Volkswagen’s refreshed Vento offers additional features, engines with better mileage, a mature design similar to its larger and more premium offerings and continues to be the most well built C-segment sedans in the Country. It takes on the likes of the Honda City, Maruti Cia z and Hyundai Verna in the segment. Prices of the new Vento start from Rs 7.85 lakh going up to Rs 11.87 lakh (Ex-showroom Delhi).
While the Vento continues to look the classy C-segment car that will age well, it gets subtle design improvements to appeal to a fresh audience. The bonnet design has changed with deeper creases that make it look a lot like the Passat. Accentuating this look is the new triple slat chrome grille, integrated front air dam, front fog lamps and cornering lights. The taillight design is the same but the cluster gets a rethink, now featuring LEDs. A thin chrome strip and restyled bumper round off the changes.
The interior layout of the new Vento stays the same but Volkswagen has introduced new colour schemes and is offering more equipment according to the trim level. With the number of expressways increasing in the country, Cruise control is a feature that’s getting popular among major city customers. And so the Vento gets cruise control. It also gets a cooled glovebox and a dead pedal. Climate control, parking sensors, the innovative seat lever than pushes the front passenger seat forward from the rear and a good quality entertainment system are all part of the new Vento.
Three engine specifications are offered – two petrol and one diesel. A naturally aspirated 1.6 petrol and a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol unit both develop identical 105PS of power. The turbocharged engine however has more torque at 175Nm compared to the 1.6’s 153Nm hence better performance. The former comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox while the latter gets the 7-speed DSG unit. The diesel engine is the same one from the Polo but in the GT TDI tune state. It is a 4-cylinder 1.5-litre block developing 105PS of power and 250Nm of torque and comes with a choice of two gearboxes – 5-speed manual and 7-speed DSG. The Vento comes with a strong set of powertrains and the petrol automatic is a breeze to use in the city.
Mileage for the 1.6 is rated at 16.09kmpl by the ARAI. The TSI comes up with a mileage of 18.19kmpl while the diesel gets a efficiency figure of 20.64 for the manual and 21.5kmpl for the DSG. Read MoreRead Less
Space, Refinement, Drive dynamics, Performance
The new Volkswagen Vento is a good choice for those looking for a well built and comfortable family sedan