June 20, 2024

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2020 Volkswagen Vento 1.0 TSI review, test drive

What is it?

The Volkswagen Vento demands no introduction, after all, this Honda Town-rival has been on sale in India for just about a decade now. With periodic updates, strengths like its solid create and driving manners, Volkswagen has managed to maintain its gross sales afloat despite the competitiveness, which have long gone by means of generation updates in excess of the several years.In its hottest, 2020 iteration, the talking place is its all-new 1.-litre turbo-petrol engine that it shares with the Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Immediate. This motor replaces all the engines from its variety – 1.6-litre the natural way aspirated petrol, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol and the 1.5-litre dieseland for the moment, this sole engine supplying will be readily available with only a 6-velocity manual transmission, and despite the fact that the automated (6-velocity torque converter) has been introduced, its generation has not commenced just however.

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Raised trip top masked by the physique skirting to an extent.


The understated class of the Vento’s clear structure has manufactured it age rather gracefully in excess of the several years. This 2020 variation wears the exact same styling as the 2019 facelift, soit will get a Polo GTI-encouraged front bumper, LED headlamps with daytime working lamps (DRLs) and sixteen-inch multi-spoke alloys. Our take a look at car or truck is a TSI (confined) Version, so it sports a black roof, boot spoiler, black mirrors and facet physique decals. The latter may possibly not catch everyone’s extravagant, and the good information is that these can be peeled off conveniently for a cleaner appear. Apparently, this car or truck appears a lot larger previously mentioned the floor than the pre-2019 facelift, and even its physique skirting is not quiteable to mask its lifted stance Volkswagen, even so, has not formally introduced any modify to its floor clearance.

What is it like inside?

Just like the exteriors, even the interiors are identical to the 2019 facelift, so it still retains the solid create, the superior-high quality plastics and the comfortable seats. Some may possibly want its minimalistic structure and structure, but appear at it in the broader mild amidst the competitiveness, and these interiors seem just far too dated. Even the touchscreen appears to be like compact in contrast to present day monitor benchmarks. What’s nice, even so, is the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and even although it is rather simple in its procedure, it does a far better occupation than the Skoda Rapid’s app-heavy Android-dependent infotainment method.

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Large high quality, well-constructed interiors, have now begun demonstrating their age.


Providing away the Vento’s age is the absence of USB ports, which weren’t some thing to have when this car or truck, dependent on the outdated PQ25 system, was conceived in excess of a decade in the past. The USB slot is instead part of the infotainment method under the monitor and involves a prolonged cable to connect your smartphone to the method and the way it dangles does not appear neat in this working day and age. This placement is still far better than the Rapid’s USB slot, which is in the glovebox. One more irritant is the lack of house to stow your phone securely in front of the equipment lever the present location is not vast enough to maintain a medium-sized phone.

Over-all seat ease and comfort in the front and rear is good, and this is a relaxed 4-seater sedan. A middle passenger at the rear will sense unwelcome thanks to the slender seat width and substantial ground hump, the latter even so supplies torsional rigidity to the framework.

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Basic method with smartphone connectivity.


Apparently, this TSI Version is dependent on the best-spec Highline In addition variant, so it will get all the functions of a completely loaded Vento like LED headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, cruise handle, touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 4 airbags, reversing camera, as well as the cosmetic enhancements mentioned previously mentioned. Also, it is a whopping Rs 1 lakh much less expensive than the Highline In addition variant, producing this confined-edition variant good value for revenue. Characteristics like ESP, sunroof, cooled seats, vehicle headlamps, wireless charging, tyre stress monitor and curtain airbags are still missing from the Vento’s checklist.

What is it like to travel?

This 999cc, a few-cylinder turbo-petrol device provides 110hp and 175Nm of torque, which is 5hp a lot more than the outdated 1.2-litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol motor that it replaces. In comparison to the international 115hp/200Nm state of tune, this variation will get a broader unfold of max torque, from 1,750-four,000rpm (vs 2,000-three,500rpm in the international spec).This TSI motor will get direct injection, which usually means that a precise quantity of fuel is sprayed specifically into the cylinder at really superior pressures (up to 350bar), ensuing in far better/a lot more economical combustion, which interprets into far better performance in contrast to a port (oblique) injection device.

