What is it?

The Volkswagen Vento wants no introduction, after all, this Honda City-rival has been on sale in India for virtually a ten years now. With periodic updates, strengths like its strong construct and driving manners, Volkswagen has managed to maintain its revenue afloat even with the competitiveness, which have absent by generation updates over the several years.In its newest, 2020 iteration, the speaking level is its all-new 1.-litre turbo-petrol engine that it shares with the Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Immediate. This motor replaces all the engines from its array – 1.six-litre in a natural way aspirated petrol, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol and the 1.5-litre dieseland for the second, this sole engine offering will be available with only a six-pace manual transmission, and even though the automatic (six-pace torque converter) has been announced, its creation has not commenced just but.

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Lifted journey height masked by the overall body skirting to an extent.


The understated class of the Vento’s clean structure has manufactured it age alternatively gracefully over the several years. This 2020 edition wears the similar styling as the 2019 facelift, soit receives a Polo GTI-impressed front bumper, LED headlamps with daytime jogging lamps (DRLs) and sixteen-inch multi-spoke alloys. Our examination car is a TSI (minimal) Edition, so it sporting activities a black roof, boot spoiler, black mirrors and aspect overall body decals. The latter may well not capture everyone’s extravagant, and the very good news is that these can be peeled off effortlessly for a cleaner search. Apparently, this car appears much greater previously mentioned the ground than the pre-2019 facelift, and even its overall body skirting is not quiteable to mask its elevated stance Volkswagen, on the other hand, has not formally announced any improve to its ground clearance.

What is it like inside of?

Just like the exteriors, even the interiors are equivalent to the 2019 facelift, so it even now retains the strong construct, the substantial-good quality plastics and the cozy seats. Some may well desire its minimalistic structure and layout, but search at it in the broader light-weight amidst the competitiveness, and these interiors look just way too dated. Even the touchscreen seems to be smaller when compared to modern day display standards. What is great, on the other hand, is the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and even even though it is alternatively essential in its procedure, it does a improved career than the Skoda Rapid’s app-hefty Android-based infotainment process.

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Large good quality, well-designed interiors, have now started displaying their age.


Giving absent the Vento’s age is the absence of USB ports, which weren’t one thing to have when this car, based on the aged PQ25 platform, was conceived over a ten years back. The USB slot is instead part of the infotainment process down below the display and calls for a extended cable to hook up your smartphone to the process and the way it dangles doesn’t search neat in this day and age. This placement is even now improved than the Rapid’s USB slot, which is in the glovebox. Another irritant is the deficiency of space to stow your cellphone securely in front of the gear lever the current locale is not huge sufficient to maintain a medium-sized cellphone.

All round seat convenience in the front and rear is very good, and this is a cozy four-seater sedan. A middle passenger at the rear will really feel unwelcome because of to the slender seat width and large floor hump, the latter on the other hand presents torsional rigidity to the structure.

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Essential process with smartphone connectivity.


Apparently, this TSI Edition is based on the best-spec Highline Furthermore variant, so it receives all the attributes of a thoroughly loaded Vento like LED headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, cruise command, touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, four airbags, reversing camera, as well as the cosmetic enhancements listed previously mentioned. Also, it is a whopping Rs 1 lakh cheaper than the Highline Furthermore variant, generating this minimal-version variant very good price for money. Characteristics like ESP, sunroof, cooled seats, car headlamps, wi-fi charging, tyre force keep track of and curtain airbags are even now missing from the Vento’s record.

What is it like to drive?

This 999cc, 3-cylinder turbo-petrol device creates 110hp and 175Nm of torque, which is 5hp far more than the aged 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol motor that it replaces. In comparison to the international 115hp/200Nm condition of tune, this edition receives a wider spread of max torque, from 1,750-4,000rpm (vs 2,000-3,500rpm in the international spec).This TSI motor receives immediate injection, which means that a exact total of gas is sprayed straight into the cylinder at incredibly substantial pressures (up to 350bar), resulting in improved/far more productive combustion, which translates into improved functionality when compared to a port (indirect) injection device.

