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And the best compact sedan is..

  26 December,2016

The segment of sub four meter sedans is currently overpopulated with choices available in our market. People wish to buy these cars for the added sedan status at an affordable price. Amongst this crowd, the latest entry is VW Ameo which gets the class best diesel engine equipped with 7-speed DSG making it superior than rivals in terms of power and technology giving new option to the buyers. So if you are interested in buying one then we give you reasons why you should buy the Ameo diesel DSG and why it is currently the best compact sedan.

Most Powerful car below INR 10 lakhs

The Ameo is currently the most affordable yet powerful diesel car available below INR 10 lakhs. The Ameo diesel is powered by a 1.5L,4-cylinder diesel engine producing a peak power of 109bhp making it the most powerful car in its class. The Ameo also gets a class leading torque output of 250Nm making this car an extremely enjoyable car to drive in city and on highways. This engine offers the highest torque to weight ratio in its class which makes it a complete exception. The power and torque figures of Ameo diesel are even more than mid-size sedans giving that extra value for your money without compromising on performance and fuel efficiency. The Ameo diesel with DSG comes with a claimed mileage of 21.73km/ltr.

Most affordable car with 7-Speed DSG

The Ameo diesel with DSG starts from INR 8.37lakhs (Ex-Showroom, Delhi) making it the most affordable car equipped with this advanced technology. The 7-speed DSG is undoubtedly its biggest USP giving it an upper hand on its rivals. The DSG gearbox offers precise and smooth gearshifts resulting in less fatigue and stress while driving in city conditions and on highways. The gearbox works in two settings, D for drive mode and S for Sport mode and they both do justice with the punchy diesel engine which is also rev happy and is best enjoyed in S mode.

The engine easily revs up to 5000rpm extracting every bit of power which makes it feel faster than its actual speed. The D mode is best suited for city usage where it keeps the car awake at low rpms avoiding any kind of turbo lag and gives access to a very linear power delivery. The S mode turns on the aggressive nature of this car and helps it to reach 100km/hr in no time. Yes, it takes a second or two to prepare itself after you press the throttle hard but quickly, it adapts to the hard throttle inputs and aligns the gearshifts accordingly.

Ride and Handling

The Ameo diesel is heavier in comparison to the petrol version and this results in more accurate handling, making it surefooted at high speeds. The stiff suspension does not allow potholes to bother the cabin easily and maintains great high speed stability. The overall ride and handling of Ameo diesel makes it one of the best balanced cars in its class. The car is not that big in size and is very easy to handle in city traffic but the overall riding manners are typical sedan type when driven on highways and that is very impressive keeping its segment rivals in mind.


Apart from the class best build quality; be it interiors or exteriors, the Ameo have decent space inside and list of feature to qualify as a premium sub-four meter family sedan. The overall feel of this car is very much similar to the Vento and it makes it feel up-market. Moreover, the diesel Ameo comes standard with ABS and Dual front airbags making it a very safe car to be in apart from the solid body structure. The DSG equipped variant makes Ameo diesel the only car in its segment to get advanced technology features such as Cruise Control, ESP and Hill Hold Assist. Further to these it gets rear parking camera, rear A.C vents, auto climate control, foldable ORVMs and other premium features.

The Ameo Diesel DSG surely has its own selling points which are not available in any of its rivals. The German built quality and advanced technology comes at a very affordable price and give you something different to own making it a superior product than anything else available in similar price bracket. The car justifies its pricing and brand reputation very well and completely overshadows its competitors.

Words- Sunil Kumar Photography- Rajeev Bhendwal

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