Volkswagen India has finally stepped into the compact sedan territory and leading their charge is the Polo-derived Ameo. Unveiled just before the Auto Expo in February, the Ameo is a derivative of the Polo and has been specifically designed and engineered for the Indian market where compact sedans are immensely popular. The competition is very tough and even competent products such as the Figo Aspire, Hyundai Xcent and Tata Zest have found it difficult to draw buyers away from the Swift Dzire. So has Volkswagen put all the time to good use and developed a car good enough to lure buyers away from the Dzire and the Xcent? Find out here in our Volkswagen Ameo vs Maruti Dzire vs Hyundai Xcent Comparison of specifications and prices.
Volkswagen Ameo vs Maruti Dzire vs Hyundai Xcent Price Comparison
|Volkswagen Ameo (ex-Delhi)||Maruti Swift Dzire (ex-Delhi)||Hyundai Xcent (ex-Delhi)|
|Trendline||INR 5.24 lacs||LXi||INR 5.23 lacs||Base||INR 5.37 lacs|
|Comfortline||INR 6.00 lacs||LXi (O)||INR 5.31 lacs||S||INR 6.02 lacs|
|Highline||INR 7.06 lacs||LXi ABS||INR 5.48 lacs||SX||INR 6.41 lacs|
|VXi||INR 5.99 lacs||SX (O)||INR 7.10 lacs|
|VXi ABS||INR 6.23 lacs|
|ZXi||INR 6.98 lacs|
|Volkswagen Ameo (est.)||Maruti Swift Dzire (ex-Delhi)||Hyundai Xcent (ex-Delhi)|
|Trendline||INR 6.50 lacs||LDi||INR 6.12 lacs||E||INR 6.27 lacs|
|Comfortline||INR 7.30 lacs||LDi ABS||INR 6.32 lacs||S||INR 6.94 lacs|
|Highline||INR 8.50 lacs||VDi||INR 7.10 lacs||SX||INR 7.34 lacs|
|VDi ABS||INR 7.22 lacs||SX (O)||INR 8.03 lacs|
|ZDi||INR 8.07 lacs|
|ZXi||INR 6.98 lacs|
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In terms of pricing, the Ameo is at par with the Maruti Dzire, which means the Xcent is the most expensive one here. Interestingly, Ameo’s donor car, the Polo, is now more expensive than the VW compact sedan! Volkswagen will launch the diesel variants in the coming months with an updated version of the Polo’s 1.5 L unit. Diesel variants will come with a choice of either a 5-speed MT or a 7-speed DSG AT. Other variants of the Swift Dzire include Petrol VXi with a 4-speed Automatic priced at INR 7.03 lacs and diesel ZDi with a 5-speed AMT for an ex-showroom price of INR 8.58 lacs. The Xcent petrol is also offered with a 4-speed automatic in the SX(O) trim for INR 7.85 lacs.
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Volkswagen Ameo vs Maruti Dzire vs Hyundai Xcent Mileage Comparison
Here’s a comparison table of the ARAI-tested fuel mileage figures of the Volkswagen Ameo and the mileage figures of the Dzire and Xcent. The updated 1.5-litre Diesel powering the Ameo could be more fuel efficient and could even return close to 25 kmpl overall. For now, the Dzire is the most fuel efficient compact sedan on sale in India followed by the Ford Aspire.
|Volkswagen Ameo||17.83 kpl||22 kpl (est.)|
|Maruti Swift Dzire||20.85 kpl (MT)/18.5 kpl (AT)||26.59 kpl|
|Hyundai Xcent||19.1 kpl (MT)/16.1 kpl (AT)||24.4 kpl|
Volkswagen Ameo vs Maruti Dzire vs Hyundai Xcent Features Comparison
The Ameo boasts of segment first features including segment firsts such as cruise control and rain sensing wipers. Also, features like rear aircon vents, auto headlamps, cooled glovebox, and a touchscreen infotainment system, will be offered by Volkswagen and these are not offered on the Dzire. The Hyundai Xcent misses out on auto headlamps and rain sensing wipers. ABS and dual front airbags as standard fitment across all variants of the Volkswagen Ameo while Hyundai offers Driver side airbag and ABS as standard across all variants of the Xcent. All this ensures the Ameo stays ahead of its competitors in terms of features and safety. All this extra equipment at such an aggressive price makes the Ameo great value for money.
