Volkswagen Vento Right Front Three Quarter
Volkswagen Vento Right Front Three Quarter
Volkswagen Vento Right Front Three Quarter
Volkswagen Vento Right Front Three Quarter
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Volkswagen Vento Left Front Three Quarter
Volkswagen Vento Right Side View
Volkswagen Vento Right Side View

Why I would buy it?

  • Automatic convenience
  • Striking performance, flat ride, and on-road stability
  • Strong build quality

Why I would avoid it?

  • Lacks novelty and some features
  • Long in the tooth styling

Verdict

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The Volkswagen Vento has aged well despite having a dated design and lacking the extravagance that new-age sedans offer. And, it still scores high for being a well-built car and offering rock-solid German build quality with excellent on-road dynamics. And now, the new torque-converter gearbox continues to offer the convenience that buyers in this segment look for.

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Engines and Performance

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The 2020 Vento doesn’t get a diesel version and the only engine option is the brand’s 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder mill. This small capacity motor produces the same 109bhp and 175Nm of torque as we’d seen in the petrol manual we reviewed before. We were quite impressed with it and now we see how this silent engine paired with this new six-speed torque converter gearbox performs. It replaces the renowned DSG gearbox offered earlier.

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Put the gear selector in drive mode and start releasing the brake. You’ll notice the car instantly starts creeping forward due to the slightly higher set idling rpm. There’s no hill hold or an auto hold function, which would have held on to this sharp response of getting off instantly. It would have given a sense of safety to new car drivers. Nonetheless, once one gets a hang of it, it’s easy to use effectively in traffic. Especially, without having to modulate the throttle much. As compared to its manual counterpart, the initial lag in power build-up isn’t noticeable here. There’s ample torque fed in by the new gearbox, which has done a commendable job of improving drivability. And with immediate responses, it doesn’t make the engine feel dead or unresponsive before the turbo spools up. Sure, it isn’t as quick as the DSG, but it helps put the power to good use and make quick progress.

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The Sport mode with sequential shifts allows you to push till the 6,000rpm rev limit before automatically upshifting. This otherwise takes place at around 2,200rpm in the normal drive mode where the engine gets into its element. Post this, you can feel the surge in power helping you go faster. Interestingly, you can keep the engine mostly at around 1,800-2,000rpm in higher gears and still continue doing good speeds of around 80kmph.

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So how much of a difference has switching from an advanced tech like the dual clutch autobox to this conventional torque converter made? Not much really. Sure, the DSG was very quick and super smooth with seamless transitions. But the new gearbox isn’t half bad. It’s fairly quick, responsive, doesn’t induce head nods, and complements this engine well. It won’t plaster a smile on an enthusiast’s face, but surely won’t make him make faces. In its latest iteration, this new transmission is also more affordable than the more complex DSG. Hopefully, this one won’t be mocked for reliability concerns like the latter. New car buyers will like it for its smoothness paired with a good performance from the motor.

Ride and Handling

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The Vento scores well even in the ride and handling department. Its suspension doesn’t give a very plush feel being a little firm, but it absorbs jolts well, given our road conditions. You do hear the thuds if you go fast over bad roads, so it’s recommended to slow down. Thankfully it didn’t bottom out or scrape its under-belly over big bumps, broken roads, and diversions. Also, the steering is not the lightest in its segment and as a result, slightly more effort goes in while parking the sedan.

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But the weighted feel is more of an advantage when on the move. It’s responsive too and quickly makes the car turn in the direction pointed at. It keeps the driver engaged and even the passengers remain comfortable for the most part. Unless you go insanely fast around corners, the body roll isn’t felt. It remains planted nonetheless. Furthermore, phenomenal high-speed stability and confidence-inspiring brakes make cruising at, or stopping from even triple-digit speeds – a hassle-free affair.

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Interior Space and Quality

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Inside, you get the same VW treatment that you’d get in the Polo. So, it’s good to have spot-on ergonomics, perfect driving position and good all-round visibility, even when you sit nice and low. However, this also means it’s the same old dashboard layout and design unlike the modern interiors offered by rivals. And it’s not the best in terms of deep storage spaces, its placement, and usability. Apart from this, you won’t find many faults in the cabin that is old school but practical and solidly built.

