2020 Volkswagen Vento 1.0 TSI review, test drive

Rodolfo Schellin

What is it?

The Volkswagen Vento wants no introduction, just 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 construct and driving manners, Volkswagen has managed to retain its sales afloat regardless of the competitors, which have long gone by means of era updates more than the many years.In its hottest, 2020 iteration, the speaking point is its all-new 1.-litre turbo-petrol motor that it shares with the Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Fast. This motor replaces all the engines from its array – 1.6-litre in a natural way aspirated petrol, 1.two-litre turbo-petrol and the 1.five-litre dieseland for the minute, this sole motor featuring will be available with only a 6-velocity manual transmission, and although the computerized (6-velocity torque converter) has been introduced, its output has not commenced just yet.

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Raised journey peak masked by the entire body skirting to an extent.


The understated magnificence of the Vento’s thoroughly clean structure has built it age relatively gracefully more than the many years. This 2020 model wears the exact styling as the 2019 facelift, soit receives a Polo GTI-impressed front bumper, LED headlamps with daytime managing lamps (DRLs) and sixteen-inch multi-spoke alloys. Our examination car is a TSI (constrained) Edition, so it sports a black roof, boot spoiler, black mirrors and aspect entire body decals. The latter could not catch everyone’s fancy, and the superior information is that these can be peeled off quickly for a cleaner glance. Curiously, this car appears significantly bigger previously mentioned the ground than the pre-2019 facelift, and even its entire body skirting is not quiteable to mask its raised stance Volkswagen, nevertheless, has not formally introduced any improve to its ground clearance.

What is it like inside?

Just like the exteriors, even the interiors are similar to the 2019 facelift, so it even now retains the solid construct, the large-top quality plastics and the comfortable seats. Some could choose its minimalistic structure and layout, but glance at it in the broader light-weight amidst the competitors, and these interiors seem just also dated. Even the touchscreen appears to be like tiny in contrast to modern-day monitor benchmarks. What is wonderful, nevertheless, is the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and even though it is relatively basic in its procedure, it does a superior task than the Skoda Rapid’s app-large Android-centered infotainment method.

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Superior top quality, properly-constructed interiors, have now begun demonstrating their age.


Providing away the Vento’s age is the absence of USB ports, which weren’t a little something to have when this car, centered on the previous PQ25 system, was conceived more than a decade back. The USB slot is instead element of the infotainment method under the monitor and demands a extensive cable to link your smartphone to the method and the way it dangles doesn’t glance neat in this working day and age. This placement is even now superior than the Rapid’s USB slot, which is in the glovebox. Yet another irritant is the absence of house to stow your phone securely in front of the equipment lever the present locale is not huge ample to hold a medium-sized phone.

All round seat comfort and ease in the front and rear is superior, and this is a comfy four-seater sedan. A center passenger at the rear will feel unwelcome owing to the slender seat width and significant floor hump, the latter nevertheless presents torsional rigidity to the framework.

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Standard method with smartphone connectivity.


Curiously, this TSI Edition is centered on the top rated-spec Highline In addition variant, so it receives all the functions of a fully loaded Vento like LED headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, four airbags, reversing digicam, as properly as the beauty enhancements mentioned previously mentioned. Also, it is a whopping Rs 1 lakh less costly than the Highline In addition variant, creating this constrained-edition variant superior price for cash. Capabilities like ESP, sunroof, cooled seats, auto headlamps, wi-fi charging, tyre strain monitor and curtain airbags are even now missing from the Vento’s record.

What is it like to travel?

This 999cc, three-cylinder turbo-petrol unit provides 110hp and 175Nm of torque, which is 5hp far more than the previous 1.two-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol motor that it replaces. Compared to the worldwide 115hp/200Nm point out of tune, this model receives a wider distribute of max torque, from 1,750-4,000rpm (vs two,000-three,500rpm in the worldwide spec).This TSI motor receives direct injection, which indicates that a specific quantity of gas is sprayed directly into the cylinder at very large pressures (up to 350bar), ensuing in superior/far more efficient combustion, which translates into superior general performance in contrast to a port (oblique) injection unit.

