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The Volkswagen Virtus is the Skoda Slavia’s sister car. Similar in many ways, but also quite different, it is a replacement for the decade-old Vento. The big news is that the VW Virtus is a car that is better in pretty much every measurable way when compared to its predecessor. It is larger on the outside, bigger on the inside, and gets more power and performance under the hood. So just how much of a step up is it, how does it compare with rivals from Honda and Hyundai, and finally, is it a car that would keep you from joining the hordes thronging to SUVs? These and other questions answered in our first drive of what promises to be the best and most well-configured car Volkswagen has ever launched in India.

Highlights of 2022 Volkswagen Virtus Review

2022 Volkswagen Virtus Review

It’s been quite a while that people have been waiting for the more sophisticated looking cousin of the Skoda Slavia. It’s finally here – the Volkswagen Virtus makes its entry in the C2 segment and given the way Skoda is performing in this space, the future does look promising for this new sedan. Based on the MQB-A0-IN platform, the Virtus is an extremely important product for Volkswagen. The company’s budget offering, the Vento, is really long in the tooth. In the coming days, the Virtus and Taigun crossover will be the ones responsible to draw in numbers for Volkswagen. Not just that, with the Virtus, the German company will be taking the fight directly to the segment’s most successful players, the Honda City and the Hyundai Verna. It’s not going to be easy, but long story short, it does seem that Volkswagen has hit the right mix to make a space for itself in this segment.

The Virtus is being offered with two turbo-petrol engines – a 114 BHP, 1.0 TSI with 6-speed MT and AT transmissions and a 148 BHP, 1.5 TSI with a 7-speed DSG. Volkswagen has coined the trim lines based on the engines on offer. The 1.0 TSI is offered on ‘Dynamic Line’ and the 1.5 TSI is offered on ‘Performance Line’. The 1.5 TSI will not be available with a 6-speed MT, which could see it lose customers to the Slavia. Additionally, there is no diesel engine on offer. Sadly, VAG has decided not to make its 1.5L TDI BS6 compliant. Those with high usage will be disappointed, especially with petrol now costing well over 100-bucks a liter! It also means that Volkswagen will miss out on a major chunk of customers that the Honda City and the Hyundai Verna are currently catering to.

• Brand Name — Volkswagen
• Model Name — Virtus
• Vehicle Type — SUV
• Body Type — Sedan
• Colours Option — Wild Cherry Red, Curcuma Yellow, Candy White, Reflex Silver, Carbon Steel Grey, Rising Blue Metallic
• Engine Type — 1.5L TSI EVO with ACT
• Engine cc (Displacement) — 1498 cc
• Fuel Type — Petrol
• Maximum Power — 150 HP @ 5000-6000 rpm
• Maximum Torque — 250 Nm @ 1600-3500 rpm
• Top Speed — 190 kmph
• Acceleration (0 – 100 km/h) — 9 second
• ARAI Mileage (Certified) — 18.67 kmpl
• Number of Gears — 7-Speed DSG
• No. of cylinder — 4
• TransmissionType — Automatic
• Emission Norm Compliance — BS VI
• Ground Clearance — 145 mm
• Kerb Weight — 1275 kg
• Boot Space — 521 litres
• Fuel Tank Capacity — 45 litres
• Seating Capacity — 5
• Doors — 5
• Price — ₹ 11.22 – 17.92 Lakh* (Ex-Showroom Price Delhi)
• Vehicle warranty — 3 Year or 1,25,000 km (whichever is earlier)
• Official Tagline — Hello Goosebumps

2022 Volkswagen Virtus Review : Specification

A kid with crayons will draw a car with a boot. That’s probably the easiest way to describe how important sedans are. And while we can all agree that, in the past decade or so, SUVs have eaten up into its popularity, and dominated the sales charts and garages, sedans still matter. Luckily, we are seeing that trend on the rise. Sedans, like the underdog getting up in 12th round after a menacing beating, is making a comeback and the products are making us grin. Volkswagen obeyed the regime and decided to bring to India, the Virtus. The replacement to the Vento and a sibling to the Skoda Slavia. So what does it hold at heart, does it have what it takes to bear the burden making a forgotten segment great again? I dig in.

