Latin NCAP crash test: VW Vento scores 5 stars
Globally acclaimed NCAP crash tests are now also being highly regarded in India since 2014. These tests are already considered very eminent in global markets where safety is a crucial concern for auto makers. A number of Indian made hatchbacks underwent this test last year scoring low in terms of safety. The latest Indian car to undergo this test is Volkswagen’s Vento sedan which has scored a high five star rating in the stern test.
The Latin NCAP crash test was performed on the VW Vento model which features two airbags in front for the driver and co-passenger, besides the vehicle also houses anti-lock braking system. However, the model was a left hand wheel drive version which is exported to international markets from India. For adult protection, the model scored 14.3 points out of 17, bagging a 5-star rating. On the other hand for child protection, the model scored 34.16 points receiving a 3-star rating. As for the overall body integrity test, Vento has received a ‘Stable’ certificate.
One of the most popular models in India and in international markets, Volkswagen Vento is available in three engine options including two petrol and one diesel engine. Petrol variants as mentioned above are available in two engine options, first is the high displacement 1.6 litre, gasoline mill available in Trendline, Comfortline and Highline grades. The lower displacement 1.2 litre, turbocharged petrol engine features the highly acclaimed 7-speed DSG transmission. Diesel variants are powered by a 1.5 litre, diesel powertrain which is offered in manual as well as DSG transmission choices. In its respective segment, the sedan competes with rivals such as Skoda Rapid, Nissan Sunny, Honda City, Renault Scala and Maruti Ciaz. Going by monthly numbers, the top two rivals posing strongest threat to the Vento are Honda City and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.