The Vento was the first car to de-throne Honda City in India and after doing so; it became a very popular car in its segment thanks to its strong built quality and powerful diesel engine. This car has always been popular amongst buyers but the lack of premium features and face resemblance to Polo did not give it that edge over its rivals in terms of features and exclusive styling. Now, to deal with this issue, Volkswagen has once again launched the face-lifted model which has been given smart changes to look more stylish with added value for money factor. Then what makes this Vento different?
Powertrain and Performance
The car retains its all three engines including the 1.2L TSI petrol engine which has been a USP of Vento for quite some time now. It also has the 1.5L TDI diesel engine which debuted in India in the new Polo. This engine pumps out a power output of 103.5bhp@4400rpm with an utmost torque output of 250Nm which ranges between 1500-2500rpm. This engine comes mated with a five-speed manual gearbox and an automatic seven-speed DSG. The engine offers powers in predictable manner which makes it easy to drive this car in city traffic. Thanks to its strong mid-range, it feels effortless while cruising on highways and it makes overtaking quite enjoyable. Refinement level and mid range blast is best in its class. This engine feels best suited with 7-speed DSG as it shifts quite fast and loves to be rev hard. The well spaced gear ratios never make you feel short of power and utilize every bit of power properly. Vento also carry forwards its two different petrol engines with same specifications as before. First is the 1.6L MPI unit which pumps out a power output of 103.5bhp@5250rpm. This engine is only available with a five-speed manual gearbox while the modern 1.2L TSI unit comes mated with a seven-speed DSG. This engine produces exactly same power as the 1.6L petrol engine but offers a bit more torque which makes it more fun to drive. This engine churns out its peak power at 5000rpm while its torque output of 175Nm which is 22Nm more than the 1.6L engine ranges between 1500-4100rpm. The ride and handling of the car is really enjoyable as it feels quite stable at high speeds and offers great steering feedback while hitting the sharp corners. It also tackles well with the broken roads as it digests potholes easily without making much noise and offers you comfortable journeys.
Build and Styling
Volkswagen has made the some styling changes in Vento emphasizing on its face which now looks more like its elder siblings Jetta and Passat. The addition of three slat chrome front grille, smoked headlamps with corner lights, re-profiled bumper with new air-dam and horizontally placed fog lights make this car looks much sharper than before. The new car also gets new foldable power wing mirrors integrated with side indicators which is a new addition to the car. There are no other visible changes on the side as the car continues with its 15-inch wheels as seen in the previous face-lift. At the back, you will see the addition of re-profiled tail lights and rear bumper adding some fresh look to it. These changes surely bring some fresh appeal to this new car but it still doesn't look as modern as its new age competitors.
Inside, the first thing that you will notice is its lighter interior shade which looks really good with functional and styling elements such as flat bottom three-spoke steering wheel which also adds sporty feel to the car. The bright dual tone interiors makes it feel premium from inside and it still tops the chart in terms of built quality, fit and finish. The top variant of Vento is added with new features such as cruise control, a cooled glovebox and dead pedal. It also comes equipped with premium features such as leather upholstery, automatic climate control with rear a.c vents, remote locking, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel, 2-DIN audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and steering mounted audio and phone controls. On safety front, new Vento comes standard with dual front airbags and offers ABS, rear parking sensors in top variants. The DSG-equipped Vento also comes with Hill Hold control and ESP for better drive-ability.
The Vento surely looks better than before. The styling updates have added that sharp character to the already strong built presence of the car which adds to its overall feel and appeal. Moreover, the new features also makes it more sensible than before but the biggest USP of the Vento continues to be its powerful set of engines and superb ride and handling which makes it more desirable than any other car in its segment. It is not the car which you buy for features; this one is for real car lovers who value riding dynamics and technical advancements such as 7-speed DSG more than comfort features. One can easily fall for its 1.5L TDI diesel, 1.2L TSI petrol engine with 7-speed DSG and its top quality interiors, strong built quality and safety features. However, knowing the taste of our Indian buyers, we still wish if it had more dynamic exterior styling and premium features to attract that major segment of buyers who look for style over performance, safety and comfort.