Volkswagen Vento Diesel Model Review in Detail

Volkswagen Vento is one of the best car in Indian Automobile Market. This facelifted version gets a slew of cosmetic updates in terms of both exteriors and interiors, which gives it is fresh new appeal. The paint job is nicely done on it. The car is available in seven different colors. Volkswagen gives  an attractive unlimited kilometer warranty for two years, which can be extended further at an additional cost. you can also see Volkswagen Polo Diesel Model Review in Detail. In this post we are going to share with you about Volkswagen Vento Diesel Model Review in Detail. We hope you can get good knowledge from here and improve your knowledge about Volkswagen Vento.

Interior

Volkswagen Vento HD  Image of Interior

Volkswagen Vento HD Image of Interior

Volkswagen Vento is equipped with a number of safety features. These include airbags on driver and co driver side, height adjustable seat belts, electronic immobilizer, anti theft device, back up alarm etc. All variants of the Vento get a rear air-con vent and a very clever feature – you can move the front passenger seat forward or backward from the rear seat via a lever – it’s so simple and innovative that we wonder why no one else thought of it before. The Vento is currently available only in the base Trendline and top-end Highline variants. The Trendline gets basics like power steering, power windows, air-con and central locking but little else. The Highline in addition gets power mirrors, climate control, front airbags, CD/MP3 player, remote locking and driver’s seat height adjust. There’s a big cubbyhole in the center console, one center armrest and the glovebox is among the most useful.

The 454-litre boot is adequate and the inner lining of the boot lid is a nice touch. Spacious and luxurious, the classic lines of the Volkswagen Vento interiors are designed to convey a sense of peace and luxury to the rider. The reflex interior with fabric upholstery looks very elegant. It comes with leather covered steering wheel and gear knob. Adjustable driver seat along with adjustable steering column and power steering offer superior driving pleasure. Two tone anti glare dashboard and a stylish central console complete the look of the interior of the car. The switches have a solid and tactile feel. The sole letdown is the tiny buttons on the console for the climate control system (only on the Highline) which seem out of sync with the other chunky looking switchgear. The locking system is a bit impractical as there are no physical locks and all the locking has to be done by the driver. The absence of an external boot release (only the Highline has remote opening) is also inconvenient.

The features which make this car such a joy to ride in are AC with climate control Parking sensor, Fog lamp, Central locking, Remote boot, Power windows front and rear with pinch guard, Remote fuel filler, Electric rear view mirrors on both sides, Steering mounted controls, CD player, MP3, 4speakers and roof antenna, Backrests front and rear, Vanity mirror on co driver side, Sun visor with ticket holder on driver side. As far as its features are concerned, this latest version gets an improved music system including voice output. On the other hand, this sedan is also bestowed with an improved seating upholstery along with a slightly bigger multi-functional display featuring several warning notifications and buzzers. Apart from these, all the other comfort features have been retained from the outgoing model. It is also incorporated with a number of advanced safety aspects including dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and pinch guard protection for windows.

The cabin is classy and understated. It may not have the flair of its competitors but it does feel better put together. The beige and brown interiors are highlighted by high-quality silver accents, but the hard-wearing surfaces speak more about durability than luxury and some of the plastics feel below standard. The front seats are extremely comfortable with good under-thigh support and tall passengers won’t have a problem, thanks to the generous seat travel. The driver gets a steering that adjusts for reach and rake but we found the central armrest a bit too obstructive. The rear seats have lots of legroom and headroom is good too, thanks to a less swoopy roof line. The rear seatback is a bit too upright and you sink a touch too low into the seat squab. Also, the middle passenger doesn’t have a good time due to the big central tunnel.

Exterior

Volkswagen Vento HD Front Pics

Volkswagen Vento HD Front Pics

In terms of exteriors, it gets a slightly tweaked dual barrel headlight cluster with black finish. It is also blessed with a set of newly designed alloy wheels along with a pair of modified fog lamps, which distinguishes it from its predecessor. However, major changes have been made to its interiors by redesigning the dashboard, center fascia and to the instrument cluster. There are a lot of silver inserts given inside the cabin, especially to its center fascia and AC vent surround. This is truly an elegant and sophisticated looking car. Perfect body language with aerodynamic design makes the Volkswagen Vento appear far more elegant than any other car in this segment. Chrome trimmed grille at the center with stylish halogen headlights give a smart look to the car.

The rear tail lights are squarish, adding a unique touch to the design. The fit and finish and consistency of panel gaps are top class but what’s disappointing is the way the doors shut – with an unsatisfying and hollow thud. This reflects the light build of the Vento which, at 1,220kg (for the diesel), is just 95kg more than an equivalently specced Polo – impressive considering how much more car the Vento is. The Vento petrol is 100kg lighter than the diesel and on par with other saloons in the segment, except for the Linea which is the heaviest. This 5 passenger car has a length of 4384mm, a width of 1699mm and a height of 1466mm. It has a ground clearance of 168mm and is equipped with a 500L boot space. The partially zinc coated body which offers anti rust warranty, body colored door handles, chrome strip on trunk and the unique and sporty bonnet design are other features which attract the eye.

The Vento is based on the same platform as the Polo but is 414mm longer, of which a massive 96mm has gone into increasing the wheelbase. You can clearly see the additional length by the amount of space in the rear of the Vento. Also, the rear track is 35mm wider and the wider haunches have allowed a wee bit more width for the rear seat. The Vento adopts the Polo’s MacPherson strut front suspension and non-independent trailing arm rear setup, modified to adjust for the wider track. Also different from the Polo is the steering, which has been made a wee bit heavier by tweaking the software on this electric setup. The most attractive aspect of the interior is its new three-spoke flat-bottomed steering wheel that has high-gloss black inserts. With these changes, the new Volkswagen Vento is surely going to be one of the most attractive sedans in the automobile market.

