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2019 Volkswagen Vento vs Rivals: Spec Comparison


Is a facelift enough to put the Vento back into the game?

 

The Volkswagen Vento is renowned for its solid build quality and mature styling while also being fun to drive. It is one of Volkswagen’s bread and butter models in India and was a sales success for the German automaker when it was first launched in 2010. That said, the Vento is now starting to show its age in the wake of fresh competition from the Verna, CIty and Ciaz. Also, the Vento’s humble cousin, the Skoda Rapid, poses a threat for the VW. In a bid to get back into the game, Volkswagen has given the Vento a much required facelift. But is that enough? Let’s find out.

Dimensions:

 

Vento

Ciaz

City

Verna

Rapid

Length (mm)

 4390

4490

4440

4440

4413

Width (mm)

1699

1730

1695

1729

1699

Height (mm)

1467

1485

1495

1475

1466

Wheelbase (mm)

2553

2650

2600

2600

2552

Boot Space (litres)

494

510

510

465

460

Longest: Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Widest: Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Tallest: Honda City

Wheelbase: Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Boot Space: Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Honda City

The Volkswagen Vento and the Skoda Rapid are the smallest of the lot in almost all aspects. On the other hand, the CIty and Ciaz are one of the bigger models while the Verna takes the middle road. The bigger dimensions also mean that the Japanese duo are the best in hauling five occupants unlike the rest which are four seaters at best. 

Undoubtedly, the City and Ciaz also offer you the biggest boot here at 510 litres. Surprisingly, the Vento offers a better boot space than the Skoda and the Hyundai. 

Features:

 

Volkswagen Vento

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Honda City

Hyundai Verna

Skoda Rapid

Headlamps 

Full LED

Projector LED

Full LED

Halogen Projectors with DRLs

Halogen Projectors with DRLs

Infotainment

6.5-inch

7-inch

7-inch

7-inch

6.5-inch

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Connected Features

Yes

Yes*

Yes*

No

No

Climate Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cruise Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel

Yes

Tilt Only

Yes

Yes

Yes

Auto Dimming IRVM

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Auto Headlamps

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Rain Sensing Wipers

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Keyless Entry

Yes (via Remote)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes (via Remote)

Push Button Start

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Sunroof

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Rear Sun Blind

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Ventilated Seats

No

No

No

Yes

No

Wireless Phone Charger

No

No

No

Yes

No

* Optional. 

The Volkswagen Vento comes with a decent amount of features to keep you satisfied. Just like its rivals, the Vento offers you a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control, steering mounted audio controls and cruise control. Apart from that, you also get tilt and telescopic steering wheel, auto dimming IRVM, rain sensing wipers and keyless entry. The Vento also comes with connected features as standard while the City and Ciaz offers them as optional extras. 

The Volkswagen Connect feature that was rolled out along with the Polo and Vento facelift allows users to keep a track of driving behaviour and statistics, trip sharing, dealer intimation of service malfunction, and more. That said, the Vento doesn’t get some feel good features its rivals offer like a push button start, sunroof, rear sun blinds, ventilated seats and wireless phone charger.  

Safety Features:

 

Volkswagen Vento

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Honda City

Hyundai Verna

Skoda Rapid

Airbags

4

2

6

6

4

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Camera and Sensors

Rear parking sensors with rear camera

Rear parking sensors with rear camera

Rear parking sensors with rear camera

Rear parking sensors with rear camera

Rear parking sensors with rear camera

ESP

Yes*

Yes*

No

No

Yes*

Hill Hold Control

Yes*

Yes*

No

No

Yes*

ISOFIX

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

* only in Automatic variants.

Safety features in the Vento include four airbags, ABS with EBD and rear parking sensors with a rearview camera. But, the Verna and City offer additional curtain airbags. That said, if you intend to pick an automatic variant of the Vento, Rapid or Ciaz, you also get ESP and hill hold control added to the kit and similarly all of the trio misses out on ISOFIX mounts. It must be mentioned that the CIaz offers you the least amount of airbags in this bunch. 

