Ameo vs Dzire: A Full Comparison of the Specs, Features and Price
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Volkswagen Ameo vs Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire Comparison

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Over the years, the Indian auto market has witnessed tremendous changes in trends. Earlier the participant manufacturers were very selective about their target group. Most of the Asian and Indian brands would focus on the mass market segments. The European and other Western brands would primarily target the premium segment. Nowadays, even the latter have understood the potential of the popular budget car segments and actively participate there. German legends, Volkswagen have been contesting in the B2 and C2 car segments for almost a decade with their Polo and Vento respectively. Observing the increase in popularity in the C1 sedan segment, they reworked the Polo with an extended boot and launched it as the Ameo in 2016. Today, we will pitch it against the latest version of the most proven car in the segment, the Maruti-Suzuki Swift Dzire and see how it fares in our Ameo vs Dzire face-off.

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Ameo Vs Dzire: Dimensions

Measurements Volkswagen Ameo Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire
Length 3995 mm 3995 mm
Width 1682 mm 1735 mm
Height 1483 mm 1515 mm
Wheelbase 2470 mm 2450 mm
Tyre Size 175/70 R14, 185/60 R15, 195/55 R16 165/80 R14/ 185/65 R15
Ground Clearance 165 mm 163 mm
Boot Space 330 Litres 378 Litres
Weight 1027-1184 Kg 860-990 Kg

When it comes to dimensions, it’s a completely one-sided battle. The Dzire is just better than the Ameo in almost every measurement. Both cars have the same length but it’s the width and height where the Dzire stands dominant. This directly translates to a roomier cabin straight out. The Ameo feels cramped from the inside which becomes very prominent in the rear seat. The Ameo does have a marginally higher wheelbase and ground clearance but it again loses out in terms of boot space. Even in terms of weight, the Ameo is a good 167 kilos heavier than the Dzire in its base trim. With the DSG equipped top trim, the weight difference increases to almost 200 kilograms!

Ameo vs Dzire Dimensions

Ameo Vs Dzire: Performance

Engine Specifications (Petrol):

Parameters Volkswagen Ameo Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire
Capacity 999cc 1197cc
Power [email protected] [email protected]
Torque [email protected] [email protected]
Transmission 5-Speed Manual 5-Speed Manual/ 5-Speed AMT Auto
Fuel Tank 45 Litres (Diesel) 37 Litre
Fuel Efficiency 19-22 Km/l (Diesel) 22-28 Km/l

Engine Specifications (Diesel):

Parameters Volkswagen Ameo Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire
Capacity 1498cc 1248cc
Power [email protected] [email protected]
Torque [email protected] [email protected]
Transmission 5-Speed Manual/7-Speed DSG Auto 5-Speed/5-Speed AMT Auto

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Moving on to the performance, here’s where the real competition commences. First, let’s take a look at the petrol variants of both cars. The DZire gets its power from a 1.2-litre engine putting out a generous 81 bhp of power and 113 Nm of torque. The Ameo’s equally capable 1.2-litre option was replaced with a smaller 1.0-litre engine for the sake of emissions. Sadly with the decrease in capacity, the performance is also down. The earlier 1.2 was almost on par with Dzire with the power and torque output but was slower due to the weight. Now, the Power is up by 3 bhp but the torque is down by 15 Nm! So effectively this has slowed down the car even more. The 3 cylinder configuration also makes it relatively less smooth and noisier to operate compared to the 4 cylinder DZire.

In the diesel variants, the Ameo shows its true mettle. Equipped with the robust and signature 1.5 TDI diesel, it packs a really strong punch. In comparison, the Dzire’s 1.3-litre Diesel is a disappointment. The DZire is down on power and torque by 37 bhp and 60 Nm of torque compared to the Ameo! Despite the 200-kilogram weight difference, the Ameo is just stonkingly fast in front of the DZire.

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Both cars come with automatic options but with completely different mechanisms. The DZire gets the AMT Automatic while the Ameo gets Volkswagen’s proprietary DSG dual-clutch transmission. Maruti-Suzuki cleverly offers the AMT on both petrol and diesel models and all variants except the base LDi. Volkswagen however, only offers the 7-speed DSG only on the topmost Highline Plus variant. Ignoring that aspect, the DSG is undoubtedly the better option here. All that weight and added expense are what you pay for this flawless mechanism. The DZire’s AMT is miles away from coming close to the DSG’s smoothness, performance, and presence of mind.

