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We test the Vento IPL Edition: It just became sportier!

  • May 24, 2012
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Cricket, is followed as a religion in India and amidst one of the biggest cricket tournament in India, we test the IPL edition Vento TDI from the German stable, Volkswagen.
The German company followed the previous year’s success with their first IPL edition, which was a huge success among the cricket fans in India. This IPL Edition II has been equipped with more gizmos and technology which is applied to the ‘Highline’ trim of the Vento.


The German manufacturer launched the Vento in 2010 and even after most of other sedans in the same class received some upgrades or facelift, Vento managed to stay fresh and did a good number of the sales too. Vento is directly in competition with segment leaders like the City and the Verna at the moment and with the sales numbers peaking at 3908 units in March 2012, we can say the car is doing pretty good among the other C-segmenters.
The Vento with the IPL badge arrived last week and the first stance on the face of the car did give me a feeling of the Polo with a boot attached to it.

 

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Nonetheless, Volkswagen did a great job integrating the boot to the hatch and it doesn’t feel out of the place at any moment – this unlike some of the other sedans in India. At the front, the vehicle gets big air-dams with space for fog-lamps. The VW logo shines in the aesthetically designed front design and the headlamps match the flowing design of the vehicle. The IPL badges are evident on all over the car - there is a badge placed at the rear and on the C-pillar of the car too. The interior of the vehicle though has more prominent exposure of the IPL fever - visible presence of IPL edition with badges on the seat, floor mats and the side sill.

[caption id="attachment_3116" align="alignnone" width="600" caption="The IPL Badge"]Vento IPL Edition II[/caption]

The low slung Vento feels compact and you feel the road better with low seat position. From inside, the design lines aren’t as really attractive and have German traces of straight lines in it. The seats are wrapped in all new dual-tone leatherette fabric which provides the premium feeling to the vehicle. The front row is well-spaced and one can really stretch the legs. The rear seats can be termed as comfortable with limited leg-space, even the fifth passenger has to struggle through the tunnel hump under his legs. The driver arm-rest interferes with the hand-brake operation and takes a while to get used to. Overall, the vehicle can be termed as spacious. The interior plastics feels good to touch and matches the ambience of the vehicle but can’t be termed as premium.

Vento IPL edition console
The IPL edition has all the offerings from the German manufacturer which includes dual airbags, ABS, 15-inch alloys, tilt and adjustable steering column, height adjustable driver seat, power windows with one touch function, electric ORVMs, keyless entry, rear air-con vents, CD/ MP3 player with steering mounted audio controls with USB support. The special feature and highlight of the Vento is the multimedia screen mounted on the co-driver’s seat which can stream live videos from the IPL games.
The Vento was initially launched in two trims; Trendline and Highline, later, the German group launched the Comfortline model too which was placed between the two existing variants. We got the IPL edition which was powered by the 1.6 Liter Common Rail Diesel engine which mills out 105 bhp of power with 250 Nm of maximum torque topping at wide range of 1500-2500 rpm, making sure you clench to your seat whenever your right foot pushes the metal!

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Start the vehicle and the thug of diesel engine isn’t missing. Once the engine starts to get warm, things become a lot more silent. The ‘torque-rich’ TDI engine invites to be pushed to its limit and also helps you out of a heavy traffic situation without a downshift. Turbo-lag is present only in the lower rpms and once the turbo kicks in at 1800-2000 rpm, a sudden surge of power rushes through the engine via the 5-Speed manual transmission. The engine is very rev-friendly and surge can be felt in the mid-range too. Vento’s 5-speed manual transmission compliments well to the power and stay stress-free even when cruising around in 5th gear. One of the most significant feature of the machine is the MID gearshift indicator which suggest you to shift if you’re in higher or lower gear with an arrow if you’re not matching your speed with the gear. Vento’s 1.6 TDI engine ensures the good mileage as long as you’re acting sane with the pedal.
Under the floor of the car, McPherson struts make sure the ride is comfortable and saves the car of sharp pot-holes and bumps of the roads. The vehicle remains stable even in excess of three-digit figure on the speedo-meter and can really stay calm on the terrains of Indian roads.
For the sticker price as same as of the regular Highline, the Vento IPL edition II offers many premium features and with cricket goodies which come with the vehicle, it makes for an irresistible offer for the cricket fan lovers.

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