Why is it here?
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But for how long?
The VW Vento is a car that was launched when I just passed out of school. So when it joined the TG Garage for a month, I had to have it for a while to see has VW juiced out everything they could or does it still have some appeal left. On offer was the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Not the best combo when fuel prices are touching the ton per litre.
Still, I took on the task and the first drive was a weekend getaway. The tank was brimmed full and the massive boot swallowed luggage, baskets and even a carrom board! It is shocking how much a big boot can help. We are so used to compact SUVs and compact sedans that we almost forget about the incredible space that a mid-size sedan with a proper boot can provide. The engine too has a surprising dual-purpose nature as it returned a healthy 14kpl in the city and a good 17.5kpl on the highway. Performance too was impressive and if you weren’t told, you wouldn’t expect it to have just a 1.0-litre engine. Then you have things like the LED headlamps and cruise control along with Apple CarPlay and you realise, it is all you need. Yes, the Vento is old, but it is from over.
1.0-litre turbo petrol
108bhp at 5000-5500rpm
175Nm at 1750-4000Nm
6-speed torque converter