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My VW Vento 1.6 petrol: 6 pros & 3 cons after 75000 kms of driving

The suspension is superb. On city and highway roads. I have driven 850 km in a day and at the end of it did not experience body pain.

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The Hyundai Santro was the first car that we bought as a family. It did us good for 15 years and a good 1.15 lakh kms. VW had just been launched in India, and after test driving a good 23 cars, I froze on the Vento Highline Petrol. No regrets. It's an amazing machine. During the first few days, there was some teething trouble with the engine. The MIL light came on, and I had to take it to the workshop; the trunk lights would not come on, and there was cabin noise. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this machine could be connected to a computer and the diagnostic software could pin point the problem. Driving it was a pleasure, though; every time I took the wheel, there was a stupid grin on my face. My drive is city/highway 40/60. Based on this, here are the pros and cons I experienced over the years:

Pros:

  • The vehicle has very good steering. You exactly know what the vehicle is doing.
  • Even at 120 kmph, the vehicle would stick to the road, and you would feel that you were in control.
  • The suspension is superb. On city and highway roads. I have driven 850 km in a day and at the end of it did not experience body pain.
  • FE during the initial years was very good (17–18 km tank-to-tank method), but now it has come down by 2–3 km.
  • Boot space is amazing.
  • Build quality is good.

Cons:

  • Servicing is expensive. Where one needs just a rubber bushing, the ASS would ask you to replace the complete arm.
  • The vehicle is under-powered. In city traffic, when you pick up the vehicle from 1st gear or if it's fully loaded and you are in the hills, it becomes too apparent.
  • Spares are expensive. A rubber bushing gone bad, would need you to replace the entire arm.

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