Volkswagen has stepped into the compact sedan segment in India, a segment ruled by Maruti’s Swift Dzire, followed by the Hyundai Xcent and Honda Amaze and leading Volkswagen’s charge is the Ameo that was unveiled just before the Auto Expo in February. A derivative of the Polo‘s platform, the Ameo has been specifically designed for the Indian market where compact sedans are immensely popular. Volkswagen might be a little late to the party, and although they have had time to study the market carefully, competing for market share with the Swift Dzire, Amaze and the likes will not be an easy task. Will the all-new compact sedan from Volkswagen be able to challenge the two? Find out here in our Volkswagen Ameo vs Maruti Swift Dzire vs Honda Amaze comparison of specifications and prices.
Volkswagen Ameo vs Maruti Swift Dzire vs Honda Amaze Price Comparison
|Volkswagen Ameo (ex-Delhi)||Maruti Swift Dzire (ex-Delhi)||Honda Amaze (ex-Delhi)|
|Trendline||INR 5.24 lacs||LXi||INR 5.23 lacs||E||INR 5.36 lacs|
|Comfortline||INR 6.00 lacs||LXi (O)||INR 5.31 lacs||S||INR 6.14 lacs|
|Highline||INR 7.06 lacs||LXi ABS||INR 5.48 lacs||SX||INR 6.87 lacs|
|VXi||INR 5.99 lacs||VX||INR 7.26 lacs|
|VXi ABS||INR 6.23 lacs|
|ZXi||INR 6.98 lacs|
|Volkswagen Ameo (est.)||Maruti Swift Dzire (ex-Delhi)||Honda Amaze (ex-Delhi)|
|Trendline||INR 6.20 lacs||LDi||INR 6.12 lacs||E||INR 6.48 lacs|
|Comfortline||INR 7.30 lacs||LDi ABS||INR 6.32 lacs||S||INR 7.36 lacs|
|Highline||INR 8.20 lacs||VDi||INR 7.10 lacs||SX||INR 7.88 lacs|
|VDi ABS||INR 7.22 lacs||VX||INR 8.26 lacs|
|ZDi||INR 8.07 lacs|
|ZXi||INR 6.98 lacs|
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In terms of pricing, the Volkswagen Ameo is at par with the Maruti Dzire and 10-20 thousand cheaper than the Honda Amaze. Volkswagen’s aggressive pricing makes the Ameo great value for money keeping in mind the features it has on offer. Volkswagen is also expected to launch the Ameo with the 7-speed DSG and that variant could be priced at around INR 8.50 lacs (petrol). Apart from the variants specified above, the petrol Swift Dzire is available with a 4-speed Automatic in the VXi trim priced at INR 7.03 lacs and the diesel is available with a 5-speed AMT in the ZDi trim for an ex-showroom price of INR 8.58 lacs. Honda offers the Amaze petrol with a CVT transmission in the S and VX trims priced at INR 7.26 lacs and INR 8.26 lacs respectively. Volkswagen is yet to launch the diesel variants of the Ameo, but we’ve been told they will be available in showrooms in the coming months. The diesel variants will be offered with either a 5-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission.
Volkswagen Ameo vs Maruti Swift Dzire vs Honda Amaze Features Comparison
The Ameo comes packed with features including segment firsts such as cruise control and rain sensing wipers. Additionally, it also gets features like rear aircon vents, auto headlamps, cooled glovebox, and a touchscreen infotainment system, which are not offered on the Dzire or the Amaze. ABS and dual front airbags are offered as standard fitment across all variants of the Volkswagen Ameo. All this ensures the Ameo stays ahead of its competitors in terms of features and safety. Keeping in mind the pricing of VW’s compact sedan and the long list of features, the Ameo is undoubtedly good value for money.
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Volkswagen Ameo vs Maruti Swift Dzire vs Honda Amaze Specifications Comparison
|Volkswagen Ameo||Maruti Swift Dzire||Honda Amaze|
|Type||1.5 L Diesel||1.3 L Diesel||1.5 L Diesel|
|Displacement||1498 cc||1248 cc||1498 cc|
|Power||110 bhp||74 bhp||99 bhp|
|Torque||240 Nm||190 Nm||200 Nm|
|Transmission||5-speed MT||5-speed/5-speed AMT||5-speed MT|
|Mileage||-NA-||26.59 kpl||25.8 kpl|
|Volkswagen Ameo||Maruti Swift Dzire||Honda Amaze|
|Type||1.2 L Petrol||1.2 L Petrol||1.2 L Petrol|
|Displacement||1198 cc||1197 cc||1198 cc|
|Power||74 bhp||83 bhp||87 bhp|
|Torque||110 Nm||115 Nm||109 Nm|
|Transmission||5-speed MT||5-speed MT/4-speed AT||5-speed MT/CVT|
|Mileage||17.83 kpl||20.85 kpl/18.5 kpl||17.8 kpl/18.1 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 churn out more power and torque. It will launched in the coming months, but for now, the Ameo will only be available with a petrol engine option. Maruti offers the Swift Dzire with a 1.2 L Petrol and a 1.3 L Diesel mated to 5-speed manual transmissions. Additionally, the petrol version comes mated to an optional 4-speed AT while the diesel comes mated to a 5-speed AMT. Honda offers the Amaze petrol with a 1.2 L unit mated to either a 5-speed MT or CVT and the Amaze diesel with a 1.5 L unit mated to a 5-speed manual transmission (MT). The Ameo petrol is a bit down on power compared to the other two, but torque is nearly identical. The Swift Dzire diesel will be the least powerful of the lot once the Ameo diesel is launched.
Volkswagen Ameo vs Maruti Swift Dzire vs Honda Amaze Dimensions
|Volkswagen Ameo||Maruti Dzire||Hyundai Xcent|
|Length||3995 mm||3995 mm||3990 mm|
|Width||1682 mm||1695 mm||1680 mm|
|Height||1483 mm||1555 mm||1505 mm|
|Wheelbase||2470 mm||2430 mm||2405 mm|
|Ground Clearance||-NA-||170 mm||165 mm|
Volkswagen Ameo vs Maruti Swift Dzire vs Honda Amaze Comparison of Design
All compact sedans on sale right now have been derived from hatchbacks with an awkward looking boot sticking out from the back and the Ameo is no different. But it still manages to pull off the look better than the Dzire. Honda Amaze looks more proportionate than the other two. The Ameo’s tail section is more squarish than usual VW designs and 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 isn’t the prettiest one around, but its popularity suggests looks aren’t as important to customers as brand image and price.
The interiors of the Volkswagen Ameo are almost identical to what we have seen on the Polo. They boast of the same black-beige combo with silver highlights for the centre console along with a sporty flat bottomed steering wheel. The Dzire’s neatly laid out cabin scores well on quality and fit and finish. Following the launch of the updated model, the Amaze now features a better dashboard design, but it is let down by cheap plastics and low-quality bits all around.
Volkswagen Ameo vs Maruti Swift Dzire vs Honda Amaze Mileage Comparison
Here’s a comparison table of the estimated ARAI-tested fuel mileage figures of the Volkswagen Ameo and the ARAI certified mileage figures of the Dzire and Amaze
|Volkswagen Ameo||17.83 kpl||22 kpl (est.)|
|Maruti Swift Dzire||20.85 kpl (MT)/18.5 kpl (AT)||26.59 kpl|
|Honda Amaze||17.8 kpl (MT)/18.1 kpl (AT)||25.8 kpl|
Volkswagen Ameo vs Maruti Swift Dzire vs Honda Amaze – Verdict
The popularity of compact sedans is constantly on the rise, a fact that has been highlighted by the stellar sales figures of the Maruti Swift Dzire. The arrival of the Volkswagen Ameo should shake things up a bit. Volkswagen is perceived as a premium brand in India, which, coupled with the Ameo’s long list of features and aggressive pricing, should help push sales.
Design – It is very hard to make a compact sedan look good, a fact demonstrated by most such models on sale right now. Volkswagen has done a tidy job of integrating the boot into the Polo, but the Amaze is still the more proportionate design.
Features – Volkswagen has packed the Ameo with features and other two aren’t even close in terms of the equipment on offer.
Specifications – The Ameo utilises the Polo’s 1.2 L petrol, which will be joined by an updated version of the 1.5 L diesel later on. Diesel Dzire gets an optional 5-speed AMT. Amaze’s 1.5 L diesel terribly unrefined.
Price – Volkswagen isn’t exactly known for its aggressive pricing, but they seem to have turned things around with the Ameo. Pricing is nearly identical to that of the Maruti Dzire’s and it is cheaper than the Honda Amaze, which makes the Ameo good value for money.
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