Owner Review: A 'kosong'-spec Conti car that still offers a lot - My 2018 VW Vento 1.2TSI Highline

Tony · Jul 29, 2021 12:00 AM

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Owner Review: A 'kosong'-spec Conti car that still offers a lot - My 2018 VW Vento 1.2TSI Highline 01

Basic information

2018 Volkswagen Vento 1.2TSI Highline

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Reason why I bought this car

It Is nice to drive daily for all purposes.

Car selection process

The reason why I choose this car

  • The moment I test driving it, I'm hooked by the feeling of how it drives.
  • Fit into my budget.
  • Practical enough.
  • Can't afford the Mazda 2 Sedan Soul Red.

Owner Review: A 'kosong'-spec Conti car that still offers a lot - My 2018 VW Vento 1.2TSI Highline 01

User experience

  • I have already done 62,000 km
  • My average fuel consumption is 11~14 km/L
  • Delightful drive all the time.
  • Not happy when paying the bills. (Wear and Tear, Maintenance)
  • Good NVH.
  • Stable and relax on highway drive.
  • Jerks during low speed.

Owner Review: A 'kosong'-spec Conti car that still offers a lot - My 2018 VW Vento 1.2TSI Highline 02

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Solid chassis. Handle corners like a champ for B-segment Sedan.
  • Good FC. (Super heavy footed)
  • Comfortable.
  • NVH.
  • Powerful TSI Engine + DSG Transmission = Fun
  • Sound system is good with just 4 speakers. 
  • Pass the big bottle test.
  • Practical.
  • Sweet Engine sound for a small displacement car.

Owner Review: A 'kosong'-spec Conti car that still offers a lot - My 2018 VW Vento 1.2TSI Highline 03

Cons

  • High maintenance cost. Wear and tear and the major services will cost you a lot of money. 
  • It's really bad at handling potholes with its stiff suspension and low profile tyres. (Insert Vin Diesel meme)
  • Low speed. It jerks and I'm still afraid of the dry clutch failure even though I'm driving a DCT properly as per recommended. Manual mode and avoid creeping during traffic jams.
  • Uper kosong specification for the price. It doesn't have Keyless entry, Reverse camera, auto-folding side mirror, shark-in antenna and more... 
  • No foot rest.
  • Hill-start Assist. It cancels whenever you touch the accelerator and it will fall behind rapidly. Scary during congestion at steep slopes.

Owner Review: A 'kosong'-spec Conti car that still offers a lot - My 2018 VW Vento 1.2TSI Highline 04

Ratings

Total Score: 4
Performance: 5
Quality & Features: 4
Space: 4
Ride Comfort: 4
Fuel Economy: 4
Price & Cost: 2

Owner Review: A 'kosong'-spec Conti car that still offers a lot - My 2018 VW Vento 1.2TSI Highline 05

Summary

A kosong premium specs car that you need to test drive to feel its worth.

Some interesting events

I always take it to some syok sendiri touge run at the Hulu Langat -Kuala Klawang road. The turbo and the transmission really something you can gun it. Of course, within the car's limit. It's a very fun passenger car.

Owner Review: A 'kosong'-spec Conti car that still offers a lot - My 2018 VW Vento 1.2TSI Highline 06

Like I mentioned before, it's a passenger car, so I assume everything of the hardware is built for normal daily use. I replaced my brake rotor twice within 3 years of ownership. It cost me approximately Rm1500 for a pair of brake pads and brake rotors, twice. I also replaced my tyres last year. 4 Nos of GITI Sports S1 Rm370 each following the stock size of 215/45/R16. It comes with 3 times free maintenance at (15k, 30k and 45k)km and I recently paid for my major service at 60,000km which cost me Rm2500+.

Owner Review: A 'kosong'-spec Conti car that still offers a lot - My 2018 VW Vento 1.2TSI Highline 07

So far the car has served me well, it's extremely reliable and I do believe Volkswagen has sorted out its problem. If you can afford the maintenance cost, continental cars really offer you a lot more in the drive than a Japanese same segment car.


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