Made to Measure: Volkswagen Virtus and Taigun
Nothing beats putting on a tailored jacket for the first time and looking in the mirror to realise it’s a perfect fit. It brings a sense of satisfaction to know that someone has taken their time and custom-tailored the garment to fit you, and only you. Every individual is unique, yet we all want to feel special before making a purchase. While the purchase of an automobile is a practical decision, there is also a significant emotional component to it, which makes it harder for manufacturers to convey through their products.
One manufacturer that has successfully managed to satisfy the need for individuality is Volkswagen. Both of its entrants in the mid-size segment, the Virtus and the Taigun, are available in a variety of flavours to satisfy every palette. Volkswagen remains an aspirational brand for many, but now you can get behind the wheel of one of their German-engineered automobiles for as little as Rs 11.48 lakh ex-showroom. This is made possible largely thanks to the MQB-A0-IN platform that both vehicles share. The MQB platform underpins a variety of Volkswagen Group cars globally, and it has been tailored for Indian requirements to create the India-specific MQB-A0-IN. With this platform, Volkswagen has achieved up to 95 per cent localisation, which enables them to price their cars and SUVs competitively. While the Virtus and the Taigun share underpinnings, Volkswagen has managed to give them distinctive identities of their own.
The Virtus retains a timeless executive sedan silhouette that is sure to age gracefully. The front fascia features a tasteful grille with the VW logo, flanked by sleek headlights that adhere to Volkswagen’s latest design language. Moving along the sides, the Virtus offers a well-defined shoulder line and subtle character lines, contributing to its overall elegance. The sedan’s roofline slopes towards the rear, creating a fastback stance that adds to its visual appeal. The Taigun, on the other hand, successfully combines Volkswagen’s signature design characteristics with a sporty compact SUV shape. Its taller, more upright stance gives it a rugged appeal, while the increased ground clearance and body cladding protect it during off-road excursions. The rear features LED taillamps that span the width of the car and a rear hatch that opens to reveal a spacious boot.
Volkswagen offers the Virtus and Taigun with enough engine and transmission options to satisfy even the most discerning buyer. The Comfortline, Highline, and Topline variants of both cars get a three-cylinder, 1-litre TSI engine that produces 113bhp of power and 178Nm of torque. This engine is available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a torque converter automatic gearbox. The performance-oriented GT and GT Plus variants come standard with the 1.5-litre TSI engine that is capable of putting out 148bhp and 250Nm that can be mated to a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG transmission. Volkswagen has brought performance to the masses by offering the DSG gearbox on the lower GT variants, which were previously only available with a manual. Similarly, enthusiasts also welcomed the introduction of the Virtus GT Plus with a manual gearbox.
Performance is of no consequence without control, and that’s where the Virtus and Taigun shine. Volkswagen has always managed to strike the right balance between ride and handling, and these two are no exception. The Virtus and Taigun stick to the Volkswagen hallmark of surefooted handling and sublime ride quality. Both cars encapsulate the fun-to-drive nature that enthusiasts appreciate while offering incredible ride comfort. The torsional rigidity of the MQB-A0-IN platform also ensures that the Virtus and Taigun are the safest cars in their class, as evidenced by the fact that both cars scored a full five stars in the Global NCAP crash safety test. Both cars are also packed with more than 40 safety features for added peace of mind. The Electronic Stability Control system detects critical situations and prevents accidents; however, in the event of a collision, there are six airbags to keep occupants safe.
Volkswagen has curated the spread of the variants on offer to ensure there is one to cater to the needs of each individual buyer. Comfortline variants may be the lowest entry point into Volkswagen ownership, but they are anything but inadequate. All variants feature a touchscreen infotainment system as standard, as well as front passenger airbags and electronic stability control. Buyers looking for added luxury can opt for the Highline and Topline variants, which offer more creature comforts and aesthetic upgrades such as leather seats and alloy wheels. The GT Performance Line variants are the highest trim levels and get a host of visual and technological upgrades. The Virtus GT Plus is the sportiest of the bunch, and it features blacked-out trim, black alloy wheels, and a subtle rear spoiler. The Taigun GT Plus is outfitted with smart 17-inch alloy wheels and a digital instrument cluster. Volkswagen also introduced a stealthy GT Edge Limited Collection option for the Virtus and Taigun that can be had in either Deep Black Pearl or Carbon Steel Grey Matte.
In a world where mass production often overshadows individuality, Volkswagen has managed to create a bond with its customers, making them feel special and understood. Whether you desire the sophistication of the Virtus or the adventurous spirit of the Taigun, Volkswagen offers a tailored fit for each buyer, allowing them to embark on their automotive journey with a sense of confidence. Just like a tailored suit, Volkswagen aims to create vehicles that resonate with each buyer’s unique identity.