The interiors of the Verito are spacious for both the rows, as it is based on the Logan. Mahindra has improved the quality and the plastics do look and feel good.
The gorgeous and fascinating French beauty, Logan, when revamped and re-badged by an Indian auto-giant, comes out as what is today known as the 'sensible yet stylish' Mahindra Verito. Keeping the basics same as the inspiring Logan, Verito brings about improvements in almost every detail of the interiors taking them a notch higher than its parent vehicle. Jacketed in a trendy black and beige twin-tone theme, the cabin of this Mahindra sedan has a fresh and appealing feel about it that only gets better as we start noticing the material quality. Undoubtedly better in quality than the Renault version, the seating chamber of the Indian model moves further ahead in terms of visual appeal thanks to the newly-installed in-dash music system and the attractive carbon-finish panel incorporated for the central console of the car.
The rest remains almost the same, and that means the seats are as large and as comfortable as before providing ample support for the body. For the driver, especially, the seat has been designed very smartly facilitating a high position and good visibility at all times. In terms of spaciousness, too, Verito is just as well-accomplished as Logan and provides more than just sufficient room for legs (in the front row), knees (in the second row) and heads (in both rows) of passengers. Even the trunk area is quite large and can easily fit in most of your luggage.
1.4 G2 : Mahindra Verito 1.4 G2 is the very basic model of the sedan and so, it is natural that it houses only the very basic features. The cockpit area comes equipped with power steering, remote trunk and fuel lid opener, low fuel warning light, tachometer, glove compartment and digital clock while the general convenience fitments include AC/heater unit, classy fabric upholstery, trunk light and rear seat headrests. The safety arsenal, meanwhile, is composed of various tools and technologies like adjustable headlights integrated with halogen headlamps, child safety locks, anti-theft alarm, day and night RVM, passenger-side RVM, rear seat belts, side and front impact beams, engine immobilizer and centrally mounted fuel tank.
1.5 D2 : The 1.5 D2 is nothing but the diesel-fueled version of 1.4 G2, and carries exactly same set of additionals as its petrol counterpart.
1.4 G4 : Mahindra Verito 1.4 G4 is the mid-range model for the car. Besides holding all the features flaunted by the base model, this variant has a small additional collection of its own to offer consisting of front cup holders, electronic multi-trip meter, digital odometer, height adjustable front seat belts, front and rear power windows and central locking system. The feature that does not make its way from the base model to the mid-range model is that of tinted glass.
1.5 D4 : The 1.5 D4 is, again, the diesel version of 1.4 G4, and so, has been blessed with the same traits as its petrol counterpart.
1.5 D6 : This is the top-end model of the Verito line-up and so, is bound to be bestowed upon with the best and the largest collection of fitments and gadgets. In addition to carrying the ones that are also seen in the lower level models, Mahindra Verito 1.5 D6 plays host to a number of traits that are exclusive to it. These include fitments that work towards enhancing the look and feel of the ride like rear cup holders in addition to the front ones, CD player/ radio unit teamed up with front and rear speakers, cigarette lighter, power adjustable ORVM (in place of the manual ones found in other variants) and alloy wheels. But, there are also technologies that take safety to new levels as well like front fog lights, rear window defogger, ABS, power door locks, driver airbag, door ajar warning and engine check warning.
Ed's take: The interiors of the Vento resemble that of the Polo, and at truly German. The rear seat knee room has been increased for the passengers, as the Vento will be more of a chauffeur driven vehicle.
Volkswagen have always been recognised for the extraordinary finesse that reflects from their work on the interiors of their creations, and that exceptional refinement is precisely what defines every minute detail of the cabin of Volkswagen Vento also. Be it the looks, the feel, the material quality or the fit and finish, everything about the seating area echoes the German expertise and contributes massively to making the ride pleasant and joyous for the occupants of Vento. Carved in a simple yet smart design, the interiors of this German sedan has been furnished with large, comfortable and ergonomically-contoured seats, both at the front as well as the rear end. While the seats provide excellent support for the thighs of the passengers, the larger wheelbase of the car facilitates more room for them to stretch their legs. Although the knee-room and head-room in the second row, just like the leg-room in the front row, is more than sufficient for an easy and fatigue-free ride, Vento comes with the option of adjusting the front seats from the second row itself to further enhance the knee-space.
Adding on to all these comfort features is the superb insulation that Volkswagen designers have effected in this car, imparting it with the feel of a bigger and more expensive ride. This, in combination with the telescopic steering column, which makes rake and reach adjustments possible, and the ergonomic positioning of the instrument console and control panel, makes Vento a fabulous car to travel in.
