The Made-in-India Volkswagen Virtus has been awarded a 5-star safety rating by the Latin NCAP (New Car Assessment Programs). The model scored 36.94 points (92%) in the adult occupant protection test, which includes frontal and side-impact crash tests. It also did very well in the child occupant protection test, scoring 36.94 points (92.35%). The Volkswagen Virtus featured good head and neck protection for the driver and passenger and adequate chest protection for the driver.
The bodyshell of the sedan is said to be stable. In the side impact test, the Volkswagen Virtus showed ‘good’ protection for the head and abdomen and ‘adequate’ protection for the chest. Chest protection was rated marginal in side pole impact. The Volkswagen Virtus scored 25.48 points (53.09%) in Pedestrian Protection and 36.54 points (84.98%) in Safety Assist. The tested model had Electronic Stability Control (ESC), seatbelt reminders for all seating positions and a speed assist system.
The Volkswagen Virtus in India comes with two engine options – 1.0L, 3-cylinder TSI turbo-petrol and 1.5L, 4-cylinder TSI petrol. The former engine generates 115bhp max power and 178Nm peak torque. Whereas the latter produces 150bhp max power and 250Nm peak torque. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual, 6-speed torque converter automatic and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic (only in the 1.5L petrol variant).
The Volkswagen Virtus comes in four trims – Comforline, Highline, Topline and GT Plus. Its price starts from Rs. 11.32 lakhs and goes up to Rs. 18.42 lakhs. The model lineup has three automatic variants – Highline AT, Topline AT and GT Plus, which are priced at Rs 14.48 lakh, Rs 16 lakh and Rs 18.42 lakh, respectively. All prices are ex-showroom.