The Volkswagen Vento Sport gets a few cosmetic updates, including a glossy black roof, black rear-view mirror casings and Sport badges.
Volkswagen has introduced a new version of the Vento in the Indian market. Dubbed the Vento Sport, the latest variant will sit above the Highline Plus trims of the manual petrol, TSI automatic petrol and manual diesel versions of the sedan. Volkswagen hasn’t announced the prices of the Sport version as yet, but expect its variants to command a premium of around Rs. 40,000 over the trim they're based on.
On the outside, the Vento Sport gets noticeable upgrades such as a glossy black roof, faux-carbon fibre mirror casings, Sport badges on the fender, 16-inch blacked out alloy wheels, a glossy black lip spoiler and black stickers running on the doors. LED headlamps with LED DRLs continue to be a part of the package. Volkswagen hasn’t revealed the interior pictures of the Sport variant, but given the fact that it’s based on the Highline Plus, expect it to retain the same features and equipment. A touchscreen infotainment screen, rear parking camera, chrome inserts, leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear-knob and many more features will be on offer.
Powertrain options will remain unchanged in the Sport version, meaning the manual petrol variant will come powered by a 1.6-litre engine that develops 103.5bhp and 153Nm of torque and is paired to a five-speed gearbox. The TSI automatic gets a 1.2-litre turbo petrol that churns out 103.5bhp and 174Nm and comes mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The diesel version is powered by a 1.5-litre engine rated at 108bhp and 250Nm and comes with a five-speed manual gearbox. All the variants are still front-wheel drive – don't get fooled by the smoking rear tyres in the picture above.
Competition for the Volkswagen Vento Sport includes usual suspects – the Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna and the Skoda Rapid.