What is it?

The Volkswagen Vento needs no introduction, soon after all, this Honda City-rival has been on sale in India for practically a decade now. With periodic updates, strengths like its strong create and driving manners, Volkswagen has managed to maintain its product sales afloat irrespective of the competitors, which have absent by means of technology updates about the many years.In its most current, 2020 iteration, the chatting point is its all-new 1.-litre turbo-petrol motor that it shares with the Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Fast. This motor replaces all the engines from its vary – 1.6-litre in a natural way aspirated petrol, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol and the 1.five-litre dieseland for the second, this sole motor giving will be readily available with only a 6-velocity handbook transmission, and although the computerized (6-velocity torque converter) has been declared, its output hasn’t commenced just nevertheless.

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Elevated trip peak masked by the body skirting to an extent.


The understated class of the Vento’s thoroughly clean design and style has produced it age relatively gracefully about the many years. This 2020 version wears the same styling as the 2019 facelift, soit will get a Polo GTI-motivated front bumper, LED headlamps with daytime operating lamps (DRLs) and sixteen-inch multi-spoke alloys. Our check car is a TSI (limited) Edition, so it athletics a black roof, boot spoiler, black mirrors and aspect body decals. The latter could not catch everyone’s extravagant, and the excellent information is that these can be peeled off quickly for a cleaner glimpse. Apparently, this car seems much increased earlier mentioned the ground than the pre-2019 facelift, and even its body skirting isn’t quiteable to mask its elevated stance Volkswagen, having said that, hasn’t formally declared any transform to its ground clearance.

What is it like within?

Just like the exteriors, even the interiors are identical to the 2019 facelift, so it nevertheless retains the strong create, the significant-top quality plastics and the comfy seats. Some could favor its minimalistic design and style and format, but glimpse at it in the broader light amidst the competitors, and these interiors look just much too dated. Even the touchscreen seems tiny compared to present day display screen specifications. What’s nice, having said that, is the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Automobile, and even however it is relatively fundamental in its operation, it does a far better job than the Skoda Rapid’s app-hefty Android-dependent infotainment system.

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Large top quality, properly-created interiors, have now started showing their age.


Giving away the Vento’s age is the absence of USB ports, which weren’t something to have when this car, dependent on the outdated PQ25 platform, was conceived about a decade back. The USB slot is as a substitute part of the infotainment system beneath the display screen and necessitates a extensive cable to join your smartphone to the system and the way it dangles does not glimpse neat in this day and age. This placement is nevertheless far better than the Rapid’s USB slot, which is in the glovebox. An additional irritant is the absence of house to stow your cellular phone securely in front of the equipment lever the current location isn’t broad adequate to keep a medium-sized cellular phone.

In general seat convenience in the front and rear is excellent, and this is a relaxed four-seater sedan. A center passenger at the rear will experience unwelcome owing to the slim seat width and massive floor hump, the latter having said that provides torsional rigidity to the composition.

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Primary system with smartphone connectivity.


Apparently, this TSI Edition is dependent on the best-spec Highline Additionally variant, so it will get all the attributes of a absolutely loaded Vento like LED headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, cruise handle, touchscreen with Android Automobile and Apple CarPlay, four airbags, reversing digital camera, as properly as the cosmetic enhancements mentioned earlier mentioned. Also, it is a whopping Rs 1 lakh more cost-effective than the Highline Additionally variant, earning this limited-version variant excellent value for funds. Characteristics like ESP, sunroof, cooled seats, automobile headlamps, wireless charging, tyre tension observe and curtain airbags are nevertheless lacking from the Vento’s checklist.

What is it like to drive?

This 999cc, three-cylinder turbo-petrol device provides 110hp and 175Nm of torque, which is 5hp extra than the outdated 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol motor that it replaces. Compared to the international 115hp/200Nm condition of tune, this version will get a broader spread of max torque, from 1,750-4,000rpm (vs 2,000-3,500rpm in the international spec).This TSI motor will get direct injection, which indicates that a specific amount of money of fuel is sprayed directly into the cylinder at really significant pressures (up to 350bar), ensuing in far better/extra economical combustion, which translates into far better general performance compared to a port (oblique) injection device.

