Volkswagen Vento

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Volkswagen Vento
Volkswagen Vento 2.0 Trendline 2012 (16675251091).jpg
2012 Volkswagen Vento 2.0 Trendline
Overview
ManufacturerVolkswagen India
Also calledVolkswagen Polo Sedan
Production2010–present
Assembly
Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact car
Body style4-door sedan
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformVolkswagen Group A05 (PQ25) platform
RelatedVolkswagen Polo Mk5
Škoda Rapid (India)
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,553 mm (100.5 in)
Length4,390 mm (172.8 in)
Width1,699 mm (66.9 in)
Height1,467 mm (57.8 in)
Curb weight1,126–1,238 kg (2,482–2,729 lb)

The Volkswagen Vento (or Volkswagen Polo Sedan in some markets) is a subcompact car produced by Volkswagen India, Volkswagen Russia and Volkswagen South Africa, the subsidiary of the German manufacturer Volkswagen, since 2010. It is essentially a three-box Volkswagen Polo with a stretched wheelbase and has been developed especially for some markets. The car is sold under the Vento name in India, Malaysia and Mexico. In Thailand, Indonesia, South Africa, Argentina, Russia, Jordan, Tunisia and the UAE it is sold as the Volkswagen Polo Sedan. The word Vento means 'wind' in both Italian and Portuguese. It is also known as the Volkswagen Polo Notch in the Philippines.

Overview[edit]

Technically, the car is based on a stretched version of the Volkswagen Polo. Being based on the Polo Mk5 Facelift (Typ 6C; 2014–2017), this car shares many components. Related Volkswagen Group models include the Škoda Fabia, SEAT Ibiza and Audi A1. This car is made based under A05 (PQ25) Platform. PQ25 is a development of the PQ24 platform with the possibility of all-wheel drive (not included on any version), informally known as A05 . The extra wheelbase offers more rear legroom than the hatchback, 50mm additional wheelbase and 500-liters of boot space, which has been well received. VW offers a choice of three engine options in India and Mexico; a 1.6 litre MPI petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission and a 1.5 litre TDI high torque diesel engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed automatic gearbox in the Indian market. There is also a 1.2 litre TSI engine available with a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox only.

Volkswagen Vento (India)

The car in India is available in four trim levels: the Trendline, Comfortline, Highline and Highline Plus, with the Petrol Highline also having an automatic option. Among the three variants, the Trendline is a bare-bones trim level, forming an entry point for the vehicle. The Comfortline gets a CD-MP3 music system, body-coloured door mirrors and handles and fog lamps among other features. The Highline features a Touchscreen Infotainment system with integrated USB music, steering-mounted audio controls, leather upholstery, ABS, front airbags, a multi-function display, 15" alloy wheels and other standard features.[3]

The Volkswagen Vento 1.6 MPI petrol variant offers a fuel efficiency of about 13 km/l in the city and about 15.8 km/l on the highway. The diesel variant of the Vento gives a mileage of about 17.5 km/l in the city and nearly 22 km/l on the highway.

In 2011, VW introduced a temporary special edition "Breeze" on the Trendline, featuring new, nifty features and added accessories.[4] Besides the "Breeze', Volkswagen India, in collaboration with the IPL authorities, annually offers a special IPL edition at a slight premium.

In March 2011, Volkswagen recorded an impressive sales figure of 3973 units, dethroning the Honda City for the first time since its launch.[5] Overall the car has been quite successful in the Indian market and has been particularly lauded for its build quality.[6]

In November 2011, Škoda, a subsidiary of Volkswagen, introduced the Rapid, a car that is basically a re-badged Vento without a TSI engine option.

Since April 2012, the car has been sold in Malaysia under the name "Polo Sedan". The car is also manufactured and sold in Russia and Thailand as "Volkswagen Polo Sedan" with only the petrol engine available.

As of late 2013, the Vento manufactured in India is being offered in the Mexican market, both with gasoline and diesel engines. Gasoline-powered cars have the choice of manual or automatic transmissions; diesel is sold as a manual only. Trim levels are called Style, Active and Highline.

Again, in late 2013, when Volkswagen returned to the Philippines, it launched the Vento as the Polo Notch in its lineup.

