The Virtus replaces the company’s ten-year-old Vento as its newest midsize sedan.
The Virtus has been launched in India, with prices starting at Rs 11.21 lakh and rising to Rs 17.91 lakh for the top-spec 1.5 TSI Performance-line variant. The Virtus is already taking reservations. The Virtus is a sister model to the Skoda Slavia and the fourth model in the Volkswagen Group’s India 2.0 project of made-in-India vehicles.
- Virtus gets two petrol engine options – 1.0 TSI and 1.5 TSI
- Costs Rs 22,000 more than the Skoda Slavia
- 1.5 TSI motor gets only a DSG option
Here is the detailed price list of the Virtus
|VOLKSWAGEN VIRTUS PRICE (EX-SHOWROOM)|
|Variant||1.0 TSI MT||1.0 TSI AT||1.5 TSI DSG|
|Comfortline||Rs 11.21 lakh||–||–|
|Highline||Rs 12.97 lakh||Rs 14.27 lakh||–|
|Topline||Rs 14.41 lakh||Rs 15.71 lakh||–|
|GT||–||–||Rs 17.91 lakh|
Powertrain options for The Volkswagen Virtus
The Virtus lineup begins with a 1.0-litre TSI three-cylinder turbo petrol engine that generates 115 horsepower and 178 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Volkswagen also offers a more powerful 1.5-litre TSI four-cylinder turbo petrol engine with 150hp and 250Nm of torque, which is the most powerful in its class. To save fuel, the engine also has cylinder deactivation technology. For the time being, the 1.5 TSI comes only with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The 1.5-litre TSI engine in the Skoda Slavia, on the other hand, comes with both manual and automatic transmission options.
Exterior Design and Dimensions of The Volkswagen Virtus
The Virtus is obviously larger than the Vento, and the sedan’s design has hints of the larger Jetta. It has a more mature appearance than the Skoda Slavia, which is sportier and more compact. Check out our review for more information on the Virtus’ styling.
The Virtus has a wheelbase of 2,651mm and measures 4,561mm in length, 1,752mm in width, 1,507mm in height, and 1,507mm in height. The Volkswagen is slightly longer than the Skoda despite sharing the same width, height, and wheelbase. The Virtus, along with the Slavia, is the largest car in its class thanks to these dimensions.
Variants, Interior, and Equipment of The Volkswagen Virtus
The Virtus is available in two variant lines: Dynamic Line, which includes all 1.0-litre models, and GT-badged Performance Line, which includes 1.5-litre models. The interiors of the Dynamic and Performance lines are beige and black, with red stitching on the seats, aluminum pedals, and red detailing on the dashboard.
A 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, an 8.0-inch instrument cluster, wireless phone charging, connected car technology, ventilated seats, a sunroof, a cooled glovebox, and auto headlamps and wipers are included in the top-spec version. Higher-end models come with six airbags, hill-hold control, ESC, and a tyre pressure monitor. The Virtus has a 521-litre boot and a 60:40 split rear-seat option for more space.
Competitors of The Volkswagen Virtus
The Virtus competes with the Skoda Slavia, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City, and Hyundai Verna, among other mid-size sedans. The Honda City and Hyundai Verna are the only two cars in the segment with a diesel engine option. Honda has also recently introduced a powerful hybrid powertrain for the City.