Volkswagen India has relaunched the Vento with new features. It now gets steering mounted audio controls, park distance control, RCD 310 Music System with USB & 4 speakers as standard features on the highline diesel variant. The car is priced at Rs. 9.77 lakh, ex showroom Delhi.
This comes as no surprise for last month, CarToq had reported that the Vento Highline will get new features at an extra price of approximately Rs. 30,000. The Vento TDI Highline variant with new features will compete with the top-end diesel variants of the Hyundai Verna, Ford Fiesta, Maruti Suzuki SX4 and Fiat Linea.
Looks and features
On the exterior, the looks of the new Vento TDI Highline are same as the outgoing variant. The Vento TDI is equipped with body colored bumpers door handles and mirrors, chrome inlays in front grille, body, rough road package with increased ground clearance and a partially zinc coated body with six years anti-rust warranty.
On the inside, the Vento TDI Highline is equipped with a storage compartments in the front doors for 1-litre bottles, a sunglass holder inside glove box, foldable roof handles with coat hooks, front and rear centre armrest, cup holders and “Livon” fabric upholstery.
The diesel highline is now equipped with new features like a music system with USB, steering mounted audio controls and park distance control (parking sensors). Other features include electrically adjustable outside mirrors, climatronic automatic AC with rear AC vents and remote control for central locking. It also has a multi function information display including a door open warning, height adjustable driving seats, space lever for rear passenger and a steering wheel adjustable for reach and rake.
With regards to safety, the Vento Highline is equipped with ABS, front Airbags for driver and co-driver, anti-theft system and back up alarm.
Performance and mileage
The Vento diesel is powered by a 1.6-litre engine that puts out 103.5 bhp of power and 250 Nm of torque and is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The ARAI-certified mileage of the 1.6-litre diesel is 20.54 kmpl. The Vento diesel has strong mid range punch that comes handy not just for day to day commuting, but also for driving on highways.
Volkswagen Vento TDI Highline vs. Hyundai Verna SX(O)
Though Vento has many rivals, it has to chiefly compete with the Hyundai fluidic Verna which consistently sells at 4,200 units every month. We compare the top-end diesel manual variants of the Vento and Verna here.
Features comparison: Advantage Verna
Despite the inclusion of USB, the Vento TDI Highline still miss out on an Aux-in port, available in the Verna. It also misses out chrome door handles and LED turn-indicators on the outside rear view mirrors, a feature offered in the Verna. On the interior, the Verna comes with leather upholstery while the Vento gets only fabric upholstery. Also read: Vento sales pick up after deep discounts on its petrol variant
The Verna gets high gloss black and wood inserts on the dashboard while the Vento comes only with a dual tone antiglare dashboard (black and beige). The Vento, however has one advantage: the automatic (Cliamatronic) AC with rear AC vents, dust and pollen filter, which is sorely missed on the Verna.
The Verna is a feature-rich model and it’s hard to compete with. It comes with a rear view camera with display on the rear view mirror, Bluetooth connectivity, electro-chromic inside rear view mirror, electrically foldable outside mirrors, a cooled glove box, a gear shift indicator and height adjustable front seats. The Vento still lacks all the above features.
Price comparison: Advantage Vento
The diesel Vento Manual (MT) Highline (with new features) with a price tag of Rs. 9.77 lakh is roughly Rs. 42,000 lesser than the Verna 1.6 CRDI SX (O) manual variant and hence will appeal to price-conscious buyers.
When compared with other cars such as the Linea and SX4, the Vento has a premium price tag. The following table lists the prices of Vento and its rivals.
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Overall the new and improved Vento is a slightly more ‘value for money’ car and although it lags behind the competition (Verna) in terms of some premium features, it is more affordable. With these changes, the Vento is aiming to target Hyundai Verna buyers, who are looking for a loaded car, but are looking for a more premium brand as well.
*Prices mentioned are ex-showroom Delhi