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