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2020 Volkswagen Vento 1.0 TSI review, test drive

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What is it?

The Volkswagen Vento demands no introduction, soon after all, this Honda City-rival has been on sale in India for almost a ten years now. With periodic updates, strengths like its good develop and driving manners, Volkswagen has managed to retain its income afloat irrespective of the competitors, which have long gone via generation updates about the years.In its newest, 2020 iteration, the talking point is its all-new one.-litre turbo-petrol motor that it shares with the Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Speedy. This motor replaces all the engines from its range – one.6-litre by natural means aspirated petrol, one.two-litre turbo-petrol and the one.five-litre dieseland for the instant, this sole motor presenting will be readily available with only a 6-speed handbook transmission, and despite the fact that the computerized (6-speed torque converter) has been introduced, its generation hasn’t commenced just still.

Elevated experience peak masked by the overall body skirting to an extent.


The understated class of the Vento’s thoroughly clean layout has manufactured it age fairly gracefully about the years. This 2020 edition wears the identical styling as the 2019 facelift, soit receives a Polo GTI-inspired front bumper, LED headlamps with daytime jogging lamps (DRLs) and 16-inch multi-spoke alloys. Our check vehicle is a TSI (restricted) Edition, so it sporting activities a black roof, boot spoiler, black mirrors and aspect overall body decals. The latter could possibly not capture everyone’s fancy, and the superior information is that these can be peeled off very easily for a cleaner look. Curiously, this vehicle seems much better higher than the floor than the pre-2019 facelift, and even its overall body skirting isn’t quiteable to mask its lifted stance Volkswagen, however, hasn’t formally introduced any adjust to its floor clearance.

What is it like inside of?

Just like the exteriors, even the interiors are equivalent to the 2019 facelift, so it still retains the good develop, the superior-quality plastics and the comfy seats. Some could possibly desire its minimalistic layout and layout, but look at it in the broader gentle amidst the competitors, and these interiors look just also dated. Even the touchscreen seems compact in comparison to modern day display requirements. What is nice, however, is the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and even nevertheless it is fairly simple in its procedure, it does a much better job than the Skoda Rapid’s app-weighty Android-based infotainment process.

2020 Volkswagen Vento Inside View

Superior quality, effectively-crafted interiors, have now started showing their age.


Giving absent the Vento’s age is the absence of USB ports, which weren’t something to have when this vehicle, based on the outdated PQ25 platform, was conceived about a ten years in the past. The USB slot is as an alternative portion of the infotainment process down below the display and demands a prolonged cable to connect your smartphone to the process and the way it dangles does not look neat in this day and age. This placement is still much better than the Rapid’s USB slot, which is in the glovebox. Yet another irritant is the absence of room to stow your cellphone securely in front of the equipment lever the existing locale isn’t wide more than enough to hold a medium-sized cellphone.

General seat consolation in the front and rear is superior, and this is a comfy four-seater sedan. A center passenger at the rear will feel unwelcome due to the slender seat width and substantial floor hump, the latter however gives torsional rigidity to the construction.

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Basic process with smartphone connectivity.


Curiously, this TSI Edition is based on the best-spec Highline As well as variant, so it receives all the functions of a absolutely loaded Vento like LED headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, cruise management, touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, four airbags, reversing camera, as effectively as the beauty enhancements listed higher than. Also, it is a whopping Rs one lakh less costly than the Highline As well as variant, generating this restricted-version variant superior worth for revenue. Attributes like ESP, sunroof, cooled seats, car headlamps, wireless charging, tyre tension watch and curtain airbags are still lacking from the Vento’s record.

What is it like to drive?

This 999cc, a few-cylinder turbo-petrol device produces 110hp and 175Nm of torque, which is 5hp extra than the outdated one.two-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol motor that it replaces. In contrast to the worldwide 115hp/200Nm state of tune, this edition receives a wider unfold of max torque, from one,750-four,000rpm (vs two,000-3,500rpm in the worldwide spec).This TSI motor receives immediate injection, which signifies that a specific total of gasoline is sprayed right into the cylinder at exceptionally superior pressures (up to 350bar), ensuing in much better/extra effective combustion, which translates into much better overall performance in comparison to a port (indirect) injection device.