Handling

Volkswagen Vento Pic of Power Steering

Volkswagen Vento Pic of Power Steering

The Vento’s primary objective is to be a comfortable saloon and the suspension is set up that way. The long wheelbase and wider rear track give the Vento stability through corners but it doesn’t like quick direction changes and on the limit the Vento under-steers strongly.  Disc brakes are there in front while the rear brakes are of drum type. Powerful suspension and antilock braking system makes it a pleasure to handle the car. An average mileage of 15 kmpl is recorded in the city and 20 kmpl in the Highway. At low speeds it rides with sophistication, absorbs bumps well except for some sharp ones which filter through. The Vento’s ride quality isn’t quite as accomplished as the Linea’s and its suspension can get clunky but the long-travel suspension soaks up bad roads pretty well. At high speed, the ride is again quite pliant and there’s a nice supple edge to the way it coasts over a bad patch.

However, the front is a touch too soft and the nose bobs up and down on an uneven surface, particularly on the diesel which has a heavier nose. In the city the Vento is a very user-friendly car, the light steering, soft clutch and easy gearshift make it a breeze to drive in traffic and in that sense the VW saloon demands little of the driver. To sum up, the Vento is a nicely judged mix of good ride and decent handling. Just like in the Polo, the Vento’s ride isn’t as flat or consistent as we would have liked. The electric steering too doesn’t exactly bristle with feel but it quietly does the job without much communication to the driver. The extra revs to play with give the engine amazing flexibility and in fact you can simply stick to one gear, whether in the city or on the highway.

Performance

Volkswagen Vento Picture of Engine

Volkswagen Vento Picture of Engine

This time around, the manufacturer has replaced its 1.6-litre TDI mill with a new 1.5-litre diesel engine, which is currently powering the Polo hatchback. However, this motor is tuned to produce a peak power of 103.5bhp in combination with a commanding torque output of 250Nm, which is remarkable. At the same time, it is also available with a five speed manual and a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission gearbox. On the other hand, the car maker has retained both its petrol engines. In addition to this, its Comfortline and Highline automatic variants are now available with 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine option as well. The Vento diesel gave us decent figures – 13.1kpl and 17.3kpl are what we got on the city and highway respectively. It’s not the best in class but given the power and torque it churns out, it’s more than acceptable. The 55-litre tank gives it a shattering 830km on a tank.

The Vento on full throttle will get to 100kph in 11.3 seconds that makes it the quickest in the segment just behind the Verna. However, the Vento’s massive torque and clever gearing conjure up explosive in-gear acceleration times – the 20-80kph run takes just 9.2sec, to a Verna diesel’s 12.5sec. The Vento’s mega mid-range makes it a brilliant highway car as well. The car comes with two types of engines – both petrol and diesel. It is powered by 4 cylinder 1.6L DOHC engine with a displacement of 1598cc. It delivers a power of 105 bhp at 5250 rpm. The petrol version delivers a maximum torque of 153 Nm at 3800 rpm while the diesel version delivers a torque of 250 Nm at 1500 to 2500 rpm. This powerful engine is mated with 5 speed manual transmission though the petrol version also comes with 6 speed automatic transmission with triptronic for easy shifting of gears.

The Volkswagen Vento has a top speed of 185 km/h for the petrol with manual transmission model, 183 km/h for petrol with automatic transmission model and 186 km/h for the diesel modelVW has given the Vento a stonking 1.6-litre common-rail diesel which is in essence the Polo motor with an extra cylinder. This twin-cam diesel churns out 105bhp and churns out a class-leading 25.4kgm of torque which peaks at a nice and low 1500rpm. The engine is pretty quiet except for an intrusive clatter at idle and a slightly gravelly note. But for the most part, it’s a very refined motor and the smoothest small diesel yet. The engine is very responsive with minimal turbo-lag and when you cross 2000rpm, the Vento simply takes off. Also amazing is the broad torque spread of this engine. Unlike most diesels which fall off a cliff past 4000rpm, the VW 1.6 keeps pulling strongly till 5000rpm.

Efficiency & Mileage Review

Volkswagen Vento 1.5 TDI Trendline (1498 cc, Manual, Diesel), gives mileage of 20.34 kmpl on the highway road and 17.25 kmpl in the city.

Volkswagen Vento 1.5 TDI Comfortline (1498 cc, Manual, Diesel), gives mileage of 20.34 kmpl on the highway road and 17.25 kmpl in the city.

Volkswagen Vento 1.5 TDI Highline (1498 cc, Manual, Diesel), gives mileage of 20.34 kmpl on the highway road and 17.25 kmpl in the city.

Volkswagen Vento 1.5 TDI Comfortline AT (1498 cc, Automatic, Diesel), gives mileage of 21.21 kmpl on the highway road and 17.25 kmpl in the city.

Volkswagen Vento 1.5 TDI Highline AT (1498 cc, Automatic, Diesel), gives mileage of 21.21 kmpl on the highway road and 17.25 kmpl in the city.

Pricing

Volkswagen Vento Mileage Test Drive

Volkswagen Vento Mileage Test Drive

Volkswagen Vento 1.5 TDI Trendline ₹ 8.7 Lac
Volkswagen Vento 1.5 TDI Comfortline ₹ 9.2 Lac
Volkswagen Vento 1.5 TDI Highline ₹ 10.1 Lac
Volkswagen Vento 1.5 TDI Comfortline AT ₹ 10.7 Lac
Volkswagen Vento 1.5 TDI Highline AT ₹ 11.2 Lac

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