Volkswagen Vento Review & First Drive

Volkswagen Vento Overview

The Volkswagen Vento is an executive sedan offered in India by the German carmaker. It is powered by one diesel and two petrol engine option. The diesel engine and the smaller 1.2 litre petrol engine are offered with a DSG dual clutch automatic gearbox while the diesel engine is also offered with a 5 speed manual transmission. The larger 1.6 litre petrol engine is mated only to a 5 speed manual transmission. Key safety features offered in the Volkswagen Vento are ABS (Anti lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), dual front airbags, engine immobiliser as standard. Higher versions also get Electronic Stability Program, Hill Hold Assist and anti pinch function on all power windows. Volkswagen Vento in Tryaldrive

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Volkswagen Vento Exterior & Look

The latest Volkswagen Vento comes with subtle changes. The sedan features a new bonnet with more prominent creases that increases its muscular appeal. The front fascia comprises of a larger grille now along with extra dash of chrome that makes it resemble elder sibling VW Jetta. The top of the line variant is now equipped with all-LED headlights with auto-levelling functionality. Also new is the front bumper with extra chrome strips, revised air dam and a pair of new fog lamps replacing the rounded ones in the earlier model. The fog lamps also incorporate cornering lights while the turn indicators on the ORVM gets LED treatment.

Coming to the sides, the door handles are now draped in chrome for lending richer look to the car. The sporty quotient has also been uplifted with the inclusion of a new pair of alloy wheels. At the rear, the older version of the car can be differentiated from revamped tail lights, new bumper with chrome as well as chrome lining on the boot. The chrome treatment continues on the exhaust tip as well. The recently launched Sport variant gets a host of changes to stand out from other variants. It features carbon-fibre finished ORVMs, glossy black roof, Sport badge on the front fender, glossy black rear spoiler and new side foils.Overall, the changes to the exteriors are minor but enough to make the Vento a more desirable car.

Volkswagen Vento Interior & Space

Step inside and you are welcomed with one of the finest cabins in the class. The use of materials and the craftsmanship is top notch. The cabin is adorned in either Walnut Desert Beige colour theme in the top end model or TitanSchwarz black in lower trims, but the former looks more premium. Further, the cabin features smart flat-bottom steering wheel with mounted controls for audio as well as cruise which is a new addition to the car. The front passenger seat can be adjusted from the back while comfort at the rear continues to be reasonable with an ample amount of headroom and knee room.The cabin does look a bit jovial but the changes are not really drastic. The carmaker besides adding cruise control has included features such as cooled glove box, electrically foldable ORVM and also dead pedal for relaxing the left foot. The instrument panel is the same typical Volkswagen’s multi-functional display that shows a wealth of information including travelling time, digital speed, distance travelled, speed warning, average speed, distance till empty, fuel-efficiency, outside temperature, service interval, coolant temperature and clock.

Another significant and much-needed change comes in the form of a touchscreen infotainment unit powered by Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. The system also let your smartphone connect to the infotainment through Bluetooth which allows phone sync, view SMS and controlling functions through voice commands. The passenger can also connect their iPods along with the options of USB, Aux-In and SD-Card support. The same infotainment also relays feeds from the rear parking camera that makes you place your car in the right spot without any trouble.Other interesting bits in the car include auto-dimming IRVM, automatic rain sensing wipers, ‘Climatronic’ automatic air-conditioning with rear AC vent, height adjustable driver’s seat, and key remote with trunk unlock functionality. However, looking at the competition Vento still misses on features like push-engine start/stop button and sunroof.

Volkswagen Vento Engine & Gearbox

Powering the Volkswagen Vento are three engine options, a 1.6 litre petrol engine, a 1.2 litre petrol engine and a 1.5 litre diesel engine. The 1.6 litre petrol engine generates 104 hp of power at 5,250 rpm and 153 Nm of torque. The 1.2 litre petrol engine generates 101 hp of power at 5,000 rpm and 175 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm to 4,100 rpm. The diesel engine churns out 109 hp of power at 4,000 rpm and 250 Nm of torque between 1,500 rpm and 3,000 rpm.The Volkswagen Vento is offered with three transmission options. The 1.6 litre petrol engine is mated only to a 5 speed manual transmission while the 1.2 litre petrol unit comes only with a 7 speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. The diesel engine is offered with a 5 speed manual transmission as well as a 7 speed DSG dual clutch automatic transmission.

The carmaker claims that the motors have been tweaked to derive 7.5 percent more mileage. Where manual petrol version is able to deliver 16.09kmpl, the automatic version is quite efficient returning 18.19km for a liter of fuel. Likewise, the tried and tested diesel engine reads 20.64kmpl in the manual variant and 21.5kmpl in the automatic one, certified by ARAI.Rated fuel efficiency of the Volkswagen Vento 1.6 petrol variants is 16.09 kmpl while that of the 1.2 petrol automatic versions is 18.19 kmpl. The diesel engine mated to the manual transmission offers 22.27 kmpl while the automatic variants deliver 22.15 kmpl. These mileage figures are comparable to its segment.

Volkswagen Vento Driving Dynamics

Volkswagen cars are always known for excellent driving dynamics. The ride quality that comes from the McPherson Strut upfront and semi-independent trailing arm suspension, is one of the finest virtues the new model has inherited. The car just glides over rough and uneven roads quite easily.The car is a predictable and safer handler with the steering tweaked to ease twirling in the traffic. It is reasonably accurate and offers a fair amount of grip which means absolute fun to drive.

Volkswagen Vento Braking & Safety

All Volkswagen Vento variants currently sold in India are offered with dual front airbags, ABS (Anti lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), engine immobiliser with floating code and three point ELR seatbelts as standard. The DSG automatic variants are also offered with Electronic Stabilisation Programme or traction control and Hill Hold Assist.

Volkswagen Vento Price in Pune

Volkswagen Vento Ex-Showroom Price in Pune ranges from 8,17,546/- (Vento 1.6 Trendline Petrol) to 13,87,234/- (Vento DSG Highline Plus Sport Diesel). Get best offers for Volkswagen Vento from Volkswagen Dealers in Pune. Check for Vento price in Pune at Carzprice

Volkswagen Vento Verdict

The Volkswagen Vento is a great sedan with good looks, features and performance.Volkswagen Vento is available in four trim levels. The base 1.6 Trendline petrol and 1.5 Trendline diesel are priced at Rs. 8.43 lakhs and Rs. 9.75 lakhs respectively. The price of automatic diesel starts at Rs. 11.96 lakhs while the petrol automatic is tagged at Rs. 10.59 lakh. Coming to the top of the line variants, where range-topping diesel is priced at Rs. 13.92 lakh, the top of the line petrol Sport is priced at Rs. 12.87 lakh, ex-showroom, New Delhi.Volkswagen Vento currently competes against stalwarts such as Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Skoda Rapid in the segment.

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