This small very little motor takes some time to get transferring when off-improve,so you will have to work the gears to get the most out of this 1.-litre engine.But get earlier 2,000rpm and this TSI motor comes into its own with its electrical power shipping,which flows in so easily and its unfold of torque is so vast, that it in fact surprises you with its powerful performance and effortless mother nature. It spins nice and freely throughout the rev variety and maxes out at 6,500rpm in the very first a few gears.

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three-cyl motor is silent, vibe-no cost on the go.


In a 30-60kph dash in third equipment and 50-80kph in fourth equipment simulating a quick overtake, the Vento TSI takes 5.98sec and 6.87sec, respectively, which is a little bit slower than the Skoda Immediate TSI (5.35sec and 6.60sec), but a lot more rapidly than the new Honda Town (6.43sec and 8.80sec). Even outright acceleration is powerful, with a -100kph and -160kph time of 10.42sec and 30.21sec, respectively, which is a little bit slower than the Skoda Immediate TSI (10.09sec and 28.88sec), but at par with the new Honda Town (10.2sec and 30.41sec).

2020 Volkswagen Vento 1. TSI acceleration figures (as examined)
-20kph 1.31s
-40kph 2.52s
-60kph four.49s
-80kph 6.87s
-100kph 10.42s
-120kph fourteen.70s
-140kph twenty.66s
-160kph 30.21s
twenty-80kph (in 3rd equipment) 12.79s
forty-80kph (in 4th equipment) fourteen.61s

This a few-cylinder device does flutter at idle, transmitting gentle vibrations into the cabin, but it smoothens out on the go. What’s nice is that the usual thrum from the motor is well controlled and even although it will get a little bit vocal at larger revs, it under no circumstances appears coarse or strained.

The new 6-velocity manual transmission, with short throws and well-defined gates, is a delight to use and it feels a contact nicer and smoother than the Skoda Immediate TSI’s device.

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New 6-velocity is sleek and nice to use.


Not a lot has changed in conditions of driving dynamics, its taut chassis tends to make it a incredibly well balanced handler. Even its steering feels precise and thanks to its weighty mother nature, and inspires self-confidence though attacking corners. The Vento feels rock secure on the highway, and what is actually extraordinary is its skill to mask velocity like a a lot bigger car or truck. What’s also nice is that it absorbs road shocks at very low speeds incredibly competently. This Volkswagen then strikes a good harmony among trip ease and comfort and pleasant driving manners.

Should really I buy a single?

The Volkswagen Vento has been all around for a decade now and has begun demonstrating its age in specific spots, specifically its interiors. It misses many functions like ESP, curtain airbags, sunroof and even some thing as simple as a drive-button commence. The TSI Version (confined), at Rs 10.ninety nine lakh, is Rs 1 lakh much less expensive than a in the same way spec’d Highline In addition variant, so though it is the select of the variety, it still is not as attractively packaged as the Skoda Immediate Rider (bookings for which have quickly stopped), which grabbed the limelight for its killer starting off value tag.

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Decals, black roof with this confined edition.


The Vento TSI is not as present day as its rivals nor is it as well-equipped or as spacious – it has arrived at a time when the purpose posts have moved ahead in the midsize section, which is heating up the moment yet again. So why would you buy a Vento then? For its one of a kind ‘Volkswagen-ness’, which is rooted in the solid create and the perception of steadiness and stability you get at any velocity. Then there’s the incredibly likeable TSI engine that impresses with its sleek, pleasant performance, and enhances its experienced travel mannersreally well. Just like the Skoda Immediate, the Vento’s enchantment lies in its outdated-college character, and it stays a single of the nicer automobiles to travel in its section. 

Also see:

2020 Skoda Immediate 1. TSI evaluation, take a look at travel

2020 Honda City review, test drive

2020 Hyundai Verna review, take a look at travel

2020 Volkswagen T-Roc evaluation, take a look at travel

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