A punchy turbo-petrol engine and a handy sufficient gearbox and clutch make the Virtus guide a likeable package deal.
What we have now right here is the Volkswagen Virtus 1.Zero TSI guide, and if you happen to go by the value, it’s the start line for the sedan’s vary in India. Costs begin at Rs 11.21 lakh (ex-showroom) for the Comfortline trim and top-off at Rs 14.41 lakh (ex-showroom) for the Topline model featured right here. It runs the identical 115hp and 178Nm, three-cylinder, 1.0-litre, direct-injection, TSI turbo-petrol unit because the Virtus 1.Zero TSI AT we’ve featured earlier than, albeit with a 6-speed guide gearbox.
Volkswagen Virtus 1.Zero TSI MT: efficiency and refinement
It could be the entry level to the Virtus vary however that’s not the one motive to contemplate it. The engine-gearbox combo is reasonably likeable. The engine begins out easily and performance-wise you actually will not have any downside maintaining with the circulation of site visitors. Certain, once you do press down arduous for a fast overtake from low speeds, there’s some hesitation beneath 1,800rpm, however after that, you actually will not be left wanting for energy. What additionally helps the expertise on the town is that the gear ratios are properly chosen, so you will not be altering gears all that always. Gear shifts are good and clean, and even the clutch may be very progressive and straightforward to modulate, if barely lengthy in journey.
As customary, the Virtus will get idle stop-start, which shuts the engine off at lengthy halts to save lots of gas, however you’d most likely override the system on sizzling days to maintain the air conditioner working. It is once you’re idling at mentioned lengthy halts that you just’d have that pleased realisation that the vibrations sometimes related to a three-cylinder engine are lacking. Even once you’re driving at regular speeds, you will not actually hear a lot from the engine bay. Drive a bit more durable and you will see that the observe is a bit grainy, and once you drive lots more durable, the engine does get pretty audible.
The factor is, this engine will entice you to drive with enthusiasm once in a while. It feels vigorous within the mid-range, and if you happen to actually prolong it, it is going to even rev properly previous 6,000rpm. If you’re within the temper, you may have nice enjoyable slamming by the gears too.
Volkswagen Virtus 1.Zero TSI MT: experience and dealing with
Complementing that efficiency is eager dealing with. It is entertaining within the corners and feels poised. Eager drivers would have appreciated a barely weightier steering, although. In different areas, this Virtus isn’t any completely different to those we have pushed earlier than already. At larger speeds, you’ll just like the European automobile sure-footedness and at low speeds, you may observe that the suspension absorbs loads of the bumps very properly.
Volkswagen Virtus 1.Zero TSI MT: inside and options
Elsewhere too, the Virtus has an extended listing of strengths. Highlights embody a trendy dashboard (although there are not any soft-touch supplies), massive and supportive entrance seats, nice legroom on the again and an enormous 521-litre boot. Options-wise, the Virtus’ Topline trim does properly for itself, with a big 10-inch touchscreen with wi-fi Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, an eight-speaker audio system, digital dials and really useful ventilated entrance seats. The protection package contains six airbags in addition to ESC, and what stays with you is that all-encompassing feeling of toughness to the automobile.
Volkswagen Virtus 1.Zero TSI MT: design and styling
The Volkswagen Virtus is a good-looking sedan and has that all-important ‘large automobile’ air about it. The 1.Zero TSI variations can be found in Dynamic Line kind, which implies the outside comes with crisp chrome detailing and diamond-cut alloy wheels. For reference, Efficiency Line variations are identifiable by their blacked-out wheels and subtler use of chrome.
Volkswagen Virtus 1.Zero TSI MT: verdict
Given our ever-worsening site visitors situations, a guide wouldn’t be the model we’d readily advocate. Nonetheless, like with the Slavia, its cousin from Skoda, issues are completely different with the Virtus 1.Zero TSI MT. It’s a automobile that’s handy sufficient to drive on the town but one which delivers the enjoyable you’d affiliate with a guide automobile. That it’s Rs 1.three lakh extra inexpensive than a comparable Virtus 1.Zero AT makes it that entire lot extra attention-grabbing.