1 month with the Vento Petrol Higline

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Pros : Elegant looks, Solid ride and handling

Cons : Not so great performance

Got a Vento Highline Petrol in Bangalore last month. My previous car was a Honda City. So most of the comparisons are with the City. A lot of people advised me that the Vento would not be an upgrade from the City. But my HC was the older 77BHP iDSI version and also base model, so the Vento Highline is definitely an upgrade ! For one thing it is loaded with features, ABS, Airbags, Climate Control, Alloy Wheels, Remote Locking anti-theft alarm, fog lamps, the works. Ride is a lot more solid than the HC, steering is a mite stiffer. Best part is the ground clearance - no more gritting your teeth as you wait for that sickening scraping noise as the City bottoms out on the vast population of Bangalore's speed breakers. Not one of them could beat the Vento yet ! Performance is nothing to write home about - a little better than the iDSI, but may not be a match for the HC V-Tech.  So is the fuel consumption. My daily commute is very short, so it doesn't even qualify as a regular city ride, but even then what I get is around 8 Kpl - low by any standards. I took it out to the highway for a Mysore trip - that gave me about 13.5Kpl, still no big deal. The engine if supposed to generate peak torque at 3,800 RPM. I could never get the counter to go beyond 2,500 in any gear. Looks like I would need to push the vehicle really hard to reach that sweet spot of 3,800. Sometimes I wonder if I erred in not going for the Diesel or maybe even the CVT. The finish is very good both exteriors and interiors. Seating is comfortable, and with the driver seat height adjustment, you can get the best possible driving position.  Rear view is pathetic. It is just a fraction of what you get on the city. For some reason there is no beading between the body and the front and back glasses. A 1/2 cm gap that is sure to accumulate dust and dead leaves unless you have the luxury of cleaning it everyday with a water hose. Now for the quirks. First the swapping of the turning indicator control and wiper control. No big deal you would get used to it - that is one way of looking at it. However, I have not let go of my City yet and dont intent to do so very soon. Net result ? I end up turing on the Wiper instead of the indicator in BOTH ! And then the locking system. The doors can ALWAYS be opened from inside irrespective of the lock status. In other words locking is effective only from outside. This is contrary to our pysche of locking the doors to prevent kids ( or even absent minded adults) from opening the door while the car is in motion. The safety consideration here seems to be different - it prevents you from getting locked inside the car in an emergency and possible failure of the locking system. By the way there is no separate release mechanism for the fuel tank lid. It is controlled by the central locking - and the lid does not pop out. You have to press on the lid to get it open. Now imagine explaining this to your friendly neighborhood petrolwalla ! I was ready to put up with the open karo refrain and tapping on the glass, imagine my horror when I saw a guy trying to prise open the lid with a screw driver. So it is now back to Maruti 800 days - get out and open the lid for the petrol walla :-(  If you open the car and dont insert the key into the ignition within a certain time the alarm goes off. I discovered it the hard way last week, when I send wife and kids to sit in the car while I went back to collect something I forgot. The alarm went shrieking and the poor souls had no clue of what to do. Last but not least the Gear lever position for reverse. You have to push down on the lever and take it left beyond Ist gear to engage reverse. Matter of getting used to you could say. But I still dont get it right all the time. For one thing an 8 inch long lever can never be precisely pressed downwards vertically, it is likely to veer sideways resulting in getting Ist gear instead of reverse. That apart - beware if you are used to giving you car for Valet parking ! I gave the car for Valet parking at a mall, and shortly saw a crowd around the Vento. I thought they were admiring it's looks. But when I went back to check, it was the Valetwallas trying to figure out how to engage reverse ! But quirks apart, I love the car amd very happy with it. And I am told that I dont need to take it for a service before 15,000 KMs. At my usage rate that would be at least an year from now. Talk about solid German engineering !

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  • bdg |19 Jan,2011 11:28:22 AM

    Nicely written review, very helpfull

  • C.VIJAYAKUMAR |22 Jan,2011 01:30:15 PM

    Hai sathish sir, Congrats for vento.... your review was nice...I want to correct U in certain areas because i am drive vento 10,000 kilometers within 3 months( nov2nd is my delivery date)... You must have gone for diesel version... because it is far better than IVTEC HC... my friend had taken ivtec HC and I had taken venti disel trendline.he feel my car is better than HC...mainly in pickup, mileage.. in chennai trafiic ... 16 and highways ...19..(diesel) compared to IVtec.. traffic..12 and long 16( petrol) rear view, I accept but orvm has done thier jobs well.. for fuel tank lid..just ask to push it will open ( before that relase ) central lock)simple Reverse gears, indicator are of european standards....I feel reverse gears are better than regular ones.. If any thing wrong sorry sir and correct me inside locking... it is power locking door,you cannot open in a single push it is three way operating,mainly they had given this for fire safety standard...rear door.. you have child locks..