This tiny very little motor will take some time to get shifting when off-increase,so you will have to perform the gears to get the most out of this 1.-litre motor.But get earlier two,000rpm and this TSI motor arrives into its very own with its power delivery,which flows in so easily and its distribute of torque is so huge, that it actually surprises you with its strong general performance and effortless mother nature. It spins wonderful and freely through the rev array and maxes out at 6,500rpm in the very first three gears.

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three-cyl motor is quiet, vibe-totally free on the shift.


In a 30-60kph sprint in third equipment and 50-80kph in fourth equipment simulating a fast overtake, the Vento TSI will take five.98sec and 6.87sec, respectively, which is a bit slower than the Skoda Fast TSI (five.35sec and 6.60sec), but significantly quicker than the new Honda Town (6.43sec and 8.80sec). Even outright acceleration is strong, with a -100kph and -160kph time of ten.42sec and 30.21sec, respectively, which is a bit slower than the Skoda Fast TSI (ten.09sec and 28.88sec), but at par with the new Honda Town (ten.2sec and 30.41sec).

2020 Volkswagen Vento 1. TSI acceleration figures (as analyzed)
-20kph 1.31s
-40kph two.52s
-60kph 4.49s
-80kph 6.87s
-100kph ten.42s
-120kph fourteen.70s
-140kph twenty.66s
-160kph 30.21s
twenty-80kph (in third equipment) twelve.79s
forty-80kph (in 4th equipment) fourteen.61s

This three-cylinder unit does flutter at idle, transmitting gentle vibrations into the cabin, but it smoothens out on the shift. What is wonderful is that the usual thrum from the motor is properly controlled and even though it receives a bit vocal at bigger revs, it under no circumstances appears coarse or strained.

The new 6-velocity manual transmission, with short throws and properly-described gates, is a delight to use and it feels a touch nicer and smoother than the Skoda Fast TSI’s unit.

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New 6-velocity is sleek and wonderful to use.


Not significantly has improved in phrases of driving dynamics, its taut chassis makes it a quite well balanced handler. Even its steering feels specific and owing to its weighty mother nature, and conjures up assurance although attacking corners. The Vento feels rock stable on the freeway, and what’s truly amazing is its means to mask velocity like a significantly larger sized car. What is also wonderful is that it absorbs highway shocks at reduced speeds quite competently. This Volkswagen then strikes a superior equilibrium concerning journey comfort and ease and pleasing driving manners.

Really should I acquire just one?

The Volkswagen Vento has been about for a decade now and has begun demonstrating its age in particular parts, specially its interiors. It misses quite a few functions like ESP, curtain airbags, sunroof and even a little something as basic as a drive-button get started. The TSI Edition (constrained), at Rs ten.99 lakh, is Rs 1 lakh less costly than a equally spec’d Highline In addition variant, so although it is the decide of the array, it even now is not as attractively packaged as the Skoda Fast Rider (bookings for which have quickly stopped), which grabbed the limelight for its killer starting up rate tag.

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Decals, black roof with this constrained edition.


The Vento TSI is not as modern-day as its competition nor is it as properly-geared up or as roomy – it has arrived at a time when the purpose posts have moved forward in the midsize section, which is heating up once again. So why would you acquire a Vento then? For its special ‘Volkswagen-ness’, which is rooted in the solid construct and the sense of stability and security you get at any velocity. Then there is the quite likeable TSI motor that impresses with its sleek, pleasing general performance, and enhances its mature travel mannersreally properly. Just like the Skoda Fast, the Vento’s charm lies in its previous-university character, and it stays just one of the nicer cars to travel in its section. 

Also see:

2020 Skoda Fast 1. TSI evaluate, examination travel

2020 Honda City review, test drive

2020 Hyundai Verna review, examination travel

2020 Volkswagen T-Roc evaluate, examination travel

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