This very small minor motor takes some time to get going when off-enhance,so you will have to perform the gears to get the most out of this 1.-litre motor.But get previous 2,000rpm and this TSI motor arrives into its very own with its electric power supply,which flows in so efficiently and its spread of torque is so broad, that it really surprises you with its potent general performance and easy mother nature. It spins nice and freely through the rev vary and maxes out at 6,500rpm in the very first three gears.

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3-cyl motor is peaceful, vibe-cost-free on the shift.


In a thirty-60kph dash in third equipment and fifty-80kph in fourth equipment simulating a brief overtake, the Vento TSI takes five.98sec and 6.87sec, respectively, which is a little bit slower than the Skoda Fast TSI (five.35sec and 6.60sec), but much more rapidly than the new Honda City (6.43sec and eight.80sec). Even outright acceleration is potent, with a -100kph and -160kph time of 10.42sec and thirty.21sec, respectively, which is a little bit slower than the Skoda Fast 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 analyzed)
-20kph 1.31s
-40kph 2.52s
-60kph 4.49s
-80kph 6.87s
-100kph 10.42s
-120kph fourteen.70s
-140kph twenty.66s
-160kph thirty.21s
twenty-80kph (in third equipment) 12.79s
forty-80kph (in 4th equipment) fourteen.61s

This three-cylinder device does flutter at idle, transmitting mild vibrations into the cabin, but it smoothens out on the shift. What’s nice is that the normal thrum from the motor is properly managed and even however it will get a little bit vocal at increased revs, it hardly ever appears coarse or strained.

The new 6-velocity handbook transmission, with small throws and properly-described gates, is a delight to use and it feels a contact nicer and smoother than the Skoda Fast TSI’s device.

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New 6-velocity is clean and nice to use.


Not much has changed in phrases of driving dynamics, its taut chassis helps make it a very balanced handler. Even its steering feels specific and owing to its weighty mother nature, and evokes confidence although attacking corners. The Vento feels rock stable on the highway, and what is truly remarkable is its capacity to mask velocity like a much more substantial car. What’s also nice is that it absorbs highway shocks at low speeds very competently. This Volkswagen then strikes a excellent stability among trip convenience and pleasing driving manners.

Need to I acquire a person?

The Volkswagen Vento has been about for a decade now and has started showing its age in specified locations, specifically its interiors. It misses a number of attributes like ESP, curtain airbags, sunroof and even something as fundamental as a force-button get started. The TSI Edition (limited), at Rs 10.ninety nine lakh, is Rs 1 lakh more cost-effective than a similarly spec’d Highline Additionally variant, so although it is the select of the vary, it nevertheless isn’t as attractively packaged as the Skoda Fast Rider (bookings for which have temporarily stopped), which grabbed the limelight for its killer starting up cost tag.

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Decals, black roof with this limited version.


The Vento TSI isn’t as present day as its competitors nor is it as properly-geared up or as roomy – it has arrived at a time when the purpose posts have moved ahead in the midsize section, which is heating up once yet again. So why would you acquire a Vento then? For its one of a kind ‘Volkswagen-ness’, which is rooted in the strong create and the feeling of stability and protection you get at any velocity. Then there is the very likeable TSI motor that impresses with its clean, pleasing general performance, and complements its experienced drive mannersreally properly. Just like the Skoda Fast, the Vento’s enchantment lies in its outdated-university character, and it stays a person of the nicer automobiles to drive in its section. 

Also see:

2020 Skoda Fast 1. TSI assessment, check drive

2020 Honda City review, test drive

2020 Hyundai Verna review, check drive

2020 Volkswagen T-Roc assessment, check drive

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