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        Volkswagen Virtus

        Virtus 2022 Updates

        9.00 - 12.00 lakh
        Estimated Price
        Expected Monthly EMI
        Calculated using 8% interest, 5 year, 100% loan amount
        9th Jun 2022
        Expected Launched Date

        Virtus Expert Review

        Why I would buy it?

        • Premium looks
        • Snazzy looking interiors
        • Very good ride and handling balance

        Why I would avoid it?

        • Does not boast typical VW quality

        Engine and Performance

        Powering the Virtus is the same engine that you see in the Taigun. So, you get a 1.0-litre TSI engine that Vikrant is driving somewhere out there and the stonking 1.5-litre TSI Evo engine that we are driving. The numbers are fantastic – 148bhp and 250Nm of torque along with active cylinder cut-off technology. Gearbox duties are handled by the seven-speed DSG transmission and unlike Slavia, you do not get a manual option with this engine.

        On the go, the TSI Evo motor feels refined with an excellent throttle response. A mere dab is all you need to get past slow-moving traffic. Now, that gives you the impression that the 1.5-litre engine will surprise you when you finally nail the throttle. But it does not. Acceleration does not hit like a hammer, instead, it's linear and builds speeds swiftly. Volkswagen claims a 0-100kmph time of 9.0 seconds which is quick and something we will verify with our Vbox soon.

        Thanks to the active cylinder cut-off technology, VW claims it is fuel-efficient too with a brilliant figure of 18.67kmpl, again something we will verify soon. The seven-speed gearbox works just as it should. It provides quick changes up and down and is a joy to use with the paddle shifters.

        Ride and Handling

        A high riding sedan with a higher centre of gravity will be more biased towards ride quality than handling, right? Well, technically it's true, however, Volkswagen has managed to tune the suspension extremely well, giving the Virtus a very good balance of ride and handling. The Virtus feels eager to dive into corners and the quick steering compliments it further. Given a nice set of twisty roads, the Virtus will be a joy to drive.

        The ride quality is excellent too. While we did not really get Mumbai like potholes to test over in Amritsar, the Virtus felt pliant and absorbing on whatever bad section we could manage to drive upon. The SUV-like ground clearance also means one can sail over bad patches and not think about monster speed breakers scraping the underbelly.

        Exterior Design

        There is no doubting that the Virtus is a looker, especially this GT variant that we are driving here. Starting at the front, this is an aggressive-looking sedan. The slim LED headlights look great with the smoked treatment and the integrated DRLs and are complemented by the minimal single slatted grille. But the real draw is the front air dam area, which gives it the jawline of Sylvester Stallone. As you can see, the air dam area is a mix of chrome and piano black inserts and also gets halogen fog lights.

        Moving to the side, there is more black in the form of the 16-inch razor glossy black alloy wheels. What you can also notice is that this is a really long car and is also 20mm longer than the Slavia, which is based on the same platform that makes it the longest car in its class.

        Like the Slavia, the Virtus is also a high riding sedan, which means it also gets a massive 179mm of ground clearance which might look like an eyesore but then it also gives the car SUV-like bad road capability. Moving to the rear, you get these smart-looking LED tail lamps. The subtle black lip spoiler gives it a sporty touch at the rear and adding further contrast is the blacked-out area below, with a chrome insert.

        Overall, we think the Virtus looks absolutely smashing and is the sportiest looking car in its segment.

        Comfort, Convenience, and Features

        Talking about the interiors, if you liked the exteriors, you will definitely like the snazzy interiors. We just loved how Volkswagen has designed this dashboard to look like one single slab along with the colour coded outline which really adds some pizzazz. What looks a little out of place are these two central aircon vents which just do not sync with the flowing dashboard design. While the dashboard looks great, we think some soft-touch materials would have definitely added some premium-ness.

        Talking about the seats, the cushioning is a little on the hard side but that will help in making long drives more comfortable. Nonetheless, it has the right amount of support all around and getting to the ideal driving position is easy.

        At the back too, there is more than enough legroom. Seating three people abreast, it’s not the best, thanks to the raised and narrower centre seat. Also, under-thigh support could be a wee bit better as well. What is fantastic though is the boot space. At 521 litres, it’s the same as the Slavia but a lot more than the City and a 60:40 split or completely folding the rear bench will provide a lot more luggage space than any SUV.

        On the features front, the Virtus gets a vivid eight-inch digital cockpit, 10-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, eight speakers, sunroof, wireless charging, smart touch climatronic A/C, ventilated front seats, and more. On the safety front, the Virtus comes with up to six airbags, an electronic differential lock, ESC, hill hold control, tyre pressure deflation warning, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, and more. The only miss here is the absence of rear disc brakes.


        According to both Skoda and VW, the market for mid-size sedans, basically this segment, is growing despite it not having too many new launches. With the Virtus, they want to cater to this very demand by offering a viable option to the popular Honda City and its brother from another mother, the Skoda Slavia.

        The Virtus definitely has a lot going for it. It’s the largest car in its class, it looks premium, and in this GT variant, it looks sporty too. It also has the space and practicality of an SUV with its folding seats and excellent ground clearance along with a long feature list and performance to boot.

        We think the prices for Virtus will start at around Rs 10.6 lakh for the base 1.0-litre and can go up to Rs 18 lakh for this top-spec GT variant. And going by what it brings to the table, we think the Virtus indeed has all the virtues of a winner.

