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23 June 2015

Volkswagen launches facelifted Vento at Rs 7.70 lakh

Now with some visual tweaks and additional features

Sriram Narayanan
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"We will never have curvy chromy things in our car. Though we have subtly put in some chrome," said Michael Mayer, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, India. Which is what the facelifted VW Vento is all about. A bit of chrome around the grille, some aerodynamic tweaks along the bonnet, and some cool features is what VW is looking at propping up the Vento with, in the quickly heating up mid-size sedan segment.

The facelifted Vento does have some junior luxury car features - a cooled glovebox, cruise control, soft-touch boot release and electrically folding mirrors to name a few.

Mechanically, the Vento retains the same 1.6 litre petrol, 1.2 litre TSI (turbo-petrol), and a 1.5 litre TDI diesel. You can opt for a 5-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox (DSG). According to VW, 40 per cent of Vento customers in India opt for the automatic box.

The highlight is that dual airbags are standard across all variants. The DSG versions also come with ESP and Hill-hold assist as standard. While the cosmetic tweaks make the new Vento look like a junior Jetta, which looks like a junior Passat, the aerodynamic tweaks - claims VW - has increased fuel efficiency by 7 per cent in the petrol and 2 per cent in the diesel engines.

The 1.6 petrol starts at Rs 7.7 lakh, topping out at Rs 9.24 lakh. The turbo-charged TSI petrol variants - that are only DSG - begin at Rs 9.68 lakh, with the highest variant costing Rs 10.42 lakh. The diesel range starts at Rs 8.93 lakh, going up to Rs 11.64 lakh for the fully loaded DSG version. All prices are ex-showroom, Maharashtra.

Read our review of the facelifted Vento

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