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Volkswagen Ameo vs Maruti Dzire vs Hyundai Xcent Specifications Comparison
|Volkswagen Ameo||Maruti Swift Dzire||Hyundai Xcent|
|Type||1.5 L Diesel||1.3 L Diesel||1.1 L CRDi Diesel|
|Displacement||1498 cc||1248 cc||1120 cc|
|Power||110 bhp||74 bhp||71 bhp|
|Torque||240 Nm||190 Nm||160 Nm|
|Transmission||5-speed MT||5-speed/5-speed AMT||5-speed MT|
|Mileage||-NA-||26.59 kpl||24.4 kpl|
|Volkswagen Ameo||Maruti Swift Dzire||Hyundai Xcent|
|Type||1.2 L Petrol||1.2 L Petrol||1.2 L VTVT Petrol|
|Displacement||1198 cc||1197 cc||1197 cc|
|Power||74 bhp||83 bhp||81 bhp|
|Torque||110 Nm||115 Nm||114 Nm|
|Transmission||5-speed MT||5-speed MT/4-speed AT||5-speed MT/4-speed AT|
|Mileage||17.83||20.85 kpl/18.5 kpl||19.1 kpl/16.1 kpl|
The Volkswagen Ameo will share its powertrains with the Polo, which means it will be powered by a 1.5 L TDI diesel and a 1.2 L petrol engine. However, the 1.5 L TDI diesel will be an updated unit and will be available at a later stage. The Fiat sourced 1.3 L Multijet powering the Swift Dzire comes mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT unit. On the other hand, the petrol Dzire powered by a 1.2 L engine is available with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai also offers the Xcent petrol with a 4-speed Automatic transmission apart from the 5-speed manual that does duty on the diesel version as well. The Ameo petrol is a bit down on power compared to the other two, but torque is nearly identical while Maruti Dzire diesel is the least powerful of the lot.
Volkswagen Ameo vs Maruti Dzire vs Hyundai Xcent Dimensions
|Volkswagen Ameo||Maruti Dzire||Hyundai Xcent|
|Length||3995 mm||3995 mm||3995 mm|
|Width||1682 mm||1695 mm||1660 mm|
|Height||1483 mm||1555 mm||1520 mm|
|Wheelbase||2470 mm||2430 mm||2425 mm|
|Ground Clearance||-NA-||170 mm||165 mm|
Volkswagen Ameo vs Maruti Dzire vs Hyundai Xcent Comparison of Design
In terms of exterior design, the Ameo is no different than the current crop of compact sedans on sale right now that have been derived from hatchbacks with an awkward looking boot sticking out from the back. But it still manages to pull off the look better than the Dzire. Hyundai’s Xcent has a more conventional three-box shape and the boot looks more substantial than the Ameo’s and Dzire’s . The Ameo has a very squared off tail section, possibly done to maximise boot space, but could have done with softer edges. Honda recently gave the Amaze a facelift and it now looks much better than the previous model. The Dzire’s popularity suggests looks aren’t as important to customers as brand image and price as it definitely isn’t the prettiest one around. Xcent’s tail section looks a bit narrow.
The Volkswagen Ameo borrows its interiors from the Polo/Vento. The beautifully designed steering wheel is the highlight of the sedan’s dashboard that comes finished in black-beige with silver highlights . The Dzire’s cabin scores well on quality and fit and finish. However, it is the Hyundai Xcent’s cabin that sets the benchmark in terms of quality, fit and finish, and premium feel.
Volkswagen Ameo vs Maruti Swift Dzire vs Hyundai Xcent – Verdict
The compact sedan segment is immensely popular in India as evident from the monthly sales figures and every manufacturer’s eagerness to climb on to the sub-4 metre bandwagon. However, Maruti’s Swift Dzire remains the most popular of the lot and matching its sales would be a Herculean task. Realistically speaking, the Ameo would be gunning for the spots occupied by the Hyundai Xcent and Honda Amaze and Volkswagen’s aggressive pricing strategy could prove to be beneficial.
Design – Volkswagen has done a tidy job of integrating the boot into the Polo, but it is the Hyundai Xcent that boasts of a more proportionate design. However, making a compact sedan look good isn’t an easy task as demonstrated by the cars featured in this comparison.
Features – The Ameo comes loaded with features, some of which are segment firsts. Hyundai Xcent lags behind slightly while the Maruti Dzire is the least feature rich.
Specifications – Powering the Ameo is the Polo’s 1.2 L petrol that will be joined by an updated version of the 1.5 L diesel later on. Diesel Dzire gets an optional 5-speed AMT while the petrol variants of the Dzire and Xcent get an optional 4-speed automatic gearbox.
Price – Aggressive pricing and a feature rich package make the Volkswagen Ameo a very good value for money offering.
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