This tiny very little motor usually takes some time to get going when off-raise,so you will have to function the gears to get the most out of this one.-litre motor.But get previous two,000rpm and this TSI motor arrives into its very own with its electricity shipping and delivery,which flows in so smoothly and its unfold of torque is so wide, that it really surprises you with its sturdy overall performance and easy mother nature. It spins nice and freely in the course of the rev range and maxes out at 6,500rpm in the very first a few gears.

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3-cyl motor is peaceful, vibe-totally free on the transfer.


In a thirty-60kph sprint in 3rd equipment and fifty-80kph in fourth equipment simulating a brief overtake, the Vento TSI usually takes five.98sec and 6.87sec, respectively, which is a bit slower than the Skoda Speedy TSI (five.35sec and 6.60sec), but much more rapidly than the new Honda City (6.43sec and eight.80sec). Even outright acceleration is sturdy, with a -100kph and -160kph time of 10.42sec and thirty.21sec, respectively, which is a bit slower than the Skoda Speedy TSI (10.09sec and 28.88sec), but at par with the new Honda City (10.2sec and thirty.41sec).

2020 Volkswagen Vento one. TSI acceleration figures (as examined)
-20kph one.31s
-40kph two.52s
-60kph four.49s
-80kph 6.87s
-100kph 10.42s
-120kph 14.70s
-140kph twenty.66s
-160kph thirty.21s
twenty-80kph (in third equipment) 12.79s
forty-80kph (in 4th equipment) 14.61s

This a few-cylinder device does flutter at idle, transmitting mild vibrations into the cabin, but it smoothens out on the transfer. What is nice is that the common thrum from the motor is effectively controlled and even nevertheless it receives a bit vocal at better revs, it by no means appears coarse or strained.

The new 6-speed handbook transmission, with quick throws and effectively-defined gates, is a delight to use and it feels a touch nicer and smoother than the Skoda Speedy TSI’s device.

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New 6-speed is sleek and nice to use.


Not much has modified in phrases of driving dynamics, its taut chassis helps make it a incredibly balanced handler. Even its steering feels specific and due to its weighty mother nature, and evokes self esteem whilst attacking corners. The Vento feels rock secure on the highway, and what is seriously amazing is its capacity to mask speed like a much much larger vehicle. What is also nice is that it absorbs road shocks at lower speeds incredibly competently. This Volkswagen then strikes a superior equilibrium concerning experience consolation and satisfying driving manners.

Should I purchase 1?

The Volkswagen Vento has been around for a ten years now and has started showing its age in specified locations, especially its interiors. It misses several functions like ESP, curtain airbags, sunroof and even something as simple as a force-button start out. The TSI Edition (restricted), at Rs 10.99 lakh, is Rs one lakh less costly than a similarly spec’d Highline As well as variant, so whilst it is the pick of the range, it still isn’t as attractively packaged as the Skoda Speedy Rider (bookings for which have temporarily stopped), which grabbed the limelight for its killer beginning rate tag.

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Decals, black roof with this restricted version.


The Vento TSI isn’t as modern day as its rivals nor is it as effectively-equipped or as spacious – it has arrived at a time when the intention posts have moved ahead in the midsize section, which is heating up after all over again. So why would you purchase a Vento then? For its exclusive ‘Volkswagen-ness’, which is rooted in the good develop and the perception of stability and stability you get at any speed. Then there’s the incredibly likeable TSI motor that impresses with its sleek, satisfying overall performance, and complements its experienced drive mannersreally effectively. Just like the Skoda Speedy, the Vento’s appeal lies in its outdated-faculty character, and it remains 1 of the nicer autos to drive in its section. 

Also see:

2020 Skoda Speedy one. TSI critique, check drive

2020 Honda City review, test drive

2020 Hyundai Verna review, check drive

2020 Volkswagen T-Roc critique, check drive

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