May 27, 2023

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2020 VW Vento 1.0 TSI Automatic first drive impressions

What is it?

The Volkswagen Vento was the initially, and for the longest time, only mid-dimensions sedan in India to be outfitted with a twin-clutch automatic (DSG) transmission paired with a potent turbo-petrol motor. This mixture made the Vento an desirable proposition for individuals who needed the usefulness of an automatic and also tugged at the heartstrings of individuals who relished driving. But for the BS6 era, Volkswagen has dropped the 1.two TSI and DSG combo for the new 1. TSI mated to an all-new six-speed torque-converter automatic. We’ve expert the 1. TSI Vento with a manual gearbox and cherished the new motor for its smoothness and overall performance, but how very well does it operate with the new six-speed automatic? Can a conventional torque converter match a swift-shifting twin clutch automobile ‘box? Has the Vento automobile taken a move backwards adopting this older tech? These are the thoughts we have set out to respond to.

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Absent is the 1.two TSI with the DSG and in comes the 1. TSI with the AT.

Why did VW switch the DSG with a torque converter?

Pre-BS6, Volkswagen’s ‘EA111’1.six-litre obviously aspirated (NA) petrol-manual served as the commencing level of the Vento vary, which was more than Rs two lakh much less expensive, spec-to-spec, than the 1.two-litre TSI DSG variant. With the 1.six-litreengine absent, VW wanted an entry-degree Vento to strike the ideal cost level in a really aggressive landscape. Major localisation of the new 1.-litre TSI motor has pushed costs down to some extent and, as a outcome, the cost of the foundation Vento 1.0TSI with a six-speed manual is not wildly highly-priced.

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New six-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox on the 2020 Vento.

Nevertheless, the bulk of demand would be for the automatic variant, and to be far more aggressive in this crucial phase Volkswagen decided to swap the highly-priced (and complicated) 7-speed DSG twin-clutch gearbox for a conventional (and much less expensive) six-speed torque converter unit. Also, the complexity of twin-clutch automatics has acquired them a popularity for lousy reliability, which has seriously hurt the brand name –another rationale why VW has ditched its much vaunted DSG tech for a far more confirmed and responsible answer. Nevertheless, this transmission is a newest-technology Aisin unit, not to be perplexed with the other six-speed torque converter that did duty in the Vento and Skoda Immediate 1.six-litre petrol automatic.

What is it like to travel?

There is a lot to like about this new transmission in day-to-day driving eventualities. It shifts effortlessly and seamlessly for the most section, and smartly works its way all-around the 1.-litre TSI’s turbo lag at minimal revs. In actuality, 1 of the most significant strengths of torque converters is, as the title suggests, a sturdy establish-up of torque at minimal revs. What’s also good is that the automatic is not programmed to change to the top-most ratio at the earliest, as a result extracting the most out of this little-potential, 3-cylinder motor. So when you want to up the speed to retain up with visitors, there is usually more than enough overall performance on tap to get shifting.

Flex your ideal foot for a swift overtake, or to shut in a gap in flowing visitors, and which is in which this gearbox demonstrates some reluctance prior to it downshifts and transmits the 175Nm of torque, as a result lunging the motor vehicle forward. The DSG confirmed a equivalent momentary hesitation in electric power shipping and delivery, but in which the new gearbox seriously scores is at gradual speeds or in bumper-to-bumper visitors. The fluid-pushed torque converter does not give the exact same perceptible jerks as a DSG swapping cogs and feels so much smoother, particularly when accelerating off the line.

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The six-speed automobile ‘box is smoother at minimal speeds compared to the older model’s twin-clutch unit.

If something, the Vento creeps forward a bit way too enthusiastically from a standing start off mainly because of the way the motor has been calibrated. To safeguard the motor from stalling below load, VW’s calibration engineers amplified the idle speed, which in turn made the move off from a standstill a bit way too sharp. This can be tough when you have to reverse or edge the Vento into a tight parking place and calls for some aggressive modulation of the brakes. Maintaining the motor vehicle in D2 lets you creep ahead in a comparatively smoother, far more calm fashion.

Like prior to, the Vento TSI does get a manual mode as very well as a ‘Sport’ mode for a far more enthusiastic driving practical experience. Rowing as a result of the sequential manual mode is not very as gratifying as in the DSG, and though in isolation it is obedient and swift more than enough to change, it does not meet the large bar set by the lightning-swift DSG, particularly for the duration of upshifts. While driving in a hurry, you do skip obtaining paddle shifters, which would have made the practical experience a contact far more partaking.

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In the sprint to 100kph, the Vento AT is slower than its predecessor but more rapidly than the 2020 Metropolis.

In the Activity mode, the automatic retains on to every gear ratio much lengthier than in ‘D’, and it can frequently spin the motor closer to its redline with an aggressive driver behind the wheel. To place the overall performance into standpoint, this new Vento automobile is as swift as the 1.two TSI DSG to 60kph, and is only .5sec slower to 100kph. When compared to its rivals, the Vento is the quickest to 60kph or 100kph, clocking occasions of five.13sec and eleven.77sec,respectively, as opposed to the Metropolis CVT’s five.forty five and eleven.85sec, and the Verna Turbo DCT’s six.32 and 13.09sec. It is also more rapidly than the other people, which includes the 1.two TSI DSG, from 20-80kph, using merely six.61sec, as opposed to the City’s 7.18sec and the Verna’s 7.29sec.

2020 Volkswagen Vento 1. TSI AT vs rivals: Overall performance
Vento AT* Vento DSG Metropolis CVT Verna Turbo
-60kph five.13s five.14s five.45s six.32s
-100kph eleven.77s eleven.24s eleven.85s 13.09s
20-80kph (in kickdown) six.61s six.75s 7.18s 7.29s
40-100kph (in kickdown) 8.87s 8.56s 8.57s nine.05s

*Overall performance figures not to Autocar India exam specifications


Is the 2020 Vento TSI AT worth for revenue?

Priced at Rs twelve.ninety nine lakh for the Highline In addition variant, this sole automatic presenting (for now) is Rs 91,000 far more highly-priced than a in the same way specified manual. For the revenue, it provides attributes like LED headlamps, 16-inch alloys, leatherette upholstery, cruise control, traction control, 4 airbags, a touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, an automobile-dimming inside of mirror and driven mirrors.

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At the end of the day, the 2020 Vento AT is a enjoyable, realistic automatic family members motor vehicle.

But if it is sheer attributes that you seek out, for a lakh less, the mid-spec SX 1.five CVT version of the Hyundai Verna provides much superior worth, with attributes this sort of as an electrical sunroof, wireless charging, keyless entry and go, a larger sized 8-inch touchscreen and automobile headlamps. What’s far more, the Honda Metropolis and Hyundai Verna are readily available across numerous variants with decrease commencing points, as a result widening their access and attractiveness.

Should I buy 1?

The Vento’s attractiveness lies in its sturdy fundamentals and its distinctive Volkswagen-ness, be it in the way it drives or its designed-to-very last truly feel. While this automatic does not very match the technologically exceptional DSG when it comes to an partaking driving practical experience, it far more than tends to make up for it with its smoothness, intuitiveness, outright overall performance and perhaps its extensive-expression reliability. More affordable variants in the combine could more broaden its attractiveness, but as issues stand, in spite of its age, the Vento stays a skilled proposition. If a enjoyable to travel, realistic, automatic family members motor vehicle is what you seek out, this 2020 Vento TSI AT ticks all the ideal packing containers.

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