Behind the wheel: Volkswagen Vento 1.2 TSI

Behind the wheel is where we look at the driving aspect of a car. This time round we are looking at the Volkswagen Vento 1.2 TSI.

Sitting at the driver seat of the Volkswagen Vento, you will notice the interior is definitely dated compare to many of its competitor. On the plus side, the interior of the Vento still look fairly classy and Volkswagen Malaysia did update it with a headunit that features the Android Auto and Apple Carplay, which is a plus in my books.

Speaking about the drive, the Volkswagen Vento do provide you that sense of security and solidness of a continental car. Powering the Vento is a 1.2L turbocharged that produces a modest 105PS at 5,000rpm and 175Nm of torque at 1,550 to 4,100rpm. With that figure, the car still feel very rapid under acceleration.

Pair it with the 7-speed dual clutch transmission, the transmission is smooth and constantly keep the engine in power band when driving. Being a dry clutch dual clutch transmission, I believe Volkswagen did figure out how to make the transmission more reliable since they are willing to reintroduce this drivetrain in Malaysia.

On the handling side, the Vento handles like how a Volkswagen handle. On regular driving, the steering is light at low speed and weighted nicely when up to cruising speed. When you’re doing spirited driving, you are able to get plenty of feedback from the front wheel, give you plenty of confident in pushing the car through the corners.

As for braking, the Vento 1.2 TSI uses front disc and rear drum setup, which provided sufficient braking performance, but brake disc all round might make the braking performance even better. The Vento is quite a competent car in terms of driving that made it a good car to drive.

The Volkswagen Vento was a great car to drive, even though it can look a little dated compare to its competitor. With all the modern day feature, the Vento still feel relevant at this day and age.

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