The C-segment has been witnessing a very thorough and intense battle since the past few years. The Honda City has always reigned the market but Hyundai followed up closely with the Verna which did manage to overtake the former in sales. With the fourth generation City in the market, the battle grew even more interesting. Maruti then dropped a bomb by launching the Ciaz which sold in great numbers for the first couple of months and then sales dipped down slightly and settled at number two position in the segment. The Volkswagen Vento is a very worthy contender in this segment but unfortunately it didn’t really sell as much as its rivals thanks to a lot of reasons like poor after-sales perceptions, limited features, etc. Now, the German auto giant has updated the Vento again and it comes across as a very good package and it might just hit it off with buyers in this segment.
DESIGN AND STYLE ;
Is it true that all Volkswagen cars looks the same and have almost same design cues perhaps its true, take a look at this new Vento and you will realize that it looks almost the same but what Volkswagen has done is that they have added some fresh new elements to the sedan which actually has give this new sedan a new league of life.
Towards the front the Vento has typical 3 slat Volkswagen grille with the logo on it while the front bumper now has been added with Chrome slats. The front headlamps too receieved some significant updates as well lastly talking about lights the fog lamps also loks slimmer than the old ones and is helpful specially during turns. The side profile of the sedan remains completely unchanged the rear fortunately received some bling which came in the form of a new slim chrome strip on the rear boot and also on the rear bumper.
Overall the Volkswagen Vento looks more like a elongated Polo and why not it even shares some of its components with it including the platform but because of the enhanced platform the Vento rear passengers can also enjoy the extra amount of space.
CABIN AND COMFORT ;
While the headlamps of the Volkswagen Vento remain the same, the round fog lamps are replaced by new ones with integrated cornering lamps. New alloy wheels, borrowed from the Polo look neat. The rear view mirrors now come with LED turn indicators and also are electrically foldable. Tails lamps have new internals that make it look smart. There is a new chrome lining on the boot, to make it look premium and a new rear bumper with chrome inserts and reflectors.DSC02835
Another addition is a soft touch release button on the boot, in addition to the earlier release buttons in the cabin and on the remote. The door handles also get a dash of chrome on the top portion. A new interior colour theme which VW calls the ‘Walnut Desert Beige’ welcomes you inside.
The layout remains the same. It finds some welcome features like cruise control, a cooled glovebox, which was always spacious. I personally liked is the new dead pedal, which goes a long way in improving driving comfort.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;
The Volkswagen Vento comes with a 1598cc, 4 Cylinder, 8 Valve engine in both petrol and diesel, delivering a maximum power of 105 bhp in both and maximum Torque of 255 Nm in diesel version and 153NM in Petrol.The standard Vento Gearbox is a 5-speed manual gearbox and the engine features a 4-valve head along with double overhead camshaft. In petrol version, there is an automatic transmission available with a 6 speed box in the Highline variant. The claimed fuel efficiency of 15KMPL in petrol and 20KMPL in diesel for 1.6 Litre engine is quite impressive.
All in all, the Vento comes in 7 variants in which Trendline, trendline metallic and Highline are common for both petrol and diesel variants . Additionally, the petrol version has Automatic transmission version in Highline variant. The car is packed with several active and passive safety features like advanced high chassis, side airbags, rigid body shell, five three-point seat belts, ABS, and EBD. The diesel and petrol Vento compete with a number of models in their class. The below table gives a comparison with prominent competitors and their respective top end models.
Volkswagen cars come with style and luxury that are driven by performance oriented engines. This means Volkswagen Vento is a good addition in entry level sedan segment. The car has lot of leg room as not an inch of space has been wasted inside and out. One of the shortcomings we could state, is that the dashboard could have been made more impressive.From comparison it can be concluded that Vento is in par with other competitor models and the main strength of Vento is its German quality and sense of newness.
RIDE AND HANDLING ;
The Volkswagen has always been a well sprung sedan. The ride quality is definitely one of the biggest virtues the 2015 Volkswagen Vento has inherited from its forbearer. With McPherson Strut in front the semi-independent trailing arm suspension is tuned on the firmer side, while the high profile 15-inch tyres makes the Vento marches over bad roads and practically glides over the tarmac.
Thanks to this setup and a precise and communicative steering, the 2015 Vento facelift has an absolute fun to drive dynamics. While negotiating turns it’s never fidgety, never loses it poise and is never unpredictable. This really boosts the driver’s confidence, making the Vento an obvious pick among its rivals.
Safety elements are up to the mark in this upgraded Vento. In the entry level models, you will find aspects like dual front airbags, three point seat belts that are height adjustable at front, and electronic engine immobilizer with floating code. The rear parking sensors does the job of alerting the driver about any obstacle through audible signals, while the front and rear adjustable head restraints offers support and protection to your neck. Whereas the mid and top spec variants additionally gets hill hold control, and power windows with pinch guard function on all doors. Besides these, the advanced attributes like anti lock braking system as well as electronic stabilization program takes the security standards to next level.
The Vento has always been a pretty good vehicle and this update just makes it better. The sedan excels when it comes to looks, interiors, driving feel and a lot more. It only loses out due to its poor service network and the slightly high cost of spare parts and maintenance as compared to rivals. Volkswagen also has a not-so-good perception when it comes to reliability. The DSG transmission really rocks and trumps over any other automatic available in this segment. You should definitely consider the 2015 Vento if you prefer build quality, handling and the quick tranny over better resale value and slightly cheaper service costs that rivals offer.