Volkswagen Vento Review & Test Drive

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Volkswagen Vento Overview

German car major Volkswagen’s Indian wing has launched the new refreshed 2010 Vento facelift. In its new facelift version, the looks of the sedan get more stylish for a refreshing change. The Vento gets only cosmetic updates, and the most noticeable change is on its front face which comes in the form of a new honeycomb design. There are also some more small updates to the exterior of the vehicle.This stunning German sedan comes with a refreshed exterior and safety features and is available in the Indian car market in both petrol and diesel versions.

Volkswagen Vento Design

The car looks bigger as a result and this is enhanced by the three-slat chrome grille and a new attractive head lamp design. The fogs also serve as cornering lights for that extra illumination when turning and helps especially while parking in the dark.

The hood gets deeper crease lines, which are not immediately noticeable as different, but accentuate the bigger face for sure. The taillights are also new with a nice LED-like pattern. And there is some chrome thrown in for added measure to give that premium look. I have to say unlike my usual aversion to chrome, this works. I’m talking about a subtle chrome addition to the top of the door handles, and the chrome tipped exhaust. The boot release now has a soft-touch pad on the tailgate that again adds to that high-end quotient.Check for Volkswagen Vento price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

Volkswagen Vento Cabin

Once in, you are greeted with the usual Volkswagen’s top class use of materials and craftsmanship. In the top end Highline variant, Volkswagen uses Walnut Desert beige theme on the dashboard which look a tad more premium. The other variants, like the Trendline and Comfortline, get what VW calls Cloud TitanSchwarz colour treatment.The rest of the cabin is carried forward from the recent upgrade Volkswagen given to the Vento, including a smart flat bottom steering wheel. You can still adjust the front passenger seat from the back, and the rear seats continue to be fairly comfortable with decent head- and knee-room. The cabin now appears to be a bit more cheerful than before, but the change isn’t really drastic.

There are a little more features added to make the 2015 Volkswagen Vento facelift more attractive. This includes the introduction of Cruise Control which is a good addition if you frequent the highway. Then you get the convenient electrically folding outer rear view mirrors, a cooled glove box and a dead pedal to rest your left foot on.Other bits are carried forward from the older car like a 2-din audio system with USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity, and driver and passenger airbags and ABS to protect you and your family.It’s a well built cabin but the Vento still lacks some features like a rear camera, touchscreen and push button start which the competition is already offering.

Volkswagen Vento Gearbox

The Volkswagen Vento comes with a range of 3 engines out of which two are petrol and one diesel units. The 1.6-litre petrol is a 4-cylinder naturally aspirated unit that offers a 105PS of max power output and a peak torque of 153 Nm at 3800 rpm. The 1.2-litre petrol turbocharged mill is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission which produces 105PS of max power and 175 Nm of torque in between 1500 to 4100 rpm, and the 1.5-litre diesel mill produces 110PS of max power and 250 Nm of torque in between 1500 and 2500 rpm and is paired to a 7 speed DSG automatic gearbox or a 5-speed manual.

The 1.6-litre MPI petrol offers 16.09Kmpl, the 1.2-litre petrol delivers 18.19Kmpl, and the diesel mill offers a max mileage of 21.50Kmpl. However, the mileage depends upon the riding habits of the driver.

Volkswagen Vento Driving

The Volkswagen has always been a well sprung Sedan. The ride quality is definitely one of the biggest virtues the 2015 Volkswagen Vento has inherited from its forbearer. With McPherson Strut in front the semi-independent trailing arm suspension is tuned on the firmer side, while the high profile 15-inch tyres makes the Vento marches over bad roads and practically glides over the tarmac.Thanks to this setup and a precise and communicative steering, the 2015 Vento facelift has an absolute fun to drive dynamics. While negotiating turns it’s never fidgety, never loses it poise and is never unpredictable. This really boosts the driver’s confidence, making the Vento an obvious pick among its rivals.

