Vento In Italian means wind and a fair wind is exactly what VW is hoping for its new Polo based saloon. Our Initial impressions of the typical German engineered mid-size saloon is a well-proportioned, smart and understated premium sedan backed up by robust drivetrains.
The Volkswagen Vento is the second sub-Rs-15-lakh sedan the company sells in the country and slots in above the Ameo sub-4-metre sedan. It was first introduced in 2010 and was given a refresh in April 2017 where it received features like all-LED headlamps.
DESIGNED TO IMPRESS THE BETTER YOU:
The LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, reverse parking camera, auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror, automatic rain-sensing wipers and more make the New Vento a new breed of engineering for the new you.
CUT FOR THE BETTER VIEWER:
The back packs a character with a stylish bumper and 3D effect tail lamps. The door handle, exhaust and the strip above are all covered in chrome with slick rear reflectors and bold alloy wheels.
And to break the habit of the ordinary, get electrically foldable side mirrors with integrated turn indicators that can be adjusted automatically from your seat, at the touch of a button.
FACE THE BETTER FUTURE:
Step inside, and you’ll find the same understated design inside. The dashboard is straightforward, and the controls are easy to use on the move. What we love is the interior quality, which is a distinct step above what you get in the Vento’s Indian competition.
We also love the attention to detail – for example, the way the front passenger seat can be moved forward by a lever from the rear seat (it’s such a clever feature, we wonder why no
one else thought of it yet). Speaking of which, the Vento’s rear seats are comfortable. There’s good thigh support and the bench is wide making three-up travelling quite comfortable. The front seats, like all VW’s seats are supportive and have good bolstering.
One look at the dashboard and you’ll know the future will soon follow its design.
The state-of-the-art touchscreen infotainment system and multi-function console will let you lean back and take control effortlessly, with the leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel with a reverse parking camera.
The cooled glovebox keeps your drink cold during those long journeys while cruise control maintains a steady speed. To ensure a safer drive, the New Vento is also equipped with auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror to automatically reduce the glare from trailing vehicles.
The New Vento is equipped with an intelligent rain sensor to automatically signal the wipers at the sense of any rain and the interiors are built up with the comforts of luxurious upholstered seats and a height-adjustment lever on the driver’s side. For the passengers at the back, comfort is never too far. A foldable armrest, rear air-conditioning vents and a convenient cup holder make the journey relaxing, for all.
SPACE FOR THE BIGGER JOURNEYS AND NEW STORIES:
The interiors are fitted with a concealed mobile phone holder under the front armrest, a bottle holder on every door and a cup holder next to the driver; giving you easy access, even to those smaller.
Comfortably load your luggage into the voluminously spaced 494-litre trunk using the illuminated low-loading height boot.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION: POWER TO GO FURTHER:
India gets two engines – a 1.6-litre 105bhp petrol and a 1.6-litre 105bhp diesel. Both engines come with a 5-speed manual or you can opt for a six-speed auto in the spark ignition engine.
At the centre of the machine lies the revolutionary 1.2L TSI engine. Giving you 105 PS of raw power and 175 Nm of torque.
The Petrol motor makes its peak torque of 15.8kgm at 3800rpm, which means you need to work that gear-lever quite a bit, especially when you want to overtake. It’s a motor that’s happy pootling around town and cruising at triple digit speeds.
But what really outclasses the masses is the first-in-class 7-speed automatic dual-shift gearbox, which ensures a smoother drive as the engine effortlessly switches gears. The automatic transmission like the manual is rather nice with the Gearshifts are smooth, the ratios seem well chosen and there’s no fuss.
And if diesel is your preferred choice of power, we also have the mighty 1.5L TDI engine with the same 7-speed automatic DSG transmission.
The common-rail diesel is the one to go for. With its 25kgm of torque at a low-ish 1500rpm, it’s the one that feels the quickest and the most fun to drive. Once the turbo is fully up and spinning the car feels quite relaxed and can easily maintain cruising speeds on the highway. It’s refined too – sure you can tell it’s a diesel by its gravelly engine note, but it’s a world away from VW’s Pumped Duse engines of old.
More importantly, with a fuel consumption of 18.19 kilometres/litre (TSI) and 22.15 kilometres/litre (TDI), it gives you maximum power with minimum consumption. Also available in a 1.6L petrol MPI engine.
SAFETY ON EVERY DIFFICULT ROAD:
Safety has always been an integral aspect at Volkswagen and is central to the New Vento. The Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP), with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) will make sure you’re in firm control on slippery roads or during heavy braking.
All variants of the Vento come with rear air-con vents and a rear centre armrest. But it’s the Highline spec that is well equipped. It comes with a CD player, climate control, electric mirrors, remote locking, alloy wheels, a trip computer, ABS and two airbags but no aux-in port. The base Trendline though priced well, is quite poor on equipment and VW is currently not offering a middle-of-the-road Comfortline variant.
On facing a steep incline, the Hill-hold function will prevent the car from rolling backwards. The anti-pinch technology will stop the windows from closing, on sensing even the slightest obstacle. Being equipped with dual front airbags as standard, rear parking sensors as well as a reverse parking camera, we make sure safety is an all-round affair.
And to always keep the car with its beloved owner, the New Vento has an electronic immobiliser anti-theft device as standard.
Don’t just listen to us, visit the Volkswagen Showroom in Hyderabad to see for yourself.
The Volkswagen Vento makes a good case for itself as the perfect car for those looking for a sedan with great build, European car-like ride and handling characteristics, good features
and an efficient diesel engine. It is one of the older cars in the segment though and it shows in the features offered. It needs an update soon.
On the face of it, the Vento seems like a good buy. You’ll love its solid build quality, its understated class and the diesel engine. The Volkswagen Vento on- road price in Hyderabad ranges from Rs. 8.64 – 14.34 Lakhs for the Trendline petrol to Rs 9.23 lakh for the Highline diesel with special offers from PPS Motors up to Rs.100000/- this July.
So, make no delay, try out Volkswagen Vento test drive at your nearest Volkswagen showrooms in Hyderabad today!