Key Features of 2022 Volkswagen Virtus Review

• ABS with EBD,
• Electronic Stability Control,
• Brake Assist,
• Anti-Slip Regulation,
• Electronic Differential Lock System,
• 6 Airbags,
• Hill Start Assist,
• Reversing Camera with Static Guidelines,
• Remote Central Locking,
• Premium Dual Tone Interiors,
• Leather + Leatherette Seat Upholstery,
• 25.65cm VW Play Touchscreen Infotainment,
• 8 Speakers,
• Wired App-Connect with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay,
• Valet Mode,
• 20.32cm Digital Cockpit,
• Active Cylinder Technology,
• Paddle Shifter,
• Cruise Control,
• Red Ambient Lighting,
• Multi-Function Steering with Audio & Call Control,
• Smart Touch Climatronic AC,
• Rain Sensing Wipers,
• Kessy – Push Button Start Stop,
• Electric Sunroof,
• Ventilated Front Seats with Leather Inserts,
• High Guality Scratch-Resistant Dashboard.

Engine & Transmission Features of 2022 Volkswagen Virtus Review

• Engine Details — 1498cc, 1.5L TSI EVO with ACT, 4-Cylinder Engine
• Engine cc (Displacement) — 1498 cc
• Fuel Type — Petrol
• Gearbox Type — Automatic
• Number of Gears — 7-Speed DSG
• Maximum Power — 150 HP @ 5000-6000 rpm
• Maximum Torque — 250 Nm @ 1600-3500 rpm
• Emission Norms — BS6-Compliant
• Number of Cylinders — 4
• Valves Per Cylinder — 4
• Clutch Type — Dry Single Plate
• Drivetrain — Front Wheel Drive
• Automatic Start/Stop Function
• Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)
• Paddle Shift
• Turbo charger
• Top Speed — 190 km/h
• Acceleration (0 – 100 km/h) — 9 second
• ARAI Mileage — 18.67 kmpl
• City Mileage — 12.12 kmpl

Steering, Suspension & Breaking Features of 2022 Volkswagen Virtus Review

• Steering Type — Electric Steering
• Steering Column — Tilt & Telescopic
• Front Suspension — Mc-Pherson Suspension and Stabiliser Bar
• Rear Suspension — Twist Beam Axle
• Brakes — Hydraulic Diagonal Split Vaccum Assisted Braking System
• Front Brakes — Disc
• Rear Brakes — Drum
• Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
• Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
• Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
• Brake Assist

Wheels & Tyres Features of 2022 Volkswagen Virtus Review

• Wheel Type — R16 ‘Razor’ Black Alloys
• Wheel Size — R16 Inches
• Spare Wheel — 205/55-R16
• Tyres Type — Tubeless, Radial
• Front Tyres Size — 205/55-R16
• Rear Tyres Size — 205/55-R16
• Tyre Pressure — Tyre Pressure Deflation Warning

Physical Measurement Features of 2022 Volkswagen Virtus Review

• Overall Length — 4561 mm
• Overall Width — 1752 mm
• Overall Height — 1507 mm
• Wheelbase — 2651 mm
• Ground Clearance — 145 mm
• Kerb Weight — 1275 kg
• Gross Vehicle Weight — 1685 kg
• Turning Radius — 5.05 metres
• Front Track — 1511 mm
• Rear Track — 1496 mm

Space & Capacity Features of 2022 Volkswagen Virtus Review

• Doors — 5 Doors
• Seating Capacity — 5 Person
• No of Seating Rows — 2 Rows
• Boot space — 521 Litters
• Boot Space (Folded Rear Seats) — 1050 litres
• Fuel Tank Capacity — 45 Litters

Interior Features of 2022 Volkswagen Virtus Review

• Electronic Multi-Tripmeter
• Leather Seats
• Glove Compartment
• Digital Clock
• Digital Odometer
• Height Adjustable Driver Seat
• Ventilated Seats
• Dual Tone Dashboard
• Premium dual tone interiors,
• High quality scratch-resistant dashboard,
• Rave Glossy/Dark Red Glossy and Glossy Black décor inserts,
• Chrome accent on air vents slider,
• Leather + Leatherette seat upholstery,
• Driver side foot rest,
• Driver side sunvisor with ticket holder,
• Passenger side sunvisor with vanity mirror,
• Foldable roof grab handles, front,
• Foldable roof grab handles with hooks, rear,
• Rear seat backrest split 60:40 foldable,
• Front center armrest in leatherette, sliding, with storage box,
• Rear center armrest with cup holders,
• Ambient light pack: LEDs for door panel switches, front and rear reading lamps,
• Luggage compartment illumination, 20.32 cm Digital cockpit (instrument cluster),
• 12V Plug front, Front 2x USB-C sockets (data+charging),
• Rear 2x USB-C socket module (charging only)

