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Old 19th February 2021, 15:25   #316
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Thanks mtnrajdeep and VWAllstar for quick response.

Based on the inputs from you and other friends, I'm thinking to give Ameo a pass as the car is out of warranty and though I haven't heard any issues with DSG+TDi combo but the thought of DSG going kaput scares me.
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Hello all,

Faced another issue which is totally unexpected and unacceptable. The mirror fold/adjust knob just broke. The car in question is 6 months old and done only 3600 kms. Is this covered under warranty?
VW ASS denying giving reason warranty is only for parts gone bad and not for parts which brakes. Is this true?
My car had this knob broken in an year. I had to shell out approx 4.5K to fix it. This is a part that we frequently use when parking the car and it should be able to withstand the usage. But, alas
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VW Ameo TDi 1.5 MY 2016 - Foxhound - Long term ownership review


Dear reader,

Welcome to my brief long-term ownership review. Having completed over 50,000 kms, and over 4 years with my 2016 VW Ameo TDi 1.5 Trendline (hereinafter "Foxhound"), it is about time for me to share my journey with this wonderful machine thus far.

Enter, Foxhound:
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Pros:
  • Best in class performance (For a car which costed 8 lakhs OTR) - 108 BHP and 250 NM of torque (After all, this forum is called TeamBHP and not TeamKMPL for a reason).
  • On-paper specifications translate well onto the road under real world conditions - The car is super quick and punches above its weight on this aspect.
    On a good day, 0-100 can be achieved under/around the 10 second mark.
  • Conventional and timeless design.
    Looks are always subjective. Speaking for myself, I can safely say that my heart starts racing every single time that I look at Foxhound. Even after parking, I can't help but looking back multiple times.
  • Great steering - Inspires confidence and weighs up/down well with speed.
    P.S. The flat-bottom is an ergonomic marvel.
  • Best in class safety - Back in 2016, 2 Airbags and ABS at this price was a steal deal.
    P.S. This car has already saved my life once and I walked away scratch free. So I can vouch from personal experience.
  • Decent mileage - Have gotten around 15-17 kmpl.
  • Great overall driving dynamics.
  • All black interiors of the Trendline Variant.
  • Value For Money proposition.

Cons:
  • It is indisputable that the service costs are slightly on the higher side.
    Service interval is 15,000 kms or 1 year whichever is earlier. Every 6 months there is an inspection service. Annual service usually costs around Rs. 14,000-18,000 and the inspection service is free (usually).
    P.S. Since I use the brakes a lot, I usually have to get my brake pads replaced frequently. However, VW experience has been more or less good thus far. Have even gotten a '0' bill once when I went to get the suspension checked after a pothole hit.
  • Missing features in the Trendline variant - Rear windows are a manual 'roll down' type, no remote locking (only with key), no rear A/C, no fog lamps, no steering mounted controls and no full MID (i.e., Distance to Empty, digital speed, mileage, etc).
    However, this did not affect my decision process even the slightest as I was only looking at the engine.
  • Stock wheels were R14 steel rims + Bridgestones on the Trendline. Upgrading these to alloys with Yokohama S-Drives made a major difference.
  • NVH - Many people have told me that I drive a tractor.
All of the above, I peacefully live with except for full MID, steering mounted controls, missing remote and roll-down windows.

Out of the ordinary repairs -
  • Few months into my ownership, the coolant expansion tank conked off randomly. Had to pay for this myself as VW refused to cover plastic parts under warranty.
  • A/C vents - Have noticed that this is a common issue with many owners.
  • Battery replaced after 4 years of ownership.
  • Front strut mounts replaced at 50,000 kms mark/4 year service.
Overtime, these out of the ordinary repairs have costed me a total of around Rs. 40,000.

Overall, my experience with this car has been excellent. Mostly, I've driven Foxhound on city commutes with one road trip across Rajasthan. Initially, when I was still studying law, my college was a daily 70 kms commute. Since 3 years, I've started practicing law at New Delhi as an electricity regulatory litigation lawyer. Office is a daily 110 kms commute. Not a single day has gone by where I haven't smiled driving this car. In fact, I've had some of the best moments of my life behind the wheel.

I'll end this brief review by leaving you with some of my favorite Foxhound pictures -

I've driven Foxhound almost everyday.

On rainy days:
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Warm summer days:
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Initial days of law practice:
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Through unannounced fog:
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Parting shot:
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Thank you for reading through. I have tried to keep this review as short as possible considering that this is a discontinued model. Hopefully, this will help someone make a good decision on a used car.

