The Diwali week started with a bang. I was reviewing one of my favourite sedans the new Vento which was launched in the beginning of September this year. The Vento is a car I have driven extensively. Whether it’s driving the stock or race versions, the Vento always brings a smile to my face.

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The new Vento comes with a host of changes to the exterior. It’s now available in a brand-new colour “Sunset Red”. The Vento is now more vibrant, younger and sportier courtesy the new side skirts, smoked oil lamps, GTI inspired honeycomb front grille and bumpers, cool looking black coloured roof and a rear bumper with diffuser.

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Step inside and the first thing you notice is the 2 toned beige and black interior colour scheme. The seats are all beige adding to the plush look of the new Vento. The flat-bottomed steering is both height and reach adjustable. The seats are very comfortable and offer good under thigh and lumbar support. The Vento comes with aluminium brake and accelerator pedals, glove box light, 16-inch Grey Portago alloy wheels, body colour rear spoiler and rear USB charging port. All variants of the new Vento now get a seat-belt reminder system, rear parking sensors and a speed alert system. Dual airbags and ABS have always been standard across the Vento range, that remains unchanged with this facelift. The boot space on offer in the new Vento is 494 litres.

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The cabin is spacious offering good leg, shoulder and head room in both rows. The suspension is setup perfectly for our road conditions. Post the monsoon roads in India are usually at their worst. It didn’t matter to the Vento. It handled bad roads, potholes with ease without any of the passengers in the car complaining of discomfort.

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The new Vento comes with Volkswagen Connect as a standard on the Highline trim and higher variants. Volkswagen Connect is a dongle-based connectivity suite which offers you features such as trip tracking, driver behaviour and statistic tracking, fuel cost monitoring, location sharing amongst other features. This system also helps to schedule service appointments with authorised Volkswagen India showrooms in India.

The engine in the new Vento 1.5 TDI DSG that I drove was the same as the older model. Go past 1500 rpm and the car springs to life. The acceleration is brisk, overtaking is done without too much effort, the car stays planted at all times and is extremely secure at any speed. The handling, braking, driving dynamics on the new Vento are very impressive. It offers solidity which one has come to expect in all Volkswagen cars.

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The Vento churns out 108Hp at 4000rpm and 250Nm@1500-30000 RPM of power. The ARAI claimed mileage is 21.5 kmpl. The mileage figures I got on this trip with the new Vento were excellent.

The real pleasure of driving Volkswagen cars comes courtesy their legendary “DSG” gearbox… This is something I mention every time I drive cars from the Volkswagen group. This is by far the best gearbox in the business. Upshifts and downshifts are swift and smooth, there’s no lag at all. This makes driving the Vento in any kind of traffic conditions a relaxing affair.

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Prices for the new Vento start at Rs 8.76 Lakhs ex showroom Mumbai for the Trendline (base model) 1.6 Petrol and Rs 9.59 lakhs  for the Trendline(base model) 1.5 Diesel.

 

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