VW presents the new Ameo in India, a sedan that would rather be a hatchback

India has a funny law that makes cars under 4 m long to be cheaper due to less taxes. This makes car companies produce sedan versions specifically for that market that may look odd in others. The most recent example is VW Ameo, a Polo-based sedan that would surely do much better if it was a larger hatchback.

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We have checked the press material Volkswagen released on the car and it is an example of lack of information. Volkswagen only states it uses a 1.2 petrol engine and a 1.5 turbodiesel engine. Nothing we had not already informed you when we published undisguised photos of the car a few days ago.

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Even because it was obvious: as a Polo based car, it shares its engines and transmissions with the hatchback.

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The 1.2 3-cylinder petrol engine is able to pump out 55 kW at 5,400 rpm and 110 Nm at 3,750 rpm and the 1.5 4-cylinder TDI turbodiesel engine that generates 66 kW at 4,200 rpm and 230 Nm from 1,500 rpm to 2,500 rpm. Both are equipped with 5-speed manual transmissions. The diesel version also uses the 7-speed DSG automated gearbox. And no more information on the car. Let’s hope Volkswagen releases more on the car tomorrow, at the Auto Expo in New Delhi.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.