At P1,703,000, the Volkswagen Lamando is at the upper price range of the general sedan population – all while maintaining its stark stand as the most affordable midsize sedan in the Philippines. Thinking about it, it’s quite a bargain if you consider the lineup of technology and safety features that come with the car.
With that said, did Volkswagen compromise cabin quality in order to keep the 2019 Lamando’s attractive price point? Here’s an in-depth interior review.
Interior: Well appointed but with room for improvement
What you will like: Comfortable passenger seating, roomy, and feels premium
What you won’t like: Flush of piano black plastics, tall dashboard, and challenging to find the ideal driving position.
As the company that makes luxurious Audi cars, Volkswagen didn’t hold back in employing a premium feel in its very own mainstream line of cars. Well, at least in the Lamando. The interior’s not exactly plush but they’re not the econo-type either. The genuine leather on the sports seats feels nice plus soft-touch plastics populate the areas where cowhide and faux-leather aren’t present.
The Lamando has commendable cabin space even for three rear passengers, provided that the tallest one stands at 5’10 below and of average body size. There are plenty of cubbyholes, as well, plus the door pockets could accommodate both a medium bottle and your wallet.
However, it would be a lie if tell you that the piano black plastics didn’t bother me – and they’re quite a handful inside the Lamando as you can see in the gallery below. This type of plastic isn’t just a fingerprint- and dust-magnet; it doesn’t age well as well as it is vulnerable to scratches.
Another gripe would be the bolstering of the sports seats. It’s a bit cramped on the upper back to the point that I, a medium-built person, find it hard to get into a comfortable driving position. Adding the fact that the dashboard’s tall, I had to resolve to sit higher than what I would have preferred for better forward visibility.
Nevertheless, the Lamando’s NVH insulation is among the best out there, making in-cabin conversation or music enjoyable even at legal speed limits.
Cargo Space: Plenty enough
Cargo volume with seats up: 372 Liters
Cargo volume with rear backrests folded: Not indicated
The Lamando’s trunk is spacious enough to allow a child stroller and two months worth of groceries inside. Even better, you can fold the rear backrests flat to extend the cargo volume, albeit, the exact figure isn’t indicated on the spec sheet. There are switches available to fold the seats while standing at the back – no need to go shuffle through the rear doors. Nifty.
Access to the rear end would be either through the key fob, the usual driver’s switch, or by flipping the Volkswagen badge.
2019 Volkswagen Lamando Interior Photo Gallery
Performance148 hp @ 5,000 rpm
Name Volkswagen Lamando 1.4 TSI DSG SEL Body Type Sedan Price ₱1,753,000 Transmission Category Automatic
Engine Size 1.4 L Displacement n/a Number of Cylinders 4 Number of Valves 16 Transmission Type 7-Speed DSG
Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive Max Output (HP) 148 hp @ 5,000 rpm Max Torque (nm) 250 Nm @ 3,000 rpm *Acceleration Rate (0-100 km/h) 8.5s Top Speed 215 km/h *estimated
Economy & Environment
Fuel Type Gasoline CO2 Emission n/a Fuel Capacity 50 L *Fuel Consumption 6.5 L/100 km *Range n/a *estimated
Length 4,598 mm Width 1,826 mm Height 1,425 mm Wheelbase 2,656 mm Turning Circle n/a Ground Clearance n/a Wading Depth n/a Trunk Capacity n/a Max Cargo n/a Number of Doors 4 Number of Seats 5
Safety & Security
Driver's Airbag Front Passenger's Airbag Side Airbags Curtain Airbags Knee Airbag Auto Brake System Electronic Brake Distribution Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
With Electronic Brake-Force Distribution
Immobilizer Security Alarm Stability Control Electronic Door Locks Speed Sensing Door Locks ISOFIX Lane Departure Warning System Blind-Spot Detection System
Cruise Control Front Parking Sensors Rear Parking Sensors Leather Upholstery Push Start Button Wheel Size n/a Wheels Metal Type Alloy Airconditioning System 2-zone Climatronic air-conditioning with pollen filter Entertainment System 9.2" Touchscreen with 8 speakers and tuner, CD, MP3 capability Connectivity Aux-in, USB, SD card, Bluetooth, App Connect, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Navigation Ready Warranty 3 Years (100,000 km) Keyless Entry Roof Rack Sunroof Electric Adjustable Seats Power Steering Power Windows Power Outlet Steering Wheel Audio Control
Active Park Assist Hill Start Assist AWD Modes n/a Tire Pressure Monitoring Heads-up Display Power Liftgate Start-stop System
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