Volkswagen first showed the updated Vento at the 2016 Auto Expo, and now the German car manufacturer has officially launched the new sedan in India. In addition to the previous variants, Volkswagen has added a Highline Plus trim which is priced at Rs 10.84 lakh, ex-Mumbai. The Highline Plus trim is available in both petrol and diesel models with manual and automatic transmissions.
The 2017 Volkswagen Vento features LED headlamps with DRLs that look similar to that of the more premium Jetta. However, it is the second sedan in the segment after the Honda City to get LED lights. In addition, the updated Vento features rain-sensing wipers, tweaked steering wheel design and a new touchscreen infotainment system with the MirrorLink. This system, with the use of a smartphone, replicates the apps onto the screen. The same is already present on the Volkswagen Ameo. In terms of safety, the Volkswagen Vento gets ABS and dual front airbags as standard fitments.
The Highline Plus variant is offered on the 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol motor, the 1.2-litre TSI and the 1.5-litre turbodiesel with manual or DSG transmission options. The Highline Plus trims are priced at around Rs 92,000 more over the regular Highline variants. The Volkswagen Vento competes with the likes of the Honda City (Rs 9-14.31 lakh), Skoda Rapid (Rs 8.19-12.55 lakh), Hyundai Verna (Rs 8.37-13.89 lakh) and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz (Rs 9.08-11.23 lakh). Honda has already updated the City while Hyundai will be launching the new-generation Verna in India in the next couple of months.