Volkswagen’s updated C-segment offering – the new Vento, is on sale in the Indian market. Featuring additional features, more efficient engines and refreshed design, the Vento retains its practical cabin, simplistic design and impressive engine options.
Design wise, not much has been changed in terms of the layout of body panels. The Vento continues to exude typical Volkswagen design cues with its neatly designed front/rear end, taut shoulder lines and a compact profile. However, there are quite a few subtle updates in the design that differentiate the 2015
model from the past.
The Vento now gets a reprofiled bonnet with deeper creases and new front grille with triple chrome slats. There’s also a new front airdam and front fog lamps with integrated cornering lights. Move onto the rear and you will notice the old layout of the taillights albeit with revised internals, a thin chrome strip on the boot lid and a restyled rear bumper with chrome inserts and reflectors.
The design of the interior remains the same as before, but Volkswagen has introduced new colour themes and updated the equipment list according to the trim level. For 2015, the Vento gets cruise control, cooled glove box and a dead pedal as all-new equipment. Standard features, meanwhile, include climate control, rear parking sensors, electrically adjustable rear view mirrors, ABS, twin airbags and a rather good sounding audio system with Bluetooth connectivity.
Engine and Gearbox
The diesel powered models feature a 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 103bhp of power @4400rpm and 250Nm of torque @1550rpm. This TDI unit makes peak power at 2,000rpm and redlines at nearly 6,000rpm.
The petrol powered models, on the other hand, come with either the 1.6-litre MPI or the 1.2-litre turbocharged TSI engine. The latter produces 105bhp of power and 175Nm of torque, while the 1.6 MPI engine produces 105bhp of power and 153Nm of torque. Volkswagen is offering a 5-speed manual and 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox, depending on the version.
Price and competition
Ex-showroom prices for the new Vento start from Rs 7.70 lakh for the entry-level 1.6-litre petrol, going all the way to Rs 11.6 lakh for the top-end diesel with DSG gearbox. The car competes with other C-segment cars like the Hyundai Verna, Fiat Linea and the Honda City.