The Volkswagen Vento Preferred edition is back! The German automaker had first launched the Preferred edition of the older Vento in 2014, and with the car having recently been facelifted for the new model year, it is here again. The Preferred edition spec can only be availed in the Comfortline trim though and according to the press release, it is “attractively priced”. We did a little bit of bugging dealerships of our own and seems like it will cost just about Rs 50,000 over the cost of the regular Vento Comfortline ( which is currently at Rs 9.05 – 11.67 lakh – ex-showroom, Delhi).
Aimed at corporate executives, the Vento Preferred edition comes equipped with a series of premium features over and above those available on the Comfortline variant such as a portable navigation device, wireless parking camera, black roof, side moulding, leather seat covers and alloy wheels. Volkswagen has always been a manufacturer that has offered special editions of its cars in the past (remember the Breeze), and they have worked rather well to bolster up sales time and again.
Under the hood, the Preferred edition spec comes with three engine variants – MPI and TSI petrol engines, and the TDI diesel. The entry level petrol unit (MPI) is a 1.5-litre petrol motor that produces 105PS of power and 153Nm of torque. Scaling upwards in terms of performance (and it may seem ironic to some), the petrol TSI unit is a small-capacity 1.2-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged motor that produces the same 105PS of power but a higher torque figure of 175Nm and is mated to a 7-speed DSG auto box.
Just before the Preferred edition was announced, Volkswagen India also updated the regular Vento’s TDI diesel engine. The 4-cylinder 1.5-litre diesel unit now makes 110PS and 250Nm – a bump up of 5PS over the previously available state of tune for the same engine. This updated engine also does duty in the Ameo, Polo GT TDI and the new and recently launched Skoda Rapid. Buyers can rejoice, because there is no change in the prices of the regular Vento TDI despite the upgrade in performance. Along with the introduction of the new diesel motor there is also a new Silk Blue colour scheme available for the Vento, borrowed straight from the Volkswagen Polo All-star.
All models and variants in the Volkswagen India portfolio now come equipped with dual airbags and ABS as standard equipment as well.