    SATISH P |31 Jan,2011 10:46:02 AM

    Hi, Thanks for your comments. Regarding HC iVTEC, I have not actually driven it, so I was just assuming it would be better performance based on specs. The only reason I did not go for Diesel was because the dealer said the waiting period was even longer - around 6 months. Regards Satish

    C.VIJAYAKUMAR |02 Feb,2011 01:54:39 PM

    Hai sathish sir,that is the problem with diesel version of vento they not even taking the booking...For vento have you gone for any additional feature like sun visor,spoiler to enhance your vento...if so please intimate...

    SATISH P |02 Feb,2011 02:36:54 PM

    Hi, I just bought the floor mats and rear parking sensors additional. No discount for any accessories :-( Satish

    C.VIJAYAKUMAR |10 Feb,2011 06:22:02 PM

    Thank you sir, I had gone for rear view camera from outside.....it is very nice

  • SaNa |24 Jan,2011 08:43:28 PM

    Thanks for the review, btw heard few cars are having problems on below.. Are u facing these problems ? 1. Clutch vibration 2. Dragging towards left / right I did TD, could feel Clutch vibration. hence not able to take a finalise this.. please tell us more about yr experience on this... Thanx in adv.

    SATISH P |31 Jan,2011 10:47:26 AM

    Hi, No I have not experienced this till now. Thanks Satish

  • venkatesh |03 Feb,2011 08:27:10 PM

    Hi Satish, Thanks for your comment on vento, actually im planning to buy vento diesel version for last 1 month, but i was confused by seeing bad reviews of vento.

    C.VIJAYAKUMAR |10 Feb,2011 06:23:11 PM

    venkatesh sir please go for vento diesel trendline it is the best buy in market......

  • vikram |26 Feb,2011 06:10:50 PM

    i want to go for vento but confused

  • seema |10 Mar,2011 08:52:37 AM

    i am planning to book Vento petrol highliner. how long is waiting? please comment

  • Manish Malhotra |15 Mar,2011 03:56:19 PM

    hi! i am planning to buy Sedan in 10 lac bracket. getting confused between Vento petrol Highline and Honda city SMT.pl. help me with this.my driving is nearly 50 km's a day.but definately Mileage and aftersale value is there in mind.

  • Neeraj Arora |19 Mar,2011 03:34:23 PM

    Confused between buying highline diesel and highline petrol version of vento. On road price difference is coming to almost 1.75 lakh as I am getting an extra 60000 discount on petrol version because of last years manufacturing date. My expected usage is 15000 km/ year. Please advise.

  • arun |09 Apr,2011 12:28:39 PM

    One of the best reviews I've read! Just FYI...In a toss up b/w Vento and Etios, I am veering towards Etios....

  • anirudh |16 Apr,2011 09:51:02 AM

    Hi..Let me know Vento IPL edition (Petrol) is worth buy?I am finding Vento more attractive than others like City/Etios....Plz guide me

  • sunita Amonkar |02 May,2011 09:05:46 AM

    wish to buy vento petrol highline. advise

  • gary |09 May,2011 09:36:12 PM

    I am planning to buy a car, and frankly speaking I am just surveying around. Car aside, I am paying a bit too much heed towards the after sales servicing, repairs, spare parts cost, etc. Too many pages I have surfed have compelled me to believe that VW is an expensive deal when it comes to after sales. I would really appreciate if you could explain me the cost of the services, repairs and spare parts. I personally feel that the VW footprint in India is not as impressive as Maruti Suzuki or Tata, etc, but if you could just explain me a picture, it would be very grateful of you.

    Sandeep Gupta |17 Jun,2011 11:13:28 PM

    I own Highline Petrol.Verygood Car.Tough Car.Avg 14 Kms in highway.Steady Car.Stable in speed of 140KM.I drove it contniously for 500 Kms twice.I got an avg speed of 55 Kms in statehighways.Solid Body with all safty featuers.This vehicle is for highways.You can beat any car in highways. Foud poor tourque in low speed when shifting gare from 4th to 3rd. No need for any servicing till 15000 Kms.No comparision with Maruti & Tata. Basicaaly Maruti cars are City Drive Cars,Tata cars are made for masses with lots of variants whereas VW is made exclusively for exclusive people.

  • josef josef |30 Apr,2012 11:00:00 AM

    s vento diesel bettr than petrol in overall??

  • josef josef |30 Apr,2012 11:02:42 AM

    s vento diesel bettr than petrol in overall??

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