Volkswagen Vento

For the 1992–1999 car sold in Europe as the Volkswagen Vento, see Volkswagen Jetta.
Volkswagen Vento
Manufacturer Volkswagen India
Also called Volkswagen Polo Sedan
Production 2010–present
Assembly Chakan, India[1]
Kaluga, Russia[2]
Body and chassis
Class Subcompact car
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Platform Volkswagen Group A05 (PQ25) platform
Related Volkswagen Polo Mk5
Škoda Rapid (2011)
Wheelbase 2,552 mm (100.5 in)
Length 4,384 mm (172.6 in)
Width 1,699 mm (66.9 in)
Height 1,466 mm (57.7 in)
Curb weight 1,120–1,220 kg (2,469–2,690 lb)

The Volkswagen Vento is a subcompact car produced by Volkswagen India, the subsidiary of the German manufacturer Volkswagen, since 2010. It is essentially a three-box Volkswagen Polo with a stretched wheelbase and has been developed especially for some markets. The car is sold under the Vento name in India, Malaysia and Mexico. In Thailand, Indonesia, South Africa, Argentina, Russia, Jordan, Tunisia and the UAE it is sold as the Volkswagen Polo Sedan. The word Vento means 'wind' in both Italian and Portuguese. It is also known as the Volkswagen Polo Notch in the Philippines.


Technically, the car is based on a stretched version of the Volkswagen Polo. The extra wheelbase offers more rear legroom than the hatchback, 50mm additional wheelbase and 500-liters of boot space, something that is hugely appreciated by the customers. VW offers a choice of three engine options inside India and Mexico; a 1.6 litre petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual and a 1.5 litre high torque diesel engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed automatic gearbox in the Indian market. There is also the 1.2TSI option available only paired with a seven-speed automatic gearbox.

Volkswagen Vento (India)

The car in India is available in three trim levels: the Trendline, Comfortline and Highline, with the Petrol Highline also having the automatic option. Among the three variants, the Trendline is a bare-basic trim level, forming an entry point for the vehicle. The Comfortline gets a CD-MP3 music system, body-coloured door mirrors and handles and fog lamps among other features. The Highline features an Integrated USB music system, steering-mounted audio controls, leather upholstery, ABS, front airbags, a multi-function display, 15" alloy wheels and other standard features.[3]

The Volkswagen Vento Petrol variant offers a fuel efficiency of 12.5 Kmpl in City and about 15.8 Kmpl on Highway. Volkswagen Vento diesel variant of the car gives a mileage of about 16 Kmpl in the city and nearly 20 Kmpl on the highways

VW recently introduced a new special edition version "Breeze" on the Trendline, featuring new, nifty features and added accessories.[4] Besides the "Breeze', Volkswagen India, in collaboration with the IPL authorities, annually offers a special IPL edition at a slight premium.

In March 2011, Volkswagen recorded an impressive sales figure of 3973 units, dethroning the Honda City for the first time since its launch.[5] Overall the car has been quite successful in the Indian market and has been particularly lauded for its build quality.[6]

In November 2011, Škoda, a subsidiary of Volkswagen, introduced the Rapid, a car that is basically a re-badged Vento.

In April 2012, the car is sold in Malaysia under the name "Polo Sedan". The car is also manufactured and sold in Russia and Thailand as "Volkswagen Polo Sedan" with only the petrol engine available.

As of late 2013, the Vento manufactured in India is being offered in the Mexican market, both with gasoline and diesel engines. Gasoline-powered cars have the choice of manual or automatic transmissions; diesel is sold as a manual only. Trim levels are called Style, Active and Highline.

Again, in late 2013, when Volkswagen returned to the Philippines, it launched the Vento as the Polo Notch in its lineup.

Since 2014, Polo introduced in Taiwan market will switch from European models(hatch back only) to India models,Both hatch back and sedan(rebadged as Polo Sedan) introduced, all with 1.6MPI petrol engine and 6 speed tiptronic powertrain, price also lowered for 2014 models, looking forward to compete with locally made economy cars.

The Vento is available with a choice of petrol (manual or automatic transmission) and diesel.

Mexican Market

Volkswagen Vento 2014 Active Trim Level, Sold in Mexico and Manufactured by Volkswagen India

The Volkswagen Vento was introduced in the Mexican Market like a 2014 model Manufactured by Volkswagen India.

VW offers a choice of two engine options; a 1.6 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox and a 1.6 litre diesel engine mated only to a five-speed manual gearbox (TDI).

The entry version is called Style and is available with 5-speed manual transmission or automatic 6-Speed Tiptronic. Series equipment will feature alarm with remote trunk opening, seat belts 3 point both front and back, single front headlamps, three read dome lights, center rear brake light, driver and passenger airbags, ABS brakes, air conditioning, power locks, 4-electric windows only front windows driver side control, armrest, four speakers and aluminum wheels 15" matched with 185/60R15 tyres, front disc brakes and rear drum brake, automatic version adds trip computer.

The second version called Active. Regarding Style adds Bluetooth telephone connection, a CD stereo with iPod compatible USB port, SD card and handsfree.

The top of the line, for now, is limited to the Highline version, with respect to Active, added automatic climate (climatronic), electric mirrors, electric windows with automatic up/down and full driver side control, chrome inserts on the dashboard, gear shift lever, steering wheel and speed brake handles and lined in leather, finally with fog lights.

The Vento in the Mexican market has developed a high rate of sales, leaving behind the Classico (MK4 Jetta redesigned) and MK6 Jetta, both produced in Mexico, while the Vento is a car produced in India. The Vento is likely to be produced in Mexico a few years from now. The main rivals in Mexican market are the Chevrolet Aveo, Nissan Versa and Nissan Tiida, all of them are in the top 10 best selling cars in Mexico.


model displacement valvetrain
valves max. power
at rpm
max. torque
at rpm
top speed acceleration
Petrol engine
1.6 MPI 1,598 cc inline-4 DOHC 16 77 kW (105 PS; 103 hp) / 5250 153 N·m (113 lb·ft) / 3800 185 km/h (115 mph) 10,7 s
Diesel engine
1.6 TDI CR 1,598 cc inline-4 DOHC 16 77 kW (105 PS; 103 hp) / 4400 250 N·m (184 lb·ft) / 1500–2500 186 km/h (116 mph) 10,8 s

Use of the name

1992–1999 Volkswagen Vento

Volkswagen Vento was the commercial name of the third-generation Volkswagen Jetta (1992–1999) in Europe.


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  5. "Honda's bastion breached: Vento overtakes City in sales". [Motoroids]. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  6. "Polo and Vento steer Volkwagen India towards greater success". 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
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