What is it?

The Volkswagen Vento wants no introduction, after all, this Honda City-rival has been on sale in India for almost a ten years now. With periodic updates, strengths like its good create and driving manners, Volkswagen has managed to continue to keep its income afloat even with the opposition, which have long gone as a result of era updates more than the several years.In its most recent, 2020 iteration, the chatting stage is its all-new 1.-litre turbo-petrol motor that it shares with the Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Speedy. This motor replaces all the engines from its vary – 1.6-litre the natural way aspirated petrol, 1.two-litre turbo-petrol and the 1.5-litre dieseland for the second, this sole motor presenting will be accessible with only a 6-pace manual transmission, and while the computerized (6-pace torque converter) has been declared, its creation has not commenced just still.

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Elevated trip top masked by the overall body skirting to an extent.


The understated magnificence of the Vento’s clean up design and style has produced it age somewhat gracefully more than the several years. This 2020 variation wears the exact same styling as the 2019 facelift, soit gets a Polo GTI-influenced front bumper, LED headlamps with daytime operating lamps (DRLs) and 16-inch multi-spoke alloys. Our take a look at motor vehicle is a TSI (minimal) Edition, so it sports activities a black roof, boot spoiler, black mirrors and aspect overall body decals. The latter could not capture everyone’s extravagant, and the superior news is that these can be peeled off very easily for a cleaner seem. Interestingly, this motor vehicle appears a great deal greater over the ground than the pre-2019 facelift, and even its overall body skirting is not quiteable to mask its lifted stance Volkswagen, nonetheless, has not formally declared any transform to its ground clearance.

What is it like inside?

Just like the exteriors, even the interiors are identical to the 2019 facelift, so it nonetheless retains the good create, the substantial-quality plastics and the cozy seats. Some could want its minimalistic design and style and structure, but seem at it in the broader gentle amidst the opposition, and these interiors seem just too dated. Even the touchscreen seems smaller compared to present day display requirements. What is great, nonetheless, is the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Car, and even however it is somewhat simple in its procedure, it does a greater career than the Skoda Rapid’s app-weighty Android-primarily based infotainment method.

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Superior quality, perfectly-crafted interiors, have now started exhibiting their age.


Giving absent the Vento’s age is the absence of USB ports, which weren’t a little something to have when this motor vehicle, primarily based on the outdated PQ25 platform, was conceived more than a ten years ago. The USB slot is rather aspect of the infotainment method underneath the display and requires a long cable to connect your smartphone to the method and the way it dangles does not seem neat in this working day and age. This placement is nonetheless greater than the Rapid’s USB slot, which is in the glovebox. An additional irritant is the lack of house to stow your mobile phone securely in front of the gear lever the present locale is not wide more than enough to keep a medium-sized mobile phone.

Overall seat comfort and ease in the front and rear is superior, and this is a at ease four-seater sedan. A center passenger at the rear will sense unwelcome due to the slim seat width and significant ground hump, the latter nonetheless supplies torsional rigidity to the construction.

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Standard method with smartphone connectivity.


Interestingly, this TSI Edition is primarily based on the leading-spec Highline Moreover variant, so it gets all the characteristics of a absolutely loaded Vento like LED headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, cruise regulate, touchscreen with Android Car and Apple CarPlay, four airbags, reversing digicam, as perfectly as the cosmetic enhancements detailed over. Also, it is a whopping Rs 1 lakh less costly than the Highline Moreover variant, generating this minimal-version variant superior benefit for funds. Options like ESP, sunroof, cooled seats, automobile headlamps, wi-fi charging, tyre stress observe and curtain airbags are nonetheless lacking from the Vento’s record.

What is it like to drive?

This 999cc, a few-cylinder turbo-petrol unit provides 110hp and 175Nm of torque, which is 5hp extra than the outdated 1.two-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol motor that it replaces. As opposed to the international 115hp/200Nm state of tune, this variation gets a broader distribute of max torque, from 1,750-4,000rpm (vs two,000-three,500rpm in the international spec).This TSI motor gets immediate injection, which usually means that a exact amount of fuel is sprayed specifically into the cylinder at exceptionally substantial pressures (up to 350bar), ensuing in greater/extra efficient combustion, which translates into greater functionality compared to a port (indirect) injection unit.