Volkswagen Vento Safety

The sedan gets equipped with ventilated disc brakes upfront and drums brakes at the rear. Its safety features include ABS, electronic engine immobilizer, dual front airbags, rear parking sensors and speed sensing auto door locks. There are side airbags on the top-end variant. The DSG variant gets Electronic Stabilisation Programme with Hill-hold control.To know more information on Volkswagen Vento check Industrynewswire

Volkswagen Vento Price in Pune

Volkswagen Vento On Road Price is 10,22,966/- and Ex-showroom Price is 8,63,000/- in Pune. Volkswagen Vento comes in 6 colours, namely Toffee Brown,Reflex Silver,Candy White,Blue Silk,Carbon Steel,Titanium Beige. Volkswagen Vento comes with 2WD with 1598 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 104 bhp@5250 rpm and Peak Torque 153 Nm@3800 rpm DRIVE TRAIN 2WD and reaches 100 KMPH at 11.7 seconds . Volkswagen Vento comes with Manual Transmission with 2WD .

Volkswagen Vento Round Up

The Volkswagen Vento is a great sedan with good looks, features and performance. It will give a good competition to its rivals with its updated looks.Over the years the Vento has established itself as a family Sedan that boasts of German build quality with comfortable seating and excellent driving dynamics. Now the 2015 Volkswagen Vento facelift offers a little bit more chrome, character and features making it an even more compelling buy.

 

Volkswagen Polo GT First Drive Review

Volkswagen Polo GT Test Drive

Volkswagen Polo GT Overview

Without doubt, the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI is the best automatic hatchback in our country today. The Polo with the fantastic TSI engine is such a hoot to drive that any petrol-head would want to get one. The car stirred up quite a lot of excitement when it was launched last year and now Volkswagen has given it a minor facelift, in-line with what the other Polo models have received in India. Unlike the diesel powered Polos, the petrol powered GT TSI doesn’t get any mechanical changes and the hot hatch soldiers on with the same powertrain which is as impressive as ever. Apply car loan for Volkswagen Polo GT.

Volkswagen Polo GT Style

The Polo GT TSI looks almost identical to the Polo GT TDI. The only difference is the TSI badge on the boot and GT TSI stickers on the C-pillars. The alloy wheels differentiate the GT models from the regular Polo and the performance oriented variants also get black outside rearview mirrors and a black rear spoiler. There is also a GT badge on the right side of the front grille. Compared to the old GT, the new TSI looks fresher thanks to the revised front-end with the addition of chrome elements. This car simply doesn’t want to age and still looks as fresh as a daisy.

Volkswagen Polo GT Space

The GT TSI shares its interiors with the GT TDI so you get an all black interior which gels well with the sporty theme. Quality is excellent and so is the overall feel inside the cabin. The piano black finish on the centre console, silver outlines around the AC vents and the 3-spoke flat bottom steering wheel are the big highlights in the cabin. The GT also gets aluminium pedals and the seats are very supportive too, so driving this car is a pleasure. In fact, other than the lack of rear seat room, there is no fault with the cabin of the Volkswagen Polo, everything is almost perfect. Small details like the one touch up/down for all power windows, large and easy to read fonts for the MID and doors which shut with a reassuring thud go a long way to make the Polo stand out from its rivals, the GT models having no direct competition anyways.

Volkswagen Polo GT Performance

Volkswagen is betting big on downsizing the world over and the Polo GT TSI uses one of those engines which are part of this strategy. The 1.2-litre TSI mill is insanely awesome and needs little introduction, we had a gala of a time with our long term Vento TSI. The turbocharged mill thrusts out 105 PS at 5000 RPM and 175 Nm between 1500-4100 RPM, with those kind of torque numbers, the GT TSI puts even bigger petrol engines to shame. Start the engine and you will be spellbound by the NVH or rather the lack of it. The powerplant is so refined, there is absolutely nothing to be heard. In spite of that, the motor is very quick to make progress, it has a fantastic punch in all parts of the powerband – low, mid and top although top-end rush could have been better.

Driving the car in the city is a relaxing ordeal, the motor is quick to respond when you need it and the 7-speed DSG automatic transmission works its magic to keep the vehicle in the right cog at all times. When driven sedately, there is no hint of the forced induced beast which powers the Polo GT but give it the beans and the world transforms. The GT TSI takes off with urgency and hits triple digit speeds in a jiffy. While VW claims a 0-100 km/hr time of 9.7 seconds, the best we could record on our VBOX was 10.09 seconds, putting the GT TSI on par with the GT TDI in terms of outright acceleration. The problem with the GT is that the gearbox won’t let it rev more than 1200 RPM at standstill. Thus when you launch the car, there is some bit of lag which robs crucial milli seconds from the 0-100 km/hr time.

