VENTO-TSI-2

Volkswagen has given the Volkswagen Vento (known as the Polo Sedan in Malaysia) a third engine variant in India. It’s now available with a 1.2 litre TSI engine and a seven-speed dry-clutch DSG transmission (a six-speed manual ‘box is available as well) – a big technological upgrade over what the Vento is available with now.

The new Vento TSI will be offered alongside the standard Vento, which is currently available either with a 1.6 litre normally aspirated engine mated to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox, or a 1.6 litre turbodiesel with a five-speed manual ‘box. In Malaysia, our Polo Sedan is the version with the 1.6 litre petrol engine and six-speed auto.

Although the turbocharged 1.2 litre TSI motor has the exact same 105 PS output as the 1.6 litre normally aspirated engine, it’s the torque that counts. The TSI makes 175 Nm from 1,500 rpm to 4,100 rpm, while the 1.6 litre motor only has 153 Nm at 3,800 rpm. DSG should also transmit more of that power to the wheels.

Getting the 1.2 litre TSI and DSG combo also means that the Volkswagen Vento TSI gains ESP stability control – a feature that’s currently missing on both the Indian-spec Vento and the Malaysian-spec Polo Sedan. Other equipment upgrades over the Vento include an RCD 320 head unit and 15-inch ‘Lakeside’ alloy wheels, among others.

Now that the Polo Sedan will be locally-assembled in Malaysia with a new lower price of RM86,888, could there be room for a Polo Sedan TSI at a premium, perhaps at the previous Polo Sedan CBU’s price range?