A punchy turbo-petrol engine and a handy sufficient gearbox and clutch make the Virtus handbook a likeable bundle.
What we’ve got right here is the Volkswagen Virtus 1.0 TSI handbook, and should you go by the worth, 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 1.0 TSI AT we’ve featured earlier than, albeit with a 6-speed handbook gearbox.
Volkswagen Virtus 1.0 TSI MT: efficiency and refinement
It may be the entry level to the Virtus vary however that’s not the one cause to think about it. The engine-gearbox combo is reasonably likeable. The engine begins out easily and performance-wise you actually received’t have any drawback maintaining with the circulation of site visitors. Certain, whenever you do press down laborious for a fast overtake from low speeds, there’s some hesitation beneath 1,800rpm, however after that, you actually received’t be left wanting for energy. What additionally helps the expertise on the town is that the gear ratios are effectively chosen, so that you received’t be altering gears all that always. Gear shifts are good and easy, and even the clutch may be very progressive and straightforward to modulate, if barely lengthy in journey.
As normal, the Virtus will get idle stop-start, which shuts the engine off at lengthy halts to save lots of gasoline, however you’d in all probability override the system on sizzling days to maintain the air conditioner operating. It’s whenever you’re idling at stated lengthy halts that you simply’d have that joyful realization that the vibrations usually related to a three-cylinder engine are lacking. Even whenever you’re driving at regular speeds, you received’t actually hear a lot from the engine bay. Drive a bit more durable and you can see that the notice is a bit grainy, and whenever you drive rather a lot more durable, the engine does get pretty audible.
The factor is, this engine will entice you to drive with enthusiasm from time to time. It feels full of life within the mid-range, and should you actually lengthen it, it’ll even rev effectively previous 6,000rpm. Once you’re within the temper, you’ll have nice enjoyable slamming by the gears too.
Volkswagen Virtus 1.0 TSI MT: trip and dealing with
Complementing that efficiency is eager dealing with. It’s entertaining within the corners and feels poised. Eager drivers would have appreciated a barely weightier steering, although. In different areas, this Virtus is not any totally different to those we’ve pushed earlier than already. At greater speeds, you’ll just like the European automobile sure-footedness and at low speeds, you’ll notice that the suspension absorbs a whole lot of the bumps very effectively.
Volkswagen Virtus 1.0 TSI MT: inside and options
Elsewhere too, the Virtus has an extended record of strengths. Highlights embody a classy dashboard (although there aren’t any soft-touch supplies), massive and supportive entrance seats, nice legroom on the again and a large 521-litre boot. Options-wise, the Virtus’ Topline trim does effectively 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 security equipment consists of six airbags in addition to ESC, and what stays with you is that all-encompassing feeling of toughness to the automobile.
Volkswagen Virtus 1.0 TSI MT: design and styling
The Volkswagen Virtus is a good-looking sedan and has that all-important ‘large automobile’ air about it. The 1.0 TSI variations can be found in Dynamic Line type, which suggests 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 1.0 TSI MT: The decision
Given our ever-worsening site visitors situations, a handbook wouldn’t be the model we’d readily advocate. Nonetheless, like with the Slavia, its cousin from Skoda, issues are totally different with the Virtus 1.0 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 handbook automobile. That it’s Rs 1.3 lakh extra inexpensive than a comparable Virtus 1.0 AT makes it that entire lot extra attention-grabbing.