Exterior Features of 2022 Volkswagen Virtus Review

• Adjustable Headlights
• Fog Lights – Front
• Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror
• Electric Folding Rear View Mirror
• Rain Sensing Wiper
• Rear Window Defogger
• Alloy Wheels
• Rear Spoiler
• Sun Roof
• Moon Roof
• Outside Rear View Mirror Turn Indicators
• Intergrated Antenna
• Dual Tone Body Colour
• Cornering Foglamps
• GT elements,
• GT branding at front grill,
• GT branding at rear,
• Front fender with GT branding,
• Red painted brake callipers in front,
• Black Alloys,
• Carbon Steel Grey coloured door mirrors housing,
• Glossy black rear spoiler,
• Dual tone exterior with roof painted in Carbon Steel Grey,
• Signature chrome wing – front,
• Chrome strip on grille – upper,
• Chrome strip on grille – lower,
• Lower grill in black glossy,
• Bonnet with chiseled lines ,
• Sharp dual shoulder lines,
• Body coloured door handles,
• Chrome applique on door handles, ,
• Chrome garnish on window bottom line,
• Signature LED Tail lamps,
• Signature chrome wing, rear

Electrical Features of 2022 Volkswagen Virtus Review

• Head Light — Auto Headlights
• Front Fog Lights — Front Fog Lamps with Static Cornering Light
• DRLs (Daytime Running Lights) — LED DRLs
• Follow Me Home Headlamps — Auto Coming / Leaving Home Lights
• LED Tail light — Signature LED Tail Lamps
• ORVM Turn Indicators

Safety Features of 2022 Volkswagen Virtus Review

• Anti-Lock Braking System
• Brake Assist
• Central Locking
• Power Door Locks
• Child Safety Locks
• Driver Airbag
• Passenger Airbag
• Side Airbag-Front
• Day & Night Rear View Mirror — Auto
• Passenger Side Rear View Mirror
• Rear Seat Belts
• Seat Belt Warning
• Adjustable Seats
• Tyre Pressure Monitor
• Engine Immobilizer
• Crash Sensor
• Automatic Headlamps
• Electronic Stability Control
• Active Cylinder Technology,
• Engine idle Start/stop,
• Multi-collison brakes (MCB),
• Brake disc wiping,
• Anti-slip regulation (ASR),
• Electronic differential lock system,
• Curtain airbags,
• Tire pressure deflation warning,
• All seats with 3-point seat belts,
• Seat belt reminder (Driver & Co-driver),
• 5 headrest (for all passengers),
• Engine immobiliser with floating code system,
• Reversing camera with static guidelines
• Follow Me Home Headlamps
• Rear Camera
• Anti-Pinch Power Windows
• Driver’s Window
• Speed Alert
• Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock
• ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts
• Geo-fence Alert
• Hill Assist

Entertainment, Communication & Instrumentation Features of 2022 Volkswagen Virtus Review

• Radio
• Speakers Front
• Speakers Rear
• Integrated 2DIN Audio
• Wireless Phone Charging
• Bluetooth Connectivity
• Touch Screen
• Touch Screen size — 10 Inch
• Connectivity — Android Auto,Apple CarPlay
• No of Speakers — 8
• Valet mode,
• Apps- SygicTM navigation,
• GaanaTM,
• Booking.comTM,
• AudiobooksTM,
• BBC NewsTM,
• MyVolkswagen Connect – Live tracking,
• Geo fence,
• Time fence,
• Driving behaviour,
• SOS emergency call,
• Safety alerts,
• Trip analysis,
• Documents due date reminder
• Bluetooth Compatibility
• Internet Connectivity Features — Wired App-Connect with Anrdroid Auto and Apple CarPlay
• Music System — 25.65cm VW Play Touchscreen Infotainment
• Instrument Cluster — 20.32cm Digital Cockpit (Instrument Cluster)