This tiny small motor will take some time to get transferring when off-increase,so you will have to do the job the gears to get the most out of this 1.-litre engine.But get earlier 2,000rpm and this TSI motor will come into its own with its ability shipping,which flows in so smoothly and its spread of torque is so huge, that it essentially surprises you with its strong functionality and easy mother nature. It spins great and freely in the course of the rev array and maxes out at six,500rpm in the 1st 3 gears.

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3-cyl motor is silent, vibe-absolutely free on the go.


In a 30-60kph dash in 3rd gear and 50-80kph in fourth gear simulating a fast overtake, the Vento TSI will take 5.98sec and six.87sec, respectively, which is a little bit slower than the Skoda Immediate TSI (5.35sec and six.60sec), but much quicker than the new Honda City (six.43sec and 8.80sec). Even outright acceleration is strong, with a -100kph and -160kph time of 10.42sec and 30.21sec, respectively, which is a little bit slower than the Skoda Immediate TSI (10.09sec and 28.88sec), but at par with the new Honda City (10.2sec and 30.41sec).

2020 Volkswagen Vento 1. TSI acceleration figures (as tested)
-20kph 1.31s
-40kph 2.52s
-60kph 4.49s
-80kph six.87s
-100kph 10.42s
-120kph 14.70s
-140kph twenty.66s
-160kph 30.21s
twenty-80kph (in third gear) 12.79s
40-80kph (in 4th gear) 14.61s

This 3-cylinder device does flutter at idle, transmitting gentle vibrations into the cabin, but it smoothens out on the go. What is great is that the typical thrum from the motor is well controlled and even even though it receives a little bit vocal at greater revs, it under no circumstances sounds coarse or strained.

The new six-pace manual transmission, with brief throws and well-outlined gates, is a delight to use and it feels a contact nicer and smoother than the Skoda Immediate TSI’s device.

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New six-pace is smooth and great to use.


Not much has improved in phrases of driving dynamics, its taut chassis tends to make it a quite balanced handler. Even its steering feels exact and because of to its weighty mother nature, and evokes self confidence while attacking corners. The Vento feels rock stable on the freeway, and what is seriously extraordinary is its means to mask pace like a much much larger car. What is also great is that it absorbs street shocks at very low speeds quite competently. This Volkswagen then strikes a very good stability in between journey convenience and enjoyable driving manners.

Need to I obtain just one?

The Volkswagen Vento has been close to for a ten years now and has started displaying its age in particular places, specifically its interiors. It misses several attributes like ESP, curtain airbags, sunroof and even one thing as essential as a thrust-button get started. The TSI Edition (minimal), at Rs 10.ninety nine lakh, is Rs 1 lakh cheaper than a in the same way spec’d Highline Furthermore variant, so while it is the decide on of the array, it even now is not as attractively packaged as the Skoda Immediate Rider (bookings for which have briefly stopped), which grabbed the limelight for its killer starting off selling price tag.

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Decals, black roof with this minimal version.


The Vento TSI is not as modern day as its opponents nor is it as well-equipped or as spacious – it has arrived at a time when the purpose posts have moved ahead in the midsize segment, which is heating up at the time once again. So why would you obtain a Vento then? For its exclusive ‘Volkswagen-ness’, which is rooted in the strong construct and the sense of security and security you get at any pace. Then there’s the quite likeable TSI engine that impresses with its smooth, enjoyable functionality, and complements its mature drive mannersreally well. Just like the Skoda Immediate, the Vento’s appeal lies in its aged-university character, and it remains just one of the nicer cars to drive in its segment. 

Also see:

2020 Skoda Immediate 1. TSI assessment, examination drive

2020 Honda City review, test drive

2020 Hyundai Verna review, examination drive

2020 Volkswagen T-Roc assessment, examination drive

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