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Even its seats provide an upmarket feel and are comfortable with adequate support. There’s good space in the front row and sufficient in the second, but not as much as is available in the newer rivals. It’s still good for two in the back seat but a third person will be uncomfortable due to the tight shoulder room and a central tunnel floor hump. Thankfully, VW’s easy access lever enabling more space for the left rear passenger continues, for owners who’ll prefer to be chauffeur driven. Besides, it gets a large boot with 494 litres of space to take care of your extended weekend luggage.

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Features and Safety

Infotainment System

When it comes to features and equipment, VW has left us in a position where it’s difficult to find middle ground. It gets practical features and now even a touch screen unit compatible with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Mirrorlink. Then it tries to match up to the competition with automatic climate control, rear AC vents, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlamps with LED lights, et al. It’s equipped with safety features like four airbags, a rear camera with parking sensors, traction control, ABS with EBD, Isofix seats, etc. Still it gets an analog instrument cluster with monochrome display, misses out on hill-hold, key-less entry, engine push-start button, sun-roof, wireless charging, automatic tailgate opening, and such bells and whistles that we’ve come to see off late in this segment.

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Conclusion

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There’s nothing that is wrong with the Volkswagen Vento as a product, but the competition like the Hyundai Verna and the Honda City make it look bland and boring. These sedans have evolved over the years while the Vento still remains more or less the sedan that came in India 10 years ago. This might be a deterrent for buyers along with VW’s inconsistent service. But again, the Vento definitely holds itself up well for its German build, quality, excellent ride and handling, usable features, and this automatic convenience.

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Pictures by Kapil AnganeVolkswagen Vento₹ 8.98 Lakh onwardsAvg. Ex-Showroom price

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Discounts up to Rs 1.35 lakh on Volkswagen Vento and Polo in November 2020

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November 10, 2020, 03:15 PM IST32,365 Views

Discounts up to Rs 1.35 lakh on Volkswagen Vento and Polo in November 2020

Select Volkswagen dealerships in India are offering huge discounts on a few products in their model range this month. These benefits are offered in the form of cash discounts and exchange bonus.

The Highline Plus variant of the Volkswagen Vento can be availed with a cash discount of Rs 1.10 lakh and an exchange bonus of Rs 25,000. The Highline variant of the sedan is offered only with an exchange bonus of Rs 25,000.

Discounts on all variants of the Volkswagen Polo include an exchange bonus of Rs 20,000. The Trendline, Comfortline, and Highline variants of the hatchback are available with an additional cash discount of Rs 28,500, Rs 23,000, and Rs 19,500, respectively. There are no offers on the T-Roc as the model is sold out and the company closed the bookings for the compact SUV earlier this year, and you can read all about it here.Volkswagen Polo₹ 5.92 Lakh onwardsAvg. Ex-Showroom price

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2020 Volkswagen Vento TSI: Pros and Cons

October 13, 2020, 10:45 AM IST25,442 Views

Volkswagen Vento Front View

Introduction

Volkswagen has put the BS6 version of the Vento sedan on sale in India along with the Polo hatchback. This 2020 VW Vento is priced between Rs 8.93 lakh to Rs 13.29 lakh, ex-showroom. Does the new down-sized 1.0-litre TSI engine compromise on performance? We find out while focusing on the advantages and disadvantages of buying this sedan.

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Positives

1. New powerful engine

Engine Shot

If you remember Volkswagen first offered a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol. Then came a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol along with the option of a 1.5-litre diesel. Now, all these options are out for one single 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine. This is a three-cylinder mill producing 109bhp of power at 5,000rpm and 175Nm of torque at 1,750rpm. Sure it’s a powerful turbo petrol, but does not really have an intense surge that’s ready to strike. It does take a bit of time for power to build up. Yet, there’s this strong tug post 2,000rpm and then, there’s nothing getting in the way for your love for speed. It revs cleanly till 6,000rpm and keeps building speed without making much noise.

2. Easy-to-drive

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This engine also comes with the option of a six-speed torque converter automatic, but here we are focusing on the one mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. It’s good with short throws, slick shifts, and with a fairly light clutch action making it quite easy-to-drive. You wouldn’t be shuffling through gears quite often as there’s ample of torque available to get going and that too at moderate throttle inputs. You’ll always find yourself blending into the traffic and not falling behind other cars. In fact, it is surprisingly fast enough for urban settings despite not being a light car.