Comfort & Convenience features of 2022 Volkswagen Virtus Review

• Reading Lamp — Front and Rear Reading Lamps
• Steering Mounted Controls — Multi-Function Steering with Audio & Call Control
• Power Outlet — Front 12V Power Outlet
• Rear AC Vents — Adjustable Dual Rear AC Vents
• Centre Console With Cup Holder — Smart Storage in Center Console
• Hydraulic Assisted Bonnet — Muscular Elevated Bonnet with Chiselled Lines
• Vanity mirror — Passenger Side Sunvisor with Vanity Mirror
• Steering Adjustment (Reach) — Height & Reach Adjustable Steering Wheel
• Air Conditioner — Smart Touch Climatronic AC
• Rear Seat (Split) — Rear Seat Backrest Split 60:40 Foldable
• Power Steering — Electro-Mechanical (Power Assisted)
• Auto Dimming Inside Rear View Mirror — Auto Dimming Interior Rear View Mirror
• Ventilated Front Seats — Ventilated Front Seats with Leather Inserts
• Grab Rail — Fold-Able Roof Grab Handles and Rear with Hooks
• Wireless Smartphone Charging
• Bottle Holder
• Sliding Front Armrest
• Luggage Lamp
• Rear Defogger
• Engine Start/Stop Button
• Cruise Control
• Clutch Foot Rest
• Rain Sensing Wipers

Locks & Security Features of 2022 Volkswagen Virtus Review

• Smart Access Card Entry
• KeyLess Entry
• Engine Start/Stop Button
• Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock
• Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock
• SOS / Emergency Assistance
• Anti-Theft Device
• Anti-Pinch Power Windows
• Central Locking
• Power Door Locks
• Child Safety Locks
• Anti-Theft Alarm

2022 Volkswagen Virtus Coupe Review : Impressive Looks

Based on the MQB-A0-IN platform which is also shared with the Taigun and Kushaq mid-SUVs, the Virtus is the sister car to the Slavia running the same underpinnings. You get the same 2651mm wheelbase which is the most generous in this class along with the same 4561mm overall length and 1752mm width. And just like the Taigun and Kushaq twins are only differentiated by their front and rear end styling, so too the Virtus and Slavia are identical in profile including the over-large gap in the wheel arches. Thanks though to the visual trick of painting the GT’s wheels black, this kind of masks the wheel arch gaps and makes the Virtus look more proportionate that its twin.

The Virtus is clearly inspired by the Jetta’s face and it has that typical Volkswagen-ness in the crisp, sharp lines that flow into the strong shoulder lines. The narrow and blacked-out grille is framed by chrome strips that run into the headlamps to form the LED DRL signature, the overall effect being to visually widen the car. The air dam is massive, finished in gloss black and defined by a thick chrome strip that runs along the bottom lip. Similar to the Taigun, there’s plenty of chrome on the Virtus too but here it doesn’t look overdone and the deliberate lack of over-the-top detailing along with the strength in the character lines gives it a similar timelessness that stood the Polo in such good stead over its enormous 12 year lifespan.

Details unique to the GT include the badge on the front fender, blacked-out 16-inch wheels (of a similar design to the other variants), black roof and tiny little boot spoiler. The taillamp design also reminds you of the Jetta, though there’s Virtus written big and bold on the boot to correct that impression. And similar to the Slavia there’s chrome detailing on the bottom of the bumper and no exhaust cutouts, despite the 1.5 actually having twin exhaust tips that are almost apologetically hidden away under the bumper.

Plenty of components on the inside are shared with the Slavia, but the overall styling is significantly differentiated between the two. The GT gets dashboard and door panel inserts in a similar shade of red that contrast really well with the gloss-black central component of the dash — the overall effect being again to visually stretch out the car and also neatly integrate the 10-inch infotainment screen. The GT we tested was in the Topline trim and that includes the 8-inch digital cockpit, the latter backlit in a deep shade of red to differentiate it from the other variants. The GT also gets black leatherette seats with red stitching, and while these seats are cooled in terms of tactile feel and suitability to the Indian summers I feel the Taigun’s fabric seats were a much better bet.

The engineers have listened to our past criticisms and the quality of the roof lining has been considerably improved over the SUV. The dimpled and flat-bottom steering wheel is a tactile delight and with the height adjustable driver’s seat along with reach-and-rake-adjustable steering you can get a very nice driving position. Space at the back is good, if not overly generous, and the head room is also good enough for my 5-foot-9-inch height. The seat back angle feels a bit more upright than in the Taigun SUV and similar to the SUV the middle seat is not very comfortable; the Virtus works best as a four seater. You do get a massive 521 litre boot and there’s enough space in the wheel well for a 16-inch spare.

