Volkswagen Vento Hatchback First Drive & Performance

Volkswagen Vento Overview

German car major Volkswagen’s Indian wing has launched the new refreshed 2015 Vento facelift. In its new facelift version, the quality sedan gets more stylish with a refreshed look. The Vento gets mainly cosmetic updates, and the most noticeable change is on its front face which comes in the form of new chrome grille borrowed from the new 2015 Jetta and new Passat. This stunning German sedan now comes with refreshed exterior and interior design and is available in the Indian car market in both petrol and diesel versions. The Volkswagen Vento is offered a wide choice of ten model trims. While there are no mechanical changes in the vehicle, it has been tuned to offer an enhanced fuel efficiency of up to 7.5 percent, is another welcome update. Request a Test Drive for Vento in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

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Volkswagen Vento Style

Volkswagen is about to launch another Vento facelift, and unlike the one eight months ago, this time around, it will be a more comprehensive one. Up front, the bumper is all-new, as are the horizontal, rectangular fog lamps that also get integrated cornering lights. The three-slat chrome grille is bigger and more in line with the facelifted Jetta, and even the bonnet has deeper creases. At the rear, the tail-lights are revised and the streaks on them are meant to mimic LED lighting. The new rear bumper makes the Vento look wider, and the new horizontal chrome bar across the tailgate makes it look more upmarket. In fact, keeping the Indian customer in mind, Volkswagen has added lot of chrome bits to the car – door handles, front and rear bumper garnish, tail-pipe housing and the one across the boot too.

Volkswagen Vento Space

As expected from a Volkswagen vehicle, the interiors of this car are pretty classy and full of utility features. The German car maker uses what it calls the Space Max technology, which maximises leg room at the back through adjustment of the co-driver’s seat from the back. Furthermore, the presence of dual air conditioner vents at the rear ensures complete comfort to users. The multifunctional console in this car facilitates connecting calls, listening to music and controlling functions. Steering mounted controls further enhance the comfort of passengers. Trunk illumination, rear doors with storage compartments and front centre console with 12V outlet are some of the other features in the interiors of Vento.

Volkswagen Vento Gearbox

The engine options haven’t changed – a 103bhp, 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine, a 104bhp, 1.6-litre petrol unit and a 103.2bhp, 1.5-litre diesel motor. Transmission options include a five-speed manual gearbox and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.We drove the 1.5-litre diesel automatic to take a closer look. Just like before, the motor is quite meaty through the rev range and the Vento moves forward without much effort. Refinement wasn’t really impressive even in the previous car, though there seems to be a slight improvement this time around. There is still a gravelly clatter at idle and a deep drone at low engine speeds. The dual-clutch, seven-speed gearbox is smooth to operate and works almost seamlessly.

The 1.6 liter MPI petrol offers 16.09Kmpl, the 1.2 liter petrol delivers 18.19Kmpl, and the diesel mill offers a max mileage of 21.50Kmpl.The 1498 cc Diesel – powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 18 kmpl in city and 20 kmpl on highways, while the Petrol variant offers a mileage of 15 kmpl on urban roads and 17 kmpl and freeways, respectively.

Volkswagen Vento Driving

There is no change in the ride quality either. It absorbs bumps well at typical city speeds and the suspension works silently, but as you go faster the ride gets a bit bouncy over undulating surfaces. The steering feels a bit heavy, especially driving at city speeds, but it is quite direct and like before the Vento feels very stable and secured at high-speeds. Like most Volkswagen cars, the performance of Volkswagen Vento is pretty good in terms of pick-up and power delivery. The pickup and acceleration of the diesel version is better than that of the petrol guise. Handling wise Volkswagen Vento is pretty smooth and the seven-speed automatic dual shift transmission system is the car’s highlight. Notably, the DSG transmission system is not available with all variants of the Volkswagen Vento. The steering of this car is pretty smooth and can be manoeuvred quite easily.

Volkswagen Vento Safety

Safety is one of the USPs of Volkswagen Vento and there are several features to ensure the same. This car is fitted with dual front airbags as standard, which is a must in the modern day scenario. Vento comes with the anti-pinch technology that prevents the window from closing if there is an obstacle in the way, thereby preventing any mishaps from happening. Rear parking sensors provide driver assistance while reversing the vehicle and alert him/her using sound signals. Vento also comes fitted with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), which improves stability in non-favourable road conditions. Interior rear view mirror, height-adjustable headrests, electronic engine mobiliser and high mounted brake lights are some of the other safety features in Volkswagen Vento.

The braking system of Volkswagen Vento, like in the Polo, is quite robust and ideal for Indian conditions. Disc brakes are present in the front wheels while the rear ones are equipped with drum brakes. The solidity of the braking system, coupled with that of the suspension, ensures more stability while riding for the driver and passengers. Front part of this car has a McPherson style strut system and the rear has a trailing arm (partially independent).

Volkswagen Vento Cost in Hyderabad

Volkswagen Vento Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 8,17,701/- (Vento 1.6 Trendline Petrol) to 13,92,000/- (Vento DSG Highline Plus Sport Diesel). Get best offers for Volkswagen Vento from Volkswagen Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Vento price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Volkswagen Vento Conclusion

The Volkswagen Vento is a great sedan with good looks, features and performance.With this facelift, Volkswagen is making sure that the Vento continues to be quite a well-rounded car and now with the added equipment it has worked on its weaknesses too. That said, it still lags behind the competition with the absence of a colour or touchscreen interface, as well as a rear-view camera. However, its strengths of strong build quality, a solid, planted feel and a great (albeit not super-refined) powertrain remain, and now it just looks a whole lot smarter too. Let’s just hope VW prices it well.To put things in a nutshell, there is not much wrong about Volkswagen Vento as a car. Decently stylish, featuring well-designed interiors and equipped with several utility features, Vento has everything that a customer would want from a mid-sized sedan. However, in certain aspects, it lacks the cutting edge that would make someone buy it instantly. Also, the price of this car is on the higher side, which is a deal breaker for several customers in India. Nevertheless, Volkswagen Vento is a good car and anyone who buys it would not be disappointed at all.

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