Volkswagen Philippines has a strong line of vehicles aiming to please different types of buyers in the country. Currently, its model portfolio is composed of 6 models ranging from sedans to a proper people hauler. So if you’re planning to own your first German car without having to break the bank, then you should take a look at Volkswagen’s lineup and see which vehicle best suits your needs and wants. To give you a bit of an idea, we’ve listed each model below.
The Volkswagen Santana is the entry-level model and is the smallest among the bunch yet it still gets that VW-fashioned exterior found on bigger models. It is utilitarian at its finest which is not bad at all, as designs like this age gracefully over time. The subcompact sedan has been around in the market for quite some time now, which is why Volkswagen has recently given the car a new set of wheels, a new touchscreen infotainment system, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Depending on the variant, the Santana comes with either a 1.4 or a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine. Only the smaller engine can be paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox while the latter is solely mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. So if you want a German car that’s attainable at just under a million pesos, then the Volkswagen Santana should definitely earn a spot on your vehicle shortlist.
Now, if you find the Santana a bit small for you then you can also choose to go for the Volkswagen Lavida which is the brand’s entry to the compact sedan segment. Given its larger dimensions, the Lavida offers more space compared to the Santana. Moreover, it also comes with some nifty features such as its cooling glove box and a tire pressure monitoring system.
All trims are powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline motor that produces 128 hp and 225 Nm of torque. The said mill can only be paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. So if you want a car that’s bigger than the Santana and has the right amount of features, performance, and even fuel efficiency at such an affordable price range, then the Lavida is the car for you.
The largest among its sedan range in the Philippines is the Volkswagen Lamando. This midsize sedan flaunts its boxy dimensions with a set of well-pronounced character lines and a fair share of chrome accents. Notably, both of its variants are almost identical, the two even share the same 17-inch alloys wrapped in 225/50 tires. Inside, you are greeted with a spacious and comfortable cabin that’s treated with quality materials along with a generous amount of standard features. It also comes with a 9.2- or 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android auto that even has gesture control for the larger display.
It is run by a small yet mighty 1.4-Liter turbocharged gasoline engine paired with a 7-speed DSG transmission. This combo is able to produce a healthy 150 hp and 250 Nm of torque. So if you want to experience superior comfort in a midsize sedan, then the Lamando is the way to go.
Volkswagen Santana GTS
For the Philippine market, Volkswagen Philippines is currently selling one wagon which is the Santana GTS. Likewise, the station wagon shares a number of commonalities with its sedan counterpart including the 1.5-liter gasoline engine that produces 108 hp and 150 Nm of torque. Apart from that, it also has a flexible cabin coupled with a pliant ride and a good amount of creature comforts.
Notably, this is currently the most affordable station wagon in the market, with the Volkswagen Santana GTS topping up at just under P1,100,000. So if you love the idea of an affordable wagon, then look no further than the Santana GTS.
The Volkswagen T-Cross is the brand’s entry to the subcompact crossover segment. Aside from its clean and quirky design, the T-Cross also features a youthful interior layout that matches the exterior color of your choice. Unlike your average hatchback, this subcompact crossover has higher ground clearance, giving you extra confidence to cross through higher speed bumps and even light floods during the rainy season. Opting for the range-topping will give you a good amount of convenience and safety features.
All variants of the T-Cross are powered by a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine churning out 111 hp and 145 Nm of torque. The said mill is then paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. For those who want to take advantage of their active lifestyle, then the T-Cross will certainly be a good companion for your adventures.
Volkswagen Multivan Kombi
Last on the list is the Volkswagen Multivan Kombi which is a nameplate that’s close to the heart of many Filipinos. The modern-day Kombi is the ultimate family hauler, aside from having a spacious cabin that can accommodate 8 passengers, this van also has come with a plethora of tech at its disposal.
Its sole variant is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine that produces 148hp and 340 Nm of torque that is mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission that comes with a Tiptronic mode. It’s not as expensive as you think if you’re definitely leaning towards its segment, notably, it’s even more affordable than a Toyota Alphard. So if you want a German vehicle that hauls people comfortably, then opt for the Toyota Alphard.
So have you finally chosen the right Volkswagen vehicle for you? If yes, then, don’t hesitate to click on the ‘Get Quote’ button—it’s absolutely free. You could even request to test drive the cars so you would know what you’ll like about them, first hand.