2012 Volkswagen Vento 2.0 Trendline
|Also called||Volkswagen Polo Sedan|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door sedan|
|Platform||Volkswagen Group A05 (PQ25) platform|
|Related||Škoda Rapid (India)|
Volkswagen Polo Mk5
|Wheelbase||2,553 mm (100.5 in)|
|Length||4,390 mm (172.8 in)|
|Width||1,699 mm (66.9 in)|
|Height||1,467 mm (57.8 in)|
|Curb weight||1,126–1,238 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.
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.
The car in India is available in four trim levels: the Trendline, Comfortline, Highline and Highline Plus, with the Highline and Highline Plus also having an automatic option. Among the four 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. The Highline Plus has 16” alloy wheels, a reverse parking camera and full LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights.
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. 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. Overall the car has been quite successful in the Indian market and has been particularly lauded for its build quality.
In November 2011, Škoda, a subsidiary of Volkswagen, introduced the Rapid, a car that is basically a re-badged Vento without a 1.2 TSI engine option. The Rapid is otherwise mechanically identical to the Vento but uses some of the Škoda family’s design philosophy. The Rapid petrol automatic also lacks a DSG and uses a more traditional 6-speed torque converter instead.
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.
On introduction of Bharat Stage VI emissions norms in India, the Vento 1.5TDI will be discontinued and the petrol engines will be replaced by a new locally manufactured, more fuel-efficient three-cylinder 1.0 TSI engine.
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.
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)
|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|
|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
Volkswagen Vento was the commercial name of the third-generation Volkswagen Jetta (1992–1999) marketed in Europe and Australia.
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