The Subtle Choice: Volkswagen Vento 2015 Expert Review
The VW Vento has always been the brand’s entry-level sedan. This sedan has been on the market since 2010 and is based on the Polo. Since then, it has received regular updates, including cosmetic modifications, new features, and even new engines. It has received two new engines and a double-clutch transmission since its launch.
However, the Vento received a big visual change for the 2015 model year, notably following the introduction of the new 1.5-litre diesel engine and automatic transmission. So, do the Vento’s cosmetic changes merit the upgrade? We get our hands on the new Vento and tell you all you need to know.
The Vento is a premium sedan from Volkswagen, yet it resembled the Polo in appearance. This has been a disappointment for a number of automobile customers who had hoped to move away from the Polo aesthetic in favour of something more sophisticated and subtle.
Volkswagen has responded to customer input by releasing an improved version of the Vento. A three-chrome horizontal slat grille has been added to the Vento, giving it a more luxury and attractive appearance. This vehicle appears to be a larger and more mature sedan than the Vento. On the 2017 Vento, the new big fog lamps stick out. At several spots on the automobile, there is a very delicate thin chrome strip.
The Vento is one of the best illustrations of how the Germans can create a discreet car. There isn’t a lot of extra chrome, but it’s a very modest and beautiful sedan. The Vento now resembles the Jetta rather than the Polo, which distinguishes it and makes it stand out.
The Vento’s interiors are exceptionally luxurious. When the Vento was first released in 2010, it had very basic functions, however since then, various new features have been added to the Vento. The interiors have progressed to the point where they are now simple, attractive, and appear to be of high quality.
The piano black parts on the steering wheel are luxurious, and the black on white writing on all of the display panels adds to the subtlety. It is pleasing to the eye and does not appear to be too loud. All of the controls are neatly positioned on the Vento’s three-spoke steering wheel. Except for the armrest, which we found a little out of place, especially while shifting gears, we were hunting for all the minute nick-nacks that we could point out as wrong. There are now electrically folding ORVMs, as well as a cruise control setting. A cooled glove box and new interior colour schemes of ‘Walnut desert beige’ (in Highline) and ‘Cloud – Titanschwarz’ are among the other improvements (in Trendline and Comfortline).
This premium sedan’s seats are spacious and pleasant. Tall folks will find enough of room, as well as superb thigh and back support. The rear seats are very comfy, and with the centre armrest, sitting in the back seems a lot more relaxed. The boot of the Vento is also big enough to store four people’s luggage for a full weekend.
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There are three engine options for the Vento: a 1.2-litre turbo petrol with a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox, a 1.6-litre petrol with a five-speed manual transmission, and a 1.5-litre diesel engine with a five-speed manual and seven-speed dual clutch transmission. Among the petrol engine options, the Vento 1.2-litre is our favourite. This engine develops 103bhp and has enough torque to travel around town with ease. You can easily overtake in the city or on the highway if you push the throttle. The dual-clutch transmission shifts smoothly and quickly.
The diesel engine is in the same boat. This is a torquey with enough grunt to drive comfortably in the city or on the highway. This diesel engine is one of the most powerful in the actual world (of course in its sector), and the spool produced by the turbo makes it even more exciting. The Vento diesel is one of the most fuel-efficient and powerful diesel automobiles on the market today. The automatic version of the Vento is the best of the bunch because it makes driving stress-free and you don’t miss out on the rapid shifts that a manual transmission can provide. The gearbox is smooth and simple to operate. For those who like manual transmission, the clutch has been made lighter, making it easier to clutch and declutch.
The Vento’s ride quality is fantastic, and it’s a little softer in the back to make it more pleasant and handy for individuals who are chauffeured. The Vento was created for two types of people: those who enjoy driving and those who enjoy being driven. The Vento is quite precise in its handling. The chassis’ agility on winding roads is significantly superior to that of most competitors, and the tyres provide good traction. In the city or on the highway, the electronic steering wheel is light and easy to use. Despite its lightness, it seems well linked on the majority of occasions. One of the Vento’s key USPs is its driving characteristics.
The Volkswagen Vento has dressed up in a Tuxedo for this premium mid-size car party. This one is subtle, appealing, and deserving of a second look. The Germans know how to build a car and what the Indian auto market requires. The Vento is now adapted to the needs of Indian consumers and is arguably the greatest option on the market.
It’s constructed like a tank, it’s exciting to drive, and it’s also fuel-efficient. It lacks some of the features offered by some of the competition, but for the price, it is an excellent choice. The Vento’s cost of ownership and resale value are two areas where Japanese competitors have an advantage.