Over the years Volkswagen has created a distinct segment for itself relating to automated vehicles, primarily backed by its twin-clutch transmission expertise, higher often known as Direct-Shift Gearbox or DSG automated. In reality, VW has been pushing its automated transmission as considered one of its greatest USPs, globally, in addition to within the Indian market. However, DSG items are costly, so when the carmaker was making the shift to the BS6 emission norms, VW determined to exchange the a lot-beloved DSG automated unit with a extra price-efficient torque converter. Particularly, in its decrease section vehicles, just like the Polo and Vento. Now, we now have already examined the brand new powertrain and gearbox mixture within the Polo GT TSI and advised you all about it. Much just lately we acquired an opportunity to check it once more within the Vento, and this is the way it faired.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
The 2020 Volkswagen Vento automated is powered by the identical 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine that does responsibility within the guide model of the automobile. In reality, it is amusing whenever you assume that that in the previous few months alone, we now have examined this exact same engine in 5 totally different vehicles. Starting with the Skoda Rapid 1.Zero TSI, which was adopted by the guide variants of the Polo and Vento, respectively, and later the Polo GT TSI. And, now once more, within the Vento automated.
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The 999 cc three-cylinder turbocharged engine provides the identical energy output, which stands at 108 bhp, and peak energy is achieved between 5000 to five,500 rpm. On the opposite hand, torque output stands at 175 Nm, which is developed from as little as 1750 rpm, going all the best way as much as 4,000 rpm. In phrases of efficiency, it is similar to the Vento guide, within the decrease revs you discover a little bit of a turbo lag, however past 2200 to 2500 rpm, it opens up and reveals us its true colors, attaining triple-digit speeds very quickly.
The huge change, in fact, is the brand new 6-velocity automated torque converter unit, and the very first thing you may discover is that it has a really robust creep operate. As quickly as you place it on drive mode and elevate your foot off the brakes, the automobile nearly immediately launches forward, and I spoke about it within the Polo GT TSI evaluation as properly. So, you’ll have to get used to it a bit, and still have a certain foot on the brake pedal in cease-and-go visitors. The gearbox definitely feels fairly fast and responsive, however you probably have pushed the DSG model, you may discover that it doesn’t provide that very same degree of refinement and precision. Nonetheless, it is definitely enjoyable to drive, and if you wish to make it a bit extra participating then simply shift the lever to Sport mode and the automobile feels loads faster. That’s as a result of in Sport mode the shift turns into a bit extra aggressive, however, on the similar time you additionally really feel the jerks contained in the cabin, nevertheless it’s definitely not a giant commerce-off. Although, if you could have the controls in your hand then simply shift the lever to guide mode and use the Tiptronic operate to upshift and downshift, making it a bit extra participating.
Having mentioned that, I’ve to say, I did get pleasure from this engine and gearbox mixture tad extra within the Polo GT TSI. The general efficiency definitely felt much more participating within the sizzling hatch, and lots of it has to do with the truth that the Vento is larger and heavier than the Polo. To put issues into perspective, the Vento automated include a kerb weight of 1175 kg, making it 37 kg heavier than the Vento guide and 82 kg heavier than the Polo GT.
The Volkswagen Vento automated continues to drive like a attraction. It’s simply manoeuvrable whereas driving within the metropolis, be it the visitors or slim lanes, and the automated transmission simply boosts that comfort issue. On the highways, the automobile simply feels rock stable. The Vento additionally continues to be an amazing dealing with automobile, be it on the straights or the corners, and the steering additionally weighs up properly imparting extra confidence in you, even whereas doing triple-digit speeds. As for the suspension, just like the guide model, it is set a bit on the softer aspect and thus properly absorbs a lot of the undulations on the street with whole ease, providing a clean drive.
Also Read: 2020 Volkswagen Vento 1.Zero TSI Review
Design and Styling
Visually, the 2020 Volkswagen Vento automated stays similar to its guide counterpart, as you get the identical up to date face with the GTI-impressed honeycomb grille and matching mesh sample for the extensive airdam, giving it a sporty look. The automobile additionally contains a pair of twin-chamber LED headlamps with built-in LED daytime working lamps, and beneath you may have a pair of smooth foglamps. The automobile additionally options the identical 16-inch Portago 10-spoke gray alloy wheels, together with the identical electrically operable ORVMs with LED flip sign lights, and a chrome strip on the doorways and black aspect skirts. At the rear, the automobile contains a pair of smoked taillamps and a beefy bumper with black underbody cladding with honeycomb sample design component, to reflect the entrance bumper.
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Interior and Features
Step inside, and you will discover that aside from the brand new gear lever, the remainder of the cabin stays similar to the guide Highline Plus variant. You get the identical beige and black twin-tone inside with a stable match and end. The seats are upholstered in the identical beige fake leather-based and proceed to supply good lumbar assist to the driving force. The dashboard continues to come back with a multi-useful flat-backside steering wheel, wrapped in fake leather-based, and no it nonetheless would not characteristic paddle shifters.
Along with a twin-pod instrument cluster and a small MID unit, the brand new Vento automated additionally will get the identical touchscreen infotainment system, that includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorHyperlink, together with Bluetooth, AUX-IN and USB connectivity. The adjustable centre armrest upfront and the foldable rear armrest are additionally on provide, together with the rear AC vents. In time period of security, this high-spec Highline Plus Automatic variant comes with Four airbags, ABS with EBD, rain-sensing wipers, Auto-dimming Interior Rear-view Mirror, and rear parking sensors with a rear digital camera.
The automated possibility for the Vento is just provided with the upper-spec Highline and Highline Plus variants, that are priced at ₹ 12.10 lakh and ₹ 13.30 lakh respectively. At that worth, aside from the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, the Vento manages to undercut a lot of the high-spec variants of its rivals by a good margin. However, all the opposite fashions within the section provide an automated trim at the very least from the mid-spec trim and above, thus providing extra variant choices to prospects, together with the Vento’s Czech cousin, the Skoda Rapid. Furthermore, the Vento additionally falls quick by way of styling and options like a wi-fi telephone charger, a sunroof, and even an engine begin-cease button for that matter. So, if such creature comforts are vital to you, then it’s best to defiantly give the Vento a miss. However, when you a in search of a automobile with a powerful construct, fulfilling driving manners, first rate options, and an attractive automated transmission, then the Vento automated is definitely, value contemplating. Although, if need all that however at a extra inexpensive worth level, then the Rapid has extra variants to select from and its entry-degree automated trim is ₹ 2.61 lakh cheaper than the Vento.
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