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Volkswagen Group Malaysia has pulled the wraps off the facelifted Polo Sedan, now rechristened the Volkswagen Vento. The refreshed B-segment sedan comes with a revised look, a new engine and transmission option and a revised kit list.

The range has now been fragmented into three models, starting with the Trendline model, priced at RM80,646, while the Comfortline is priced at RM87,646. At the top sits the Highline, which retails at RM94,461. Prices are on-the-road excluding insurance. Additionally, early-bird buyers will also be able to enjoy an RM2,000 cash rebate, bringing the entry price down to RM78,635.

Exterior changes include a larger grille with three chrome slats, a redesigned front bumper and bonnet, rectangular fog lights, new tail light graphics, a reprofiled rear bumper and chrome bars on the rear bumper and bootlid. These revisions give the Vento a markedly different look compared to the Polo hatch.

Also fitted are twin round beam halogen headlights that were used on the initial CBU Polo Sedan and 1.2 TSI hatch, replacing the simpler rectangular units introduced on the previous CKD models. Trendline and Comfortline models retain the 15-inch ‘Riverside’ seven-spoke alloy wheels, while the Highline steps up to 16-inch ‘Syenit’ five-twin-spoke alloys with a two-tone machined finish.

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Inside, the changes are more minor, limited to a new silver finish for the centre console. The Mk7 Golf-style flat-bottomed steering wheel – with phone controls on the right spoke – had already been introduced on the updated Polo Sedan last year.

The standard powertrain remains the 1.6 litre MPI naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine which develops 105 PS at 5,250 rpm and 153 Nm of torque at 3,800 rpm. As before, it’s mated to an Aisin-sourced six-speed automatic transmission.

Biggest news is the 1.2 litre TSI turbocharged mill on the Highline model – last seen on the CBU Polo 1.2 TSI hatch, it too makes 105 PS but at just 5,000 rpm, while torque has swelled to 175 Nm, made between 1,550 and 4,100 rpm. It’s mated to a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission.

The Trendline model is the new base model in the range – compared to the previous sole Polo Sedan grade, it loses out on fog lights, a height-adjustable front armrest, chrome interior highlights, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearknob, Climatronic auto air-con, cruise control and Bluetooth connectivity (it gets just a 220G radio/CD player with USB and AUX-in instead).

It still gets auto up and down power windows on all four doors, reverse sensors, 60:40 split-folding rear seats and a tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel; the ‘Cloud’ fabric upholstery is new on the Vento. The missing items have been usurped by the Comfortline, which also gets a chrome highlight along the front air intake and a 350G radio/CD player with iPod connectivity, while the Highline adds ‘Cable’ fabric upholstery.

Safety-wise, all models get ABS, brake assist, ISOFIX child seat anchors and an Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS). The Trendline loses side airbags, dropping the airbag count to just two. Comfortline and Highline retain four airbags, but only the range-topping model gets stability control and hill-hold assist. The company says that with this, the Highline is eligible for a five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating.

As with all Volkswagen cars in Malaysia, the Vento comes with a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty and a five-year mobility guarantee. Available colours include Candy White and Flash Red solid paint and Reflex Silver, Carbon Steel and Deep Black metallic paint.

You can use CarBase.my to compare all three Volkswagen Vento specs.

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