trim level, it was available with a manual or a seven-speed automatic (dual-clutch) gearbox.

VOLKSWAGEN Ameo 2016 - 2020
VOLKSWAGEN Ameo 2016 - 2020
  2 gasoline engines
  • 1.0L 5MT (76 HP)
  • 1.2L 5MT (75 HP)
  2 diesel engines
  • 1.5L TDI 5MT (110 HP)
  • 1.5L TDI 7AT (110 HP)

VOLKSWAGEN Ameo 1.0L 5MT (76 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.0L 5MT (76 HP)
Cylinders
L3
Displacement
999 cm3
Power
55.9 KW @ 6200 RPM
76 HP @ 6200 RPM
75 BHP @ 6200 RPM
Torque
70 lb-ft @ 3000-4300 RPM
95 Nm @ 3000-4300 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection Naturally aspirated
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drum
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.3 in (3995 mm)
Width
66.2 in (1681 mm)
Height
58.4 in (1483 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.5/57.3 in (1,461/1,455 mm)
Wheelbase
97.2 in (2469 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2264 - 2315 lbs (1027 - 1050 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
19.4 mpg US (12.1 L/100Km)

VOLKSWAGEN Ameo 1.2L 5MT (75 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.2L 5MT (75 HP)
Cylinders
L3
Displacement
1198 cm3
Power
55.2 KW @ 5400 RPM
75 HP @ 5400 RPM
74 BHP @ 5400 RPM
Torque
81 lb-ft @ 3750 RPM
110 Nm @ 3750 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection Naturally aspirated
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
106 mph (171 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drum
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.3 in (3995 mm)
Width
66.2 in (1681 mm)
Height
58.4 in (1483 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.5/57.3 in (1,461/1,455 mm)
Wheelbase
97.2 in (2469 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2302 - 2357 lbs (1044 - 1069 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
17.8 mpg US (13.2 L/100Km)

VOLKSWAGEN Ameo 1.5L TDI 5MT (110 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L TDI 5MT (110 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1498 cm3
Power
80.9 KW @ 4000 RPM
110 HP @ 4000 RPM
108 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
184 lb-ft @ 1500-3000 RPM
250 Nm @ 1500-3000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
115 mph (185 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drum
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.3 in (3995 mm)
Width
66.2 in (1681 mm)
Height
58.4 in (1483 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.5/57.3 in (1,461/1,455 mm)
Wheelbase
97.2 in (2469 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2509 - 2564 lbs (1138 - 1163 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
21.6 mpg US (10.9 L/100Km)

VOLKSWAGEN Ameo 1.5L TDI 7AT (110 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L TDI 7AT (110 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1498 cm3
Power
80.9 KW @ 4000 RPM
110 HP @ 4000 RPM
108 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
184 lb-ft @ 1500-3000 RPM
250 Nm @ 1500-3000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
115 mph (185 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
7-speed automatic DSG
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drum
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.3 in (3995 mm)
Width
66.2 in (1681 mm)
Height
58.4 in (1483 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.5/57.3 in (1,461/1,455 mm)
Wheelbase
97.2 in (2469 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2588 - 2610 lbs (1174 - 1184 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
21.8 mpg US (10.8 L/100Km)
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