In 2014, the Taiwanese market Polo will switch from European models (hatchback only) to India models, both hatchback and sedan (rebadged as Polo Sedan), all with the 1.6 MPI petrol engine and 6 speed tiptronic powertrain. The price has been reduced for 2014 models, in the interest of competing with locally made economy cars.

In May 2018, Volkswagen discontinued the Polo Notch in the Philippines. It was replaced by the Volkswagen Santana.[7]

Mexican Market[edit]

Volkswagen Vento 2014 Active Trim Level, Sold in Mexico and Manufactured by Volkswagen India
VW Vento, Polo sedan. 2014 Model.
2015 Model with a fresh new facelift, minor changes.

The Volkswagen Vento was introduced in the Mexican Market as a 2014 model manufactured by Volkswagen India.

VW offers a choice of two engine options; a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine with a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic DSG gearbox and a 1.6-liter diesel engine mated only to a five-speed manual gearbox (TDI).

The entry version is called Style and is available with 5-speed manual transmission or an automatic 6-Speed Tiptronic. Series equipment will feature alarm with remote trunk opening, seat belts 3-point both front and back, single front headlights, three read dome lights, center rear brake light, driver and passenger airbags, ABS, air conditioning, power locks, 4-electric windows only front windows driver side control, armrest, four speakers and aluminum wheels 15" matched with 185/60R15 tyres, front disc brakes and rear drum brake, with the automatic version adding a trip computer.

The second version is called Active. This adds to the Style a Bluetooth telephone connection, CD stereo with iPod compatible USB port, SD card and handsfree.

The top-of-the-line, for now, is limited to the Highline version, which with respect to the Active adds automatic climate (climatronic), electric mirrors, electric windows with automatic up/down and full driver side control, chrome inserts on the dashboard, gear shift lever, steering wheel and speed brake handles and lined in leather, finally with foglights.

The Vento in the Mexican market has developed a high rate of sales, leaving behind the Clásico (MK4 Jetta redesigned) and MK6 Jetta, both produced in Mexico, while the Vento is a car produced in India. The Vento is likely to be produced in Mexico a few years from now. The main rivals in Mexican market are the Chevrolet Aveo, Honda City, Nissan Versa, and Nissan Tiida, all of them are in the top 10 best selling cars in Mexico.

Engine[edit]

model displacement valvetrain
configuration
valves max. power
at rpm
max. torque
at rpm
top speed acceleration
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)
Petrol engine
1.2 TSI 1,197 cc inline-4 SOHC 8 77 kW (105 PS; 103 hp) / 5000 175 N⋅m (129 lb⋅ft) / 1550 170 km/h (106 mph) 11.7 s
1.6 MPI 1,598 cc inline-4 DOHC 16 77 kW (105 PS; 103 hp) / 5250 153 N⋅m (113 lb⋅ft) / 3800 165 km/h (103 mph) 12.2 s
Diesel engine
1.5 TDI 1,498 cc inline-4 DOHC 16 81 kW (110 PS; 109 hp) / 4000 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) / 1500–3000 166 km/h (103 mph) 11.3 s

Use of the name[edit]

1992–1999 Volkswagen Vento

Volkswagen Vento was the commercial name of the third-generation Volkswagen Jetta (1992–1999) marketed in Europe and Australia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Siddhant Beniwal (2010-02-04). "VW to make India low-cost export hub". economictimes.indiatimes.com. The Economic Times. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
  2. ^ "Volkswagen Rus" (in Russian). Volkswagen.ru. 2010-10-26. Retrieved 2010-12-17.
  3. ^ "VW Vento Car Initial Review India: Specifications, Features, Pictures". IndianCarsBikes.in. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  4. ^ "Discover The Vento in 6 trim levels. Welcome to Volkswagen India". Volkswagen.co.in. 2010-12-31. Archived from the original on 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  5. ^ "Honda's bastion breached: Vento overtakes City in sales". [Motoroids]. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  6. ^ "Polo and Vento steer Volkwagen India towards greater success". Indianautosblog.com. 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  7. ^ "Volkswagen Philippines Car Models". Retrieved 2018-08-06.

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