Technology is everywhere, in places as private as your pockets and even within the binary laced air that we breathe. It has even made the six degrees of separation theory look obsolete. Look around, and you’ll observe that the entire planet has been flattened for us to see from one end to the other. Connecting to anyone, even with people who speak a language you don’t, has never been easier. Understanding the fact that there is something very delightful about the feeling of being connected to the things happening around us, and to appease a generation which was perhaps born with their umbilical cord connected to a modem, Volkswagen launched the Vento Konekt 1.2 TSi sometime last year. It will appeal to those who find cell phones to be quite adept at doing everything that fills the connectivity appetite, but find it cumbersome holding on to a 5” something at eye level most of the times.
Since we already have reviewed the VW Vento 1.2 TSi earlier and except a few cosmetic and equipment changes, there isn’t much that has transformed, we’d rather spare your ticking Tag Heuer of a few minutes and our flimsy keyboards of a few hammering strokes. But if you still insist, you may click this blue part to read about how it handles, drives, Kmpl, DSG and all that there is. To know about the Konekt package and the styling changes on the 2015 Vento, stay for a while and read on.
Styling & Konekt Features
The 2015 Volkswagen Vento Konekt 1.2 TSi takes its subtly handsome attire an inch higher. Like the entire Vento line-up, it now sports blacked out double barrel headlamps, new 15” Spokane alloy wheels on the Highline variant, and Konekt badging on the tail-gate and front fenders. Keen eyes will observe that the Vento badge has moved to the left of the boot, while the TSi badge has moved up the ladder to the upper right corner. Having said that, the Vento still manages to be one of the few sedans which exude an aura of understated elegance, and although the design has been around for some time now, it looks rather handsome with its clean, smooth lines.
Step inside and the first thing you notice are door sills which remind you of the reason you bought this particular variant of the Vento. The flat bottom steering wheel that first made its appearance on the refreshed Polo and then the new 2015 Vento, also finds its way in here. It incorporates controls that toggle between information available on the MID, buttons for volume control, next and previous track and the telephone. The ambient lighting in the foot well does a pleasant job of making the cabin seem comfy after dark, amplifying the warmth emanating from the all beige interior.
The Blaupunkt Infotainment system
The highlight of the 2015 Volkswagen Vento Konekt variant happens to be the Blaupunkt sourced 7”- touchscreen multimedia head unit in the center console that also supports navigation. Priced at Rs 45,000 in the open market, it incorporates a DVD/CD player, supports Bluetooth streaming, USB and SD card input. You may also connect your iPod or an iPhone and charge them via USB. Fiddling around with the unit, we figured that controls are easily accessible to the driver, even while on the move, as the unit has been slightly tilted towards the driver and the additional buttons that surround the system makes it even easier. While we weren’t able to test video playback via a DVD, the touch sensitivity on the unit, although not as smooth as your premium phone, remains acceptable, without much lag between inputs. Sound quality is good if you aren’t an extreme audiophile, and even with the volume turned up all the way, there is little or no distortion experienced. Bass levels aren’t deep enough to send shivers down the chassis, but the sound quality can be best described as mature. Radio reception is strong, we even managed to receive a decent signal in our basement parking lot. What the Vento does miss out on is a rear parking camera, although sensors do their best to tell you how far back you can travel in reverse.
The Rear seat Tablet:
For the rear occupants, VW has equipped the Vento Konekt with an 8” android tablet that is available only for one of the passengers on the rear bench. The other occupant may try peeping, but the limited viewing angle ensures what you do with that tablet remains a private show. Good or bad? You decide. Power for the tablet comes from a charging cable that runs all the way from the 12V socket ahead of the DSG shifter, tries to hide underneath the rear AC vent, and then climbs into the front seat back rest to finally emerge near the head rest.
Talking about the tablet itself, it carries a VW launcher that is plastered with widgets for various apps. The device will connect to a wifi hotspot, which could be your phone or any other source. It will then use that data to either stream 16 mainstream television channels, including cartoons for your kids and the religious kinds for your mother, lets you listen to Internet Radio, has a browser that lets you browse through any sites, a youtube app that plays your favorite videos, and a widget on the home screen that tells you about the weather and shows feeds from the stock market. It also has a front camera that lets you see your own face or you may use it for video calling. The tablet has a section for social media apps that keep you connected to your million virtual friends, and just in case if the car requires some attention, it will tell you where the nearest dealer is located and takes you there with the help of a map.
Rear seat tablet helps you stay connected to the virtual world
Also assists with navigation
For the potatoes who just cannot survive without their daily dose of telly
Poor viewing angle could be a good thing if you are a private person
Even after being around for sometime now, the Vento exudes oodles of class
Top-notch fit-n-finish all round
Power for the rear tablet comes from the power socket placed above the DSG lever
Front center armrest has space for knick knacks and your cellphone
Needs to be retracted to operate the handbrake though
New MID display with white font enhances readability and provides all the information you need
Two pedals are all you need for oodles of fun
Touchscreen infotainment system is easy to use. Pairing our phones via bluetooth took many attempts though
Just the right sort of ambiance for your drive back home after a long day at work
Rear A/C vent also incorporates a Cup holder, notice the lever you can use to annoy your colleague in the front seat
Understated elegance, we like!
2015 Vento Konekt variants get badging on the sides too
New 15” Spokane alloy wheels look smart, reserved only for the Highline variants though
The Volkswagen Vento TSi is a split personality that will happily ferry you to work and back home during the weekdays, as you stay connected to your digital life, enjoying the comfort of its back seat. Even if you drive yourself, the clever DSG box will make crawling through traffic a relatively easy affair. Over the weekends, you could floor the pedal, put the sport or manual mode on the DSG box to full use, and escape to your favorite piece of tarmac, leaving boring faces behind, writing some fun driving chapters in your book. The Vento 1.2 TSi is one of those rare cars which will happily let you live your dual life. It Konekts two extreme ends, one where you play the role of a considerate, family oriented person, the other where you give a damn about everything else, let your hair loose, loosen that tie, dump the suit, twist the key, bury the accelerator and pay a visit to your younger self.
Coming to the Konekt package, it is available as an add-on for the Comfortline and Highline variants of the Vento at your nearest VW dealership. It includes the Blaupunkt touchscreen infotainment system priced at Rs 45,000, an 8″ tablet that retails anywhere above Rs 10,000, scuff plates all round, leatherette seats and Konekt badging. One needs to pay a premium of Rs 75,000 for all this equipment, over and above the price of Rs 9.8 lakhs (Ex-showroom, Maharashtra) which we feel is at par with what one would spend otherwise at an after market store for similar kit.
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