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VW Virtus test drive: Comparing it to my Polo 1.2L TSI & Ameo 1.5L TDI

Compared to my two cars, the steering of the new German sedan is lighter but it's very sharp. I liked it a lot.

BHPian anshumandun recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

Test drove the Virtus 1.5L TSI DSG yesterday. My observations are purely based on driving performance in comparison to the cars that I currently own: GT 1.2L TSI DSG and Ameo 1.5L TDI DSG.

  • Acceleration is quick but it won't leave you blown away if you drive the 1.2 TSI regularly. In fact, the 0 to 80 felt almost similar to the GT TSI. It's only at higher speeds (more than 80kmph) that you start noticing the extra reserve of power that the 1.5TSI packs in.
  • The DQ200 DSG felt the same as in the GT TSI: quick and fun. The paddle shifters definitely make it more fun though!
  • The engine note is much better than the 1.2 TSI, especially at higher RPMs. Sounds sporty!
  • Suspension is softer than the GT TSI but still on the firmer side. Drove on gravel and the car did little to hide the road surface. Ameo has the softest setup among these 3 cars.
  • Handling is superb. This will be a hoot to drive around corners. Body roll is minimal. Felt better than the GT TSI. The nose-heavy and softly sprung TDI Ameo comes a distant third in the handling department.
  • Steering is lighter than both GT and Ameo but very sharp and I liked it a lot.

With a price of 22.5L on-road Bangalore, we felt that it was a lot of money for a not-so-significant upgrade in performance (we were planning to exchange the GT TSI for the Virtus). And then the mediocre music system just did not make the cut (my brother's Slavia with the subwoofer sounds so much better).

P.S. Once you look at the digital cockpit of the higher-end VAG cars like the Tiguan/Octavia/Superb, it will be very difficult to like the screen being offered in the Virtus and its siblings.

P.P.S. This is what happens when you get spoilt by VAG cars. Upgrading becomes very expensive. Plan is to wait for a couple of years and then go for the 2.0 TSI.

Here's what BHPian Indepth had to say about the matter:

Exactly my thoughts after test driving the Taigun. Even the 1.5 didn't feel like leaps and bounds above my 1.2 TSI. Moreover, the interior quality/finish felt like a Honda Jazz kind of thing. I can't wait for VW to improve/facelift, so I have decided to line up for big daddy.

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