Volkswagen Vento has received an updated 1.5 litre diesel unit tuned to produce higher power output. This is the same engine that powers Ameo diesel and Skoda Rapid facelift. Featuring a larger turbocharger, the updated 1.5 litre TDI engine develops 108bhp as against the previous 103bhp. Other than this, Vento also gets a new paint shade-Silk Blue to the line-up.
Volkswagen Vento was introduced in India during the early years after the German brand started operation in India in 2007. The sedan has undergone multiple changes since then and was lately tweaked, featuring a string of high-end new equipment. Vento line-up is available with a choice of three engines including two petrol and one diesel units, mated to a manual gearbox with an option for a DSG tranny.
Volkswagen Vento has evolved from the Polo platform and the car has been oftentimes introduced to Indian customers as the Polo sedan. As such, design cues are strikingly similar to the Polo models, and at least the front end definitely gives the unmistakable impression of being a Polo hatch. Only a sideways look allows you to know that the car has been stretched after the B-pillar to convert it into a sedan.
The car has been modelled in a seamless flow right from the bonnet to the boot. Clear crisp lines run along the body contours giving it a tough yet classy statement of its own.
The car’s overall design has been well-designed with crisp outlines and the three box piece has been well-balanced to give an attractive sleek look. For a change, the boot does not share similar the opening as a VW Polo and Skoda Fabia model where you open the boot lid by depressing the brand logo. Get deals on Volkswagen Vento
Highline model bears discreet chrome accents which are also present around the fog lamps as well the front grille. Highline variant also bears body door coloured door handles and mirrors while the mid-variant Trendline gets only solid colours for the body.
The design of its internal section is left untouched in this facelift, however, some advanced equipments can be seen inside, adding to its features list. The cabin is neat good quality plastic materials and has space for five people who can feel convenient with ample head, leg as well as shoulder room.
Inside the car, you can actually see the excellent work of the company’s designers who have combined the dual tone colour scheme and chrome elements to give it an elegant look. Especially, if you take a look at the dashboard, it looks so well designed and even the equipments are properly positioned thus, making it more convenient for the driver to control different functions with much ease.
A stylish centre console sits at the centre of the dashboard carrying aspects like the climatronic automatic air conditioning unit with rectangular shaped air vents, which are placed just above the music system. Dust, pollen filter and rear AC vent is also available.
Undoubtedly, one of the important updates it has received is the dynamic infotainment display. This advanced unit is offered with a touchscreen display and also includes radio, navigation system and a few other functions. Meanwhile, the mirror link connectivity is definitely an add-on that lets you connect your phone to the car and access different functions effortlessly.
A power assisted steering column is on offer with tilt and telescopic adjustment functions that aid the driver in adjusting its position accordingly. Exactly behind it is a stylish instrument cluster that also holds a tachometer, tripmeter, as well as speedometer.
The new Vento comes with an option of three engine options which includes 2 petrol engine option and 1 diesel engine options which also by the way gets the DSG gearbox.
The petrol variant comes with a 1.6 Litre naturally aspirated, multi point fuel injection, this engine is capable of producing about 105 Ps of peak power at 5250 rpm and 153 Nm of torque at 3800 rpm while the other petrol engine is a 1.2 Litre Turbocharged, direct injection petrol engine which is capable of producing about 105 Ps at 500 rpm and 175 Nm of peak torque in between 1500-4100 rpm. Both these engines are mated to a manual gearbox but there is also a DSG gearbox available with the 1.2 Litre unit.
The Vento diesel variant is powered by a 1.5 TDI Turbocharged, Common rail direct injection unit which is capable of producing about 105 ps of peak power at 4400 rpm and an impressive 250 Nm of torque in between 1500-2500 rpm. The diesel engine has been mated to a manual as well as DSG gearbox.
According to Volkswagen both the petrol engines fuel efficiency has been improved by almost 7 percent. The 1.2-liter TSI is claimed to return about 18.19 km/l which is about 1.26 km/l more while the 1.5-liter TDI promises to return 20.64 km/l for the MT variant and 21.5 km/l for the DSG variant which is almost 0.3 km/l and 0.29 km/l more respectively.
DRIVING DYNAMICS ;
The Vento has always been known for its dynamic capabilities. It is a very involving car to drive. Handling is amazing and ride quality is good too. The suspension set-up is slightly stiff but it helps negate body roll. The sedan comes with Apollo Alnac tyres and these offer superior levels of grip on various types of road surfaces. The Vento moves over bad roads with ease but at slightly high speeds, it does feel a little unsettled. The steering feels good and gives you lots of confidence and braking is also very sharp.
The Volkswagen Vento comes with two airbags and ABS. The vehicle has strong build quality and the cabin feels like a safe and assuring place to be in. Talking about after-sales service, Volkswagen doesn’t really excel much in this department. The company really lags behind its rivals by a huge margin when it comes to after-sales. There have been numerous complaints about Volkswagen giving sub-standard levels of service while the company’s service network is also not as widespread as rivals. However, the German carmaker is expanding its reach across the country. They currently have around 118 dealerships across 100 cities in India.
The Volkswagen Vento was always a competitive car in the C+ segment, having some unparalleled virtues. These virtues like a robust build, good ride and handling and a responsive engine are still retained and in addition it gets some features that are now desired by customers in this segment.