Trendline: Volkswagen Vento Trendline is the base-end variant of the sedan and carries the smallest, but in no ways unimpressive, pack of add-ons in the entire line-up. Starting from the driver's zone, here we can find power steering, low fuel warning light, adjustable steering column, tachometer and electronic multi-tripmeter besides a set of controls for remote trunk opener, rear parking sensors, rear fog lights and rear window defogger. On the convenience ground, Trendline packs up an AC/heater unit coupled to independent rear AC vents, front and rear power windows, rear seat headrest, front and rear cup holders, classy fabric upholstery, front- and rear-mounted speakers and power antenna. For safety purposes, meanwhile, this particular variant of Vento comes bearing central locking, halogen headlamps, rear seat belts, adjustable seats, engine immobilizer, airbags and centrally-mounted fuel tank.
Comfortline: One level above the Trendline stands the Comfortline version of Volkswagen Vento. Except for dropping the option of adjustable seats and substituting manually adjustable ORVMs with power-adjustable counterparts, Comfortline carries forward every trait of Trendline besides adding some of its own like rear seat centre armrest, outside temperature display, digital odometer, front fog lights, ABS, Auto Climate Control and a CD player/radio unit.
Highline: Next in line is the Highline variant, which replaces wheel covers with alloys and the fabric upholstery with leatherette for seats as well as steering. Plus, it also adds some extra perks in the form of automatic climate control, air quality control, multi-function steering wheel, ABS and driver and passenger airbags.
New Diesel Highline: The newer version of Diesel Highline brings with it some very interesting features and fitments including the likes of remote fuel lid opener, rear cabin light, height adjustable front seat belts, seat lumbar support, cigarette lighter, electric-folding RVM, rain sensing wiper and tinted glass apart from some additional safety mechanisms like Brake Assist, power door locks, child safety locks, anti-theft alarm, seat belt warning, door ajar warning, side and front impact beams, adjustable seats and key-less entry. But, at the same time, it also drops parking sensors and offers fabric instead of leather for the seats.
The 1.5-litre diesel engine on the Verito is a gem. It has almost of no turbo lag and even is very drivable. This oil burner is very frugal and even the performance is decent and good enough to potter around town. To power the fabulous range of Verito that Mahindra has put together for its fans, two different yet equally efficient power-mills have been selected. One of them is a petrol engine that drives four out of the ten variants while the other one is an oil-burner that takes responsibility for the remaining six. With the same engine working under the hood, two out of the four petrol-driven models of Verito comply with the BSIII norms of emission while the other two follow the BSIV set of rules. The same pattern is reiterated for the diesel group also, with three BSIII and three BSIV variants.
Engineered to propel the 1.4 G2 BSIII, the 1.4 G2 (BSIV), the 1.4 G4 BSIII and the 1.4 G4 models of Verito, this 1.4-litre 8V MPFi (Multi Point Fuel Injection) petrol engine is capable of spinning a maximum of 75bhp at 5500rpm for a top torque output of 110Nm generated at 3000rpm. The engine, just like so many other features of Verito, comes directly from Logan and brings its refinement along. The NVH levels remain restricted to quite low levels at all times and the power delivery, also, is very linear with no such interference as turbo lag as a consequence to which overtaking becomes quite a simple affair. The only issues with this skilled set of mechanicals seem to arise from the 5-speed manual transmission gearbox and that too, just because of the gear-shifts that give a slight rubbery feel. Where mileage is concerned, Verito Petrol puts up a fairly decent show with the city street average fixed at 10.43kmpl and the highways at 13.87kmpl.
The diesel engine, again, is the same that used to power the fabulous Logan. Keeping up with its powerful yet frugal nature, this 1.5-litre 8V dCi CRDi diesel mill continues to be the most popular oil-burner in the industry after Fiat's multijet. Mated to the same 5-speed manual transmission gearbox as its petrol-feeding sibling, this engine has been designed to crank up a peak 65bhp at 4000rpm for a peak torque of 160Nm produced at 2000rpm. The NVH levels are pretty low and remain so whether the car is left to idle away or when the engine is turned on, thereby highlighting the sophistication that is expected of a sedan. Plus, the power delivery is also very linear making overtaking extremely easy and driving extremely pleasant, be it the bumper-to-bumper city ride or the wide open highways. Being mated to the same transmission system presents this mill with the same problems also and hence, rubbery gear-shifts are a part and parcel of this version as well. As for the mileage, Verito Diesel maintains an average of 18.01kmpl in the city and 21.03kmpl on highways.