I would also be happy to answer any specific/pointed questions one may have regarding this car.
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Thanks for the detailed review. I was more interested in the name "Foxhound",
was it named after the Russian Fighter Aircraft: Mig-31 "Foxhound" ?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikoyan_MiG-31
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Thanks for the detailed review. I was more interested in the name "Foxhound",
was it named after the Russian Fighter Aircraft: Mig-31 "Foxhound" ?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikoyan_MiG-31
Nice catch. Check out his handle, Attorney+Aviator. Guess that answers your question

I have another question @Attorviator. Have you driven a Polo? If yes, how does the Ameo compare to the Polo as far as driving dynamics is concerned? I'll sneak in another one. Did you consider the Polo before picking up the Ameo or was your first option the Ameo?
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Thanks for the detailed review. I was more interested in the name "Foxhound",
was it named after the Russian Fighter Aircraft: Mig-31 "Foxhound" ?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikoyan_MiG-31
Yes Foxbat. You are absolutely correct. I am a military aviation enthusiast. Particularly, I've always loved Russian warplanes.

I chose to name this car Foxhound owing to a very personal analogy which popped into my (then) 20 year old noggin. Quite like the MiG-31, which was developed to intercept and chase away the incredibly fast SR-71, I believed that the Ameo 1.5 TDi was also commissioned for a very specific mission i.e., to simply be the fastest in the segment which back then was dominated by the Aspire TDCi.

To give you some background, back then, I used to drive an 8 year old Chevrolet Spark on which I learnt to drive. The obvious choice dictated by the family for an upgrade was MS Swift. I was particular that I only wanted a diesel car. Left with no choice, I was going to name my diesel MS Swift 正義 (Seigi) meaning Justice in Japanese. However, the prices of the MS Swift diesel shocked us all. I remember that a decent trim was quoted at north of 7L OTR which still missed out on ABS. Somehow, I ran into the Ameo TDi and I took it for a test drive. Coming from the Chevrolet Spark, I could term the experience of 108 BHP + 250 NM only one thing, flying. Invariably, I ended up naming the car Foxhound.

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Nice catch. Check out his handle, Attorney+Aviator. Guess that answers your question

I have another question @Attorviator. Have you driven a Polo? If yes, how does the Ameo compare to the Polo as far as driving dynamics is concerned? I'll sneak in another one. Did you consider the Polo before picking up the Ameo or was your first option the Ameo?
Firstly, I am truly amazed. This has been my handle on multiple platforms but, even people who know me very well couldn't make sense of it for a very long time. I am just glad to know that the handle is achieves the intended result and I truly feel like I belong here.

Coming to your question, yes I used to drive the polo quite frequently because my best friend at law school used to own one. I remember that every time I used to drive that car I just had an extraordinary experience. So, at the time, I remember seeing an advertisement about the VW Polo having some huge discounts. Considering that MS Swift costed around 7L, I convinced by family to at least have a look at the VW Polo for what its worth.

As it turned out, the VW Polo was around 9L OTR for the Trendline variant. By that time I did not even consider the VW Ameo as I simply assumed that longer car = more money. However, when the sales representative told us that the VW Ameo TDi was 8L OTR, I simply leapt at the opportunity. Personally, I did not like the extended boot one bit. I used to despise the concept of sub-4 meter cars. But then, here was the VW Ameo TDi which essentially had the VW Polo GT TDi's engine (minus numerous features) for a cost which was lower than the VW Polo. To sum up, I was getting more car for less bucks and the only trade offs were, ugly boot and features. After multiples fuses in my noggin burst, I decided that VW Ameo was the one to go for.

Coming to the driving experience, I've noticed people say that the VW Ameo has more body roll compared to the VW Polo. However, having driven both, I personally have never experienced a noticeable difference. On that front, I would give VW full marks because the boot integration was done very cleverly without compromising on the VW driving experience.
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Coming to the driving experience, I've noticed people say that the VW Ameo has more body roll compared to the VW Polo. However, having driven both, I personally have never experienced a noticeable difference. On that front, I would give VW full marks because the boot integration was done very cleverly without compromising on the VW driving experience.
Very interesting posts Attorviator. I own an Ameo TDI HL+ DSG. Though I love the car, the driving dynamics aren't as good as a Polo or Vento. I own a Vento as well and have driven the Polo extensively. The boot of the Ameo sticks out during corners and isn't very stable compared to Polo or Vento. Understandably, Vento with a longer wheelbase will be more stable and stick to the road. Apart from this, Ameo has all characteristics of a VW (albeit excusing the timeless design at the rear)
Your post has motivated me to write one of my own. Been 2 years and 20K KMs with the Ameo and has been very happy with the ownership so far.
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Very interesting posts Attorviator. I own an Ameo TDI HL+ DSG. Though I love the car, the driving dynamics aren't as good as a Polo or Vento. I own a Vento as well and have driven the Polo extensively. The boot of the Ameo sticks out during corners and isn't very stable compared to Polo or Vento. Understandably, Vento with a longer wheelbase will be more stable and stick to the road. Apart from this, Ameo has all characteristics of a VW (albeit excusing the timeless design at the rear)
Your post has motivated me to write one of my own. Been 2 years and 20K KMs with the Ameo and has been very happy with the ownership so far.
I see. Honestly, you really are better placed to point out the differences in the driving dynamics since you own the Vento and Ameo simultaneously. I have never driven a Vento. So one may say that I have not experienced a true VW sedan.
Also, there may be another reason why I've never felt that the Foxhound isn't planted around the corners. Foxhound drives on Yokohama S-drives 205/55/R15. Before this it was Bridgestone 175/70/R14 if I remember correctly which were an absolute let down. After the tyre upgrade, I've often felt that the fatter tyres have slightly killed the performance. However, it is much more planted than before.

