Volkswagen Vento TSI Review

By   |  October 16, 2013


The Vento is one of the cars that really cemented Volkswagen’s presence in India. Combining terrific build quality, high equipment levels and Germanic performance with a trait that Indians love above all else – good fuel economy and a price tag that doesn’t destroy one’s wallet, meant that VW had a winner straight out of the box. A 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol engine powers the new Vento TSI, an engine that’s designed to provide punchy acceleration without guzzling fuel. Another factor that adds to the ease & convenience of driving this car is the 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox. The Vento TSI is available in a choice of 6 colours – Shadow Blue, Candy White, Pepper Gray, Terra Beige, Deep Black and Reflex Silver.

Powertrain & Performance

In a place where the cost of petrol appears to be shooting up quicker than a bullet out of a gun, Volkswagen———s choice of using a petrol engine to drive their new car might seem counterintuitive at first. But this is no ordinary petrol engine. TSI stands for Turbo Stratified Injection, which basically means that the fuel is forced into the cylinders at much higher pressures than usual. This results in a clean burn and therefore, less fuel to be used. The 1.2 TSI engine in this car produces a healthy 105 PS and 175 Nm of torque and that———s more than sufficient for driving around in the cities. On the highway, its 7-speed DSG automatic transmission ensures that you get absolutely seamless gear changes. That coupled with a torquey engine and speed-sensitive electronic power steering delivers a very smooth ride. An ARAI-rated fuel economy figure of 16.93 kmpl means that you won———t need to pull over at every petrol station to refill the tanks.

Build & Styling

Performing a hatchback-to-sedan extension is very tricky business and car firms have had disasters time and again but VW got it just right with the Vento. The Volkswagen Vento———s simplistic yet classy appearance has never let it down in the looks department. They buyer also gets to choose from 6 colour options. On the inside, every single panel and surface feels tough and solid. The car gets a Climatronic automatic air-conditioning systems with vents for the passengers in the back as well. A 4 speaker stereo system with USB, an SD card reader and the capability to connect to your cell phone over Bluetooth is also available to transform otherwise dreary drives into something a lot better.

The car is equipped with a whole plethora of features on the safety front. Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) ensures that the car goes where you want it to go regardless of the surface, ABS & disc brakes enable to you to bring everything to halt as quickly as possible and airbags for both the driver and front passenger minimize the risk of serious injury in the event of a collision. There are even little touches that are thoughtful like the pinch guards on all 4 windows that make sure that you don’t cut your finger when rolling the windows up. This will be even more effective if there are children in the car. The Vento TSI also comes with an electronic engine immobilizer and parking sensors.


The Vento, which was already a solid, classy-looking, all-rounder with good performance has just provided potential buyers with even more reason to buy one. The new 1.2 litre TSI petrol engine will give the best of both worlds with its great acceleration and handling while being frugal and efficient at the same time. It———s a win-win scenario and the competition has just been given a run for their money.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • High Equipment Levels
    • Styling
    • Competitive Pricing
  • Cons

    • Wooden Handling
    • No Manual Gearbox