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VW Virtus vs Skoda Slavia: Specs, Design, Interiors, Features And Engines Compared

Gearheads have a soft spot for Euro sedans. But before 2022, your only choices were aging models that felt like a compromise against rivals such as the Honda City and Hyundai Verna. The upcoming Volkswagen Virtuswe expect, will bring some enthusiasm back into the sedan segment with its potent turbo petrol engines, extensive safety and comfort features and jaw-dropping looks.

The Virtus shares its platform and much of its hardware with the Skoda Slaviaand here’s how the two sedans compare with each other on paper.

Aesthetics:

Volkswagen has knocked it out of the park with the Virtus’ styling. It draws comparisons to the Jetta with its front and rear fascias and low-slung stance.

The Slavia, on the other hand, takes inspiration from the Octavia. Unless you see them side by side, you can’t tell how closely the Virtus and Slavia size up against each other. Here’s a handy table of their dimensions:

Dimensions

Volkswagen Virtus

Skoda Slavia

Length

4,561mm

4,541mm

Width

1,752mm

1,752mm

Height

1,507mm

1,507mm

wheelbase

2,651mm

2,651mm

boot space

521 litres

521 litres

Under the skin, the two sedans have the same underpinnings: the MQB A0 IN platform. It gives the Virtus and Slavia spacious interiors and large 521-litre boots. The Virtus is 20mm longer than the Slavia, but its width and height are identical to the Skoda.

The Virtus gets an extra helping of chrome for its exterior. It has thick chrome bezels on the front and rear bumpers, chrome on the front grille, and chrome elements within the headlamp housings. It makes the Slavia seem restrained in its plushness, in comparison. If you want your sub-Rs 20 lakh car to stand out, the Virtus should be ideal for you.

You’ll be able to get the Volkswagen Virtus in a Performance Line GT variant that adds several sporty exterior features such as a contrast black roof, ‘Razor Black’ gloss-black alloy wheels, a subtle boot and red brake callipers!

The Skoda Slavia does get two higher-spec, more powerful turbo petrol variants, but none of the design cues to make the 1.5-litre TSI variant stand out next to the regular 1-litre TSI-powered Slavia. That said, you do get dual exhaust tips in the Slavia 1.5 TSI; the 1-liter variant has a single tip exhaust.

Colors:

You’ll get the option of six paint shades to choose from on the VW Virtus: Candy White, Reflex Silver, Carbon Steel Gray (a darker metallic gray), and Wild Cherry Red. It’ll get a new Rising Blue Metallic color and even a Curcuma Yellow that’ll set it apart from other sedans in the segment.

Skoda gives you similar white and gray shades on the Slavia, but you can get it in a bright Tornado Red or Crystal Blue.

Interiors:

The interiors of the two sedans are just as dissimilar as their exteriors. In the Virtus, you get the new VW family flat-bottom steering wheel and a dashboard that’s slightly tilted towards the driver. The dashboard is gloss black with a thick silver trim surround that extends to the doors.

In the Slavia, things get no less interesting with its classy 2-spoke steering wheel, circular corner air vents and a copper-colored trim piece on the dashboard.

The Virtus has a VW Play 10.1-inch touchscreen, while the Slavia has a similarly sized Skoda Play floating infotainment display. Both touchscreens have wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and come paired with an 8-speaker in-house sound system. But the Slavia has a subwoofer that you won’t get on the Virtus.

Both sedans offer an 8-inch digital driver’s display, wireless phone charging, two rear USB-C ports and cruise control.

The Virtus GT trim level has its own unique cues on the inside, too. The dash surround is red, the center console trim’s black, and you get red stitching on the black leatherette seats. You even get aluminum pedals and paddle shifters in the automatic variant! In comparison, the Slavia 1.5 TSI gets no cues to differentiate itself from the regular 1-litre TSI variant.

Powertrains:

1-liter TSI

1.5-liter TSI

Power

115PS

150PS

Torque

178Nm

250Nm

Manual transmission

6-speed MT

6-speed MT

automatic transmission

6-speed torque converter automatic

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

Under the bonnet, the two sedans are powered by similar VW Group engines. The 1-litre TSI turbo petrol engine paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox is the standard powertrain on offer. The Virtus Performance Line variants will be powered by the larger 1.5-litre TSI engine that’s also offered on the Slavia. The bigger engine gets active cylinder deactivation technology that shuts off two of the cylinders while cruising to save fuel. It’s more powerful than the engines offered in the Virtus and Slavia’s rivals.

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Safety:

Both sedans will come with six airbags, stability control (ESC), multi-collision braking, hill-hold assist and automatic headlamps and wipers. They each get rear parking sensors and a reversing camera with static guidelines.

While VW will offer a sporty trim from day one, you’ll have to wait for the Slavia to get a racier avatar. We could see the Monte Carlo trim level reintroduced in the Skoda sedan, and that could put it head-to-head with the Virtus GT. Speaking of, we could see more differences arise between the Virtus and Slavia after the Virtus’ first drive review. Stick around for the review and future on-road comparisons between the two sedans.

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