Ameo Vs Dzire: Features and Equipment

In top trim, the Ameo comes with body coloured handles and mirrors, mirror-integrated turn signals, chrome detailing on door handles and air dam, flat bottom 3-spoke steering wheel, dead pedal on all variants, cooled glovebox with integrated sunglass holder, passenger side vanity mirror, ambient footwell lighting with fade effects, multifunction information display, cruise control, automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, reverse parking camera with sensors, automatic door locks, rear AC vents, touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto Integration and a safety net comprising of ABS, Dual Airbags, ESP and Hill Hold Control.

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From the outside, the Ameo takes a very minimal and simplistic styling approach. From the front, it looks just like the Polo which despite being a 9-year-old design still looks very elegant. It is the rear view which looks very boxy and out of place on an otherwise decent looking car. The interiors are typical German quality, very very plush and just oozing a premium feel. It is cleverly functional as well. Volkswagen has neatly incorporated some smart bits into the interior like the foldable rear seats which drastically increase the car’s storage capacity.

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The Swift Dzire in its top variant comes with an LED projector lamp setup, LED tail lamps, dual tone alloy wheels, steering mounted audio and call controls, a rear armrest with cup holders, faux wood finish over the dashboard, multifunction speedometer display, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone integration, rear AC vents, removable headrests for all seats and a safety net comprising of Dual Airbags, ABS and EBD.

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The Dzire just looks gorgeous from the outside. The car got a thorough overhaul this time which makes it look very contemporary. Despite belonging to the budget segment, it will still manage to attract your eyeballs. The interiors are also done very nicely, save for a few tacky bits in the form of wooden accents on the dashboard. But nonetheless, the interior quality is nowhere close to the Ameo. There are many flimsy bits which are completely non-existent on the Ameo. The Ameo also packs in a lot more equipment several of which are segment firsts.

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Ameo Vs Dzire: Pricing

Pricing for the Ameo starts at Rs.5.62 lakhs and goes all the way up to 9.99 lakhs for the top model Diesel equipped with DSG. Pricing for the Dzire starts at Rs. 5.56 lakhs and goes up to Rs. 9.43 lakhs for the top model Diesel with AMT.

Ameo Vs Dzire: Verdict

  • Dimensions: The Swift Dzire wins here without a hint of doubt. It has the same length but is taller, wider, has more boot space and is also the lighter car. The Ameo is only marginally ahead in terms of wheelbase and ground clearance.
  • Performance: The Petrol version of the Dzire has the better performance compared to the Ameo’s lackluster petrol. Whereas, the Ameo’s Diesel just blows away the DZire’s Diesel. The DSG automatic also outperforms the DZire’s AMT but is only available as an option on the top-most diesel variant. Maruti-Suzuki offers the AMT option on almost every variant of the Diesel and Petrol options save for the base model LDi. So overall this aspect ends in a stalemate.
  • Fuel Efficiency and Range: Despite having a larger fuel tank, the Ameo is not able to keep up with the Dzire in terms of fuel efficiency and range. This round goes to the Dzire.
  • Features and Equipment: From the exterior standpoint, the Dzire is undoubtedly the better looker. However moving to the interior fit and finish, the Ameo is near flawless. It also packs a lot more equipment than the Dzire with several segment first features and a much more comprehensive safety net. This round goes to the Ameo.
  • Price: The Ameo is marginally more expensive than the Dzire in its base form and the difference increases to around Rs.56000 in the top model. Usually, in this case, we would consider the DZire to be the victor without argument. However, considering the amount of equipment that the Ameo packs along with the perfect DSG gearbox, the price is much more justified compared to the DZire. So this round very surprisingly goes to the Ameo.
  • Final Verdict: In our Ameo vs Dzire face-off, both the Ameo and Dzire win in two aspects while the performance aspect ends in a stalemate. If it wasn’t for the unexpected twist with the equipment and features section, the Dzire would have certainly won. But purely because of that round, this Ameo vs Dzire battle ends in a draw.

 

 

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