Volkswagen Vento Overview
Volkswagen’s midsize sedan has just been given a minor refresh to keep it relevant until the next-gen Vento arrives in 2021. The new model is mechanically unchanged it continues with the same BS4-compliant, 105hp, 1.6-litre petrol-manual; 105hp 1.2-litre turbo-petrol-dual-clutch auto; and 110hp, 1.5-litre diesel that gets manual and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic options. Besides metallic and non-metallic colour options for the base variant, the Vento facelift can now be had in a total of 12 variants. Compared to the outgoing model, prices have gone up by
Rs 12,000 for the base variants, while the top-spec trims cost about Rs 16,000-19,000 more. Volkswagen has also given the new Vento a few more exterior features and interior kit, somewhat justifying the increase in price. Here are the features and engine options available on each variant of the Volkswagen Vento facelift:
Volkswagen Vento Exterior & Look
The changes on the new Volkswagen Vento facelift are pretty subtle so don’t expect a sea of changes. It gets a new bonnet with more prominent crease, accompanied by a larger grille which now has an extra chrome slat, making it look more like the new VW Jetta. The front bumper is also new and comes with some more chrome strips, a redesigned air dam and a set of new fog lamps replace the older round ones. Also new are LED turn indicators on the ORVMs and the inclusion of integrated cornering lights.
Look at it from the side, and the changes include chrome strips on the door handles. And there’s even a new set of alloy wheels to differentiate the Vento facelift from the older model. At the back, the 2015 version gets reprofiled taillight, chrome lining on the boot, all new bumper with some more chrome on it. Chrome highlight on the exhaust tip completes the external upgrade for the 2015 Volkswagen Vento facelift.The changes are small and subdued at that, but overall the clean lines and smart proportions look great and the design tweaks make the Vento a shade more desirable. It’s a car, which with time, will age gracefully.
Volkswagen Vento Interior & Comfort
Once in, you are greeted with the usual Volkswagen’s top class use of materials and craftsmanship. In the top end Highline variant, Volkswagen uses Walnut Desert beige theme on the dashboard which look a tad more premium. The other variants, like the Trendline and Comfortline, get what VW calls Cloud TitanSchwarz colour treatment.View offers on Volkswagen Vento in Bangalore at Autozhop.
The rest of the cabin is carried forward from the recent upgrade Volkswagen given to the Vento, including a smart flat bottom steering wheel. You can still adjust the front passenger seat from the back, and the rear seats continue to be fairly comfortable with decent head- and knee-room. The cabin now appears to be a bit more cheerful than before, but the change isn’t really drastic.
There are a little more features added to make the 2015 Volkswagen Vento facelift more attractive. This includes the introduction of Cruise Control which is a good addition if you frequent the highway. Then you get the convenient electrically folding outer rear view mirrors, a cooled glove box and a dead pedal to rest your left foot on.Other bits are carried forward from the older car like a 2-din audio system with USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity, and driver and passenger airbags and ABS to protect you and your family.It’s a well built cabin but the Vento still lacks some features like a rear camera, touchscreen and push button start which the competition is already offering.
Volkswagen Vento Engine & Gearbox
The Vento now also features the new 1.5-litre common rail turbo-diesel that we’ve also seen in the Polo and the new Skoda Rapid. The Vento receives the higher state of tune as in the GT TDI and the Rapid and so, makes 105PS of power at 4,400rpm and 250Nm of torque between 1,500-2,500rpm. It’s a refined mill that pulls cleanly from low down in the rev range and makes for quick progress on the open road. While it’s not the most powerful engine in this segment, the drop in displacement has not short changed the car.To know more details on Volkswagen Vento check Changeonslapac
The engine is mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. And now both this and the Rapid are the only diesel automatic transmissions in the segment. The 7-speed automatic is the same transmission from the Polo GT TSI . It’s a very smooth quick shifting gearbox and it features three driving modes – a regular D mode, S for Sport and a manual Tip tonic mode. In drive the shifts are quick and seamless allowing for smooth progress in regular conditions at part throttle but kick-down is a little slow when you prod on the pedal. In Sport mode the transmission holds gear at part throttle and will shift at redline when accelerating through the gears. The manual mode allows you to chose shift points and also holds a gear only shifting at redline or to prevent the engine from stalling.
The Vento getting a dual clutch system and not a torque converter means that you should see great efficiency and in tests, the Vento returned a respectable 21.4kmpl and 13.6kmpl in our highway and city runs. In performance runs the automatic is just quicker than the old diesel car at 11.49s but we feel that this narrow margin is down to the automatic not allowing you to launch the car with high revs. With a manual transmission it could be faster still.
Volkswagen Vento Driving Dynamics
The ride quality and handling are much the same as the old car and that’s not surprising, considering that nothing’s changed in this department. The ride quality is on the firm side though it’s still really comfortable and the Vento always feels more composed compared to something like the City or the Ciaz. It only gets a little crashy over large sharp undulations in the road surface. Handling is good with great high speed stability and a planted feel around corners. The new electronic steering is well weighted at city and highway speeds but does lack quite a bit of feel, though it’s still miles ahead of most of the competition.
Volkswagen Vento Braking & Safety
The sedan gets equipped with ventilated disc brakes upfront and drums brakes at the rear. Its safety features include ABS, electronic engine immobilizer, dual front airbags, rear parking sensors and speed sensing auto door locks. There are side airbags on the top-end variant. The DSG variant gets Electronic Stabilisation Programme with Hill-hold control.Check car loan for Volkswagen Vento at Fincarz.
Volkswagen Vento Price in Bangalore
Volkswagen Vento On Road Price is 10,68,818/- and Ex-showroom Price is 8,63,000/- in Bangalore. Volkswagen Vento comes in 6 colours, namely Toffee Brown,Reflex Silver,Candy White,Blue Silk,Carbon Steel,Titanium Beige. Volkswagen Vento comes with 2WD with 1598 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 104 bhp@5250 rpm and Peak Torque 153 Nm@3800 rpm DRIVE TRAIN 2WD and reaches 100 KMPH at 11.7 seconds . Volkswagen Vento comes with Manual Transmission with 2WD .
Volkswagen Vento verdict
The Volkswagen Vento is a great sedan with good looks, features and performance. It will give a good competition to its rivals with its updated looks.Vento competitors comprise of Hyundai Verna, Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Ford Aspire.Over the years the Vento has established itself as a family sedan that boasts of German build quality with comfortable seating and excellent driving dynamics. Now the 2015 Volkswagen Vento facelift offers a little bit more chrome, character and features making it an even more compelling buy.