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A CAR FOR ABSOLUTE DRIVING PLEASURE! - Volkswagen Vento Highline Plus 1.2 (P) AT Review

A user review on Volkswagen Vento. Written by CGN MENON on 25 October, 2019

Price: ₹ 8.77 - 14.50L
Ex-showroom, New Delhi
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Version Reviewed : Highline Plus 1.2 (P) AT
Purchased As : New
Familiarity : Few hundred kilometers

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The car was purchased at EVM Volkswagen, Muvattupuzha. The sales team was quite friendly; but their knowledge about the technical details and other matters on sales were not satisfactory. Why I have such an opinion is because I had studied about the model extensively through youtube videos and write up of other users and experts and the team was not able to clear many of my doubts. The performance of the car is superb! The power and acceleration is really satisfying. The gear shift is very smooth and unless one watch the speedometer very often, crossing speed limit is a sure possibility! I have driven it on highways and by roads in the interior parts of Kerala and found that the shock absorbers are strong and comfortable enough to navigate the vehicle through the numerous potholes that are everywhere in Kerala now. The low ground clearance is a matter of concern when driving through rough roads. The pleasure of driving this car is something to experienced and cherished!! Colour of my car is 'sunset red' according to the company, though it seems to me as dark red. This is a new introduction for the 2019 facelift version of Vento. It is definitely an attention grabbing colour with the modified honeycomb front grill. I still have not received the graphics and badge 'GT line' which also is a new addition to the facelift version of this variant. The dealer says the company have not sent them even after a lapse of one month after delivery? In this context I would like to mention that the response from the Volkswagen company on any query is pathetic. They simply forward your mails to the dealers without even reading them. I have taken the vehicle for the first check up after driving one thousand kilometers. It cannot be called a servicing. They check the tightness of bolts and nuts, wear of brakes etc. The real service with oil change etc. will be at 15000 kilometers. Build quality, performance, ease of handling and safety features, ample leg space and boot space, silent engine and good sound proofing inside are the main pros which influenced me to chose this car. There is good visibility all around even for short people with the height adjusted seat. Electrically adjustable seat would have been more convenient. Low ground clearance is a matter of concern and surely not ideal for roads in Kerala. Control of the ORVMs is cumbersome; the mirrors do not fold and open with the engine stop and start; it has to be manually operated. Opening boot and lowering and raising window panes with remote key is not very useful. Push button start which is a standard feature in top variant of this class is absent in this car. It is fitted with 195/55 R16 tyres. I think 205/55 R16 tyres would have enhanced the look and drivability of this car. All together a very good car and I am happy with my choice.
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