A Class Of Its Own

2020 Volkswagen Vento 1.0 TSI review, test drive

What is it?

The Volkswagen Vento requires no introduction, after all, this Honda Metropolis-rival has been on sale in India for virtually a ten years now. With periodic updates, strengths like its good develop and driving manners, Volkswagen has managed to keep its revenue afloat in spite of the opposition, which have gone through era updates in excess of the decades.In its latest, 2020 iteration, the conversing level is its all-new 1.-litre turbo-petrol motor that it shares with the Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Rapid. This motor replaces all the engines from its vary – 1.six-litre in a natural way aspirated petrol, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol and the 1.5-litre dieseland for the moment, this sole motor supplying will be obtainable with only a six-velocity guide transmission, and though the automatic (six-velocity torque converter) has been introduced, its output has not commenced just but.

Lifted journey peak masked by the physique skirting to an extent.


The understated magnificence of the Vento’s thoroughly clean structure has created it age somewhat gracefully in excess of the decades. This 2020 variation wears the identical styling as the 2019 facelift, soit receives a Polo GTI-impressed entrance bumper, LED headlamps with daytime running lamps (DRLs) and 16-inch multi-spoke alloys. Our take a look at car or truck is a TSI (constrained) Version, so it sports activities a black roof, boot spoiler, black mirrors and facet physique decals. The latter may possibly not capture everyone’s extravagant, and the superior news is that these can be peeled off conveniently for a cleaner search. Apparently, this car or truck seems considerably larger earlier mentioned the floor than the pre-2019 facelift, and even its physique skirting is not quiteable to mask its raised stance Volkswagen, on the other hand, has not formally introduced any adjust to its floor clearance.

What is it like inside?

Just like the exteriors, even the interiors are similar to the 2019 facelift, so it nevertheless retains the good develop, the high-quality plastics and the cozy seats. Some may possibly prefer its minimalistic structure and format, but search at it in the broader light amidst the opposition, and these interiors appear just way too dated. Even the touchscreen seems small when compared to contemporary monitor requirements. What’s pleasant, on the other hand, is the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Vehicle, and even while it is somewhat essential in its procedure, it does a much better position than the Skoda Rapid’s app-major Android-primarily based infotainment method.

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High quality, properly-constructed interiors, have now started 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, primarily based on the aged PQ25 system, was conceived in excess of a ten years ago. The USB slot is rather part of the infotainment method down below the monitor and calls for a prolonged cable to connect your smartphone to the method and the way it dangles doesn’t search neat in this day and age. This placement is nevertheless much better than the Rapid’s USB slot, which is in the glovebox. A further irritant is the lack of space to stow your cell phone securely in entrance of the equipment lever the current location is not vast enough to keep a medium-sized cell phone.

Over-all seat ease and comfort in the entrance and rear is superior, and this is a at ease 4-seater sedan. A center passenger at the rear will truly feel unwelcome thanks to the narrow seat width and significant floor hump, the latter on the other hand gives torsional rigidity to the composition.

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Primary method with smartphone connectivity.


Apparently, this TSI Version is primarily based on the top rated-spec Highline Plus variant, so it receives all the features of a fully loaded Vento like LED headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, cruise command, touchscreen with Android Vehicle and Apple CarPlay, 4 airbags, reversing camera, as properly as the cosmetic enhancements listed earlier mentioned. Also, it is a whopping Rs 1 lakh cheaper than the Highline Plus variant, building this constrained-version variant superior value for revenue. Characteristics like ESP, sunroof, cooled seats, auto headlamps, wireless charging, tyre stress check and curtain airbags are nevertheless lacking from the Vento’s list.

What is it like to generate?

This 999cc, 3-cylinder turbo-petrol device provides 110hp and 175Nm of torque, which is 5hp much more than the aged 1.2-litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol motor that it replaces. As opposed to the international 115hp/200Nm state of tune, this variation receives a wider distribute of max torque, from 1,750-4,000rpm (vs 2,000-3,500rpm in the international spec).This TSI motor receives immediate injection, which suggests that a specific sum of gas is sprayed straight into the cylinder at exceptionally high pressures (up to 350bar), resulting in much better/much more effective combustion, which interprets into much better general performance when compared to a port (oblique) injection device.

