It's not often that Volkswagen fires a blank, but back in the Nineties, in trying to differentiate the Vento saloon from its Golf hatchback sibling, it did just that. The Vento's predecessor, the Jetta, was never really able to forge its own identity, many just perceiving it as a Golf with a huge boot tacked onto the back. Determined not to repeat this error, Volkswagen attempted to position the Vento as a model that sat halfway between the Golf and the Passat. Both figuratively and literally, the British public didn't buy it. Our natural suspicion of small saloon cars coupled with the fact that the Vento didn't offer enough over the Golf ensured it remained a minority interest. As a used buy it's very clever indeed, commanding less of a premium than a Mark Three Golf yet possessing many of the same hardwearing attributes.