Volkswagen recently updated the Vento with minor changes and revision of prices. The company hasn’t given the Vento a sea of changes, instead the German auto giant has chosen to take the value path with its entry level models, the Polo and Vento. The Volkswagen Vento has been feeling the heat from Korea, with Hyundai’s fluidic Verna eating into the German automakers market share in the C-segment. Last month VW sold 1500 odd units of the Vento, while Hyundai managed to sell 4880 units of the Verna.
The changes to the Volkswagen Vento include new black headlamps, new alloy wheels and a navigation system with rear view camera and Bluetooth. The front end looks better with the black effect headlamps, but the new alloy wheels lack the style appeal of the old alloy wheels. The navigation system is mounted on the front windscreen and looks like an after market fitment. It is after all offered as an option. The Volkswagen Vento Highline diesel is priced at Rs. 12.06 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai).
Volkswagen doesn’t really need to play with the mechanicals of the Vento as the car drives well and has powerful yet frugal engines. The German automaker could consider an automatic gearbox for the diesel Vento, which could appeal to a wider audience. Currently its just the Verna diesel which is available with an automatic gearbox in the C-segment. Volkswagen will give the next generation Vento a 1.5-litre diesel engine (codenamed EA189), which is already under development.