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Old 26th June 2022, 17:40   #361
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Took the test drive today while I picked up my GT after service.

The looks are far far better compared to pics. Test drove the 1.0 AT Blue.

My few cents.
1. The overall drive and feel felt a lot refined compared to my GT.
2. The steering was far lighter vs GT, but felt in complete control. No complaints whatsoever
3. 1.0 Felt adequate for me , did not get a chance to take it to the highway.
4. Boot space is more than adequate.
5. Rear seats should be fine for 2 kids plus an Adult. Strictly for 2 Adults though.
6. The ventilated seats were for namesake, not sufficient. The SA mentioned that they don't highlight this feature to anyone actually.
7. The overall fit and finish was good.
8. Not sure if VW offers cars seats in a darker shade. When kids occupy the rear seat , lot of chances of drinks spilling and staining the seats.
9. Seats were comfortable. The quality of plastics was good.
10. The leather wrapped steering wheel - my GT one feels of a better quality than the one on Virtus.

More importantly, my Wife was happy. She had earlier brushed aside Honda City 5th Gen after a test drive.

Another key factor is , if you have driven a VAG car for a long time , anything else may not feel good.

Also has anyone seen the Yellow one in flesh?. I have a thing for yellow coloured cars. When i bought i10 in 2008, wanted to buy it in yellow , but Hyundai had stopped right about that time.
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Also has anyone seen the Yellow one in flesh?. I have a thing for yellow coloured cars. When i bought i10 in 2008, wanted to buy it in yellow , but Hyundai had stopped right about that time.
Me me! The yellow is great in person, its not your typical yellow, and looks different in the evenings vis--vis the morning/afternoon sun. Sort of alternates between a golden and greenish hue - to my eyes at least!
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Took insurance from Policy Bazaar @35000. Dealer was quoting 81000.
Congrats! That's a huge difference in premium, are you sure its not comprehensive vs zero dep?
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Congrats! That's a huge difference in premium, are you sure its not comprehensive vs zero dep?
It is comprehensive with engine /gearbox protection and tyre protection.
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Old 28th June 2022, 00:55   #365
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A few observations on my first day of ownership with the Virtus. Do note that this is the 1.0 litre highline variant.

VW branded valve cap.
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I was quite impressed to know that this variant comes with the anti-theft wheel bolts.
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Wonder what these vents are for? Probably for aerodynamics.
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Notice the thin barely visible line on the headlamp. I am guessing these are there to spread and reflect the light from the headlight bulb in the right direction to allow the best beam of light available.
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Alarm Indicator. When locked emits a red blinking light. It is bright at night which might cause it to attract some unwanted attention.
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A close look at the stitch detail for the artificial leather wrapped steering. steering feels good to hold.
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VW logo on the steering. Textured horn pad is nice to touch. But awful sounding horn.
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Notice the finishing on the stalks. Vento felt more premium and felt nice to touch.
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Overall fit and finish of the steering wheel is great. Looks good too. The size is just perfect.
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I guess this where the key fob sensor is placed. Also notice the uneven gaps in the cover of the steering wheel casing.
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Driver side view under the dash.
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Front air dam grill gaps could have been smaller considering our road conditions.
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Fog lamps. They now call it "static cornering fog lamps".
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Similar headlight design language as the vento, Just more sleeker and with the outer profile a bit changed. This highline variant does come with drls but just a basic straight line unlike the swooping lines of the performance line variant.
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Economy grade wipers. Will soon upgrade to frameless wipers. Wonder why only driver side gets the aero treatment? Well found this from the net.
"The reason you have it on the driver's side and not the passenger side is twofold. 1. You need to see better than your passenger. 2. If you've ever driven past 80 mph with your wipers on (without the wind deflectors), you'll see that passenger side works fine and the drivers side is sucking. I'm not sure why it is that way, but it is".
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The thick doors. Gives a decent thud on shutting.
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Love the logo with the black treatment. Easy to clean since it's one smooth surface.
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The show stopper here are the tail lights. Beautifully designed and really adds to the overall stance of the design of the car.
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Love the black treatment and aftermarketish looks to the tail lamp cluster.
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Notice in this image how they bulge out. I presume this is the first thing that would get damaged in the car.
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Close resemblance to its big brother, Audi.
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Average but yet thick sun visors for the drive and passenger sides.
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Passenger side with the mirror.
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AC vents in open position.
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AC vents in closed postion. Going by the quality used in the vento which are prone to getting damaged, one really has to be carefull while adjusting these. They feel filmsy to use.
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Namesake ambient lighting. Not at all visible in the day. And barely negligible at night.
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Something different for the handbrake knob. Normally these are chrome but this is a refreshing change.
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Deep center armrest box. Adjustable lid. Notice the mismatched lines where it meets the gear console panel.
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Close up of the stitch pattern. Perfect smooth double piping detail.
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Notice the felt line backing for the seat belt arrester.
Cupholders seem decently lined as well.
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A few observations on my first day of ownership with the Virtus.
We have seen a lot of Virtus photos! I very much enjoyed yours. Thank you for showing so many details, and sharing some of the not so good along with the good, the rough with the smooth.

