The Vento is a very important car for the Indian market. For a very long time, there has been a void in the Indian mid-size car segment. Although there are cars like the DZire, Fiesta, SX4, Verna, and Linea trying to fill up this space, either they do not look the part, or the engines are not good enough. The City comes across is a very good car, but then it’s very expensive. The Vento in that sense presents itself as an all-round package. It’s a well engineered German sedan which is powered by good engines. We are sure it will create a dent in the Honda City sales, and take some customers away from the top variant customers of the rest of the brands as well. Here’s all that you need to know about this handsome new German saloon.
Brief Overview: The Vento is the first sedan from Volkswagen to be designed and built for a market like India. It is the company’s second volume model after the Polo in India.
The Vento is designed on elegant, understated lines. It was developed in Germany and built in India
The Vento is 4384mm long, 1699mm wide and 1466mm tall. Vento has a wheelbase of 2552 mm and a turning radius of 4.97m.
The Vento has two engines.
A 1.6 L petrol engine with 77kW/105 PS. This engine can attain a maximum fuel efficiency of 14.4 km/litre for the AT version and 15.83 km/litre for the MT version.
The 1.6 L 77kW/105 PS diesel engine will attain the highest fuel efficiency of 20.54 km/litre. This version is not available in AT
The Vento is available in two trims – the Trendline and Highline in both the petrol and diesel variants.
Front: The Vento offers a smart and elegant look. The front maintains the typical Volkswagen design look like that of the Polo. It comes with chrome trimmed front radiator and line grille that adds to its elegant, very well proportioned look. The chrome finish on the front air dam and the fog light surrounds of the Vento add to the elegant front.
Rear section: Just like the rest of the car, the rear too is neatly designed and offers a harmonious look. The wide rear window offers good visibility behind the sedan while continuing to maintain its strong dynamic lines. The squarish tail lamps give a stylish contour to the Vento and perfectly blend with the rear design. The rear light clusters with the chrome lining add a touch of elegance.
The Vento offers 480 litres of boot space for its passenger which is good enough for a family for pack their bags and drive away for a week for a holiday.
Side profile: The straight and muscular lines on the side profile of the Vento are typical of VW design DNA. The Vento looks sturdily built from the sides, with a strong emphasis on the big wheel arches which lend the car an air of muscle and sturdiness. Additionally, the body coloured side mirrors and door handles in the Vento Highline add to its slick look. The extended C pillar ensures ample space in the rear of the car is clearly visible.
Front Passenger Seat: The interiors aredone up in two tone trim, and the dashboard has been designed to cut glare.
The Highline variant of the Vento offers power steering wrapped with genuine leather and can be easily adjusted according to the driver’s convenience.
Driver’s seat is height adjustable for comfortable driving.
The front door is equipped with 1 litre bottle holders, sunglass compartment inside the glove box
Center console includes 2 cup holders, front center arm rest, sun visors with ticket holder on driver’s side, vanity mirrors on passenger side
Rear Passenger Seat: The Vento with a long wheelbase offers good legroom
The Vento has rear AC vents for the passengers seated at the rear seats of the car.
A unique feature provided in the Highline variant of the Vento which no other car in any category offers to customers is the ability for the rear seat passenger to push the co driver’s seat from the rear itself, thereby further enhancing passenger comfort.
Standard features of the Vento: Exterior
The Vento is equipped with 14″ steel wheels with full wheel caps
Chrome inlays in front grille to the left and right of the Volkswagen logo
Body coloured bumpers
Black exterior door handles & mirrors
High mount brake light
Day & night rear view mirror, Front disc brakes Electronic immobilizer.
Halogen headlights, heat protection glass with green tint, partially zinc coated body with 6 years anti-rust warranty.
Paint: Solid colors only
Interior features (Apart from the features listed in passenger comfort earlier) Fully lined trunk and trunk floor, Trunk illumination
Foldable roof handles with coat hooks Warning triangle holder Front center console including 12V outlet Rear seat headrest, The gear lever surround, inner door handles & AC vents with chrome. “Livon” fabric upholstery & Interior lights at roof front & centre. Power windows front & rear with driver side one touch down Electric trunk opening from the front driver’s side Rear AC vents equipped with dust and pollen filter, Central locking, Rear defogger, White instrument back-lights, Parking lights
Additional Equipments/ Features in the Highline: Body colored outside mirrors and door handles
15” Alloy wheels, Chrome strip on trunk, Paint, metallic and pearl effect, Chrome finish on front air dam and fog light surrounds, Green wedge at top section of windshield.
Interior Chrome package, Genuine leather wrapped steering wheel, gear shift knob, hand brake lever and gear shift boot
Rear centre arm rest, “Livon” superior upholstery ABS, Front Airbags for driver and co-driver Anti Theft system with interior surveillance, Fog light, front & rear Electrically adjustable outside mirrors Climatronic automatic air conditioning Multi function information display including door opening warning Radio with CD player MP3 and four speaker including roof Atenna
The Vento Price List**
Engine/ Trimline Price Index (INR in Lakhs) 1.6L Petrol Trendline (Manual) 6,99,000 1.6L Petrol Highline (Manual) 8,23,500 1.6L Petrol Highline (Automatic) 9,21,500 1.6 L TDI Trendline (Manual) 7,99,000 1.6L TDI Highline (Manual) 9,23,500
Powering the 2012 Mercedes Benz CLS class a 3.5L V6 engine producing 306 bhp and a 4.7L engine bi turbocharged V8 producing 429 bhp. The new Mercedes CLS ill also include its 4Matic all wheel drive system for its high torque models.
The Mercedes CLS interior is handcrafted to perfection like the stitched seat covers and dashboard done with high quality padding. Premium leather is used and preshrunk to retain its shape even in direct exposure. A commanding steering wheel, cockpit like dashboard and center console with high quality materials
Driving If you think the Audi R8 looks special, wait until you fire the engine. The normally-aspirated 4.2-litre V8 (proudly displayed under a glass engine cover, just like a Ferrari) roars into life, and once on the move delivers impressive performance from 2,000rpm. At the far end of the rev counter, a red line of 8,250rpm means astonishing acceleration. Audi R8 have a proper performance engine. But be very careful with Audi R8 gearbox choice; the R Tronic paddleshift system is OK, but it distances you from the drive. The same can’t be said for the superb six-speed manual, while the brakes are progressive, strong and reassuring. Audi R 8 it’s an enormously capable and user-friendly machine, with scarcely believable amounts of grip. None of Audi R8 rivals could keep pace on twisting roads during our tests. However, it doesn’t have quite the same involvement of the scalpel-sharp Porsche 911, and its responses are slightly numb in comparison.
Specifictions and Performance 2011 AUDI R8 V10
Engine: Lamborghini-sourced V10
Horsepower: 518 8,000v rpm
Torque: 391 pound-feet, 6 500 rpm
Compression ratio (x:1) 12.5
The 2011 AUDI R8 V10 reach zero Zero to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds