2021 Volkswagen Santana

Volkswagen Philippines has quietly launched a refreshed version of the Volkswagen Santana. The sedan, while looking similar to its predecessor, now comes with a new set of wheels, along with a new sunroof. Its lineup has also been streamlined, now available in three models, the entry-level 1.4 MPI MT, the 180 MPI AT S, and the 180 MPI AT SE. As this is a minor update to an existing vehicle with no major changes to the exterior, Volkswagen has chosen to go with a quiet launch. 

Similar to the pre-facelifted model, the updated variants still carry with them the 1.5-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine that is good for 109hp and 132 Nm of torque, which is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Volkswagen has given the new models cruise control and BlueMotion technology, which the brand says will result in frugal fuel consumption. 

On the outside, it will take an eagle eye to spot the difference between the old and updated models, as the body shape remains the same. However, new features have been added especially to the 180 MPI AT SE model. These new features include automatic headlights with leaving home and coming home functions, front fog lamps, intermittent front wipers with rain sensors, and a sunroof.

Moving into the cabin, the top-of-the-line 180 MPI AT SE now comes with a new leather-fabric combination seat material, a height-adjustable armrest, rear reading lights, and a multi-function steering wheel. Aside from this, the top variant also comes with a touchscreen infotainment system equipped with a radio, USB, Bluetooth, and 6 speakers. Volkswagen has also added a dealership option in the form of a new 7-inch infotainment system that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The updated Santana still carries over its safety features from before. This means that the sedan still comes with dual front airbags, ESP, ABS, and stability control as standard. However, Volkswagen has also added new features for the SE model of the vehicle, which come in the form of side airbags for the front passenger and driver, as well as rear parking distance control.

A quick look at the Volkswagen Santana’s price list reveals that it can be had for as low as P686,000 for its entry-level 1.4 MPI MT model, and P898,000 for the top-of-the-line 180 MPI AT SE model. Its competitive pricing is also backed by a 3-year or 100,000 km warranty along with 24/7 emergency roadside assistance, which makes the vehicle all the more attractive, especially if you are looking to buy your first European car. 

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