By the way, is the steering-wheel cover artificial leather? I have been under the impression that the leather parts of my Polo wheel (2014 GT TDI) are real! I thought VW did no-leather or real-leather. Hope they haven't cost-cut on this.

Congratulations on your new car: Wishing you happy and safe miles

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I was quite impressed to know that this variant comes with the anti-theft wheel bolts.
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These are the plastic bolt caps given for aesthetics not the anti-theft bolts.

The anti-theft bolt would have a specific pattern on the bolt head and a key that matches this pattern so you can attach it to the lug wrench to open it.

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Many congrats man! Wish you a great, fun-filled ownership.
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VW logo on the steering. Textured horn pad is nice to touch. But awful sounding horn.

During my test drive , my SA mentioned that we could get this changed to the signature VW horn. Part of the accessories I suppose. Could not believe how bad it sounded. Probably part of cost cutting , but a very bad miss given how VW car owners feel about it.

We have all but finalized the top end variant of 1.0 AT. DSG was tempting , but given the additional cost plus I'm not sure on the real world FE given that it is a much more powerful engine. Just waiting to see the Yellow in-person , then we will decide between that and Carbon steel Grey.
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Me me! The yellow is great in person, its not your typical yellow, and looks different in the evenings vis--vis the morning/afternoon sun. Sort of alternates between a golden and greenish hue - to my eyes at least!
Can you share pics of the car at the above mentioned scenarios?

The Curucuma yellow is an intriguing colour.
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Can you share pics of the car at the above mentioned scenarios?

The Curucuma yellow is an intriguing colour.
Have pics in the afternoon sun, shared earlier too.

Late evenings set off a greenish hue, in fact in the head-on pic of the bonnet, there’s already a tinge of green because of the shade.

As you said, it’s intriguing!

PS - For reference, the pics were taken on the iPhone 13.
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Whats the verdict on fuel efficiency in city conditions?
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Wonder what these vents are for? Probably for aerodynamics.
Yes, they are "air curtains", meant to smoothen the air flow in & around the wheel wells. Primary purpose is to reduce aero drag.

Among the tons of videos on the topic, I like this one by Julian Edgar:-

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Whats the verdict on fuel efficiency in city conditions?
12kmpl is what i am getting for my daily commute which is 20km and i own a GT
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By the way, is the steering-wheel cover artificial leather? I have been under the impression that the leather parts of my Polo wheel (2014 GT TDI) are real! I thought VW did no-leather or real-leather. Hope they haven't cost-cut on this.
I might be wrong but I don't think any manufacturer uses real leather in their models that cost below 50L. Even most Mercs use an artificial substitute for leather called MB-Tex.

I'd eat my hat if your Polo has real leather in it!
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I'd eat my hat if your Polo has real leather in it!
Ummm dude, the brochure said the gear knob, steering and the handbrake lever had leather wrapped in it.

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Well excuse you for not eating the hat.
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