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The German Volkswagen marque is trying hard to stay on top of the headlines by launching new and updated models. This manufacturer in India has officially rolled out the facelifted version of Vento to lure the sedan buyers. It was only a few months ago when this automaker has updated the model series with new engines and interiors. Now again, it has modified its exteriors and tuned its engine to improve the overall fuel efficiency. However, there are no changes made to its variant line-up and it continue to be available in three trim levels. Among those, Volkswagen Vento 1.2 TSI Comfortline AT is the mid range variant, which is powered by a turbocharged 1197cc. This engine is mated with a seven speed DSG automatic transmission gearbox that certainly makes the drive pleasant. This variant gets a new radiator grille along with a redesigned bonnet. At the same time, its taillight cluster, bumper and tailgate that compliments its new look. Coming to the interiors, no changes have been made to its design, but some new features have been added. Additional features include a dead pedal, glovebox cooling and cruise control system. On the other hand, the safety aspects remained to be the same as its predecessor.
Like said above, the manufacturer has updated the exteriors, especially to its front facade to make it look bold and aggressive. The radiator grille has been modified with triple slat structure and is garnished with chrome. The bumper looks bigger thanks to the large air intake section. It gets redesigned fog lamps along with a chrome strip that renders a classy appeal to its frontage. The look of its side facet looks to be the same, but the ORVM caps are now integrated with turn blinkers. Its fenders have been fitted with 15-inch steel rims, but full wheel covers makes it look attractive. Like the front profile, its rear section also gets some notable changes in the form of taillight cluster. The rear bumper has also been modified and is decorated with a chrome strip for added attraction. At the same time, its exhaust pipe also gets chrome garnish. Meanwhile the tailgate gets a minor tweak that compliments is new look. Apart from this, all other cosmetics have been retained from the outgoing model. Currently, this model series is available is available in six paint options like Carbon Steel, Toffee Brown, Reflex Silver, Night Blue, Candy White and Titanium Beige.
Coming to the insides, no changes have been done to the design aspect, but features have been updated for added convenience. Its dashboard has a layered design and it is fitted attractive instrument cluster that has two analogue meters. Additionally, it is now fitted with a glovebox featuring cooling effect. The center console has a conventional look and is housed with various equipments, which are essential for a comfortable drive. The space inside the cabin gets a boast, thanks to the 'Spacemax' technology that improves the legroom for rear cabin occupants. The driver seat has height adjustable facility that further adds to the convenience. All the seats inside have been covered with “Cloud Titanschwarz” fabric upholstery, which compliments the interior elegance. For the convenience of passengers, the manufacturer has placed several utility based features inside like rear center armrest, sunglass holder inside glovebox, foot-well lights and steering wheel with multi-functional switches.
Engine and Performance:
This variant is powered by the 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine, which is integrated with a turbocharger. It has a direct fuel injection system that enables the engine to produce a maximum power of 103.5bhp at 5000rpm and yields about 175Nm of torque between 1500 to 1400rpm. This engine is based on a single overhead camshaft valve configuration, as its four cylinders have 2-valves each. This mill is mated to a seven speed DSG automatic transmission gearbox that transmits the torque output to the front wheels. As for the mileage is concern, this engine can help the vehicle to return a decent 18.19 Kmpl, which is quite good. This vehicle can reach a top speed of approximately 160 to 170 Kmph and can break the 100 Kmph speed barrier in just about 9 seconds.
Braking and Handling:
In terms of braking, this vehicle gets ventilated disc brakes for its front wheels and drum brakes fitted to its rear ones. This superior braking combination is assisted by the anti lock braking system and electronic brake force distribution. In addition to this, it also gets electronic stability program for enhanced braking performance. Additionally, it also gets hill hold control, which further improves the safety. In terms of suspension, McPherson Strut system is fitted to the front axle along with stabilizer bar. While the semi-independent trailing arm type of suspension is given to the rear axle. Not to forget that the speed sensitive electric power steering is an important feature that makes it simpler to handle this vehicle.
This mid range trim gets a new set of features in the form of a cruise control system, a large glove box with cooling effect, 'Spacemax' seat adjustment facility and a dead pedal. While the other features remains to be same as its outgoing model. Those list includes a Climatronic automatic air conditioning system, rear AC vents, height adjustable driver's seat, tilt and telescopic adjustment for steering wheel, 3-way trunk unlocking, front intermittent wipers with 4-step variable setting and front sun visors. This variant also has a CD/MP3 player along with a few connectivity options like AUX-In, SD Card and USB. Additionally, it also has Bluetooth connectivity for connecting the mobile phones.
This variant gets the same set of features like its previous version. The list includes height adjustable head restraints, electronic engine immobilizer with floating code, interior rear view mirror, height adjustable 3-point front seat belts, high mount stop lamps and fog lamps. This variant also gets ABS with EBD, dual front airbags and power windows with pinch guard protection, which explains about its safety levels.
1. Updated fuel efficiency is a plus point.
2. Exterior refinements looks to be subtle.
1. There are no modifications done to the safety feature.
2. Lack of touchscreen system is disappointing.
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