Ed's take: The diesel is certainly the pick of the duo, not just for its efficiency, but even for its outright performance and drivability. Though the power ratings are similar, but the diesel engine’s performance more superior.
Volkswagen Vento, the beautiful sedan from the German auto-marque, comes in two engine options – a 1.6-litre petrol-mill and a 1.6-litre diesel engine. Out of the two, the oil-burner comes mated to a sole manual transmission system while the petrol variant gets to choose between manual and automatic transmissions.
Diesel 1.6-litre: To propel its diesel line-up, Volkswagen Vento employs a 1598cc 16V Common Rail diesel engine, which has evolved into its 4-cylinder self from the 3-cylinder make that drives the Polo group. Capable of cranking out a peak 104bhp at 4400rpm for a top torque of 250Nm generated over a range of 1500-2500rpm, this power-mill comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. Maintaining a linear power-delivery throughout the range, the engine ensures that overtaking remains easy in the city as well as on the highways and does not demand a downshift each time. The gearbox, on the other hand, makes sure that the gear-shifts continue to be smooth, slick and easy.
Although the oil-burner that works for Vento is excellent at its work, however, its NVH levels that range in the 'high' category come as a glitch in its otherwise spotless performance report. While the very start-up clatter is quite characteristic of a noisy diesel engine, even after warming up the noise, although gets reduced considerably, can still make its presence felt. As far as mileage is concerned, Volkswagen Vento Diesel returns a 17.25kmpl figure for the city roads and a 20.54kmpl for the highways.
Petrol 1.6-litre: The 1598cc 16-valve In-line petrol-feeder that works for Volkswagen Vento comes with two transmission options – manual and automatic. Engineered to churn out a maximum of 104bhp at 5250rpm for a peak torque of 153Nm pumped out at 3800rpm, this power-house, in its manual version, gets mated to a 5-speed gearbox while in the automatic version, a 6-speed transmission accompanies it in its workings. The manual transmission system that this mill shares with its diesel sibling performs equally well here, delivering smooth and slick shifts every time.
Petrol 1.2-litre automatic: The Vento also has a new engine, which is a 1.2-litre turbo petrol that produces 102bhp of power and it comes mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. This is the new automatic transmission offering on the Vento and has been picked up from the Polo TSI. The power delivery is good and even the performance is better than the previous 1.6-litre automatic and it is more fuel-efficient too. This is also the first sedan to have a seven-speed automatic transmission and it will be double clutch. It returns about 11-12 km/l even when driving in city conditions.
The ride of the Verito is plush as it built on the Logan’s suspension, which is very good. Most of the shocks from the road are soaked up by the suspension and even the handling is decent.
The suspension system of Mahindra Verito is composed of a McPherson type mechanism paired with Wishbone link working at the front end and an H-section Torsion Beam mechanism integrated with Programmed Deflection-Coil spring working at the rear end. This proficient suspension system, in combination with the incredible Logan-inspired underpinnings, makes Verito the supple and composed ride that it claims to be. Easily and effectively absorbing all the jerks, jolts and bounces in the road, this cleverly designed framework of Verito makes it a very plush ride and smooth ride.
Even the handling comes to Verito as an inheritance. The car is planted and inspires confidence in the driver when driven on straight roads or pushed around corners. There is not much body roll and as for the steering, it acts precisely at low speeds. However, it is the high speeds that make it feel a bit slack.
Ed's take: The ride of the Vento is a tad stiffer. This is done to improve the handling characteristics of the vehicle. The handling of the Vento is good and it carries the VW DNA.
Handling and drivability have never been a problem when it comes to Volkswagen cars and the same goes for Vento as well. Based on the Polo platform, this German sedan makes use of a McPherson Strut with Stabilizer bar for the front-end suspension whereas for the rear end, it employs a semi-independent trailing arm. Although, this suspension system does a good job of absorbing the potholes in the road, it still remains unable of keeping the occupants completely unaware of the bumps and slight jerks penetrate the cabin.
The ride gets better for the occupants of the second row, all thanks to the softer springs, thereby making Vento ideal for chauffeur-driven passengers. However, the overall ride experience continues to be on the stiff side, the benefit of which comes in handling, which gets much better than before. To assist in handling, Vento gets fitted with Apollo Aceleres, which supply a much superior grip on dry as well as wet roads. As for the electronic steering wheel, it is light and easy to use on a day-to-day basis. Driving-enthusiasts, however, would need some time to get used to it, but it's not difficult.