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Volkswagen Vento

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The Vento is Volkswagen India’s answer to the entry level sedan segment. It is basically an extended version of the Polo with engine tweaks. The car looks modern in terms of its exterior design but its interiors are simplistic and well laid out. The interior space is not the best but still offers plenty of comfort. The car drives very well and has got a good grip on the road with decent ride quality, however the engine lacks any kind of excitement whatsoever. Both petrol and diesel engines are available but the diesel engine gives you added torque for better acceleration and then again its better in terms of its fuel economy. The car is priced competitively, but as a brand VW need to do a lot more to build its reputation in the country.
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Volkswagen Vento Expert Review

Car Rating MethologyRatings
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  • Design & Styling
  • 13/15
  • Interiors
  • 8/10
  • Engine & Transmission
  • 8/10
  • Performance and Handling
  • 12/15
  • Fuel Efficiency
  • 8/10
  • Features
  • 8/10
  • Safety
  • 3/5
  • Quality & Reliability
  • 8/10
  • Value for Money
  • 12/15
  • Overall Score
  • 80/100

The Volkswagen Vento is the entry level sedan from the German car making giant. The Vento is based on the Polo and they are built on the same platform. The Vento was launched in India 2010 and it was also built specifically for the Indian market.

Volkswagen Vento Exterior View

The Skoda Rapid also shares the same platform and is essentially the same car. The Vento competes with the Fiat Linea, Hyundai Verna and Honda Amaze.

Design & Styling

The Vento follows the same design approach as the Polo, except it features a boot to make it a sedan. The car is longer, with a longer wheelbase as well, than the Polo, but its other dimensions are much the same. The design language uses sharp lines and a clean modernistic approach. It is a good looking sedan, but definitely not the best. It comes with alloy wheels to give it a more premium and sporty look.


The Interiors of the Vento are similar to the Polo, but there is more space in the back for rear seat passengers.

Volkswagen Vento Interior View

The dashboard is a neat design with everything in place giving the car good ergonomics. The steering wheel is very attractive.

Engine & Transmission

The Vento comes with a 1.6 litre diesel as well as 1.6 litre petrol engine. We drove the petrol version that gives out around 103bhp and 153Nm of torque. The engine is then mated to a nicely built 5-speed transmission. The engine is very well built and very well refined.

Performance and Handling

The petrol variant we drove was decent on the road, but we did not enjoy its power, as the car doesn’t really accelerate very well. Overtaking was a huge problem for us on the highway, and we can imagine the diesel would have been better. Besides the poor acceleration, the car drives very well. It has a solid frame and a good suspension that drives well on Indian roads. The car also handles well and the steering response is nice. The brakes also work well. Overall, not a fun car to drive, but very comfortable indeed.

Fuel Efficiency

We got an average fuel economy of 11kmpl.


Features in the Vento include electric power steering, power windows, climate control with dust and pollen filters, in-built audio system with steering mounted controls, and a central display unit.


Safety features include a smart key, dual airbags, parking sensors, and ABS.

Quality & Reliability

The quality of the Vento is top-notch, after all it is a Volkswagen. The engine is highly refined and smooth and the cabin is very nice with good materials. The car is decently reliable and might cost you a bundle to service.

Value for Money

Not the best value for money out there in the market, but still a very good car.


This is not a driver’s car. The petrol is a little lazy in terms of torque, but it does have superb ride quality and very good use of quality materials. Plus it looks nice. However there are other cars that look better and even perform better. If you do want a Vento though, we insist on the diesel variant.

Volkswagen Vento User Reviews

2011 Volkswagen Vento 1.6L TDI Trendline (Manual)

Review #254 Reviewed on Nov 18, 2011

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I bought a Vento by exchanging my Wagon R. Before buying the car I inquired with some of my friends about Vento and Linea and they suggested Vento as it is a new model compared to two year old Linea. The ground clearance may be more in Vento. When I took the car to Munnar I found that the ground clearance is as same as Linea and there is no engine protection cover like Linea. My my vehicle hit on ditch on road and my AC compressor got damaged. My vehicle has been towed to the dealer and when I inquired, they says this is a normal problem on Vento. I am very much unhappy because of the maintenance cost of this vehicle. The clutch has gone twice in 12000 kms. The decision I took to buy this car was a wrong decision

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