We recently received the VW Virtus Topline 1.0-litre AT, and after rigorously testing it, here are the top 5 qualities I found the most appealing about the car-
1. Feature-rich Cabin
When you sit inside the VW Virtus Topline variant, you’ll notice that the dashboard, seats, and centre console all have a beige-and-black interior design concept. The dashboard has piano black accents throughout and has a premium feel to it.
The sedan has an electric sunroof, ventilated front seats, automatic climate control, wireless charging, a fully digital instrument console, and a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and believe me, the touchscreen infotainment system is the most fluid and responsive you’ve ever seen in such a car. Although the rear camera quality is adequate, it is far better than what is seen in the Ciaz and City.
Volkswagen Virtus comes with two turbo-petrol engine options. The 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine we were driving produced 115 hp and 175 Nm and was mated to a torque converter automatic gearbox. As a Volkswagen Polo fan, I discovered that the 1.0-litre TSI engine is quick and produces the same amount of peak power as the old 1.2 TSI unit found in the Polo GT.
For a car of this size, the 1.0-litre TSI variant does not feel underpowered in any way. Despite having a three-cylinder engine, the car cabin is as quiet as if we were driving a four-cylinder engine. When compared to other sedans, the car has an excellent overall performance. Moreover, the paddle shifters allow you to manually change gears and feel the pull and power of a 1.0-engine engine, which is exceptional.
3. Ride and Handling
Virtus’ ride and handling are unmatchable, so you can drive at high speeds and corner with confidence. The steering feedback is very responsive, and it is discovered to be very feasible and ultra-light while driving in city and traffic areas. Aside from that, the suspension setup is less stiff this time and provides a more comfortable drive.
4. SUV-like Ground Clearance
The Volkswagen Virtus has 179 mm of ground clearance, which is among the best in its class and more than adequate for daily use on Indian roads. As a result, we drove the car through rough offroad patches, and the best part was that the car’s underbody never touched the ground, as if we were driving an SUV like the Creta or Seltos. The Topline model we had came with 16-inch alloy wheels and performed admirably.
5. Five-Star Safety Rating
Although the VW Virtus is missing safety features such as ADAS, as seen in the new generation Hyundai Verna, but it has received a five-star safety rating from Latin NCAP. The Virtus shares a platform with the Taigun, Kushaq, and Slavia.
The MQB-A0 IN platform was created specifically for Indian-made products. In addition to the standard dual airbags and ISOFIX child seat fixings, the car includes ABS, EBD, brake assist, rear parking sensors, a rear parking camera, and up to six airbags.
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