2022 Volkswagen Virtus Review : Performance

The Virtus comes with two petrol engines which come with idle start/stop technology. The turbocharged 1.0-liter 3 cylinder TSI engine produces 115hp and 178 Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed manual and 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. This engine will see a lot of takers considering that it will be priced lower than the GT variants. Though it is a 3-cylinder unit, it is very well refined and you won’t complain.

The engine has a good mid-range and the performance is par for the course as well with 0-100 km/h coming in around 11 seconds. The 6-speed torque converter automatic deserves a special mention since it masks the intial lag of the 1.0 TSI very well. The shifts are quick and smooth whether its in the city or the highway. Coming to the more powerful GT variant, it gets a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder TSI engine which produces 150hp and 250 Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed manual or 7 speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.

This engine also comes with cylinder deactivation technology. This engine makes the Virtus an enthusiast’s choice. If budget is not a constraint, buyers should definitely consider this powertrain because it is F-A-S-T! The DSG gearbox is lighting quick with the shifts and using the paddle shifters is a joy. The Virtus GT can achieve a top speed of 190km/h and 0-100 km/h can be easily achieved around the 9 second mark.

2022 Volkswagen Virtus Review : Riding & Comfort

Like the Taigun, the biggest differentiator for this top-spec Volkswagen Virtus GT is the larger 1.5-litre turbo-petrol and the seven-speed DCT it pairs with. But, unlike its SUV and Skoda brethren, the Virtus doesn’t get a manual option in GT form, although this could be added to the line-up later.

We’ve now experienced all four iterations of the MQB-A0-IN architecture in the past year, so on the move, the Virtus throws up few surprises in the way it drives. This motor with its 150PS and 250 Nm is still a potent performer. Even with the gearbox’s propensity to choose the highest possible gear in the D mode, the engine’s accessible torque band ensures that progress in traffic is generally seamless. Shifts are largely smooth and well-timed, with much of the slow-speed stutters from earlier iterations of the VW’s dual-clutch transmissions brought under check.

There are some vibrations at idle, a common trait with this family of cars, but this fades away as you start moving. And with the performance on offer, a short part-throttle spurt is all it takes to pass slower traffic. The steering feels light and effortless here and the ride quality is comfortable for the most part, although, in a typically European sense, the large potholes and bumps thud through into the cabin.

The Virtus GT is best experienced at higher highway speeds though. The ride settles quite nicely and the sedan remains well steady over undulations deep into triple-digit speeds, while bumps aren’t as apparent either. The Virtus’s ability to ramp up speed is exciting with the motor’s wide and linear performance in the mid-range, overtakes and the like rarely need thought. Volkswagen’s claim of a 0 to 100 time of 9s and a 190 kmph top-speed seem perfectly believable.

We couldn’t fully test out the Virtus’s handling characteristics on the wide arrow-straight Grand Trunk Road we drove it on, but if the rigidity of the MQB architecture and the well-judged suspension is anything to go by, the Virtus will feel secure around a set of bends. Again, like its cousins, we would like the steering to weigh up a bit more as speeds rise even though it remains reasonably precise.

At speed, we also wish Volkswagen had tuned this gearbox a little less conservatively. The gearbox is already in top gear by 80 kmph which means that it usually needs to drop three to four gears for a quick pass. This is at odds with the engine’s energetic performance, although switching to the S gearbox mode does improve the situation. But we think most enthusiastic owners will choose to drive via the paddle shifters, which fully unshackles the motor with its sharp gear changes. It’ll even allow downshifts well past 3,500 rpm, unlike some rival DCTs.

Of course, this focus on fuel-saving isn’t surprising, especially in the current scenario. The Virtus GT with its 18.67 kmpl ARAI figure betters the 1.0-litre auto. At highway cruising speeds, the impressive cylinder deactivation tech works the best, showing up some unbelievable efficiency numbers as long as you keep steady throttle. Combined with the start-stop system, the extra gear and the relatively lean 1,275 kg kerb-weight, the Virtus GT betters the 1.0 TSI auto with its 18.67 kmpl ARAI mileage figure. Find out how the Volkswagen Virtus 1.0 TSI is to drive here.

Our Opinion

The Volkswagen Virtus is sporty and elegant, aggressive and calm, young and mature, all at the same time. It is nearly impossible to choose whether it is mature or youthful as it is a combination of both characters. This one is much more than just a perfect replacement for the Vento. It is a sedan that will take on larger cars that slot into higher segments and that alone makes it a winner for us.

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