Petrol Powertrain:

 

Volkswagen Vento

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Honda City

Hyundai Verna

Skoda Rapid

Petrol

1.6 MPI

1.2 TSI

1.5 K15 Smart Hybrid

1.5-litre i-VTEC

1.4 Kappa Dual VTVT

1.6l Gamma Dual VTVT

1.6 MPI

Power

105PS 

105PS 

105PS 

119PS 

100PS 

123PS 

105PS 

Torque

153Nm 

175Nm 

138Nm 

145Nm 

132Nm 

151Nm 

153Nm

Transmission

5-speed manual

7-speed DSG

5MT/4AT

5 MT / CVT

6MT

6 MT / 6 AT

5 MT / 6 AT

Fuel Efficiency

16.09 kmpl

18.19 kmpl

21.56(MT) / 20.28(AT)

17.4 MT / 18 CVT

19.1 kmpl

17.0 kmpl

15.41 MT / 14.84 AT

Most Powerful: Hyundai Verna 1.6

Torquiest: Volkswagen Vento TSI

Most Fuel Efficient: Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

The Volkswagen Vento comes with two petrol powertrain options. The 1.6-litre MPI engine is shared with the Rapid while the 1.2-litre TSI makes the Vento the only sedan in the segment to offer a turbo-petrol engine. Both engines develop 105PS of power, which isn’t class leading figures by any means. That said, they develop class leading torque figures. On the other hand, the Verna’s 1.6-litre unit develops the highest power figure followed by the Honda CIty and the rest.  

The Verna also comes with an entry-level 1.4-litre petrol engine option that develops 100PS of power and 132Nm of torque. 

In terms of fuel efficiency, the Ciaz’s 1.5-litre unit delivers the best fuel efficiency followed the Verna’s 1.4, Vento TSI, Honda City and Verna 1.6. The Vento and Rapid’s naturally aspirated unit is the least fuel efficient of the lot. 

Diesel Powertrain:

 

Volkwagen Vento

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Honda City

Hyundai Verna

Skoda Rapid

Capacity

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.4 litre

1.6-litre

1.5-litre

Power

110PS 

95PS 

100PS

90PS 

128PS 

110PS

Torque

250Nm 

225Nm

200Nm

220Nm

260Nm 

250 Nm 

Transmission

5-speed MT / 7-speed DSG

6MT

6MT

6MT

6 MT / 6 AT

5 MT / 7 DSG

Fuel Efficiency

22.27 kmpl / 22.15 kmpl

26.82kmpl

25.6kmpl

24kmpl

22kmpl

21.13 MT / 21.72 AT

Most Powerful: Hyundai Verna 1.6

Torquiest: Hyundai Verna 1.6

Most Fuel Efficient: Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

The Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid share the same 1.5-litre TDI engine that develops 110PS and 250Nm. While it beats the Ciaz and City hands down, it can’t come close to the Verna's 1.6-litre engine in terms of output figures. And just like the Verna petrol, even the diesel version is available with a smaller 1.4-litre unit that develops 90PS and 220Nm.  

In terms of fuel efficiency, the Ciaz diesel takes you the furthest for a litre followed by the Honda CIty, Verna 1.4, Vento, Verna 1.6 and the Rapid. 

Prices:

 

Volkswagen Vento

Maruti Suzuki CIaz

Honda City

Hyundai Verna

Skoda Rapid

Prices (ex-showroom Delhi)

Rs 8.76 lakh to Rs 14.49 lakh

Rs 8.20 lakh to Rs 11.38 lakh

Rs 9.81 lakh to Rs 14.16 lakh

Rs 8.18 lakh to Rs 14.07 lakh

Rs 6.99 lakh to Rs 14 lakh

The Volkswagen Vento is not exactly cheap. Yes it comes with a decent amount of features and multiple engine options. Topping the cake is the top-spec variant’s high-tech DSG gearbox. That said, the Vento facelift doesn’t bring anything new to the table, which is a bit of a disappointment. 

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