As the above table shows, the GT TSI is faster at the top-end thanks to it having a good punch near the redline which comes in quite early at just under 6000 RPM. Although the tachometer shows redline at 6500 RPM, the GT seldom crosses the 6000 RPM mark with only first gear seeing the motor rev till 6200 RPM. There are three driving modes, D for drive, S for Sports and tiptronic function which let’s you shift gears on your own (there are no paddles!). In D mode the gearbox takes it easy, shifting early and as per throttle inputs, on full throttle it swaps gears at around 5500 RPM while in S mode the motor pulls to around 6000 RPM. In manual mode the gearbox remains in the lowest gear and won’t upshift till redline but if you don’t give full throttle, it won’t downshift. Gears will automatically change in manual mode if you fail to do so.

The 7-speed DSG unit offers slick shifts and shows the urgency you would want from a performance car. The Turbocharged Stratified Injection is itself fast revving and becomes audible post 3000 RPM, creating an addictive note post 4500 RPM. 100 km/hr comes up in third gear and you can comfortably cruise in top gear at 100 km/hr with the tachometer ticking in at just 2100 RPM. The vehicle pulls very quickly to 140 km/hr (it does 150 km/hr in fourth gear) and post that progress is a bit tamed although given the road, the GT TSI will easily top out at 190 km/hr. When you turn on the car, the cluster reminds you to put your foot on the brake to engage gear, in spite of that one can change between N, D and tiptronic without touching the button on the lever. With our heavy foot and redlining day and night, the GT TSI returned a respectable mileage of 9 km/l. Driven sedately, this car will easily give double digit numbers. For more info on Volkswagen Polo GT  check Aryavarta

Volkswagen Polo GT Driving

The Volkswagen Polo GT TSI also gets ESP which prevents wheel-spin although this system isn’t really required on this car since power is fed in a smooth manner. There is also hill hold which isn’t of much use on an automatic car. The GT TSI is lighter than the GT TDI and is less stiffer too, the softness of the suspension being very noticeable when you hit a bump, the tendency to bounce a bit and leave its line is there. There is less understeer though and ride quality is excellent. The steering is quick but could do with more feedback, more so considering the GT is a performance model. Braking performance is excellent and the car stops dead in its track at any given speed (the hazards turn on when you stand on the brakes). The new Apollo Alnac tyres offer better grip and don’t lose traction as quickly as the Aceleres offered before.

Volkswagen Polo GT Safety

There are plenty of Volkswagen Polo GT features in the safety section that ensure that customers rely upon the prowess of the hatch. Some of the safety features offered by the hatch include height-adjustable head restraints, 3-point seat belts, emergency exit, high mounted stop lamp, etc. For the braking system, Volkswagen Polo GT gets ABS along with disc brakes for the front wheel and drum brakes for the rear.

Volkswagen Polo GT Cost in Ahmedabad

Volkswagen Polo Gt On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 10,64,670 to 10,77,658 for variants Polo GT TSI and Polo GT TDI respectively. Volkswagen Polo Gt is available in 2 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Volkswagen Polo Gt variants price in Ahmedabad. Check for Volkswagen polo Gt price in Ahmedabad at Autozhop.

Volkswagen Polo GT Conclusion

Volkswagen Polo GT images have certainly gone down well with most customers, and we cannot love more the overall look and appeal of the hatch. With an excellent set of features in combination with a great performance, Volkswagen Polo GT looks like a definite winner. The Volkswagen Polo GT TSI has always been a hot favourite for most of us and the updated model isn’t any different. While the cosmetic tweaks do make this vehicle more appealing, mechanically nothing has changed so the performance and dynamics continue to be the major pulling points to this vehicle. The Polo GT TSI is like Jekyll and Hyde, supremely comfortably to drive in the city, offering the convenience of an automatic and the pace to close gaps quickly while out on open roads, it simply transforms into a beast, giving you an insane adrenaline rush. All this makes it by far the best performance hatchback to buy for those who love driving.