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Volkswagen Virtus vs rivals: specs comparability | Autocar India

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The VW Group sedans are the biggest general on this comparability. Being primarily based on the identical MQB A0-IN platform, the Virtus and the Slavia are close to an identical so far as dimensions go. The Volkswagen and Skoda measure the identical in width, top, wheelbase, boot house and tyre measurement. However, the Virtus is barely longer general (20mm), which may merely be right down to the distinction in each fashions’ bumpers. 

Honda Metropolis is the following greatest sedan right here, being solely 12mm shorter in size and 4mm slimmer than the Virtus. The Verna is the smallest competitor right here, by way of general size, width, top and boot house. The Ciaz has the second longest wheelbase and the second largest boot house. In the meantime, all fashions right here journey on 16-inch alloy wheels of their top-spec kind. 

Because the Virtus is a petrol-only mannequin, we’ll be contemplating simply the petrol engine choices of all of the opponents right here. Nevertheless, it’s value noting that the Honda Metropolis and Hyundai Verna do are available in diesel variants. 

The brand new Volkswagen Virtus comes with two turbo-petrol engine choices, which it shares with the Skoda Slavia. The Virtus’ Dynamic Line variants will include the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder TSI unit which makes 115hp and 178Nm and will probably be accessible with both a 6-speed handbook or torque converter computerized gearbox. 

Just like the Slavia, the Virtus may even include a bigger 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TSI unit that places out 150hp and 250Nm in its Efficiency Line variants. This engine makes the Virtus, together with the Slavia, essentially the most highly effective midsize sedan on sale. The 1.5 TSI options fuel-saving cylinder deactivation tech as properly, however can solely be had with a 7-speed dual-clutch computerized gearbox. This engine on the Slavia can also be provided with a 6-speed handbook gearbox that is an lovers’s delight.  

The subsequent strongest sedan is the Metropolis in its new e:HEV sturdy hybrid guise. The petrol-electric powertrain that comes mated to a eCVT gearbox places out 126hp of energy and 253Nm of torque (essentially the most torque on this class), however greater than engine outputs, it is the Metropolis e:HEV’s gas effectivity that basically stands out. Honda claims a gas economic system determine of 26.5kpl and 1,000km of vary on a single tank of gas. The Metropolis can also be accessible with a 121hp, 1.5-litre naturally aspirated motor which will be had with a 6-speed handbook or a 7-step CVT computerized gearbox.

In the meantime, the Ciaz is on the market with 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, and is the one mannequin on this section to be provided with a single engine choice. The Maruti Suzuki is the oldest mannequin on this comparability and you’ll inform that by simply the engine and gearboxes it provides. The Ciaz’s 1.5 unit places out 105hp and 138Nm (the bottom output right here) and is on the market with both a 5-speed handbook or a 4-speed torque converter.  

Apart from the Virtus and Slavia, it’s Hyundai’s Verna that gives two petrol engine choices. The entry-level engine is the naturally aspirated 1.5-litre unit that makes 115hp and 144Nm and comes with 6-speed handbook and 8-step CVT gearbox choices. The Verna can also be the one different automotive to come back with a turbo-petrol choice, that includes a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit placing out 120hp and 172Nm. The Verna Turbo can solely be had with a 7-speed dual-clutch computerized gearbox although.  

Volkswagen Virtus vs rivals: value

Virtus vs rivals: value (ex-showroom,
Mannequin Voplkswagen Virtus Skoda Slavia Honda Metropolis Hyundai Verna Maruti Ciaz
Petrol MT Rs 11.21 – 14.41 lakh Rs 10.99 – 16.79 lakh Rs 11.46 – 13.91 lakh Rs 9.40 – 13.05 lakh Rs 8.99 – 10.89 lakh
Petrol AT Rs 14.27 – 17.91 lakh Rs 13.89 – 18.39 lakh Rs 12.86 – 19.49 lakh Rs 12.46 – 14.35 lakh Rs 10.83 – 11.98 lakh

Costs for the Volkswagen Virtus are at the moment introductory, nevertheless, it is already costlier than most of its rivals. In actual fact, the Virtus’ introductory value is costlier than the Skoda Slavia’s was at launch.

The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz continues to be essentially the most inexpensive within the section, however that’s solely cheap given that it’s the most dated sedan right here. The Ciaz is adopted by the Hyundai Verna, which has a compelling beginning value of Rs 9.40 lakh and tops out at Rs 14.35 lakh even with a turbo-petrol-DCT powertrain.

Equally, on a variant-to-variant foundation, the Virtus 1.Zero TSI variants are marginally costlier than corresponding variants of the Skoda Slavia. And whereas the Honda Metropolis might have the next beginning value than the Virtus, every corresponding variant of the Metropolis is extra inexpensive than the Virtus.

The Virtus, nevertheless, saves some grace with its 1.5 TSI AT variant, which is extra inexpensive than the Slavia 1.5 TSI AT by a good margin. Nevertheless, patrons of the Slavia 1.5 TSI have a extra inexpensive choice with the handbook gearbox, which the Virtus misses out on. Lastly, the Honda Metropolis e:HEV is the most costly providing in the whole section, however that’s as a result of it packs in each an IC engine and a classy hybrid system, making up for the premium with class-leading gas effectivity.

Regardless of being on the pricier facet, the brand new Volkswagen Virtus appears to be a promising bundle on paper, seeing as it’s the largest, best-equipped and strongest sedan within the section. Nevertheless, it could solely be topped king of the section as soon as we’ve in contrast it to the others on the street. Keep tuned. 

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