Volkswagen Vento TSI review: Powered by the magic of technology

Jun 21 2014, 09:21 IST
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When it comes to performance, the Vento TSI leaves most other cars in its class far behind. When it comes to performance, the Vento TSI leaves most other cars in its class far behind.
SummaryWhen it comes to performance, the Vento TSI leaves most other cars in its class far behind.

play. In a few seconds, the Sunny driver was far, far behind. The Vento TSI touches 0-100 kmph in a shade under 11 seconds and has a top speed of about 185 kmph. In the 40-100 kmph kickdown (fully depressing the accelerator), we recorded a time of under 9 seconds. The car also provides a decent ride on bad roads.

Safety

Early this year when it was reported that some of the most popular compact cars sold in India failed crash tests done by Global NCAP, almost immediately Volkswagen announced dual front airbags as standard fitment on all variants of the Polo. That says something about Volkswagen’s commitment towards safety. The Vento TSI, too, gets ample safety features, such as dual airbags at the front, anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic stabilisation programme (ESP), hill-hold function, electronic engine immobiliser, pinch guard safety for all four power windows, etc.

Verdict

Priced at R9.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Vento TSI can be a car of choice for the discerning buyer. But the problem is, the Vento TSI looks quite similar to the ‘regular’ Vento. While we simply love the DSG gearbox and the peppy engine, we would have appreciated more changes on the outside.

What is TSI?

Volkswagen’s forced-induction TSI engines are compact, powerful and use less fuel when compared to bigger, normally-aspirated engines. TSI engines also deliver higher torque output at relatively low engine speeds, which makes these engines very responsive.

What is DSG?

DSG is a direct-shift gearbox. It houses two clutches with two drive shafts. Clutch 1 engages 1st, 3rd, 5th and reverse gears, while clutch 2 engages 2nd, 4th and 6th gears. When a gear change is made, the next gear is already pre-selected but not yet engaged. It takes just three to four hundredths of a second for one clutch to engage while the other is released. The gear change is not noticeable to the driver and is achieved without any interruption in the power flow. The new 7-speed DSG that the Vento TSI is powered with represents the next level in dual-clutch technology.

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