The segment of sub-four meter sedans is currently one of the hottest segments of cars in India as these cars prove to be great value for money option. They have space, features, fuel efficient and powerful engines and most importantly their three box sedan look which is easy on pocket and makes big impression. However when it comes to automatic options then the list becomes very short and it gets even shorter when we talk about diesel automatic options.
This search brings us to the newly launched diesel version of Ameo which has been launched with the 7-Speed DSG making it the first car in its segment to offer such advanced technology. This will only face competition from none other than the segment leader Swift Dzire which is also available with an automatic diesel engine however with a cheaper AMT technology making it an attractive deal. Now the question arises which car is a better buy because both of them offer different engines and gearbox technologies. Well that is why we have come with this comparison to answer all your questions. Let us find out in detail.
Both cars are less than four meter in length and measure exact the same 3995mm in length. However the width of Dzire helps it to look bigger in size than Ameo as it has a width of 1695mm which makes it 13mm wider than Ameo. Despite having similar length, the Ameo manages a longer wheelbase of 2470mm compared to the 2430mm wheelbase of Dzire which transforms into better rear leg room inside and that is where the Ameo is slightly better than Dzire. The overall space inside both cars is almost the same and the front passengers get more space in comparison to the rear passengers. The Dzire with a ground clearance of 170mm sits 5mm higher than Ameo and is around 8kg heavier than Ameo with a weight of 1070mm. The automatic variants of Dzire and Ameo ride on 15-inch wheels with 186/65 and 185/60 section tyres respectively for added grip.
Both cars are available with different gearboxes with their diesel engines and technically, the Ameo has the more advanced engine and gearbox. It gets the newly tuned version of 1.5L,4-cylinder diesel engine which now makes the Ameo the most powerful car in its segment as it produces a peak power output of 108bhp@400rpm with a maximum torque output of 250Nm@1500rpm. No other car in this segment is even close to the powerful torque output of Ameo and that is not enough; the engine gets mated with an optional first in class 7-Speed DSG.
The Dzire on the other hand is powered by the aged Fiat sourced, 1.3L Multijet diesel engine which pumps out a peak power of 74bhp@4000rpm while the torque output stands at 190Nm which arrives at 2000rpm. The Dzire is available with five-speed Automated Manual Gearbox for ease of driving. The Dzire comes with a claimed fuel efficiency of 26.59km/ltr while it is 20.14km/ltr for the Ameo. The Ameo is surely the powerful car here but the Dzire is also a very quick car thanks to its engine tuning which though takes a bit of time to get used to but then is very enjoyable on highways. The Ameo on the other hand is ready to surprise you from the word go and always feel very responsive with a strong mid range.
Since, we are only comparing the automatic variants so we can only compare the top end variants of both cars as the Dzire AMT comes in top variant only while the Ameo offers DSG transmission in its mid and top variant. Both cars share few premium features such as power windows, automatic climate control, tilt adjustable steering wheel, audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and steering mounted controls, height adjustable driver seat, MID, alloy wheels, rear de-fogger, electrically adjustable, foldable ORVMs integrated with side turn indicators, central locking, rear parking sensors, ABS with EBD and Dual front airbags. Apart from these, the Dzire additionally has push button start/stop system.
Even after these added features, the Dzire falls short of the feature list of Ameo which also includes first in segment features such as cruise control, rain sensing wipers, anti-pinch power windows, front center armrest and static cornering light. That is not all, the list continues even further with features such rear A.C vents, touchscreen infotainment system with rear parking camera, ESP and Hill Hold Control.
The only AMT variant of Dzire is priced at INR 8.69lakhs while the mid variant and fully loaded variant of Ameo is priced at INR 8.76lakhs and 9.55lakhs respectively (ex-showroom, Delhi). Yes, the top variant of Ameo is a bit expensive keeping its size and space in mind but the mid variant is priced very close to Dzire AMT. At almost similar price, we will suggest to go for the Ameo which is yet to become a prominent brand in our market like Dzire but gives you a new option which is equipped with by far the most advanced engine and gearbox set-up ever offered in any sub-four meter sedan in India. If you value technology then Ameo is your choice but if brand value and after sales is your major concern then the segment leader Dzire is the best option for you.