Looking forward to your review!
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Yes Foxbat. You are absolutely correct. I am a military aviation enthusiast. Particularly, I've always loved Russian warplanes.

I chose to name this car Foxhound owing to a very personal analogy which popped into my (then) 20 year old noggin. Quite like the MiG-31, which was developed to intercept and chase away the incredibly fast SR-71, I believed that the Ameo 1.5 TDi was also commissioned for a very specific mission i.e., to simply be the fastest in the segment which back then was dominated by the Aspire TDCi.
Happy to meet a fellow Aviation enthusiast and that too one of Russian warplanes!

You may want to check out this thread where some of us post our collection of model planes and their backgrounds:

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The Mikoyan MiG-31 (Russian: Микоян МиГ-31; NATO reporting name: Foxhound) is a supersonic interceptor aircraft developed for use by the Soviet Air Forces.
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Foxhound drives on Yokohama S-drives 205/55/R15. Before this it was Bridgestone 175/70/R14 if I remember correctly which were an absolute let down. After the tyre upgrade, I've often felt that the fatter tyres have slightly killed the performance. However, it is much more planted than before
Mine drives on Yoko BluEarth 195/55/ R16 which gives a compliant ride. 205/55/R15 are the best for an Ameo/Polo.

Another point you highlighted was the yearly service cost. Why not go for the 2 year AMC which I bought it for 22K. It includes two annual services and two checkups with additional services for free (WA, WB, Interior Cleaning, Pick up & Drop etc) This saves a considerable amount and though not cheap by any means however closer to non German cars' service costs.
The recent grouse I have is the dipping FE. Will be taking it for 2nd Service tomorrow and shall highlight the same to the SA.
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Happy to meet a fellow Aviation enthusiast and that too one of Russian warplanes!

You may want to check out this thread where some of us post our collection of model planes and their backgrounds:
I'm equally thrilled to meet a Hyderabadi aviation enthusiast! I was born and brought up at Hyderabad and I lived there for 22 years including my college life. I moved to Delhi 3 years ago. I will plan a visit back home soon after the pandemic blows over. We should plan on meeting!
P.S. Your model of the MiG-31 is very detailed. Loved it.

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Mine drives on Yoko BluEarth 195/55/ R16 which gives a compliant ride. 205/55/R15 are the best for an Ameo/Polo.

Another point you highlighted was the yearly service cost. Why not go for the 2 year AMC which I bought it for 22K. It includes two annual services and two checkups with additional services for free (WA, WB, Interior Cleaning, Pick up & Drop etc) This saves a considerable amount and though not cheap by any means however closer to non German cars' service costs.
The recent grouse I have is the dipping FE. Will be taking it for 2nd Service tomorrow and shall highlight the same to the SA.
My mind is at an ease now over my tyre choice. As regards the 2 year AMC, I honestly didn't know that this existed. I will enquire about this when I go down for my inspection service. 22k for two services is good value for money.
A dip down to 12-13 kmpl is unusual. Mine doesn't have a full MID so my calculation has always been manual on a full tank to full tank basis which mostly returned a constant 14-15 in the city and around 16-17 on highways.
It'll be interesting to see what the service center would have to say on this.
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Wow! Its been a while since I saw such an interesting thread here about the Ameo!

I have a white Ameo trendline TDI which I got 3 years ago and the driving experience always leaves me with a smile! Yes, service costs are comparatively higher with the annual service schedule. The ugly boot kind of grew on me and I don't mind it too much .

The MID is something that I have been trying to find solutions around but it seems like something I have to live with now.

You have a beautiful color and your foxhound looks quite well maintained!

I get similar mileage in the city but on highways, being a little more disciplined gets me closer to 20kmpl

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I got the spoiler and orvms wrapped in gloss black before lockdown. A few pics after a wash which she was dying for due to the dust. Volkswagen Ameo : Official Review-6d6ce153658348d2b9e70594424fec65.jpeg

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Today I upgraded the window glasses of my ride to the “UV-Cut glasses with Dark Green Tints”.

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Today I upgraded the window glasses of my ride to the “UV-Cut glasses with Dark Green Tints”.

Sharing some images of the same.
Suri, these look breathtaking. Congrats!
I've been looking for these for a long time. Which service center and what was the cost?

Thanks!
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