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October 22, 2018

The Volkswagen Santana is the Affordable, Aspirational Choice

Everyone aspires for German-quality vehicles. Noted for its timeless appeal and robust engineering, they are the most visible display of discerning taste. Now, with the arrival of the Volkswagen Santana which starts at P 686,000, everyone can now enjoy German engineering at its finest.

The exterior is classically handsome, with chiseled angular contours. It’s sporty and premium blended into one. The interior continues this timeless appeal with its impressive craftsmanship. Drivers will enjoy the ergonomic simplicity of the Santana’s well-marked and well-placed controls. The firm, supportive seats meanwhile guarantee driver and passenger comfort even during long trips. And even with its great value pricing, it’s filled with little luxury touches such as a laser-welded body, ensuring impeccable and long-lasting build quality. Open the door and it’s solid and hefty-reminiscent of higher-end German brands.

Niceties such as the 6-way adjustable driver’s seat and a tilt-adjustable steering wheel are standard across the entire Santana line-up, but moving up to the 1.5 MPI AT Trendline and Comfortline, it adds 15-inch alloy wheel, cruise control, front fog lamps, sunroof and an optional Blaupunkt infotainment system with 7-inch touch-screen, CD, DVD, USB, Bluetooth/WiFi connection, and smartphone mirror link.

Like all other Volkswagen models, the Santana embodies precision engineering from its solid body structure, plush ride, and precise steering. For the purists, there’s the 1.4-liter MPI engine mated to a 5-speed manual that delivers pep whatever the driving situation. For those who want the convenience of an automatic, there’s the new Santana AT. Coming in November, it’s available in two variants—the Trendline and Comfortline. Both of these come with a 1.5-liter MPI engine equipped with BlueMotion Technology and a 6-speed automatic. And thanks to a generous 55-liter fuel tank, the Santana can go the distance—further than any other sub-compact sedan or hatchback.

The Volkswagen Santana is one of the safest offerings in its segment. It comes with dual SRS airbags and ABS, ensuring control even in the event of heavy braking on slippery roads. For the automatic-equipped variants, it even gets Electronic Stability Program or ESP. Moving up to the Comfortline adds front side airbags as well. And of course, its rigid safety cage helps protect the passengers in the case of an accident.

With the Volkswagen Santana, it’s German quality made affordable. With its irresistible price and once-a-year maintenance (or every 10,000 kilometers), best value starts and ends here. Be safe, be comfortable, and be delighted with the driving experience—all starting at an affordable P 686,000.

The Volkswagen Santana is available in three variants: the Santana 1.4 MPI MT Trendline at P 686,000; the Santana 1.5 MPI AT Trendline at P 898,000; and the Santana 1.5 MPI AT Comfortline at P 962,000.

See it in person at the 7th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) 2018. Show runs from Wednesday, October 24 to Sunday, October 28 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

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