3. Driver’s car

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What’s very interesting is how this car handles. It just puts a smile across your face. And reasonably so, whether its driving in the city, going flat out on highways, or attacking corners; it’s a great driving machine. Handling is impressively tidy with a precise steering having good feedback making it very engaging to drive.

4. Balanced ride

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Moreover, its suspension offers an impressive balance. Though the body roll can be felt in corners, but then the road imperfections are dealt in a better way. Thankfully, the underside of the car refused to bottom out even in some harshest of road conditions.

5. Solid build quality

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The Volkswagen Vento is called the Polo sedan in some markets outside India. And it’s indeed a three-box Polo with a stretched wheelbase. With plenty of periodic changes and even change of heart, the Vento is still sold in the Indian market. Today, even after 10 years, its overall design language remains more or less the same. Even so, VW has time and again kept updating it to keep it relevant to the market. However, the latest model still continues to have the tough build quality that German cars boast of, and is well appreciated by owners and prospective buyers for the same.

Negatives

1. Looks dated

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This 2020 version carries over the same changes the Vento facelift got in 2019. It includes redesigned bumpers, LED headlights with LED DRLs, and new 16-inch alloys. This one here is the TSI edition, which adds some decals to the sides to further distinguish it from the older model. Yet, even with its understated elegance, the Vento feels quite dated. Especially, if you were to compare it with its flashy rivals like the latest Honda City and the Hyundai Verna.

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Also, the old-fashioned ways continue with the traditional, typical interior that we’ve seen in most Volkswagen cars. This also means you have a minimalistic design with hard plastics and an age-old design with no wow-factor as such. The rivals, meanwhile, have moved way ahead offering a more modern layout and design.

2. Not the most spacious in segment

Well, it’s a comfortable sedan for four people, but still not the most spacious in its segment. We don’t recommend getting in a third person in the second row as he/she won’t be comfortable, especially due to the high floor hump.

Second Row Seats

Conclusion

The Volkswagen Vento is a little long in the tooth and does need a generation change. Still, people who love to drive are going to find this sedan interesting. After all, it is a car with a robust built and adequate features, but more importantly – it provides a very engaging driving experience!

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Pictures by Kapil AnganeVolkswagen Vento₹ 8.98 Lakh onwardsAvg. Ex-Showroom price

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Volkswagen India launches My Volkswagen Connect

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October 27, 2020, 06:30 PM IST4,473 Views

Volkswagen India launches My Volkswagen Connect

– My Volkswagen Connect is the brand’s connected car technology

– The feature is standard with the Polo GT TSI and Vento Highline Plus

– It is offered with a complimentary three-year subscription 

Volkswagen India has introduced its connected car solution, known as My Volkswagen Connect. The interactive sim-based app is a standard fitment in the Polo GT TSI and Vento Highline Plus. The advanced My Volkswagen Connect app is available with three years of free subscription and three years of warranty.

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My Volkswagen Connect can be swiftly accessed by plugging the dongle to the on-board diagnostics (OBD) port of the car. It can be downloaded on any smartphone and paired to any Android or iOS device post a secure OTP exchange on the registered mobile number. The My Volkswagen Connect app connects the customer with their vehicle and analyses an individual’s driving style which includes speed, braking behavior, coolant temperature, acceleration, and the RPM. The app also enables customers to locate points of interest and to reach out to customer care or Road Side Assistance, in case of emergencies. Additionally, they can also use the app to scan, upload, and store important vehicular or related official documents. Customers can also use the app to set renewal reminders for vehicle insurance and receive ‘over the air’ (OTA) software updates.

Commenting on the launch, Steffen Knapp, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India, said, “At Volkswagen India, we have relentlessly been working towards enhancing and providing our customers the best of technology and connected solutions. Today, we introduced the upgraded ‘My Volkswagen Connect’ app that offers customer convenience and safety at their fingertips. Customers will have access to real-time vehicle analysis and assistance that would make them aware of their vehicle condition, driving patterns, and enhance the overall fun-to-drive experience that a Volkswagen stands for.”