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Volkswagen India launched its facelifted Vento sedan series with several exterior and interior updates. This will certainly entice the customers and increase the number of sales. The designers have refreshed its internal cabin with a darker shade of beige in comparison to the outgoing model. It is equipped with a few features like cruise control, a dead pedal for added comfort, external boot release and auto foldable outside rear view mirrors. At the same time, its exteriors now look more attractive with a modified bumper, three slat radiator grille with a lot of chrome treatment, new rectangular fog lamps with integral cornering lamp and chrome treated tail pipes along with boot lid. Not only this, the company has also slightly modified the dimensions and now it is 6mm longer and 1mm taller than its previous version. This sedan is going to give a tough competition to the likes of Hyundai Verna, Honda City, Skoda Rapid, Ford Fiesta, Maruti Ciaz, Fiat Linea and others in this segment. It is being sold in quite a few trim levels and the Volkswagen Vento 1.5 TDI Comfortline AT is their mid range variant. In terms of technical specifications, it is fitted with a 1.5-litre diesel power plant that can produce a displacement capacity of about 1498cc. It has the ability to generate about a maximum power output of 103.5bhp in combination with 250Nm of peak torque output. This diesel motor is coupled with a seven speed automatic gear box, which provides exceptional performance on the roads.
The front fascia of this newly launched sedan is designed with an updated radiator grille, which gives it a energizing appearance. Now it is fitted with three slats, which has a lot of chrome treatment and is embedded with a prominent company insignia. It is flanked by a neatly crafted headlight cluster, which is incorporated with halogen lamps and side turn indicator. Then, there is a body colored bumper, which has been modified and houses a wide air intake section. It is surrounded by a brand new set of rectangular shaped fog lamps. The large windscreen is made of green tinted glass and integrated with a couple of intermittent wipers. Its side profile is designed with flared up wheel arches that are fitted with a sturdy set of 15-inch steel wheels. These rims are covered with 185/60 R15 sized tubeless radial tyres. It also has a full size spare wheel affixed in the boot compartment with all other required tools for changing a flat tyre. The door handles and electrically adjustable ORVMs are painted in body color, while the window sill is in black finish. At the same time, the company has also updated its rear end with tweaked tail light cluster and boot lid. The windscreen is integrated with a defogger and is accompanied by a high mounted stop lamp as well.
The dual tone internal cabin is quite spacious and is made of high quality scratch-resistant material. It is done up in a darker shade of beige, which gives the cabin a classy appearance. The seats are well cushioned and covered with superior upholstery. These seats are integrated with adjustable head restraints and provide ample space for all occupants. The rear seat comes with a foldable function, which helps in increasing the boot volume. Its dashboard is quite smooth and equipped with a number of equipments like an illuminated instrument panel, a large glove box along with sun glass holder and AC vents. This variant is incorporated with various utility based aspects, which are center console with cup holders, rear doors with storage compartment, front center armrest featuring cup holders for rear passengers, rear center armrest and three grab handles along with foldable coat hooks.
Engine and Performance:
The manufacturer has not made any changes to its technical specifications and powered it with the same 1.5-litre, TDI engine that is capable of displacing 1498cc. It is based on a double overhead camshaft valve configuration and integrated with four cylinders. This mill is incorporated with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system, which helps it in producing a decent mileage. It is skillfully paired with an advanced 7-speed DSG automatic transmission gear box. This motor has the ability to produce a peak power of 103.5bhp at 4400rpm and yields a maximum torque output of 250Nm in the range of 1500 to 2500rpm.
Braking and Handling:
The braking system is quite efficient with ventilated disc brakes fitted to its front wheels and drum brakes are used for the rear ones. It is further assisted by an anti-lock braking system that further boosts this mechanism especially on slippery roads. Its front axle is affixed with a McPherson strut and stabilizer bar, while the rear one is assembled with a semi independent trailing arm. The company has incorporated the sedan with a speed sensitive electronic power steering system that supports a minimum turning radius of 5.4 meters and enables convenient handling.
Being the mid range variant, it is blessed with various comfort aspects like remote opening of boot lid, rear defogger, front sun visors with vanity mirror as well as ticket holder, lane change indicator, electric trunk opening as well as remote opening and closing of windows. It is bestowed with a multi function display that comes with several features like traveling time, average speed, outside temperature, speed limit warning, fuel efficiency, distance till empty, clock and digital speed display. The external rear view mirrors are electrically adjustable, while there is one touch operation for power windows. The comfortable driver's seat has height adjustment facility, while the front and rear seats have center armrest, which adds to the comfort levels. This trim includes an advanced air conditioning unit with dust and pollen filter along with rear air vents. The advanced audio unit includes a CD/MP3 player, USB port, Aux-in socket, SD card input and has four speakers.
The list of features includes three point front and rear seat belts along with lap belt in the middle, high mounted third brake light, Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP), hill hold control as well as day and night internal rear view mirror. It has anti-lock braking system that prevents skidding of vehicle in the event of sudden braking. There are airbags for driver and co-passenger, which avoid injuries in case of collision. Its electronic engine immobilizer device with floating code functions by avoiding the chances of any unauthorized access and protects it from theft. Apart from these, it has robust front disc brakes, central locking system, rear parking sensors as well as fog lamps that adds to the safety quotient.
1. Updated exterior appearance adds to its advantage.
2. Highly responsive power steering system.
1. Price tag can be slightly more competitive.
2. Engine noise and harshness level can be reduced.
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