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Volkswagen Vento 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Harshit Gupta - Senior Editor Mar 13 2020 Share this blog

Volkswagen Vento has been around since 2007 and has been catering to the entry-level sedan segment with its impeccable German engineering. It has undergone an array of upgradations over the years and now comes backed up with a host of modern features to take on the modern bunch of competitors.

2020 volkswagen vento

Vento line-up is available with a choice of three engines including two petrol and one diesel unit powertrain, mated to a manual gearbox with an option for a DSG. All of them churning out more than 100-hp, this is one of the most easy-to-drive sedans in its category with impressive fuel economy.

The newest iteration of Vento takes on the well-versed bunch of Hyundai Verna, Honda City and the mid-hybrid Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. This is one of the most sought after segment in the Indian market and this will be an interesting face-off. Will Vento be able to dethrone its aggressive competitors who have been eyeing for the top spot for a long time.


What will impress you:

  • Excellent Build quality
  • Sophisticated and classy exterior design
  • Calm, composed and comfortable ride quality.
  • Excellent driving dynamics


What won’t:

  • Too expensive to maintain
  • Low on passenger space


What’s new in 2020 Volkswagen Vento?

The new model is mechanically unchanged as it continues with the same BS4-compliant 1.6-litre petrol-manual with 105hp & 153nm torque; 1.2-litre turbo-petrol-dual-clutch auto with 105hp with 175nm torque; and with 110hp & 250nm torque, 1.5-litre diesel that gets manual and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic options.

Besides metallic and non-metallic colour options for the base variant, the Vento facelift can now be had in a total of 14 variants. Compared to the outgoing model, prices have gone up by Rs 12,000 for the base variants, while the top-spec trims cost about Rs 16,000-19,000 more. Volkswagen has also given the new Vento a few more exterior features and interior kit, somewhat justifying the increase in price.

What are the various trims available in Volkswagen Vento?

Vento has been long in the Indian market and the 2020 model, with some additions, is being offered in 14 different variants. With the starting price of INR 8,76,500, 1.6-litre petrol trendline is the cheapest one you could buy. The flexibility to get this Volkswagen in three different engine options make it a very accessible option for the Indian masses.

Trims

Trendline

Comfortline

Highline MT/AT

Highline Plus/GT

Ex. Showroom Price (Petrol) (MPI)

INR 8,76,500

INR 9,99,900

INR 9,99,900

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Ex. Showroom Price (Petrol) (TSI)

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INR 11,97,500

INR 13,17,500

Ex. Showroom Price (Diesel)

INR9,58,500

INR 9,99,900

INR 12,10,500/INR 13,36,500

INR 14,49,500

Features (standard)

Halogen headlamps in black finish

Halogen headlamps in black finish with dual-chamber

Halogen headlamps in black finish with dual-chamber

Full LED headlamps with daytime running lights

Body-coloured exterior door handles and mirrors

Body-coloured exterior door handles and mirrors

Body-coloured exterior door handles and mirrors

Body-coloured exterior door handles and mirrors with chrome strips

R14 steel wheels with full wheel covers

R15 steel wheels with full wheel covers

R15 Linas Diamond Cut alloy wheels (Set of 4)

R16 Grey alloy wheels (Set of 4)

Storage compartment in front doors including cup holders for a 1.5-litre bottle

Storage compartment in front doors including cup holders for a 1.5-litre bottle

Storage compartment in front doors including cup holders for a 1.5-litre bottle

Storage compartment in front doors including cup holders for a 1.5-litre bottle

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Footwell lights

Footwell lights

Footwell lights

Sporty flat-bottom steering wheel

Sporty flat-bottom steering wheel

Sporty flat-bottom steering wheel

Sporty flat-bottom steering wheel

Superior "Cloud Titanschwarz" fabric upholstery with black interior theme

Superior "Cloud Titanschwarz" fabric upholstery with black interior theme

Leatherette seat upholstery "Walnut Desert Beige" with dual-tone interior theme

Leatherette seat upholstery ‘Corn Silk’ with dual-tone interior

Radio preparation

CD Player with Bluetooth connectivity

Touchscreen infotainment system

Touchscreen infotainment system with rear parking display

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Cruise control

Cruise control

Cruise control

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Rain sensing wipers

Rain sensing wipers

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‘Climatronic' automatic air-conditioning with rear AC vent

‘Climatronic' automatic air-conditioning with rear AC vent

‘Climatronic' automatic air-conditioning with rear AC vent

Rear parking sensors

Rear parking sensors

Rear parking sensors

Reverse parking camera with sensors

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Opening and closing of windows with key remote

Opening and closing of windows with key remote

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Auto levelling headlamps

Volkswagen is known for producing cars with top-notch interiors which is also the case with Volkswagen Vento. All of the trims are laden with a fair share of features which highlights its value for money proposition.


