Believe when we say we saw it coming! It has emerged that the Volkswagen Vento automatic variant, which was available with the petrol engine option, has been taken off the shelves. Nothing surprising if you consider that the Vento AT was only marginally cheaper than the recently launched Vento TSI
The Vento TSI is powered by a turbo petrol engine that comes mated to a 7 speed DSG auto gearbox.
Visually, there isn’t much to differentiate between a Vento TSI and a Vento AT. The only helpful bits here are the ‘TSI’ badges on the bootlid. Powering the Volkswagen Vento TSI is the same 1.2 litre four pot TSI motor that powers the new Polo GT TSI. The motor has a max power output of 105PS and peak torque of 175Nm. The ‘now defunct’ Vento AT is powered by a 1.6 litre naturally aspirated motor that has a similar max power of 105PS but much lower torque of 153Nm. Also, the new small capacity petrol engine is more frugal than the normally aspirated 1.6 litre motor.
The Vento TSI is available only in the Highline trim, which means it comes with features such as ABS, Airbags, Integrated Music System with bluetooth, et al. The TSI variant will also come with Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Hill Hold.
Keeping in mind that the Vento TSI not just boasts of better engine performance and higher efficiency but is also only marginally pricier than the Vento AT, the discontinuation of the latter is highly justified. We also believe that the Vento TSI would make for an interesting alternative for those who don’t have the budget to go for the bigger Jetta 1.4 TSI or the newly launched Octavia 1.4 TSI.