Here is a video of the Volkswagen Vitus GT taking on some mild off-road tracks; Sporting a ground clearance of 179 mm, let’s see how the executive sedan performs in unfavourable conditions.
The craze of taking the beaten tracks has slowly engulfed car enthusiasts around the country. More so with the advancement of SUV culture, further spruced up by the pathetic road conditions in urban as well as rural areas. Hardcore off-road is the new norm where people with proper 4X4 vehicles take on some difficult terrains to test the capabilities of their vehicles.
Apart from this, the newfound market of compact and sub-compact front-wheel drive pseudo SUVs with high ground clearance can also take on some mild tricky terrains, all thanks to the ample ground clearance, good power and a slew of off-road focused electronics such as dedicated mud, snow, sand modes etc. Setting this aside, a normal user may also need to go off the road or even the road conditions may turn worse due to a lot of factors.
So knowing the capabilities of the vehicle is very important in such scenarios. These conditions even apply if you own a sedan and today we bring a brief experience of a Volkswagen Virtus GT owner where he takes his executive sedan to some mild off-road track in a YouTube video by ‘IT’S ME AHLAWAT’.
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Volkswagen Virtus GT: Off-roading Experience
Talking about the vehicle, the Virtus GT sports a segment-best ground clearance of 179 mm, which is quite high going by sedan standards. Apart from this, there are no factors in the sedan which would serve as an aid in the off-road test. It is a front-wheel drive car and comes with a traction control system as well.
To start off the affair, the owner takes the Virtus from a slightly steep incline which tests the break-over angle of the sedan and he somehow managed to cross the obstacle quite easily. In the second shot, the Virtus again easily crosses a water-logged railway under bridge with mild slush.
Later he took the sedan to a vacant piece of land and circled around the field to check its capabilities. He came out quite impressed as the car was quite manoeuvrable and managed to serve the purpose. The Virtus also managed to cross the last obstacle which was a minor hump flanked by declined surfaces on both ends, however, the owner reported that he heard the sound of a minor rub underneath the vehicle. He also showcased the point of contact where the car’s underbody rubbed with the obstacle. Towards the end of the video, the presenter also compared it to his previous sedan Verna and claimed that the Virtus fared better than the Verna in these tests.
Volkswagen Virtus GT: What does it offer?
The Volkswagen Virtus GT is powered by a 1.5-litre TSI EVO engine churning out 148 bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 7-speed DSG gearbox with paddle shifters. It also gets a 1.0-litre TSI engine putting out 115 bhp and 178 Nm of peak torque, paired to a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.