Which trim should you opt for?

We would recommend you to go for the TSI Variant if you are on a petrol sedan hunt in the market. It's one of the most advanced and sophisticated technological bundle in the Indian automotive scene. It would give you the joy of riding with its responsive engine, a no non-sense and one of the fastest dual-clutch transmission to be coupled to a car in this segment. All in all, you are in for a treat and will not be disappointed a bit!

Volkswagen Vento Offers (March)!

There are no offers ongoing as of now for the Volkswagen Vento and you would be lucky to find any unsold BS4 stock which can give you a hefty discount of upto Rs. 2 lakhs. But the latest update indicated that all of the BS4 stock has been sold out and you have a very thin probability of getting your hands on one in Tier 2 cities.


Also read,

How does the Vento stand up against the only hybrid in this segment?

How does it stand up against the best selling Korean sedan in this segment?

Honda has mastered the art of sedan-making, can the Vento topple it?


What is the power source for Volkswagen Vento?

There are a host of options to choose from; You have three different engine options – 1.6-L MPI with 105-hp, 1.5-L TDI with 110-hp with Manual or automatic transmission and the world-renowned 1.2-L TSI with 105-hp with the automatic DSG transmission. However, Volkswagen has decided to make the Vento an all petrol-powered car and will ditch the diesel engine.

The base, Trendline and the Comfortline variants are equipped with the 1.6-L MPI naturally aspirated petrol engine churning out 105-hp with 153-nm of torque. Mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, it has an ARAI certified economy of 16.09kmpl.

2020 volkswagen vento engine

The Highline variant is available with both the options, the 1.6-L MPI naturally aspirated petrol engine churning out 105-hp with 153-nm of torque with a 5-speed transmission and a 1.2-L turbocharged Petrol with 105-hp & 175-nm torque with 7-speed DSG (dual-clutch transmission) with ARAI certified economy of 18.19kmpl. The top-end variant, Highline Plus is only available with 1.2-L turbocharged Petrol with 105-hp & 175-nm torque with 7-speed DSG (dual-clutch transmission).

Both the petrol and diesel engines are high on torque which gives the bunch a good city drive character except for the base 1.0L engine which is anything but peppy. But as you move up the table, a thrilling experience awaits you in the form of a turbocharged four-pot.

Models

Volkswagen Vento

Hyundai Verna

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Honda City

Engine (standard/Available)

1.6L MPI

1.6L

1.5L Mild Hybrid

1.5 i-VTEC

Type

Naturally aspirated, multi-point fuel injection

Naturally Aspirated, VTVT

Naturally Aspirated VVT, Lithium-ion battery

Naturally Aspirated i-VTEC

Power

103 bhp                   @5250rpm

121 bhp            @6400 RPM

103 bhp          @6000rpm

117 bhp            @6600rpm

Torque

153Nm                     @ 3800rpm

151Nm                  @ 4850rpm

138Nm                     @ 4400rpm

145Nm              @ 4600rpm

Transmission (standard)

5 speed Manual 

6 speed Manual 

5 speed Manual 

5 speed Manual 

Hyundai Verna is the most powerful of this lot and thus even comes with an added gear to help with the extra performance. Maruti Suzuki has scored here for the best power to weight ratio which makes it a better all-rounder as compared to the rest.


How quick is the 2020 Vento from 0-100?

The acceleration is quick and at par with all its competition. 0-100 kmph barrier is touched in 12.18 Seconds for 1.6 MPI, and this comes down to 10.09 Seconds for 1.2 TSI. In diesel, its 11 secs for 1.5 TDI MT & 11.29 Seconds (AT) (1.5 TDI). The fastest in the category is Hyundai Verna as it’s the most powerful car in the category and the second-fastest is Honda City.

2020 volkswagen vento cornering

The DSG gearbox is a sweet addition to this car as it bumps up its performance characteristics. The manual gearbox is also not far behind and has a more toned-down nature which helps in added efficiency figures.

Models

Volkswagen Vento

Hyundai Verna

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Honda City

0-100 kmph (sec)

12.18

11.18

12.02

10.13

Engine

1.6L

1.6L

1.5L

1.5L

All of the cars are powered by engines of similar displacement values and produce performance figures in the same bandwidth. This is why all have similar acceleration timings with the Honda City being the quickest. This is due to its meaty low end which helps in swifter acceleration and thus shorter duration to cross 100 kmph mark.


How confidence inspiring is the Braking performance?

The Vento comes with ventilated disc brakes in front and drum brakes at the rear. The brake modulations is relatively smoother than the rival cars. The ABS kicks in at the right time and when needed.

