Vplkswagen Vento Facelift Review

Volkswagen Vento Overview

The C-segment has been witnessing a very thorough and intense battle since the past few years. The Honda City has always reigned the market but Hyundai followed up closely with the Verna which did manage to overtake the former in sales. With the fourth generation City in the market, the battle grew even more interesting. Maruti then dropped a bomb by launching the Ciaz which sold in great numbers for the first couple of months and then sales dipped down slightly and settled at number two position in the segment. The Volkswagen Vento is a very worthy contender in this segment but unfortunately it didn’t really sell as much as its rivals thanks to a lot of reasons like poor after-sales perceptions, limited features, etc. Now, the German auto giant has updated the Vento again and it comes across as a very good package and it might just hit it off with buyers in this segment.  Hyundai Verna price starts from 8,18,416/-. Check for price details of Vento in CarzPrice.

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Volkswagen Vento Exteriors

The Vento has always been known for its understated appeal. This sedan is preferred by all those who like minimalist styling. The front of the Vento looks premium while the side profile is pretty much simple without any overload of lines. The rear again has a very simple design. The previous Vento came with circular fog lamps while the facelift now gets rectangular lamps. The fog lamps also have an integrated cornering light function which comes in quite useful on dark corners or even tight ghat sections.

The cosmetic changes that appear on the 2015 Vento include a new bonnet, new bumper, new grille, redesigned front airdam, chrome strip on the front and rear bumpers, door handles with chrome trims, electrically folding ORVMs with LED indicators, new tail lights, chrome garnish on boot lid, chrome exhaust tip and a soft touch release button for the boot. We think Volkswagen has done a splendid job with this update and there seems to be no reason to complain.

Volkswagen Vento Interiors

The design of its internal section is left untouched in this facelift, however, some advanced equipments can be seen inside, adding to its features list. The cabin is neat good quality plastic materials and has space for five people who can feel convenient with ample head, leg as well as shoulder room.

Inside the car, you can actually see the excellent work of the company’s designers who have combined the dual tone colour scheme and chrome elements to give it an elegant look. Especially, if you take a look at the dashboard, it looks so well designed and even the equipments are properly positioned thus, making it more convenient for the driver to control different functions with much ease.

A stylish centre console sits at the centre of the dashboard carrying aspects like the climatronic automatic air conditioning unit with rectangular shaped air vents, which are placed just above the music system. Dust, pollen filter and rear AC vent is also available.

Undoubtedly, one of the important updates it has received is the dynamic infotainment display. This advanced unit is offered with a touchscreen display and also includes radio, navigation system and a few other functions. Meanwhile, the mirror link connectivity is definitely an add-on that lets you connect your phone to the car and access different functions effortlessly.

A power assisted steering column is on offer with tilt and telescopic adjustment functions that aid the driver in adjusting its position accordingly. Exactly behind it is a stylish instrument cluster that also holds a tachometer, tripmeter, as well as speedometer.

Volkswagen Vento Performance

The Volkswagen Vento comes with a 1598cc, 4 Cylinder, 8 Valve engine in both petrol and diesel, delivering a maximum power of 105 bhp in both and maximum Torque of 255 Nm in diesel version and 153NM in Petrol.The standard Vento Gearbox is a 5-speed manual gearbox and the engine features a 4-valve head along with double overhead camshaft. In petrol version, there is an automatic transmission available with a 6 speed box in the Highline variant. The claimed fuel efficiency of 15KMPL in petrol and 20KMPL in diesel for 1.6 Litre engine is quite impressive.

All in all, the Vento comes in 7 variants in which Trendline, trendline metallic and Highline are common for both petrol and diesel variants . Additionally, the petrol version has Automatic transmission version in Highline variant. The car is packed with several active and passive safety features like advanced high chassis, side airbags, rigid body shell, five three-point seat belts, ABS, and EBD. The diesel and petrol Vento compete with a number of models in their class. The below table gives a comparison with prominent competitors and their respective top end models.

Volkswagen cars come with style and luxury that are driven by performance oriented engines. This means Volkswagen Vento is a good addition in entry level sedan segment. The car has lot of leg room as not an inch of space has been wasted inside and out. One of the shortcomings we could state, is that the dashboard could have been made more impressive.From comparison it can be concluded that Vento is in par with other competitor models and the main strength of Vento is its German quality and sense of newness

Volkswagen Vento Driving Dynamics

As for the braking, a robust set of ventilated disc brakes are fitted to its front wheels and the rear ones get sturdy drum brakes. Anti lock braking mechanism is also offered that not only boosts this mechanism but also prevents the vehicle from skidding. Meanwhile, the McPherson strut on front axle and semi-independent trailing arm on the rear one makes your journey in this sedan quite comfortable. This suspension system ensures the ride is smooth no matter how the road conditions are. On the other hand, with a speed sensing electronic power steering column, you can easily take turns besides having good control at both low and high speeds.

Volkswagen Vento Safety & Security

The Volkswagen Vento comes with two airbags and ABS. The vehicle has strong build quality and the cabin feels like a safe and assuring place to be in. Talking about after-sales service, Volkswagen doesn’t really excel much in this department. The company really lags behind its rivals by a huge margin when it comes to after-sales. There have been numerous complaints about Volkswagen giving sub-standard levels of service while the company’s service network is also not as widespread as rivals. However, the German carmaker is expanding its reach across the country. They currently have around 118 dealerships across 100 cities in India.

Volkswagen Vento Price

Volkswagen Vento Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 8,18,416/- (Vento 1.6 Trendline Petrol) to 13,87,234/- (Vento DSG Highline Plus Sport Diesel). Get best offers for Volkswagen Vento from Volkswagen Dealers in India

Volkswagen Vento Conclussion

The Vento has always been a pretty good vehicle and this update just makes it better. The sedan excels when it comes to looks, interiors, driving feel and a lot more. It only loses out due to its poor service network and the slightly high cost of spare parts and maintenance as compared to rivals. Volkswagen also has a not-so-good perception when it comes to reliability. The DSG transmission really rocks and trumps over any other automatic available in this segment. You should definitely consider the 2015 Vento if you prefer build quality, handling and the quick tranny over better resale value and slightly cheaper service costs that rivals offer.

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