        Photography: Kapil Angane

        Volkswagen Virtus Price List

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        Virtus Versions Ex-showroom Price Compare
        Petrol, 999 cc, Manual tooltip
        Fuel Type: Petrol
        Engine: 999 cc (Higher engine size helps to generate more power)
        Transmission: Manual (In a manual transmission car, the driver has to manually shift gears)
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        Petrol, 999 cc, Automatic tooltip
        Fuel Type: Petrol
        Engine: 999 cc (Higher engine size helps to generate more power)
        Transmission: Automatic (In semi-automatic transmission cars, Gear shifting is handled by the car itself like an automatic car but gear shifting may not be as smooth as an automatic car)
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        Petrol, 1498 cc, Automatic (DCT) tooltip
        Fuel Type: Petrol
        Engine: 1498 cc (Higher engine size helps to generate more power)
        Transmission: Automatic (DCT)
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        About Volkswagen Virtus

        German automotive giant Volkswagen unveiled the Virtus on 8 March, 2022 globally while also opening reservations in India on the same day. The brand has announced that it will offer the sedan with a choice of two variants: Dynamic Line and Performance Line.

        The Virtus measures 4,561mm in length, 1,752mm in width, and 1,507mm in height with a 2,651mm wheelbase. Besides this, the design highlights of the sedan include dual-barrel full-LED headlights with L-shaped DRLs, 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps with cornering function, and LED taillights. Volkswagen also provides an electric sunroof, ESC, HHC, a rear-view camera with parking sensors, and TPMS.

        The Virtus has a similar interior design as its sibling, the Taigun. Apart from that, it comes with an eight-inch digital instrument cluster, a ten-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, ventilated front seats, six airbags, USB ports, cruise control, touch-capacitive switches for air conditioning, and a wireless charging pad. 
        The India-spec Virtus will be powered by two distinctive petrol engines — a 1.0-litre turbo petrol motor and a 1.5-litre, naturally aspirated petrol unit. The former features cylinder deactivation technology. That said, gearbox choices include a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, and seven-speed DSG automatic. 

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        Compare Virtus with Alternatives

        Volkswagen Virtus Skoda Slavia Volkswagen Vento Honda City
        Price Coming Soon ₹ 10.69 Lakh ₹ 10.00 Lakh ₹ 9.33 Lakh
        Fuel Type Petrol Petrol Petrol Petrol
        Engine Size 999 cc 999 cc 999 cc 1497 cc
        Transmission Manual Manual Manual Manual
        Power 108 bhp @ 5000 rpm 114 bhp @ 5000 rpm 109 bhp @ 5000 rpm 118 bhp @ 6600 rpm
        Torque - 178 Nm @ 1750 rpm 175 Nm @ 1750 rpm 145 Nm @ 4600 rpm
        Safety Rating - Not Tested 4 Star (Global NCAP) 5 Star (ASEAN NCAP)
        Boot Space 521 litres 521 litres 494 litres 510 litres
        Ground Clearance - 179 mm - -
        Size 4561 mm L X 1752 mm W - - -
        Compare - Compare Virtus vs Slavia Compare Virtus vs Vento Compare Virtus vs City

        Volkswagen Virtus Colors

        Wild Cherry Red
        Curcuma Yellow
        Candy White
        Relex Silver
        Carbon Steel Grey
        Rising Blue Metallic

        Virtus Specifications

        Note: Specifications for Virtus Dynamic Line 1.0 TSI have been mentioned

        Engine & Performance
        Fuel Type
        Manual - 6 Gears
        999 cc
        Peak Power (bhp@rpm)
        108 bhp @ 5000 rpm
        Peak Torque (Nm@rpm)
        178 Nm @ 1750 rpm
        Emission Standard
        BS 6
        Size, Weight, & Dimensions
        Bootspace / Dicky Capacity (L)
        Passenger Capacity
        Length (mm)
        Width (mm)
        No of Seating Rows
        No of Doors

        Volkswagen Virtus Videos

         Volkswagen Virtus 2022 Revealed - Quick First Look | CarWale
        Volkswagen Virtus 2022 Revealed - Quick First Look | CarWale
        Volkswagen Virtus 2022 India Review | vs Skoda Slavia and Honda City | CarWale
        Volkswagen Virtus 2022 India Review | vs Skoda Slavia and Honda City | CarWale

        Volkswagen Virtus News

        Volkswagen Virtus India launch on 9 June
        Volkswagen Virtus India launch on 9 June
        Gajanan Kashikar
        by Gajanan Kashikar
        04/12/2022 18:05:54

        The Virtus will be available in a choice of two powertrain options.

        Volkswagen Virtus production commences in Maharashtra
        Volkswagen Virtus production commences in Maharashtra
        Gajanan Kashikar
        by Gajanan Kashikar
        03/31/2022 10:15:06

        The Virtus is expected to launch in a few months.

        Volkswagen Virtus makes global debut; bookings open in India
        Volkswagen Virtus makes global debut; bookings open in India
        Gajanan Kashikar
        by Gajanan Kashikar
        03/08/2022 12:42:58

        The Virtus is expected to be launched in India by mid-2022.

        Volkswagen India sets up a new service centre in Chennai
        Volkswagen India sets up a new service centre in Chennai
        Gajanan Kashikar
        by Gajanan Kashikar
        04/08/2022 14:03:06

        The service centre is located on Arcot Road, Chennai.

        Volkswagen Virtus 1.5l TSI to be exclusively offered with DSG AT
        Volkswagen Virtus 1.5l TSI to be exclusively offered with DSG AT
        Gajanan Kashikar
        by Gajanan Kashikar
        03/23/2022 13:30:57

        The VW Virtus will be launched in India in May 2022.

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