2020 volkswagen vento disc brakes

The usage of a disc-drum setup is common in this segment as it helps curb down on the pricing front without harming braking performance. Despite, being on the heavier side, the Vento manages its weight rather smoothly and thus caters for a more grippy experience.

Models

Volkswagen Vento

Hyundai Verna

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Honda City

Front Brake

Disc

Disc

Disc

Disc

Rear Brake

Drum

Drum

Drum

Drum

Curb Weight (kg)

1126

1175

1016

1063

All of its competitors flaunt the disc-drum setup which is mostly used to curb down on unwanted expenses and thus make the offerings much more desirable for the masses. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is the light-footed of the lot and this helps amplify its braking experience drastically which results in a more confidence driven experience.


How well does Volkswagen Vento handle Indian driving conditions?

The ride quality and handling are much the same as the old car and that's not surprising, considering that nothing's changed in terms of braking. The ride quality is on the firmer side though it's still really comfortable and the Vento always feels more composed compared to the City or the Ciaz. It only gets a little harsh over larger undulations.

Handling is good with great high-speed stability and a planted feel around corners. The new electronic steering is well-weighted at city and highway speeds but does lack quite a bit of feel, though it's still miles ahead of most of the competition.


How balanced is the performance and mileage figures for the Vento?

Fuel economy is not so great on Vento petrol but the diesel variant is something which you should look for if you need fuel economy. The MPI petrol is rated at 16.09kmpl and the TSI AT is rated at 18.19kmpl. However, the TDI is rated at 22kmpl. With the fuel tank capacity of 55-litres, you would be getting more than 1000kms of range with diesel.

Models

Volkswagen Vento

Hyundai Verna

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Honda City

Mileage (kmpl)

16.09

17.7

21.56

17.4

Fuel Capacity (Litres)

55

45

43

40

Range (km)

885

796.5

927

696

Maruti Suzuki wins over here as well, due to its impressively low kerb weight which helps chuck out impressive mileage figures that putsits competition to shame. Vento is the closest one behind but at a huge margin. Honda City sacrifices on the efficiency front for better performance.

How graceful are the minimal design cues on the Volkswagen Vento?

The sleek-looking sedan now appears noticeably larger courtesy of the cosmetic upgrades made to the sedan lately. Three-slat chrome grille, new redesigned dual chamber headlamps and full LED headlamps for Highline plus variant and redesigned front bumper with air-dams and integrated fog lamps on the lower end of the front bumper. Side of the sedan is a tad mundane and the rear end is pretty impressive with large body-coloured bumper and LED-pattern like tail lamps.

2020 volkswagen vento silhouette

Volkswagen has always been minimal with their designs and the Vento gets its inspirations from the Polo which is highlighted with strong shoulder lines that gives it a muscular look. The car is well proportioned and compact which makes it a good cause to drive even in tight traffics.

Exterior Features:

  • Galvanised body with 6 years anti-perforation warranty
  • Body-coloured bumpers
  • Heat insulating glass for windows
  • Door mirrors with turn indicators

If compared with its rivals, the Vento is the smallest in every way. The Ciaz is the longest and the widest car in the category which in turn has much more space and boot capacity as compared to Vento.

Models

Volkswagen Vento

Hyundai Verna

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Honda City

Length (mm)

4390

4440

4490

4440

Width (mm)

1699

1729

1730

1695

Height (mm)

1467

1475

1485

1495

Ground Clearance (mm)

163

NA

NA

NA

Wheelbase (mm)

2553

2600

2650

2600

Track Width (in.) F/R

1457/1500

NA

NA

1475/1465

As discussed earlier, Vento is the shortest of the lot but that doesn't make it any less desirable as it helps to improve the drivability without compromising on the comfort front. The A, B and C-pillars are compact and doesn't hamper exterior visibility and minimises blind spots. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has the most notable street presence due to its larger dimensions.

How spacious is the cabin in 2020 Vento?

In terms of interior, the colour scheme has been changed and a lot of new equipment has been added to add an upscale feel to the interior. The quality of material used in the interior is top-notch and the design of the dashboard is simple but classy.

2020 volkswagen vento cabin

There are more changes when you step inside the cabin with a new dash layout straight from the new Polo. The colour scheme has changed from a black and beige to a classier brown and beige while the central console gets a chrome accent surrounding it. The new flat-bottom, golf-inspired steering wheel adds a touch of sportiness to the look as well. It now also features a set of controls on the right-hand side that will operate Bluetooth telephony and trip meter functions. The interiors do give one the feel of better quality than its Japanese rivals. Overall the changes are subtle though they do the job of freshening up the Vento package.