This small tiny motor requires some time to get moving when off-raise,so you will have to get the job done the gears to get the most out of this 1.-litre motor.But get previous two,000rpm and this TSI motor arrives into its individual with its electrical power shipping and delivery,which flows in so efficiently and its distribute of torque is so wide, that it in fact surprises you with its sturdy functionality and easy mother nature. It spins great and freely during the rev vary and maxes out at 6,500rpm in the first a few gears.

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three-cyl motor is silent, vibe-absolutely free on the move.


In a thirty-60kph dash in 3rd gear and fifty-80kph in fourth gear simulating a quick overtake, the Vento TSI requires 5.98sec and 6.87sec, respectively, which is a little bit slower than the Skoda Speedy TSI (5.35sec and 6.60sec), but a great deal quicker than the new Honda City (6.43sec and eight.80sec). Even outright acceleration is sturdy, with a -100kph and -160kph time of 10.42sec and thirty.21sec, respectively, which is a little bit slower than the Skoda Speedy TSI (10.09sec and 28.88sec), but at par with the new Honda City (10.2sec and thirty.41sec).

2020 Volkswagen Vento 1. TSI acceleration figures (as tested)
-20kph 1.31s
-40kph two.52s
-60kph 4.49s
-80kph 6.87s
-100kph 10.42s
-120kph 14.70s
-140kph 20.66s
-160kph thirty.21s
20-80kph (in third gear) twelve.79s
40-80kph (in 4th gear) 14.61s

This a few-cylinder unit does flutter at idle, transmitting mild vibrations into the cabin, but it smoothens out on the move. What is great is that the typical thrum from the motor is perfectly managed and even however it gets a little bit vocal at greater revs, it under no circumstances appears coarse or strained.

The new 6-pace manual transmission, with short throws and perfectly-described gates, is a delight to use and it feels a contact nicer and smoother than the Skoda Speedy TSI’s unit.

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New 6-pace is clean and great to use.


Not a great deal has improved in conditions of driving dynamics, its taut chassis makes it a quite balanced handler. Even its steering feels exact and due to its weighty mother nature, and conjures up confidence even though attacking corners. The Vento feels rock stable on the freeway, and what’s truly amazing is its capacity to mask pace like a a great deal much larger motor vehicle. What is also great is that it absorbs street shocks at low speeds quite competently. This Volkswagen then strikes a superior stability in between trip comfort and ease and pleasurable driving manners.

Should I buy a single?

The Volkswagen Vento has been all around for a ten years now and has started exhibiting its age in sure locations, specially its interiors. It misses many characteristics like ESP, curtain airbags, sunroof and even a little something as simple as a press-button start. The TSI Edition (minimal), at Rs 10.ninety nine lakh, is Rs 1 lakh less costly than a equally spec’d Highline Moreover variant, so even though it is the pick of the vary, it nonetheless is not as attractively packaged as the Skoda Speedy Rider (bookings for which have briefly stopped), which grabbed the limelight for its killer starting off value tag.

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Decals, black roof with this minimal version.


The Vento TSI is not as present day as its rivals nor is it as perfectly-outfitted or as roomy – it has arrived at a time when the goal posts have moved ahead in the midsize segment, which is heating up once once again. So why would you buy a Vento then? For its one of a kind ‘Volkswagen-ness’, which is rooted in the good create and the sense of stability and protection you get at any pace. Then there’s the quite likeable TSI motor that impresses with its clean, pleasurable functionality, and complements its mature drive mannersreally perfectly. Just like the Skoda Speedy, the Vento’s enchantment lies in its outdated-university character, and it stays a single of the nicer cars and trucks to drive in its segment. 

Also see:

2020 Skoda Speedy 1. TSI critique, take a look at drive

2020 Honda City review, test drive

2020 Hyundai Verna review, take a look at drive

2020 Volkswagen T-Roc critique, take a look at drive

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