The Vento TSI comes with a subtle addition of chrome on the boot and fog light surrounds, new alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, leatherette seat covers and ESP and Hill Hold assist. Much like the Polo GT TSI, VW has plonked more equipment into this car to justify its positioning as the top-spec variant. But what has transformed the Vento is the new powertrain, and this is all too obvious within the first 10 metres of driving it. Squeeze your right foot and there’s a good amount of thrust from the get-go. The wide powerband and flat torque curve result in effortless performance and the Vento accelerates smoothly, though not quite as quickly, off the blocks as the Polo. Compared to other mid-sizers however, the Vento TSI has a lot more oomph, especially in the mid-range, and overtaking is particularly easy.