Models

Volkswagen Vento

Hyundai Verna

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Honda City

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5


Vento is loaded with a plethora of comfort features like cruise control, automatic rain-sensing wipers, automatic air-conditioner with rear ac vents, rear parking sensors, height adjuster for driver’s seat, speed sensing electronic power steering, rear defogger, remote-controlled central locking, power windows with one-touch operation, electronically adjustable & foldable ORVMs, multi-function display, speed sensing auto door lock and spacemax seat adjustment to name a few.


What are the various infotainment features on offer?

A touchscreen infotainment system, voice command, SMS viewer, MirrorLink and steering mounted audio & Bluetooth controls are available exclusively on the range-topping variant. Rest of the trims get CD/MP3 player, USB, AUX-in, SD card input, Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phones and phonebook sync etc.

2020 volkswagen vento infotainment system

The infotainment setup is intuitive to use and has a crisp display which doesn't disappear in harsh sunlight! The steering wheel has most of the infotainment controls embedded which gives way for a seamless driving experience. A dedicated voice command toggle helps you give commands without taking eyes off the road.


How much cargo can the Volkswagen Vento take in?

The Cargo capacity in Vento is huge but not the best in class. Vento offers 490-liter of boot space and the boot area is shaped very square-ish. There is a minimal intrusion from suspension and remote unlocking for the boot gives you an additional benefit.

2020 volkswagen vento cargo volume

The boot opening is wide and this makes loading and unloading rather easy which is a huge boon. The cargo space is floored with soft-touch material that adds up to the safety of luggage. A cargo light helps you with stuff at nights and the flat floor helps with stable placement of cargo while neatly tucking the spare tyre and emergency toolkit beneath it.

Models

Volkswagen Vento

Hyundai Verna

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Honda City

Boot Capacity (litres)

494

480

510

510

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Honda City share the same cargo volume and this is impressive for the City as it is much more compact than the Ciaz which makes its cabin space management praise-worthy. Hyundai loses out on this as the sloping roofline takes away its best chance of having the largest boot.

What are the various safety features in 2020 VW Vento?

The ASEAN NCAP has provided the “MADE-IN-INDIA” VW Vento with good crash test ratings. This same Vento has been recently launched in Malaysia. The actual Vento, which also known as Polo sedan in some south-east Asian countries, was crash tested in 2013 and the agency has applied the same testing methods to derive results for this car.

2020 volkswagen vento safety features

This Vento has received 5-stars in adult occupant protection, for the ESC equipped variant and a 4-Star rating for the 1.6-litre version without ESC.

Some of the safety features in Vento, as standard, are:

  • Dual front airbags (driver and passenger side)
  • ABS
  • 3-point front seat belts, height-adjustable
  • Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) - for DSG equipped variants
  • Hill-hold control - on variants equipped with DSG transmission

How does Volkswagen Vento stand up against its well-versed rivals?

Volkswagen Vento VS Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

The facelifted Ciaz, along with updated cosmetics, gets a marginally larger 1.5-litre petrol engine. The petrol engine has been added with the SHVS technology, which was only available with the diesel variants. It's a mild hybrid with mildly refreshed styling.

Apart from showing little dials with real-time power and torque outputs, and efficiency information, it also shows you just how the Smart Hybrid system works. Space is easily the selling point of the Ciaz with large comfortable front seats and a plush rear bench. Legroom in the back will be most appreciated, though headroom isn't the best since the seats seem a little high set. The top-end Alpha petrol variant comes in at Rs 9.97 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai. For that price, you do get a lot of cars. The few areas we would hope to see improved, maybe in a plus variant, is in more airbags on offer.


Volkswagen Vento VS Hyundai Verna

See the new Verna in passing and chances are you’ll mistake it for the Elantra. Yes, the details are different and there is a visible difference in size too, but Verna’s basic silhouette and design do make it appear very Elantra-like. The Verna has been designed with the Hyundai’s fluidic 2.0 design language and this has only made this car look handsome. As on all new Hyundais, the centrepiece upfront is the ‘cascading grille’ that does appear a bit large on the Verna but it helps add visual width to the car.

Judged against the old Verna, the new model comes across as a far superior product. It’s better built, more refined and comes packed with the latest of goodies, and then some. Hyundai has also done well to address the old Verna’s wayward handling, making the new car better to drive and, by extension, a more wholesome package. Also, petrol or diesel, manual or automatic, you won’t be left wanting for the way the Verna performs.

What's the final word on 2020 Vento?

The Volkswagen Vento facelift isn't the most aggressively priced car in its segment but it does offer a whole lot of driving pleasure. This is something which other sedans like the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna and Honda City cannot claim to deliver. If we were to buy this car, it will be for the fact that we love driving and the new Volkswagen Vento is an engaging and rewarding car to drive.

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