Volkswagen Vento-In a world full of SUVs, Sedan is that one segment that simply refuses to die. Even though an SUV could offer a far superior road presence, it’s a sedan that truly makes one stand out in terms of class and luxury. India’s favorite has been the Honda City that combines luxury with performance while Suzuki maintains the highest sales figures with the Ciaz. So for India, VW hoped that their Vento would seize some part of the market share captured by these two.
design-wise it looks as if a Polo has been made into a sedan. But while redesigning and extending a hatchback usually results in poor design, VW has managed to make it look like a purpose-built sedan. But in essence, nearly everything reminds you of the Polo. Whether it’s the interior or the 1000cc 3 Pot Turbocharged Engine in the range-topping Highline Plus. But while the Polo’s design is outdated and looks rather dull, it certainly feels robust. The ergonomics, as with any german car, makes you feel as if it’s an Audi A4 or a VW Passat in terms of build quality. The overall design, however, is quite outdated which lets it down. However, the engine although small and only having 3 Cylinders pushes 110 BHP meaning 0-100 in a reasonable 11 seconds and a top speed of 180. Fuel Economy is agreeable at 17 KMPL. The Vento feels like a driver’s car with great throttle response. The 6 Speed Torque converter which replaces the DSG compensates for it by providing great changes and adapts well to the manner of driving.
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The Vento however, remains underrated as its rivals always manage to beat it in terms of sales. Suzuki Ciaz offers the same power with a bigger engine and least running costs. It’s also cheaper. The Honda City and the Hyundai Verna trumps the VW in terms of features. While these two being quite expensive, they seem to be worth their price tags since they have a lot to offer in terms of Power and Features. Opting for the Vento is not a foolish decision for people looking for great driving ergonomics with impressive build quality and reliability. But for those who prefer the value of the rupee, the rivals are the ideal choice.