Volkswagen Virtus 1-liter Review

 There have Been a decline in sales of sedans since SUVs made their monopoly in India. A sedan still makes a lot of sense if it's launched from Volkswagen or Skoda due to soul of driving. The Vento was amazing with 1-liter TSI but due to its ageing, Virtus made its debut in India. Those looking for Volkswagen Virtus TSI, here is a short test drive review after driving 1-liter version in Topline Variant.


The Virtus is a very beautifully designed sedan that attracts a lot of attention. The front end just looks phenomenal and no doubt it has better front fascia than Slavia. Looks are personal choice but those love Volkswagen's design language should definitely get the Virtus. The chrome grille looks premium and definitely Virtus doesn't seem to be overdone in looks.

Those looking for a sedan with a sportier appeal will definitely love the Virtus. There is barely any difference between Slavia and Virtus but the thing is that Virtus has much sportier appeal than Slavia. Alloy wheels on the Topline looks a lot nicer and definitely enhances looks of the side. Personally I would prefer the GT for more sportier appeal but the 1-liter version too is no less in looks.

The taillights are also very much sportier as the smoky look just grabs a lot of attention. One can't just stop looking at the Virtus as it's definitely a nice looking car.


The interior is loaded with a lot of features like a Virtual Cockpit and also a 10-inches touchscreen. When I personally tested the response of the touchscreen, it didn't show any kind of lag. Normally Skoda and Volkswagen's touchscreen do have lag but the 10-inches unit works well. Audio quality is also decent so long trips will surely not get boring. Overall cabin is spacious and seats feel comfortable. Ventilated seats is a cool feature to have but it's better to avoid it during winters. One thing that's somehow weird is actually the placement of wiper switch on right side and indicators on left side. It will take time but one will get used to it. Those who think air conditioning doesn't work well then it does work well and offers decent cooling.

Performance and dynamics

If honestly speaking about the 1-liter TSI then it does have some grunt lower down due to which it doesn't feel underpowered. Refinement is great if you are driving sedately at City speeds. If it's Compared with Honda City then definitely 1-liter engine can't beat VTEC of Honda City but definitely it's anyday better than Verna and Ciaz. Torque converter of the Virtus is very smooth with shifts and doesn't offer any jerk at all. Steering wheel does feel very much lighter at lower speeds making it comfortable for city rides but it's not for hardcore driving. Suspension is very well sorter as it doesn't feel bouncy at all. Brakes are good as they offer great stopping power in panic braking situation. 


The Volkswagen Virtus has very great build quality as that's something which can be felt on thud. There are a lot of safety features due to which the Virtus is for sure a safer choice. 

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