This little very little motor usually takes some time to get relocating when off-increase,so you will have to perform the gears to get the most out of this 1.-litre motor.But get previous 2,000rpm and this TSI motor comes into its own with its electric power shipping,which flows in so efficiently and its distribute of torque is so vast, that it truly surprises you with its potent general performance and easy nature. It spins pleasant and freely throughout the rev vary and maxes out at six,500rpm in the very first 3 gears.

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3-cyl motor is silent, vibe-no cost on the move.


In a thirty-60kph dash in third equipment and 50-80kph in fourth equipment simulating a speedy overtake, the Vento TSI usually takes 5.98sec and six.87sec, respectively, which is a bit slower than the Skoda Rapid TSI (5.35sec and six.60sec), but considerably faster than the new Honda Metropolis (six.43sec and 8.80sec). Even outright acceleration is potent, with a -100kph and -160kph time of ten.42sec and thirty.21sec, respectively, which is a bit slower than the Skoda Rapid TSI (ten.09sec and 28.88sec), but at par with the new Honda Metropolis (ten.2sec and thirty.41sec).

2020 Volkswagen Vento 1. TSI acceleration figures (as tested)
-20kph 1.31s
-40kph 2.52s
-60kph 4.49s
-80kph six.87s
-100kph ten.42s
-120kph fourteen.70s
-140kph twenty.66s
-160kph thirty.21s
twenty-80kph (in 3rd equipment) twelve.79s
40-80kph (in 4th equipment) fourteen.61s

This 3-cylinder device does flutter at idle, transmitting mild vibrations into the cabin, but it smoothens out on the move. What’s pleasant is that the regular thrum from the motor is properly managed and even while it receives a bit vocal at larger revs, it in no way sounds coarse or strained.

The new six-velocity guide transmission, with small throws and properly-described gates, is a delight to use and it feels a contact nicer and smoother than the Skoda Rapid TSI’s device.

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New six-velocity is clean and pleasant to use.


Not considerably has altered in conditions of driving dynamics, its taut chassis helps make it a incredibly well balanced handler. Even its steering feels specific and thanks to its weighty nature, and conjures up self-confidence though attacking corners. The Vento feels rock secure on the highway, and what’s actually spectacular is its means to mask velocity like a considerably bigger car or truck. What’s also pleasant is that it absorbs road shocks at reduced speeds incredibly competently. This Volkswagen then strikes a superior equilibrium between journey ease and comfort and satisfying driving manners.

Ought to I purchase a single?

The Volkswagen Vento has been about for a ten years now and has started demonstrating its age in particular spots, specially its interiors. It misses a number of features like ESP, curtain airbags, sunroof and even some thing as essential as a press-button get started. The TSI Version (constrained), at Rs ten.ninety nine lakh, is Rs 1 lakh cheaper than a similarly spec’d Highline Plus variant, so though it is the pick of the vary, it nevertheless is not as attractively packaged as the Skoda Rapid Rider (bookings for which have quickly stopped), which grabbed the limelight for its killer beginning rate tag.

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Decals, black roof with this constrained version.


The Vento TSI is not as contemporary as its rivals nor is it as properly-equipped or as spacious – it has arrived at a time when the target posts have moved ahead in the midsize section, which is heating up when again. So why would you purchase a Vento then? For its distinctive ‘Volkswagen-ness’, which is rooted in the good develop and the perception of stability and security you get at any velocity. Then there’s the incredibly likeable TSI motor that impresses with its clean, satisfying general performance, and complements its experienced generate mannersreally properly. Just like the Skoda Rapid, the Vento’s attractiveness lies in its aged-college character, and it stays a single of the nicer automobiles to generate in its section. 

Also see:

2020 Skoda Rapid 1. TSI overview, take a look at generate

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